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Magazine Publishers in the UK: Market Research Report

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Magazine Publishers Market Research Report | SIC J58.142 | Jan 2017

Paper-thin performance: Publishers are set to struggle as print readership continues to fall

IBISWorld’s Magazine Publishers market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
IPC Media IPC Media market share
The National Magazine Company Ltd The National Magazine Company Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Operators have struggled to cope with falling print sales and significant online competition
  • Many small magazines have found it too expensive to print hard copies but maintain an online presence
  • Weak economic conditions are likely to cause demand for advertising space in magazines to decline
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Magazine Publishers industry produces and distributes magazines and periodicals in print and electronic format aimed at individuals, tradesmen and professionals. The industry is split between consumer-targeted magazines, which comprise approximately 85% of the industry, and professional periodicals, which make up the remaining share.

The industry's two main sources of revenue, advertising and print sales, both fell as operators struggled to cope with falling print sales and significant online competition. Several industry operators have transformed their business models in an effort to compete more effectively in this climate but these changes are yet to bear fruit... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Entertainment magazines

The entertainment magazines segment includes arts, culture, leisure and general entertainment periodicals and magazines. This segment makes up the largest industry segment with an estimated 39.2% of revenue and has grown as a proportion of sales over the past five years as consumers have loosened their budgets. TV listing magazines such as TV Choice, What's on TV and the Radio Times (the three bestselling paid-for magazines in the United Kingdom in the first half of 2016) are included in this category. Between them, these 3 magazines account for 16% of total magazine circulation. However, relatively low cover prices on magazines of this type mean their share of revenue is of a smaller proportion. Oth.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Magazine Publishers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Magazine Publishers Industry are

  • Access to niche markets
  • Access to a highly skilled workforce
  • Establishment of brand names
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Demand from advertising agencies in the Magazine Publishers industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Magazine Publishers Industry?

    This industry produces and distributes magazines and periodicals that provide entertainment or lifestyle information for individuals, and information for trades or professions. It also includes newsletters, customer magazines produced for businesses and radio and TV guides. The industry's products can be published in print or electronic form, including on the internet.

    Industry Products
    Professional periodicalsEntertainment magazinesGeneral-interest magazinesHome and living magazinesCurrent affairs magazinesOther periodicals
    Industry Activities
    Writing and editing contentResearching materialDesigning graphics and layoutDistributing magazines

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from advertising agencies
  • Percentage of households with internet access
  • Producer price index for paper and paperboard
  • Current Performance
  • Out of vogue
  • Publications fold
  • A new leaf
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Not so glossy
  • Advertising revenue
  • Print persists
  • Table: Magazine Publishers Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Magazine Publishers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Petrol Stations
  • Newsagents & Stationery Stores
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Printing
  • Products & Services
  • Entertainment magazines
  • General-interest magazines
  • Professional periodicals
  • Home and living magazines
  • Current affairs magazines
  • Other periodicals
  • Chart: Magazine Publishers Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Print sales
  • Digital sales
  • Advertisers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Magazine Publishers Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Advertising
  • Distribution
  • Rent, utilities, depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Magazine Publishers
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Magazine Publishers Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    The National Magazine Company Ltd
    Time Inc (UK) Ltd
  • Table: The National Magazine Company Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Time Inc (UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Magazine Publishers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Magazine Publishers Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • The amount of money invested in advertising.
  • Circulation
  • The number of copies of a magazine sold per issue.
  • Consumer Magazine
  • A magazine that is aimed at the general public and covers a broad range of topics.
  • Partwork Magazine
  • A written publication released as a series of magazines with collectible items.
  • Readership
  • The number of people who read a periodical, including those who read it second-hand.

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    The Magazine Publishers market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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