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Mobile Telephone Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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Mobile Telephone Retailers Market Research Report | SIC G47.421 | Feb 2017

Cold call: External competition is intense, with customers visiting shops before buying online

IBISWorld’s Mobile Telephone Retailers 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
Dixons Retail plc Dixons Retail plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Longer contracts have meant that consumers have purchased new phones less frequently
  • There is potential for expansion in the number of smartphone users in the over 55s age group
  • The industry is expected to face extensive external competition over the five years through 2021-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Although consumer demand has been fuelled by solid growth in the number of mobile connections and continuing advances in product design and technology, these changes have not translated well into the retail market. Instead, industry operators have faced a difficult trading environment. The collapse of Phones 4u in September 2014 caused industry revenue to decline by 17.3% in 2014-15. However, following the sale of Phones 4u retail units, other companies within the industry were able to expand, boosting total industry revenue by approximately 18.9% the following year. Revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 1% over the five years through 2016-17 to £3.3... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Competition and subdued economic conditions have negatively affected the trading landscape for mobile telephone retailers over the five years through 2016-17. Industry revenue is estimated to decline at a compound annual rate of 1% over the five-year period. This includes a 6.2% increase in industry revenue in the current year. This is largely the result of the industry’s then second-largest company, Phones 4u, entering administration in September 2014. As a result, industry revenue declined by 17.3% in 2014-15. Subdued economic conditions that resulted in disposable income and consumer confidence falling at the start of the period further compounded the industry’s woes.

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Additional Insights for the Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Close monitoring of competition
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer confidence index and Real household disposable income in the Mobile Telephone Retailers industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry?

    Retailers in this industry sell mobile telephones. The industry does not include mobile telephone services or outlets run by networks (see IBISWorld report J61.200).

    Industry Products
    Post-pay mobile phones contractsBlended mobile phones contractsPre-pay mobile phones
    Industry Activities
    Post-pay mobile telephone retailingPre-pay mobile telephone retailingMobile telephone accessories retailing

    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
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Number of mobile connections
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Current Performance
  • Company collapse
  • Smart retail
  • Data demand
  • Industry competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Positive messages
  • Industry consolidation
  • Demand for data
  • Profitability and enterprises
  • Table: Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling
  • Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
  • Products & Services
  • Post-pay mobile phones contracts
  • Blended mobile phones contracts
  • Pre-pay mobile phones
  • Other
  • Chart: Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 25 and 54 years
  • People aged 55 years and over
  • People aged between 15 and 24 years
  • Businesses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Mobile Telephone Retailers
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Mobile Telephone Retailers Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Dixons Carphone plc
  • Table: Dixons Carphone plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Mobile Telephone Retailers 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 Mobile Telephone Retailers 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
    Mobile Termination Rate
  • The fee one mobile phone operator charges another for terminating a call on its network.
  • Post-Pay
  • A mobile service whereby the consumer enters into a contract and pays for the services used on a monthly basis.
  • Pre-Pay
  • A mobile phone service whereby the consumer purchases credit to use on a network and does not receive a monthly bill.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone that offers advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Mobile Telephone Retailers 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
    • And of course, much more

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