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Newsagents & Stationery Stores in the UK: Market Research Report

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Newsagents & Stationery Stores Market Research Report | SIC G47.620 | Feb 2017

Decline in store: Rising IT adoption and tough trading conditions have resulted in contraction

IBISWorld’s Newsagents & Stationery Stores 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
Martin McColl Limited Martin McColl Limited market share
WH Smith plc WH Smith plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Difficult operating conditions have resulted in a period of sustained revenue decline
  • High competition has eroded margins and led to a number of industry exits over the past five years
  • Operators are expected to expand their product and service offerings in order to stimulate demand
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operating conditions have been difficult for newsagents and stationary retailers over the past five years. Industry players have had to operate in a tough trading environment and confront increasing competition from external players, declining newspaper circulation numbers and the growth of internet shopping. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to decline at a compound annual rate of 2.1% over the five years through 2016-17 to reach £3.3 billion. Industry trading conditions during this period have also been affected by annual fluctuations in real household disposable income, poor consumer confidence levels in some years of the period and the overall rate at which UK consumers have adopted IT and telecommunications. Industry revenue is expected to decline by 3.6%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

Newsagents and stationery retailers operate in a labour-intensive industry. As part of the retail trade division, operators rely on their store staff to undertake a number of duties, including customer service, inventory control and assisting with store displays. Hence, unlike capital expenditure, which can vary between years, labour costs remain an integral part of the industry’s daily operations. In 2016-17, for every £1.00 spent on capital £11.38 is expected to be spent on wages.

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Additional Insights for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • Effective product promotion
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer confidence index and Real household disposable income in the Newsagents & Stationery Stores industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry?

    Operators in this industry primarily sell newspapers, magazines, greetings cards and stationery, including office supplies. Products are sourced from a variety of local and international suppliers and sold chiefly to consumers and businesses.

    Industry Products
    Newspapers and magazinesGreetings cardsStationery Other goods
    Industry Activities
    Newspaper and magazine retailingStationery retailingGreetings card 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
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Total online expenditure
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Number of school students
  • Current Performance
  • Increasing competition
  • Profit conditions
  • Products, computers and additional services
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Online competition
  • National Living Wage
  • Innovative services
  • Profit performance
  • Industry opportunities
  • Table: Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Wholesale of Other Household Goods
  • Products & Services
  • Stationery
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Greetings cards
  • Other goods
  • Chart: Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Consumer and business variables
  • Paper prices
  • Digital communication
  • Major Markets
  • Private consumers
  • SOHO consumers
  • Professional consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Newsagents & Stationery Stores
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    WH Smith plc
    McColl's Retail Group plc
  • Table: WH Smith plc - financial performance
  • Table: McColl's Retail Group plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores 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 Newsagents & Stationery Stores 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
  • An e-card is similar to a postcard or greetings card, only it is created using digital media instead of paper or other traditional materials.
  • Newspaper Circulation
  • The number of newspaper copies distributed on an average day.
  • Soho
  • Stands for small office, home office.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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