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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 is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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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 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 Products Chapter

Products offered by newsagents and stationery retailers can be divided into four categories: stationery, greetings cards, newspapers and magazines, and other goods. The relative share of industry sales generated by each category is influenced by external factors such as mounting price-based competition from supermarkets, convenience stores and department stores, and the rising popularity of reading newspapers online as opposed to purchasing a physical copy.


Stationery dominates the industry and is expected to account for 60% of sales in 2016-17. Stationery is sold by almost all industry operators in some capacity, from specialist stationers such as Ryman to small selections sold in newsagents. Pro.. 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

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