Old news: Technological advances have eroded demand for goods like newspapers and DVDs

The Consumer Goods Retailing subdivision has struggled with tough retail conditions over the past five years. Weak disposable income growth and volatile consumer sentiment due to unstable financial markets resulted in poor trading conditions, as households scaled back their expenditure on non-essential goods. In addition, technological advances have contributed to a fall in retail demand for many consumer goods over the period, such as photographic equipment, video games and recorded music, newspapers and books, and stationery goods.Subdivision operators have been subject to intensifying competition from online-only retailers, as consumers have become increasingly comfortable with making online purchases over the past five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$174bn
Annual Growth 14-19
0.5%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
681,208
Businesses
75,025
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Subdivision operators have been subject to intensifying competition from online-only retailers
  • Domestic companies have increasingly migrated online by developing multichannel sales platforms
  • Online shopping and auction websites will influence sales across individual product categories
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Consumer goods retailers have faced mixed results over the past five years, with subdued revenue growth indicating that trading conditions across the subdivision have been poor. However, a closer inspection of individual consumer goods markets presents a different story. Some of the stronger performing retail industries have been those integrating technology into their operations or adapting to changing consumer trends and preferences. Computer and software, hardware and building supplies, and personal accessory retailers are examples of some industries that have outperformed the subdivision average over the past five years. Nevertheless, price competition has been intense in these industries, particularly with the influx of cheap imported goods...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Consumer Goods Retailing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Consumer Goods Retailing are:

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Close monitoring of competition
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Consumer sentiment index in the Consumer Goods Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Consumer Goods Retailing Industry?

    Subdivision operators sell personal and household items such as clothing, furniture, appliances, computers and garden supplies. This does not include revenue from sales of food, fuel, alcohol or motor vehicles. Retailers purchase stock from manufacturers or wholesalers and then sell these products to the general public. Although online sales generated by traditional retailers are included in the subdivision, the revenue earned by online-only retailers is excluded.

    Industry Products
  • Household goods
  • Clothing, footwear and personal accessories
  • Other consumer goods
  • Industry Activities
  • Department store operations
  • Clothing retailing
  • Domestic appliance retailing
  • Furniture retailing
  • Hardware retailing
  • Computer and software retailing
  • Pharmacy operations
  • Toy and game retailing
  • Footwear retailing
  • Newspaper, book and stationery retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Demand from online shopping
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Consumer demand
  • Shopping trends
  • Household incomes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Trading conditions
  • Profit margins
  • Table: Consumer Goods Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Consumer Goods Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Property Operators
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Products & Services
  • Household goods
  • Other consumer goods
  • Clothing, footwear and personal accessories
  • Chart: Consumer Goods Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 35 to 54
  • People aged 15 to 34
  • People aged 55 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Consumer Goods Retailing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Consumer Goods Retailing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Consumer Goods Retailing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Wesfarmers Limited,
  • Table: Wesfarmers Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Consumer Goods Retailing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Consumer Goods Retailing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • Technology that combines a cash register and an electronic payment system in one device.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • An object or tag that is applied to a product, person or animal for the purpose of tracking and identification using radio waves.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A trend whereby the wholesaler is bypassed in the supply chain, such as when retailers purchase directly from the manufacturer.
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