Internet killed the radio star: The rise of online shopping has created tough retail conditions

The Consumer Goods Retailing subdivision has been subject to tough retail conditions over the past five years. Weak disposable income growth and volatile consumer sentiment due to unstable economic conditions have resulted in a poor trading landscape, as households scaled back their expenditure on non-essential goods. In addition, the rise in online shopping has 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 struggled with intensifying competition from online-only retailers, as consumers have become increasingly comfortable with making online purchases over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
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 websites will likely influence sales across individual product categories
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Industries in the Consumer Goods Retailing subdivision sell a diverse range of products, such as housewares, furniture, office supplies, clothing, footwear, jewellery, newspapers, books and domestic appliances. These products can be grouped into three broad categories: clothing, footwear and personal accessories; household goods; and other consumer goods.Household goodsHousehold goods account for the largest share of subdivision revenue at an estimated 38.8% in 2018-19. This segment encompasses a range of products such as furniture, housewares, computers, hardware, building supplies and domestic appliances. This segment has grown over the past five years and has increased as a share of subdivision revenue, despite difficult retail trading conditions over the period...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
  • 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
  • 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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