Out of print: The growing popularity of e-books is constraining industry revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Newspaper and Book Retailing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Newspaper and book retailers have faced tough trading conditions over the past five years due to declining sales of printed publications and increasing competition from international e-tailers. Competition from external operators, including supermarkets and department stores, has also affected industry trading conditions. The challenging operating landscape has reduced industry revenue, which is expected to drop at an annualised 6.4% over the five years through 2016-17. Consumer demand for newspapers has been influenced by trends in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment, internet connections and the growing popularity of online shopping. Industry revenue is forecast to fall by 3.3% in 2016-17, to $3.5 billion...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry exhibits low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital, $17.5 is spent on labour. As a retail industry, labour costs are an integral part of daily operations. Employees are required to undertake a variety of tasks including customer service, store display and inventory control. Other employee-related tasks include administrative and back office duties. Increasing competition from pure online players over the past five years has led retailers to differentiate their product range and place greater focus on customer service and assistance. These changes have increased employee costs, with operators spending more time on staff training and product placement.


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Industry Products

What is the Newspaper and Book Retailing Industry?

Operators in the industry primarily retail newspapers, books and magazines. Industry players may operate as independent businesses, as part of a retail chain of stores or under a franchised model. Newspapers and books are largely purchased from the relevant wholesalers and then sold via stores or online sites to end consumers. Players that operate purely online are excluded from the industry.

Industry Products
Cards, gifts and party items
Other goods and services
Industry Activities
Book retailing (including e-books)
Newspaper retailing
Magazine and periodical retailing

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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