Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report

Book Stores industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: -7.0%

Operators in the Book Stores industry have struggled over the past five years. Numerous factors have affected the industry, including lower book prices and competition from online and external players. Trends in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment, the IT and telecommunications adoption rate, and demand for online shopping have also influenced the industry's operating landscape over the period. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 7.1% over the five years through 2019-20, to $1.4 billion. This trend includes a forecast decline of 4.2% in the current year, due to continued competition from the online market. Retail trade has been lacklustre over the past five years. Instability in global markets has affected re...
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Book Stores industry outlook (2019-2024)

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Operators in the Book Stores industry are anticipated to face a challenging market over the next five years. Industry revenue is forecast to contract at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to $X.X billion. While the loss of revenue to external competitors and the online market will not necessarily render bookshops unviable, industry operators are likely to encounter a difficult trading environment. Price competition is anticipated to remain intense, placing added pressure on product margins and profitability over the next five years. Demand for ebooks and ereaders could partly mitigate revenue declines, due to more consumers likely to shift towards digital reading platforms. Trends in consumer sentiment, demand for internet shoppin...
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Book Stores industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $1bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 2,335
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 10,600

Biggest companies in the Book Stores industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the Book Stores in Australia industry include Cover Syndicate Pty Ltd, SH&G Nominees No 2 Pty Ltd and University Co-operative Bookshop Limited.

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  • pie_chart SH&G Nominees No 2 Pty Ltd Market Share: x.x%
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What is Book Stores industry?

Industry Definition

Indiustry firms primarily retail books. These companies can also retail audio books, ebooks and ereaders. Online-only booksellers are excluded from the industry.

Industry Products and Services

  • Books
  • Other goods
  • Ebooks and ereaders
  • All Others

Industry Activities

  • Audio book retailing
  • Book retailing
  • Ebook retailing
  • Ereader retailing

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

Indiustry firms primarily retail books. These companies can also retail audio books, ebooks and ereaders. Online-only booksellers are excluded from the industry.

Main Activities

  • Audio book retailing
  • Book retailing
  • Ebook retailing
  • Ereader retailing

Similar Industries

Additional Resources

Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Growth in the IT and telecommunications adoption rate influences demand for ebooks and digital audio books. A rise in the use of ereaders, tablets and sma...
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IT and telecommunications adoption
Real household discretionary income
Consumer sentiment index
Demand from online shopping

Current Performance

Profit and

store numbers
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Profit and store numbers
 Table: Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Education and Training in Australia
Consumers in Australia





Key Selling Industries

Book Publishing in Australia
Book and Magazine Wholesaling in Australia





Products & Services

The product market for book retailers has changed considerably over the past five years. While print books account for most of the industry's revenue, ebo...
People aged 55 and over
People aged 35 to 54
Educational organisations and business users



Demand Determinants

Demand is sensitive to a range of factors, including changes in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment, the IT and telecommunications ado...
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Major Markets

People aged 55 and over
People aged 35 to 54
Educational organisations and business users




 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

The Book Stores industry exhibits low concentration, as the four largest players hold well under 40% of industry market share. Despite the brand awareness...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

Cover Syndicate Pty Ltd was incorporated in August 2016 and operates in the industry through its ownership of QBD The Bookshop, which it acquired in Octob...
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QBD Books

 Table: QBD Books - financial performance

Dymocks

 Table: Dymocks - financial performance

The Co-op and Australian Geographic

 Table: The Co-op and Australian Geographic - financial performance

Capital Intensity

The Book Stores industry exhibits low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital in 2019-20, $16.7 is spent on wages. New industry entrants are ...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Book Stores in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Book Stores in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2026)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2026)
Establishments (2007-2026)
Businesses (2007-2026)
Employment (2007-2026)
Exports (2007-2026)
Imports (2007-2026)
Wages (2007-2026)
Domestic Demand (2007-2026)

Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data

Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Dat Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data

Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

Liquidity Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
Assets, %
Liabilities, %

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