Drying up: Falling water availability has reduced consumer demand for pools and spas

The Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores industry has faced challenging trading conditions over the past five years. An overall decline in water availability, falling discretionary income and volatile consumer sentiment have placed downward pressure on demand for swimming pool and spa equipment products over the period. This has led to a shift in demand towards more cost-effective pool options over more high-end sales. Industry revenue is forecast to decline at an annualised 1.5% over the five years through 2018-19, to $788.3 million. This includes an anticipated decrease of 0.5% in the current year, due to falling discretionary income, along with a drop in water availability and dwelling commencements.Industry profitability has declined over the past five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falling discretionary income and a decline in water availability has hindered industry revenue
  • Challenging trading conditions and increasing competition have eroded industry profitability
  • Wage costs are expected to increase over the period as firms emphasise customer service
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry is characterised by low barriers to entry and the trend is steady. There are no serious regulations or licensing requirements that prohibit new operators from entering the industry. Access to capital is the main consideration for those seeking to establish a new business selling swimming pool and spa equipment. However, compared with other retail businesses, even start-up capital requirements are relatively low for the industry. Establishing supply contracts with wholesalers and manufacturers is another barrier to entry, however, if a retailer can demonstrate strong and regular demand they should find agreeable terms...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores are:

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household discretionary income and Consumer sentiment index in the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry?

    Industry operators primarily sell above-ground and in-ground swimming pools and spas, as well as related equipment, chemicals, cleaning and maintenance products and recreational items. Industry products are sourced from domestic and international suppliers and then resold via bricks-and-mortar stores or online stores operated by industry players. Any revenue derived from providing services, such as pool maintenance services, is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pool equipment and accessories
  • Pool toys and leisure products
  • Pools and spas
  • Industry Activities
  • In-ground swimming pool and spa retailing
  • Above-ground swimming pool and spa retailing
  • Swimming pool and spa equipment retailing
  • Swimming pool and spa chemical retailing
  • Swimming pool and spa accessories 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 discretionary income
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Availability of water
  • Dwelling commencements

  • Current Performance
  • Trading conditions
  • Water restrictions
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operating landscape
  • Competition and profit
  • Table: Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Residential Property Operators
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Hardware Wholesaling
  • Industrial and Agricultural Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Plumbing Goods Wholesaling
  • Pump and Compressor Manufacturing
  • Toy and Sporting Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Pools and spas
  • Pool chemicals
  • Pool equipment and accessories
  • Pool toys and leisure products
  • Chart: Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Homeowners
  • Property managers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores 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 Swimming Pool and Spa Equipment Stores 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
    Above-Ground Pool
  • A pool (either permanent or temporary) installed above ground elevation.
  • Chlorine
  • A chemical used to clean and disinfect swimming pools and spas.
  • In-Ground Pool
  • A pool installed at ground level, generally requiring excavation of the land to accommodate the pool.
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