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Computer and Software Retailing in Australia: Market Research Report

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Computer and Software Retailing Market Research Report | ANZSIC G4222 | Oct 2016

Signing out: Profit declines due to growing competition from online retailers

IBISWorld’s Computer and Software Retailing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Computer and software retailers have faced challenging trading conditions over the past five years. Widespread economic uncertainty due to instability in global markets led to volatility in consumer sentiment. This prompted consumers to become more cautious with their discretionary spending over the early part of the five years through 2016-17. Many industry operators engaged in aggressive price discounting due to the rapidly increasing popularity of online shopping. The resulting downward pressure on prices eroded profit margins and ultimately led to the exit of industry players. Industry revenue recovered over the second half of the five years through 2016-17, driven by an upturn in discretionary income and rising demand for the latest tech products such as tablets... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry exhibits low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital, $13.13 is spent on wages. While capital investment is required to operate in the industry, labour is required to undertake numerous tasks, including restocking display shelves, processing consumer purchases and assisting with inventory management.

Capital expenditure for the industry has remained steady over the past five years. The use of computerised point of sale (POS) systems has simplified staff tasks and minimised the incidence of human error. POS systems have also allowed operators to control inventory more efficiently and reduce excess stock. Nevertheless, the industry remains labour-intensive, with staff required to perform a range of duties... purchase to read more


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What is the Computer and Software Retailing Industry?

Industry operators retail computer and software products including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, printers, keyboards, computer game consoles and packaged software (excluding game software). Industry products are purchased from manufacturers and wholesalers and then sold to the general public for private use or to corporate clients for business use. The online operations of industry retailers are included in the industry, but pure online players are excluded.

Industry Products
Computer hardwareComputer peripherals, parts and accessoriesComputer software
Industry Activities
PC, desktop, notebook, laptop and tablet retailingMonitor, scanner, printer, keyboard and storage media retailingPackaged computer software retailing (except video games)Game console retailing

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