On the line: Computer purchases will increase, but high external competition will impede growth

The Computer Stores industry will benefit as computers are swiftly becoming essential household and personal products. Despite the growing ubiquity of these products, retailers of computers, peripherals and consumer electronics have experienced some onerous challenges over the past five years. Rapid technological change, increased production efficiency and a highly globalized supply chain have lowered computer retail prices, hampering the industry's revenue potential. Additionally, the increasing adoption of e-commerce has reduced customer traffic in computer stores, further limiting revenue. More consumers are taking advantage of online shopping, which facilitates product and price comparisons. Subsequently, over the five years to 2017, industry revenue is expected to decrease...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The increasing adoption of e-commerce has reduced customer traffic in computer stores, further limiting revenue
  • The domestic PC market has shrunk due to market saturation and greater competition from tablets
  • The launch of new tablets will likely drive consumers into stores to test and compare products
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The Computer Stores industry closely follows the population distribution of the country, like many other industries within the retail sector. The industry is most heavily concentrated in the Southeast, West and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Southeast region accounts for 24.9% of establishments, while the West and Mid-Atlantic account for 16.3% and 16.6%, respectively. In particular, Florida accounts for 7.6% of industry establishments. The South and West regions are the fasting growing areas of the United States by population, which will further concentrate industry revenue in these regions over the next five years. While a larger number of establishments are located in the Southeast region, the population centers of the West region (which accounts for 16.9% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Computer Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Computer Stores Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Experienced work force
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the Computer Stores industry and Price of computers and peripheral equipment in the Computer Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What's in this report

    What is the Computer Stores Industry?

    This industry includes operators that mainly retail desktops, notebook computers and software, as well as accessories like printers, scanners and keyboards. These goods are generally purchased from domestic and international manufacturers and wholesalers and then sold to end consumers, including households and businesses.

    Industry Products
  • Computers
  • Printers and peripherals
  • Software
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing computers
  • Retailing computer peripherals (e.g. printers, monitors, keyboards, mice and speakers)
  • Retailing computer software
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition for the Computer Stores industry
  • Price of computers and peripheral equipment
  • Consumer price index
  • Private investment in computers and software

  • Current Performance
  • Falling retail prices
  • Saturation in the PC market
  • Pressure from online competition
  • Declining physical presence
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition accelerates
  • The industry’s product mix will change
  • Structural trends
  • Table: Computer Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Computer Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Computer Manufacturing
  • Computer Peripheral Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Computers
  • Printers and peripherals
  • Software
  • Chart: Computer Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 65 and older
  • Consumers under the age of 45
  • Consumers aged 45-64
  • Businesses
  • Other
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Computer Stores 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 Computer Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Computer Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Apple Inc., Best Buy Co. Inc., Fry's Electronics Inc.,
  • Table: Apple Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Best Buy Co. Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Fry's Electronics Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Computer 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 Computer Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Price of Computers and Peripheral Equipment (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Stores that have a physical presence, as opposed to online retailers.
  • Comparable Store Sales
  • A measurement of store growth in relation to existing stores, minus the effect of new store openings.
  • Point-Of-Sale (Pos)
  • The location where a transaction occurs at a retail establishment or store.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone that offers advanced PC-like capabilities.
  • Vertical Integration
  • Owning different parts of the supply chain, either in the form of forward integration (owning upstream suppliers) or backward integration (owning downstream buyers).
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