Novel idea: Due to changes in consumer purchasing behavior, external competition is rising

The Book Stores industry has had its pages ruffled over the five years to 2018. Despite a strengthening domestic economy and rising per capita disposable income, the industry continues to experience decline. While demand for book store merchandise has fallen, consumers have not ceased purchasing books altogether. Rising external competition and mass adoption of less expensive e-books and audiobooks have dampened profitability, driving many operators out of the industry. While the economy is expected to continue to strengthen over the next five years, the industry will not follow suit...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • While the economy is expected to continue to strengthen over the next five years, the industry will not follow suit
  • As competition intensified and profit margins diminished, industry operators struggled
  • External competition will continue to hinder industry revenue and threaten profitability
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Major players in this industry have multiple retail outlets throughout the United States while smaller companies are independently owned and operate at the local level. The concentration level for the industry has fluctuated over the past five years as a steady stream of operators exited the industry. Additionally, spin-offs such as Barnes & Noble Education as well as numerous acquisitions have also caused industry concentration to fluctuate. As the industry continued its decline over the past five years, many small businesses struggled to remain profitable, eventually had to consolidate or exiting the industry all together.Large businesses have also struggled to stay in business, evidenced by the Borders bankruptcy just prior to the five-year period. Cur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book Stores Industry

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

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Experience work force
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and External competition for the Book Stores industry in the Book Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Stores Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily retail a broad range of books, newspapers and periodicals, including trade books, textbooks, magazines, paperbacks and religious books. These goods are purchased from domestic (and in some cases international) manufacturers and wholesalers. Operators then retail these goods to the general public through industry stores. This industry excludes retailers that operate primarily as used merchandise stores or electronic shopping and mail-order houses.

    Industry Products
  • Trade books
  • Religious goods (including books)
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Other merchandise
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing new books
  • Retailing newspapers
  • Retailing magazines and other periodicals
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • External competition for the Book Stores industry
  • commerce sales
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • Number of mobile internet connections

  • Current Performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Profit and participation
  • Plot twist
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competitive landscape
  • Profit and participation
  • Table: Book Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Greeting Cards & Other Publishing
  • Magazine & Periodical Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Textbooks
  • Trade books
  • Other merchandise
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Religious goods (including books)
  • Chart: Book Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 65 to 74
  • Consumers aged over 75
  • Consumers aged 55 to 64
  • Consumers aged 45 to 54
  • Consumers aged 35 to 44
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • Consumers aged under 25
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Barnes & Noble Inc., Barnes & Noble Education Inc., Follett Higher Education Group Inc.,
  • Table: Barnes & Noble Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Barnes & Noble Education Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Follett Higher Education Group Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Book 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 Book Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • e-commerce sales (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • An electronic version of a book that can be downloaded to a portable electronic device or computer.
  • E-Reader
  • A portable electronic device that allows users to buy, download and read books and other publications.
  • Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • The transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
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