Facing the music: Online sales and shifting trends continue to siphon industry demand

Sustained shifts in consumer preferences and competition from large discount and digital music retailers have dampened consumer demand for the Record Stores industry. With increased accessibility to high-speed internet, music streaming and less-expensive CD-burning hardware, album sales have declined across all music industries over the five years to 2017. While consumer sentiment is expected to continue to improve over the five years to 2022, this industry will fail to experience revenue growth. Consumers accustomed to digital music are not likely to return to record stores. Additionally, increases in disposable income will lead consumers to spend more on electronics that are compatible with digital music and streaming services, such as mobile devices and home systems...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Big-box stores and internet music continue to steal customer traffic from record stores
  • Streaming capabilities have enabled people to sample music without going to a record store
  • Growth in disposable income will lead to improvement in consumer sentiment
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Record Stores industry has no easily distinguishable top player outside of Trans World Entertainment Corporation. This low market concentration is a result of the specialized nature of many record stores, which are traditionally independent. The distribution system has traditionally maintained short-term contracts, enabling independent stores to experience the same deals as chain stores. As the economy recovers, nonemployer establishments are expected to grow more as a percentage of establishments as independent music dealers and collectors resume their activity within the market, further diffusing market share concentration. The upstream Music Publishing industry (IBISWorld report 51223) has a high level of concentration, with the four major players accounting for more than 50.0% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Record Stores Industry

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

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Experienced workforce
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Album sales and Percentage of services conducted online in the Record Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Record Stores Industry?

    Record stores primarily retail prerecorded audio and videotapes, compact discs (CDs), digital video discs (DVDs) and phonograph records. Online sales are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Compact discs, records, tapes & audio books
  • Video media
  • Toys, hobby goods & games
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing prerecorded music
  • Retailing prerecorded videos
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Album sales
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Consumer Confidence Index

  • Current Performance
  • Switching to digital
  • Operators find small reprieve in specialty items
  • Operators compete with major retailers
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Music industries go digital
  • Downward spiral slows
  • Table: Record Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Independent Label Music Production
  • Major Label Music Production
  • Music Publishing
  • TV & Appliance Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Video media
  • Compact discs, records, tapes & audio books
  • Other
  • Toys, hobby goods & games
  • Chart: Record Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 45 and over
  • Consumers aged 24 and under
  • Consumers aged 35 to 44
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Record Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchasing costs
  • Wages
  • Other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Record Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Trans World Entertainment Corporation,
  • Table: Trans World Entertainment Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Record 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 Record Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Album Sales (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Big-Box Store
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Digital Music
  • Music in a digital format that can be easily shared through the internet.
  • Physical Music Media
  • CDs or other physical media prerecorded with music.
  • Return Privilege
  • Record retailers’ right to seek a refund for a percentage of unsold records purchased from a record company or distributor.
  • Streaming Media
  • Multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. Common forms include internet television (e.g. Netflix) or online music (e.g. Spotify).
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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