Not for sale: Industry revenue will decline amid falling gold prices and the recovering economy

The Pawn Shops industry has declined over the past five years amid falling gold prices and the recovering economy. The gold rush, coupled with persistent unemployment, led to a boom in demand for the industry through 2012. However, as economic conditions continued to improve in subsequent years, both unemployment and gold prices began to fall, causing the industry's decline. Moving forward, low-income households will continue to comprise the industry's core consumers, keeping sales buoyant and profit margins relatively stable. Nevertheless, the improving economic outlook is forecast to temper industry demand, as consumers who were previously forced into pawn shop patronage will gain employment and opt for alternative financing sources...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Declining gold prices and the recovering economy will slow industry revenue growth
  • Major players have undergone acquisitions to expand their market reach and limit competition
  • Low-income households will continue to comprise the industry’s core consumers
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Pawn Shops industry has declined over the past five years from previous highs experienced prior to the five-year period. The gold rush, coupled with persistent unemployment, led to a boom in demand for the industry through 2012. However, as economic conditions continued to improve in subsequent years, both unemployment and gold prices began to fall, causing the industry’s decline. Since the industry operates countercyclical to the overall economy, industry revenue is anticipated to decline at an annualized rate of 2.4% over the five years to 2017. In 2017 alone, revenue is expected to decline 0.2% to reach $6.1 billion, as the price of gold increases and access to credit is restricted...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pawn Shops Industry

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

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Licensing
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Poverty rate and Access to credit in the Pawn Shops industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pawn Shops Industry?

    Companies in this industry offer secured loans to individuals, who then provide items of personal property as collateral. These companies also retail used goods that are often acquired from unpaid loans or purchased directly from consumers.

    Industry Products
  • Secured loans for personal collateral
  • Merchandise sales
  • Other sales
  • Industry Activities
  • Consumer lending (secured loans with personal property used as collateral)
  • Used goods retailing
  • Appraising items for purchase or pawn
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Poverty rate
  • Access to credit
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • National unemployment rate
  • World price of gold

  • Current Performance
  • Demand for loans and retail services
  • Profit and participation
  • Industry developments
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Improving economy
  • Slowing growth
  • Table: Pawn Shops Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pawn Shops Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consumers

  • Products & Services
  • Merchandise sales
  • Secured loans for personal collateral
  • Other sales
  • Chart: Pawn Shops Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Generation X
  • Baby boomers
  • Individuals aged 63 and older
  • Generation Y
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pawn Shops 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 Pawn Shops

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pawn Shops Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    EZCorp Inc., Cash America International Inc.,
  • Table: EZCorp Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Cash America International Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pawn Shops 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 Pawn Shops Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World price of gold (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Big-Box Retailer
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, households goods and other consumer products.
  • Collateral
  • An object that is pledged as security for repayment of a loan.
  • Pawn Loan
  • A loan that is secured by collateral held by the pawn broker (or pawn shop).
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