Low battery: Growth from high sales volumes will be threatened by external competition

The retail market for laptops has experienced steady decline over the past five years. Improving processing power and efficiency for products such as smart phones and tablets have offered substitute products to laptops. Additionally, the manufacturing of such substitute goods is increasingly offshored to low-wage countries such as China and Malaysia. Manufacturing processes have also become increasingly automated, leading to falling prices for substitute goods. Increasing affordability has somewhat cushioned the decline of laptop sales over the past five years. The greatest threat to the future prospects of the laptop retail market is the proliferation of tablet computers...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increasing affordability has somewhat cushioned the decline of laptop sales over the past five years
  • Profit margins vary among brick-and-mortar computer retailers and online-only outlets
  • The laptop market is expected to experience decline during the five-year outlook period
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The ubiquity of the Internet and digital media has made computers a necessary personal item. In the United States, 86.3% of households will own at least one computer in 2017, up from 78.9% in 2012. Rapid technological advancements, combined with efficient production methods, have caused retail prices to drop dramatically over the past decade, making computers more affordable than ever before. Laptops in particular have experienced their price decline over the last five years, which has resulted in a rising number of consumers opting for these versatile and portable computers versus their more clunky desktop counterparts. The rise of wireless-fidelity (Wi-Fi) has aided in the transition from desktop products to portables. Nev...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry are

  • Offering a wide product range
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Price of computers and peripheral equipment and Number of households in the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry?

    This retail market for laptops includes laptop sales made through traditional brick-and-mortar outlets, online websites and by mail order. Laptops are considered personal computers for mobile use but do not include tablet devices or smartphones.

    Industry Products
  • Entry level
  • Chromebooks
  • Ultrabooks
  • Two-in-one
  • Business
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling full-size laptops
  • Selling desktop replacement laptops
  • Selling netbooks
  • Selling subnotebooks
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Price of computers and peripheral equipment
  • Number of households
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Private investment in computers and software

  • Current Performance
  • Prices fall, volume rises
  • Profit is a wildcard
  • Employment and wages
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Saturation and competition will slow sales growth
  • The shift online
  • Table: The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Chromebooks
  • Two-in-one
  • Ultrabooks
  • Entry level
  • Business
  • Chart: The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Ages 18-34
  • Ages 35-46
  • Ages 47-56
  • Ages 57-65
  • Ages 66-74
  • Ages 75+
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketingDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs The Retail Market for Laptop Computers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Best Buy Co. Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc.,
  • Table: Best Buy Co. Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Amazon.com Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Apple Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the The Retail Market for Laptop Computers 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 The Retail Market for Laptop Computers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Households with at least one computer (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A small, lightweight, legacy-free, and inexpensive laptop computer.
  • Solid-State
  • A data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently.
  • Subnotebook
  • A highly portable laptop that has strict limits for size, weight, battery life, and have tablet-like features such as instant on functionality.
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