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Computer Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Computer Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 44312 | Sep 2016

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

IBISWorld’s Computer Stores market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Increasing competition from online retailers and big-box stores will inhibit growth
  • Manufacturers have been able to create more powerful chips at lower costs
  • Online retailers are expected to erode the industry’s market position
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 faced 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, diminishing the industry's revenue potential. The Computer Stores industry is expected to grow slowly over the next five years. Competition from online distributors will continue to erode the industry's customer and revenue base, augmented by a growing number of smartphone devices and e-commerce applications... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Computer Stores industry is considered in the mature stage of its life cycle. Industry value-added (IVA), a measure of the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is projected to grow at an annualized rate of 1.6% in the 10 years to 2021; meanwhile, US GDP is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 2.1%. Despite a lower IVA growth rate, which typically signifies a declining industry, computer retailers operate in a mature market. Characteristic of a mature industry, technological change is low among retailers and the industry's products are widely adopted.

Due to increasing internal and external competition, the number of enterprises is expected to decline in the 10 years to 2021, at an annualized rate of 3.5% to 9,759 operators. Low.. ... 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 Per capita disposable income and External competition for the Computer Stores industry in the Computer Stores industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    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
    Computer equipmentComputer peripherals and other hardwareSoftware
    Industry Activities
    Retailing computersRetailing computer peripherals (e.g. printers, monitors, keyboards, mice and speakers)Retailing computer software

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • External competition for the Computer Stores industry
  • Price of computers and peripheral equipment
  • 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
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Computer Manufacturing
  • Computer Peripheral Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Computer equipment
  • Computer peripherals and other hardware
  • Software
  • Chart: Computer Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Businesses
  • Other
  • The government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Computer Stores Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Computer Stores
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Computer Stores Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Best Buy Co. Inc.
    Apple Computer, Inc.
    Fry's Electronics Inc.
  • Table: Best Buy Co. Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Apple Computer, Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Fry's Electronics Inc. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Computer Stores Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Percentage of households with at least one computer (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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    This report on Computer Stores:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Computer Stores market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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