A closed book: Competition from online and external operators has affected profit

Operators in the Book Stores industry have struggled over the past five years. Numerous factors have affected the industry, including lower book prices and competition from online and external players. Trends in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment, the IT and telecommunications adoption rate, and demand for online shopping have also influenced the industry’s operating landscape over the period. Industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 7.1% over the five years through 2019-20, to $1.4 billion. This trend includes a forecast decline of 4.2% in the current year, due to continued competition from the online market.Retail trade has been lacklustre over the past five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Competition from department stores and online retailers has negatively affected profitability
  • Poor print book sales have contributed to declining industry profit margins
  • Price competition is projected to remain intense, placing added pressure on product margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Operators in the Book Stores industry have faced difficult trading conditions over the past five years. Industry firms have been forced to contend with falling sales volumes, downward pricing pressures, strong competition from online operators and external players, and changing consumer buying habits. As a result, industry revenue is expected to contract at an annualised 7.1% over the five years through 2019-20. Industry profit has declined over the period due to strong competition and falling prices. The industry’s performance has also been affected by fluctuations in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment, the IT and telecommunications adoption rate, and trends in online shopping. Industry revenue is projected to decline by 4.2% in 2019-20, to $1.4 billion...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book Stores Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Book Stores are:

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • Close monitoring of competition
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Real household discretionary income in the Book Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Stores Industry?

    Indiustry firms primarily retail books. These companies can also retail audio books, ebooks and ereaders. Online-only booksellers are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Books
  • Other goods
  • Ebooks and ereaders
  • Industry Activities
  • Audio book retailing
  • Book retailing
  • Ebook retailing
  • Ereader retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Demand from online shopping

  • Current Performance
  • Performance drivers
  • Profit and

    store numbers

  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operating landscape
  • Profit and store numbers
  • 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
  • Education and Training
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book and Magazine Wholesaling
  • Book Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Books
  • Other goods
  • Ebooks and ereaders
  • Chart: Book Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 15 to 34
  • People aged 55 and over
  • People aged 35 to 54
  • Educational organisations and business users
  • 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
  • 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
    Cover Syndicate Pty Ltd, SH&G Nominees No 2 Pty Ltd, University Co-operative Bookshop Limited,
  • Table: Cover Syndicate Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: SH&G Nominees No 2 Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: University Co-operative Bookshop Limited - 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 (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A book in digital or electronic format, which may be read using an ereader, tablet, smartphone or computer.
  • Ereader
  • A portable tablet device that allows consumers to download and read digital publications such as ebooks.
  • Parallel Import Restrictions
  • Legislation preventing bookstores from importing commercial volumes of a book if a local publisher can supply it within 14 days of its release overseas.
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