Newspaper and book retailers have faced tough trading conditions over the past five years due to a decline in the sale of printed publications and growth in the volume of sales lost to international e-tailers. Industry trading conditions have been affected by competition from external operators, including supermarkets and department stores. The challenging operating landscape has culminated in industry revenue declining. Revenue is estimated to drop at an annualised 5.7% over the five years through 2014-15.
Operators in the industry primarily retail newspapers, books and magazines. Industry players may operate as independent businesses, as part of a retail chain of stores or under a franchised model. Newspapers and books are largely purchased from the relevant wholesalers and then sold via stores or online sites to end consumers. Players that operate purely online are excluded from the industry.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.