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Book Stores in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Book Stores in Canada

The Book Stores industry has steadily declined over the five years to 2018 amid high competition from online retailers and e-books. Slow growth in per capita disposable income and consumer confidence, as well as changing consumer preferences, have hindered the industry. Over the five years to 2023, the industry is forecast to continue declining, albeit at a slightly slower pace. Despite rising per capita disposable income and consumer confidence in the strengthening economy, changing consumer shopping preferences and limited leisure time for activities like reading books will lead to further drops in revenue.

Companies in this industry retail a broad range of book and newspaper merchandise, including trade books, textbooks, magazines, paperbacks and religious books. These goods are purchased from domestic (and in some cases international) manufacturers and wholesalers. Operators then retail these goods through their stores to the general public. This industry excludes retailers that operate primarily as used merchandise stores or electronic shopping and mail-order houses.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Per capita disposable income
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Indigo Books and Music (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance**
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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