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Book Stores in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Book Stores in the US

The Book Stores industry has had its pages ruffled over the five years to 2017. Despite a strengthening domestic economy and rising per capita disposable income, the industry continues to experience decline. While demand for bookstore merchandise has fallen, consumers have not ceased purchasing books altogether. Rising external competition and mass adoption of less expensive e-books have dampened profitability, driving many operators out of the industry. As a result, over the past five years, industry revenue is expected to decline. While the economy is expected to strengthen over the next five years, the industry will not follow suit.

Companies in this industry primarily retail a broad range of books, newspapers and periodicals 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 (2017)
    • 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 (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Barnes & Noble Inc. (industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Barnes & Noble Education (industry-specifi c segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Follett Higher Education Group (industry-specifi c segment) - 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
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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