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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Book, Periodical & Music Stores

Overview of the U.S. Book, Periodical & Music Stores Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Book, Periodical & Music Stores: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Book, Periodical & Music Stores industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Groceries & Other Food Items For Human Consumption Off The Premises

All Other Groceries & Food Items

Candy, Prepackaged Cookies, & Snack Foods

Bottled, Canned, Or Packaged Soft Drinks & Other Nonalcoholic Beverages

Men's Wear, Including Accessories

TV, DVD/Blu-Ray Players & Recorders, Camcorders, Portable Video Players, E-Book Readers, DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs.

Audio Equipment, Musical Instruments (New & Used), Radios, Audio Electronic Components, CDs, Records, Tapes, Audio Books, Sheet

New & Used Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies, Including Computer Game Software & Tablet Computers

Computer & Peripheral Equipment

Kitchenware & Home Furnishings

Decorative Accessories & Home Furnishings

Books, Including E-Books

Trade Books, Including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Adult, Juvenile.

Mass Market Paperback Books

Religious Books

Textbooks, Including Workbooks On Elementary, High School, & College Levels

Other Books, Including University Press.

Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games

All Other Merchandise

Office, School, & Packaging Supplies

Greeting Cards, Calendars, Maps, Road Atlases

Magazines & Newspapers

Religious Goods, Except Books

Souvenirs & Novelty Items

All Other Merchandise, Excluding Lottery Ticket Sales/Commissions

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map of Book, Periodical & Music Stores by state

Book, Periodical & Music Stores Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Book, Periodical & Music Stores companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Book, Periodical & Music Stores company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Book, Periodical & Music Stores industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Book, Periodical & Music Stores measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Sales and Related Occupations 81%
Supervisors of Sales Workers 9%
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers 9%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 9%
Retail Sales Workers 72%
Cashiers 17%
Cashiers 17%
Retail Salespersons 55%
Retail Salespersons 55%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Book, Periodical & Music Stores Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Barnes & Noble College Booksellers trademarks "ENLIGHT" - Computerized on-line ordering services and an online comparison-shopping search engine for obtaining purchasing information in the fields of textbooks, educational products and open educational resources, educational materials, and interactive educational material, lessons and quizzes created and curated by teachers, professors and instructors that are used in classroom instruction and used by students or shared with other teachers, professors, instructors and school systems; providing a website featuring the ratings, reviews, comments and recommendations posted by consumers on textbooks and school curriculum for commercial purposes - 12/29/2017
  • Thrift Books Global trademarks "BOOK CLUB HUB" - Providing a website featuring non-downloadable software for managing logistics of book clubs, including setting up clubs, inviting members, tracking the books they have read, scheduling and managing events, and posting group messages; Providing a website that gives computer users the ability to manage logistics of book clubs, including setting up clubs, inviting members, tracking the books they have read, scheduling and managing events, and posting group messages; Providing an interactive website featuring technology that allows users to manage logistics of book clubs, including setting up clubs, inviting members, tracking the books they have read, scheduling and managing events, and posting group messages - 07/25/2017
  • Books-A-Million trademarks "FRIED PIE" - Publication services - 07/25/2017
  • Barnes & Noble College Booksellers patents Swipe-based Confirmation For Touch Sensitive Devices - 07/20/2017
  • Sidewalk raises $7 million in funding. - 05/18/2015
  • Barnes & Noble patents Method And Apparatus For Using Different Graphical Display Technologies To Enable User Interactivity - 04/21/2011
  • Borders Group raises $111 million in funding. - 05/21/2010

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Barnes & Noble134
    Barnes & Noble College Booksellers56
    Barnes & Noble Booksellers

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Darien bookstore owners seek to create a hub for book and music lovers - Paul and Robyn Garrison hope the Frugal Muse, a Darien store where gently used books, music recordings, movies and games are resold, can also be a gathering place for avid readers and new performers. The couple, who bought the business in June 2014 ... (01/17/2018)
    • Indigo books opening at old Forever 21 location on Robson Street - The Canadian book and music retailer will open a new 29,000 square-foot flagship ... citing an untenable rent increase. The Chapters store had been at that location for 17 years. Sports Chek now occupies that space. “When we made the decision to leave ... (01/15/2018)
    • Nottelmann Music Company: Small Company with a Big Time Following - With stores in Arnold ... his many years of musical community involvement. He played several instruments, taught private lessons, and was recruited as the first band director at Mehlville High School. He wrote a popular piano lesson book titled "Keyboard ... (01/15/2018)
    • Protesters Vandalise H&M Stores in South Africa over Hoodie with Racial Slur - #ANC106 “That @hm nonsense of a clothing store is ... authored one book – Catalysts. His core expressions are Content Development, Personal Development, and Social Development. At other times he’s a music instrumentalist ... (01/13/2018)
    • Get Your Ass In Here: Voyageur Books - Milwaukee is home to numerous used-book stores including Downtown Books, 624 N. Broadway; Schroeder Used Books & Music in West Allis; Half Price Books in Greenfield and Brookfield and Bay View Books and Music, 2653 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Voyageur Book Shop's ... (01/12/2018)
    • Barnes & Noble shares plunge in wake of bleak holiday report - Shares of Barnes & Noble stock plunged in the wake of a report that the one-time book store ... with sales of DVDs, music and gifts declining as well. That bleak holiday performance has led Barnes & Noble to forecast that store sales for the full ... (01/05/2018)
    • Schuler Books at Eastwood Towne Center to close - After 15 years, the Schuler Books & Music store at Eastwood Towne Center announced Friday that it will close. The bookstore will shutter in early February at the end of its lease, co-owner Bill Fehsenfeld said. “The business has been good," he said. " (01/05/2018)
    • Barnes & Noble Reports Holiday Comparable Store Sales - Declines in the gift, music and DVD categories accounted for nearly half of the comparable store sales decrease ... Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (, plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy ... (01/04/2018)
    • Book World closing chain, including Mason City store - MASON CITY | Book World, Inc. has announced it will close all of its locations, including its store in Southbridge Mall. The company said in a news release a liquidation sale will begin Thursday at each of its stores until all inventory is sold. " (11/01/2017)
    • Cleveland Institute of Music book and music store closing after 24 years - CLEVELAND - A veritable institution within a University Circle institution is about to go out of business. After 24 years of supplying Northeast Ohio musicians, the music and book store at the Cleveland Institute of Music will concede defeat to online ... (06/22/2017)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $775,144 on Book, Periodical & Music Stores. It has awarded 130 contracts to 36 companies, with an average value of $21,532 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Book, Periodical & Music Stores to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Book, Periodical & Music StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Book Stores Competing industry
    Online (Internet) Shopping Competing industry
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry
    Mail-Order Houses Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Books are less than those from Book, Periodical & Music Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Books sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Books Product Sales Report

    Audio Equip, Musical Instr, Radios, Stereos, CDs, Records
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Book, Periodical & Music StoresOpportunity/Threat
    Radio, Television & Electronics Stores
    Musical Instrument & Supplies Stores
    Online (Internet) Shopping
    Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail
    Discount Department Stores

    Since sales from Book, Periodical & Music Stores are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Audio Equip, Musical Instr, Radios, Stereos, CDs, Records, companies in the Book, Periodical & Music Stores industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
    Audio Equip, Musical Instr, Radios, Stereos, CDs, Records Product Sales Report

    TV, Video Recorders, Video Cameras, Video Tapes, DVDs
    TV, Video Recorders, Video Cameras, Video Tapes, DVDs Product Sales Report

    Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption
    Meals, Snacks And Beverages Prepared For Immediate Consumption Product Sales Report

    Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games
    Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games Product Sales Report

    Women's, Juniors', And Misses' Wear, Including Accessories
    Women's, Juniors', And Misses' Wear, Including Accessories Product Sales Report

    Men's Wear, Including Accessories
    Men's Wear, Including Accessories Product Sales Report

    Kitchenware & Home Furnishings
    Kitchenware & Home Furnishings Product Sales Report

    Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies
    Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies Product Sales Report

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