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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers

Overview of the U.S. Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers 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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers: 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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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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers 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

Toys And Hobby Goods And Supplies

Books, Periodicals, Newspapers, And Other Printed Materials

Books, Including Audio Books

Periodicals And Newspapers

Other Printed Materials, Including Maps And Atlases

Miscellaneous Commodities

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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers by state

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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers 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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers 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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers 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 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers3%
Sales and Related Occupations 21%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 16%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 16%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 15%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 25%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 9%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 6%
Agricultural Workers 5%
Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers 5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 26%
Motor Vehicle Operators 10%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 10%
Material Moving Workers 14%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 13%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 11%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Follett trademarks "WE ARE CAMPUS" - Apparel - 01/05/2018
  • Nebraska Book trademarks "COUNTERONE" - Furniture - 01/05/2018
  • Christian Art Gifts trademarks "" - Online store services featuring Bibles, books, printed publications, stationary, homeware, houseware, kitchenware, handbags, personal gifts, clothing, jewelry, and fashion accessories concerning Christianity and family values in their content, decoration or depictions - 11/17/2017
  • Nebraska Book raises $133 million in funding. - 09/22/2016
  • Follett patents Method And System For Distributing Digital Media Content - 02/28/2013

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Harpercollins Christian Publishing Inc. Fka Thomas Nelson
    Intellisphere LLC.

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Queen's bra-fitter says book cost company royal warrant - June Kenton said Rigby & Peller lost the right to display the royal coat of arms in 2017 after she mentioned the royals in her book, "Storm in a D-cup ... Fortnum & Mason has a warrant as "Grocer & Provision Merchant" to the monarch. (01/11/2018)
    • Wholesale Fertilizer Prices Seen Steady to Slightly Higher in Short Term - International: Ammonia prices continued trending upward in December behind healthy demand from phosphate producers as well as ongoing disruptions to merchant ammonia supply ... In December, there was news that the majority of gas-based production in ... (01/06/2018)
    • Why Even Top Local News Sites Can’t Compete With Facebook on Ads - The merchant-Facebook transactions are for promotions or ads ... Donezzi used to advertise in the local news site, but that was before the data he got from Facebook showed him that his ads on the platform were delivered to the right people, and very ... (01/05/2018)
    • Natalie Merchant set for appearance at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck - Hudson Valley singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will be at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck Saturday evening for an interview, question-and-answer session and CD signing. Merchant is well-known from her former band, 10,000 Maniacs. She has in recent ... (08/18/2017)
    • News Corp. CEO: The Almighty Algorithm - "fake news" and other consequences of Google, Amazon and Facebook's relentless focus on quantity over quality - But in this age, utterly dominated by content distributors - the duopoly - at the ... And so, at The Wall Street Journal - by any and all standards a high quality newspaper, one which invests many, many millions of dollars in international coverage ... (06/15/2017)
    • Harris Newmark: The Jewish father of L.A. - Mayer, Carl Laemmle, Fanny Brice and two of the Three Stooges — Curly and Shemp Howard — as well as 19th-century merchant ... became a major wholesale grocer, putting Beaudry, a competitor, out of business in the process. His book mentions his ... (06/22/2016)
    • The strange tale of an Oswego man who wrote a book predicting a Titanic-like disaster ... 14 years before it happened - Titanic News Channel. “I have written more than 200 short stories. My name has appeared as author of stories in every leading magazine in the United States and frequently in the English periodicals. I have had published 14 books, none of which retailed ... (12/11/2011)
    • Rapid City to lose Borders bookseller as company goes into liquidation - Instead, Borders will be sold to a team of liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources LLC and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC. Dave Strain, author and owner of the Rapid City-based Dakota West Books wholesaler, said Borders’ closing will be a loss ... (07/19/2011)
    • Piers Merchant - Piers Merchant ... Merchant of indulging in "an open-air sex romp". It identified the object of his affections as being one Anna Cox, a 17-year-old who had worked at the Casa Rosa nightclub in Soho in the euphemistically-named "hostess" business. The ... (09/23/2009)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $7,972,064 on Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers. It has awarded 361 contracts to 83 companies, with an average value of $96,049 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 & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers 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.

    Miscellaneous Commodities
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant WholesalersOpportunity/Threat
    Petroleum Bulk Stations & Terminals
    Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
    Lumber, Plywood, Millwork & Wood Panel Merchant Wholesalers
    General Line Grocery Merchant Wholesalers
    Grain & Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers

    Since sales from Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Miscellaneous Commodities, companies in the Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
    Miscellaneous Commodities Product Sales Report

    Office Paper, Office Supplies, Greeting Cards, And Labels
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant WholesalersOpportunity/Threat
    Stationery & Office Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
    Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers
    Printing & Writing Paper Merchant Wholesalers
    Industrial & Personal Service Paper Merchant Wholesalers
    Business to Business Electronic Markets

    Since sales from Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Office Paper, Office Supplies, Greeting Cards, And Labels, companies in the Book, Periodical & Newspaper Merchant Wholesalers industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
    Office Paper, Office Supplies, Greeting Cards, And Labels Product Sales Report

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Books merchant wholesalers, Newspaper agencies merchant wholesalers, Magazines merchant wholesalers, Newspapers merchant wholesalers, Pamphlets merchant wholesalers, Antique book merchant wholesalers, Maps (except globe, school, wall) merchant wholesalers, Periodicals merchant wholesalers, etc.

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