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Book Stores Industry Analysis

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Industry Overview & Outlook . .
- Market Size
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- Market Forecast   .
- Products/Services Breakdown   .
- Revenue per State . .
$ Financial Metrics . .
$ Salary & Compensation Benchmarks . .
@ Key Companies   .
- Industry News & Innovators   .
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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Book Stores

Overview: the U.S. Book 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 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.

market size 2018
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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

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.

market forecast

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 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

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 by state

Book 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 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.

example price index trendline

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 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 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 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 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 "FIRST DAY" - Education services - 02/23/2018
  • 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

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Barnes & Noble135
    Barnes & Noble College Booksellers57

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

    Latest Industry News

    • New book explains ‘Why You Eat What You Eat’ - Bringing reusable bags to the store, for instance, often primes the purchase of organic ... One of the people we follow through the book is Stan, who was run over by a pick-up truck and permanently lost his sense of smell. Herz, who consults on the science ... (01/10/2018)
    • Dozens more ‘resistance’ books scheduled for 2018 - "It's staggering, the number of books," says store manager and leader buyer Camden Avery. "Politics has a much more prominent place in our store and for our customers than we've had for a long time." The rise of Donald Trump has been mirrored by an ... (01/10/2018)
    • Fairground Hardware Owner Laments Des Moines Store's Closing - Today, he's sorting and tossing, reminiscing and boxing up decades worth of memories that made up his store. There's a stack of books dating to 1911 near the cash register, metal toys beside old car stereos on a table, antique tins and canisters in ... (01/10/2018)
    • I almost gave up on bookstores (part 2) - A few minutes later he returned with a book in hand. How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas. He told me how the author grew up in Paris, now lives in Chicago, actually comes into the store a fair amount. She's signed this copy. He tells me it's not ... (01/10/2018)
    • Gun-Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court to Review Case Against California County’s Gun Store Ban - "If this was a book store or an abortion clinic, the Ninth Circuit would not have hesitated in striking this zoning regulation unanimously." "The Court's decision to deny certiorari in this case reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second ... (01/10/2018)
    • Nikki Haley: 'Ambitious as Lucifer,' new White House book says - The book is almost impossible to find in book stores, given its heavy interest since being released Friday. Schuyler Kropf is political editor of The Post and Courier. You can reach him at (01/10/2018)
    • A Tiny New York Town With Not One, But 5 Indie Bookstores - five independent bookstores. “The books just show up,” Barbara Balliet, who owns Blenheim Hill Books, says. “I’ve come to the store and bags of books are waiting for me.” Fewer than 500 people live in Hobart. Yet from Main Street, in the center ... (01/10/2018)
    • Comic book shoplifter collared by real-life crimefighters in Melbourne - The same man returned again on Jan. 3 and stole more books. Store staff said the suspect returned twice this week, and West Melbourne police said they took him into custody Tuesday afternoon. His name and charges were not available Tuesday night. (01/10/2018)
    • In Trump's America, dozens more 'resistance' books scheduled for 2018 - "It's staggering, the number of books," says store manager and leader buyer Camden Avery. "Politics has a much more prominent place in our store and for our customers than we've had for a long time." The rise of Donald Trump has been mirrored by an ... (01/09/2018)
    • Author, publisher won't back down on explosive Trump book - Copies of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff are displayed at Barbara's Books Store, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Chief policy adviser Stephen Miller, in a combative appearance ... (01/08/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $516,710 on Book Stores. It has awarded 70 contracts to 26 companies, with an average value of $19,873 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 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 StoresOpportunity/Threat
    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 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 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 Stores are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Audio Equip, Musical Instr, Radios, Stereos, CDs, Records, companies in the Book 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

    Magazines & Newspapers
    Magazines & Newspapers Product Sales Report

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

    Souvenirs & Novelty Items
    Souvenirs & Novelty Items Product Sales Report

    Stationery Products
    Stationery Products Product Sales Report

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

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

    Office & School Supplies
    Office & School Supplies Product Sales Report

    Kitchenware & Home Furnishings
    Kitchenware & Home Furnishings 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:
    Religious book stores, Book stores, etc.

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