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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift Stores

Overview: the U.S. Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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

Cigars, Cigarettes, Tobacco, & Smokers' Accessories, Excluding Sales From Vending Machines Operated By Others

Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics

Paper & Related Products, Including Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Wraps, Bags, Foils.

Paper & Plastic Tableware

Gift Wrap, Gift Bags, & Tissue Paper

Men's Wear, Including Accessories

Women's, Juniors', & Misses' Wear, Including Accessories

Children's Wear, Including Boys', Girls', & Infants' & Toddlers' Clothing & Accessories

Costumes & Unisex Clothing

Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture

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

Kitchenware & Home Furnishings

Decorative Accessories & Home Furnishings


Jewelry, Including Watches, Watch Attachments, Novelty Jewelry, Estate/Antique Jewelry.

Books, Including E-Books

Photographic Equipment & Supplies

Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games

All Other Merchandise

Stationery Products

Office Paper, Including Computer Printer, Copier, Fax, & Typewriter Cut Sheet Paper

Office, School, & Packaging Supplies

Office Equipment

Greeting Cards, Calendars, Maps, Road Atlases

Luggage & Leather Goods

Souvenirs & Novelty Items

Seasonal Decorations

Meals, Unpackaged Snacks, Sandwiches, Unpackaged Ice Cream & Yogurt, Bakery Items, Other Food Items & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared

All Other Merchandise, Excluding Lottery Ticket Sales/Commissions

All Nonmerchandise Receipts

Printing Or Engraving To Order

All Other Nonmerchandise Receipts

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

Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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 76%
Supervisors of Sales Workers 10%
First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers 10%
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 10%
Retail Sales Workers 64%
Cashiers 12%
Cashiers 12%
Retail Salespersons 49%
Retail Salespersons 49%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift Stores Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score
American Covers145
Innovative Office Products45
Spencer Gifts

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

Latest Industry News

  • Chicago Public Schools employees stole gift cards meant for students, watchdog says - CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools employees “stole or misappropriated” thousands of dollars’ worth of school-purchased gift ... Schuler’s office found. The same principal gave to an acquaintance 30 new backpacks filled with school supplies that ... (01/12/2018)
  • Focus on Energy: New lighting provides savings for iconic variety store - We Energies is the electric provider for the store that features a large candy counter with confections from around the globe. In addition to selling gifts, toys, stationery, seasonal items, housewares, office and sewing supplies, as a Gold Crown Hallmark ... (01/10/2018)
  • Asia's Largest Toys & Games Fair Opens with Innovative Products - They include department stores, specialty stores and retail chains such ... paper packaging and printing goods, office supplies and gift stationery. In addition, a theme display "All for Arts," exhibiting a wide collection of artistically designed ... (01/08/2018)
  • Stationery World Expo: Of pen, paper, and palettes - While you can shop ... stationery was a part of the Gifts Expo, but owing to high demands, we are organising it as a separate expo this time,” says Himani Gulati, director of the expo. She adds, “The stationery expo will display paper products, office ... (07/30/2016)
  • Paper Source stationery company sold by SoCal private equity firm - Popular stationery company ... private equity firm Brentwood Associates to investment management firm Investcorp. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Chicago-based chain, which sells paper goods, gifts and crafting supplies across ... (09/24/2013)
  • Best Stationery Stores in Seattle - Silberman Brown has shared its passion for high-quality paper, pens and gifts with Seattle-area patrons since 1977. The store ... stationery section, with walls of colorful notebooks, aisles of gel pens and shelf after shelf of squeeworthy Asian office ... (01/08/2013)
  • Research and Markets: 2013 U.S. Office Supplies & Stationery Stores Industry-Industry & Market Report - has announced the addition of the "2013 U.S. Office Supplies & Stationery Stores Industry-Industry & Market Report" report to their offering. The 2013 U.S. Office Supplies & Stationery Stores Industry-Industry & Market report, published annually , contains ... (11/15/2012)
  • RNC Spent Thousands on 'Office Supplies' At Ronald Reagan Gift Shop, Liquor Store - While we were digging around the itemized disbursements of the Republican National Committee in search of lesbians, we found a couple trips marked "office supplies" that are both ... 2,200 at the Ronald Reagan Museum Store in Simi Valley, California ... (03/29/2010)
  • Binders Are Keepers - It has a line of more than 300 products carried by office supply and stationery stores, bookstores and gift shops nationwide, and exports to Canada, Mexico and South America. Its next export targets are Europe and Asia. Rollabind is opening 36,000 square ... (04/21/2000)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $56,696,397 on Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift Stores. It has awarded 5,332 contracts to 310 companies, with an average value of $182,892 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 Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift 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.

Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift StoresOpportunity/Threat
Radio, Television & Electronics Stores
Mail-Order Houses
Online (Internet) Shopping
Computer & Software Stores
Office Supply Stores Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies are less than those from Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies sales, taking market share from this industry.
Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies Product Sales Report

Office & School Supplies
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift StoresOpportunity/Threat
Office Supply Stores Competing industry
Mail-Order Houses Competing industry
Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry
Online (Internet) Shopping Competing industry
Discount Department Stores Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Office & School Supplies are less than those from Office Supplies, Stationery & Gift Stores. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Office & School Supplies sales, taking market share from this industry.
Office & School Supplies Product Sales Report

Souvenirs & Novelty Items
Souvenirs & Novelty Items Product Sales Report

Office Paper, Including Computer, Copier, Fax & Typewriter Paper
Office Paper, Including Computer, Copier, Fax & Typewriter Paper Product Sales Report

Stationery Products
Stationery Products Product Sales Report

Seasonal Decorations
Seasonal Decorations Product Sales Report

Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture
Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture Product Sales Report

Greeting Cards
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Office Equipment
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Kitchenware & Home Furnishings
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