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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Printing & Writing Paper Merchant Wholesalers

Overview: the U.S. Printing & Writing Paper 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 Printing & Writing Paper 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

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 Printing & Writing Paper 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

Janitorial Equipment And Supplies

Printing And Writing Paper


Fine Roll Paper

Other Printing And Writing Paper, Including Paper Used In Brochures, Catalogs, And Direct Mail

Office Paper, Office Supplies, Greeting Cards, And Labels

Office And Consumer Paper, Including Stationery

Other Office Supplies, Including Envelopes, Ruled Forms, And Labels

Paper And Plastic Products

Cardboard Boxes

Industrial Paper And Plastic For Packaging, Including Wrapping, Bags, And Cartons

Other Paper And Plastic Products

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.

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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 Printing & Writing Paper 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 Printing & Writing Paper 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 Printing & Writing Paper 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 7%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5%
Sales and Related Occupations 24%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 21%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 21%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 20%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31%
Information and Record Clerks 9%
Customer Service Representatives 7%
Customer Service Representatives 7%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 11%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 7%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 7%
Production Occupations 5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 22%
Motor Vehicle Operators 9%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 9%
Material Moving Workers 11%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 8%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Printing & Writing Paper Merchant Wholesalers Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

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Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

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

Latest Industry News

  • Downtown businessman should get Trump pardon - He has raised and educated a beautiful family, started a business ... Vindicator I’m writing in response to Terry Gallagher’s letter “Kudos to The Vindicator for publishing Scriptures” (1/7/18). I disagree with Gallagher. Printing “Scriptures ... (01/14/2018)
  • I found my suicide note - I started writing in earnest ... and I made paper copies of whatever stories I felt had some value. I was mainly a writer, not an editor. I used cheap paper; almost transparent. I’m not sure it was even meant for printing, but it held the ink. (01/12/2018)
  • Introducing Trusted Business Solutions With New Canon Inkjet Card, Thermal Re-Transfer ID Card And Label Printers Offering Professional Quality Output - paper-and-plastic hybrid print output ability. This one machine can produce, but is not limited to, event credentials, such as a tradeshow press pass, student or employee ID card, business cards with or without imagery, product tags including SKU numbers ... (01/09/2018)
  • Controlled Print Communication And Its Benefits - Well, the print medium has turned out to be so popular that Holmen Paper offers the highest respect to the printed ... It is nothing but streamlining the production procedures of the business. This, in turn, helps the company to work effectively and ... (01/05/2018)
  • Former Business Journal editor dies at 61 - When that ... writing and editing skills, coupled with his vast newsroom experience, proved to be an invaluable resource for the entire Sacramento community. He will be greatly missed," said Beth Davis, former print editor for the Business Journal. (01/02/2018)
  • Make a New Year’s Resolution to protect your money and identity - Shred paper documents ... Get everything in writing. Don’t just take a company’s word for it. Get every verbal agreement in writing to limit miscommunication and misunderstandings between what you expect and what the business delivers. (01/01/2018)
  • City Paper to publish final issue after four-decade run - Even the venerable Village Voice in New York stopped printing ... the business on the job, went on to co-own the popular Donna’s restaurant chain. Phyllis Orrick, then a recent college graduate who’d grown up in Ruxton, began writing for City Paper ... (10/26/2017)
  • World Printing And Writing Paper Market Report 2017 - Updated Analysis And Forecasts To 2025 - Research and Markets - DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "World: Printing And Writing Paper - Market Report - Analysis And Forecast To 2025" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the Global Printing and Writing Paper market. (08/30/2017)
  • This $530 tablet is better than a book or a sketchpad — it looks, feels, and acts just like paper - According to Magnus Wanberg, there are two types of people in the world: Those who do everything digitally, and "paper people" — those who prefer reading actual books or writing in notebooks ... of reMarkable, told Business Insider. (05/31/2017)
  • Century Textiles looks to exit paper business - Mumbai: Century Textiles and Industries Ltd (CTIL), a part of the B.K. Birla Group, is in advanced talks to sell its paper business to JK Paper Ltd ... capacity of 31,320 tonnes per year, and writing and printing paper capacity of 197,800 tonnes. (05/10/2017)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $3,024,857 on Printing & Writing Paper Merchant Wholesalers. It has awarded 281 contracts to 47 companies, with an average value of $64,359 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Envelope paper, bulk, merchant wholesalers, Newsprint merchant wholesalers, Groundwood paper, Printing paper, Paper (e.g., fine, printing, writing), Fine paper, etc.

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