Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special
focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their
performance. Report contents include:
Sample report is available online.
Information resources available from this trade association include:
Weekly e-newsletter features news and information for the industry, with news coverage including key events
and trends affecting retail merchants. All articles from current issue can be viewed free online; complimentary
subscription to this publication is available with registration.
Education section includes articles, presentations, guides, and other publications covering topics such
as management and operations, accounting and finances, sales and marketing, product merchandising, and more.
Publications included in this section are available to members only.
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and
operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and
include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
Sample report is available online.
Small business market research report provides a summary overview of the industry, with topics covered including
industry trends, business startup costs, customer profiles and demographics, sales and marketing tips, trade
associations, and additional sources and references. Report can be viewed free online.
News channel features news and information for retail merchants, with topics covered including industry trends
and developments, print and digital sales data and trends, company news and profiles, and more. Selected articles
from current and prior issues of the weekly magazine are available online.
Mintel Group Ltd.
Book Retailing - US
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. retail market, with topics covered including market
size and forecast, segment performance (e.g., adult paperback and hardback, juvenile, and digital), retail channels
(e.g., specialty retail stores, online/mail order, discounters, supercenters, and club stores), and more. Detailed
table of contents which includes key points from the report can be viewed free online.
How To Open a Bookstore
Startup guide provides an overview of the industry and takes users through the various aspects of starting a
business and running it successfully. Topics covered include store formats and specializations; choosing a location;
equipment and supplies; buying and controlling inventory; management and operations; and marketing the business.
Detailed table of contents and introductory chapter can be viewed free online.
Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance
sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed benchmarking data available
by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level.
Sample reports are available online.
ABACUS Financial Survey
Annual financial survey of independent retailers provides participants with a custom detailed comparative financial
analysis based on sales volume, store size, type of location, and other criteria. Survey also includes
an executive summary of key findings, insights into factors affecting profitability, and year-to-year trends
data. Survey is available to members only; contact association for more information.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Book Stores and News Dealers
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in this retail sector on a national,
state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median,
and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.
Small Business Valuation Formula Multiples
Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries.
Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary
focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.
Christian Stores and Bookstores
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