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Book Stores and Shops

SIC 5942 | NAICS 451211

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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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:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

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

Book Stores
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

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.

Publishers Weekly
Bookselling News
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.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

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.

Compensation Surveys

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.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation 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 BIZCOMPSĀ®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.