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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

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

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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:

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.

Book Stores

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.

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.

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Financial Benchmarking Data

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 financial benchmarking data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro 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.

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Compensation and Salary 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.

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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 BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.

Private Company Sales Transactions
Pratt's Stats® | BIZCOMPS®
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company transactions by SIC or NAICS code for comparable business sales transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.

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