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College Stores and Bookstores

SIC 5942 | NAICS 451211

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Book Stores  (view report)

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:

The College Store Magazine / Campus Marketplace E-Newsletter
Bimonthly trade magazine and weekly e-newsletter feature news and information for higher education retailers throughout North America, with topics covered in these publications including industry news and developments, management best practices, retail innovations, customer service, marketing and promotions, campus relations, legislation, emerging technologies, and new products and services.

Higher Education Retail Market Facts and Figures
Factsheet provides information on higher education institution demographics, student demographics, student enrollment trends, student enrollment by institution size, number of stores, total college store market size, average sales per store, average new and used textbook prices, and per capita student spending for required course materials and for technology, supplies, and course materials in total.

Student Watch: Campus Market Research Study
Market research study analyzes student behavior and attitudes concerning college course materials, with topics covered in the study including top sources for course material purchases and rentals, per capita student spending on required course materials by type of institution, faculty influence on where materials are acquired, print versus digital products trends, and perceived value of course materials.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions section provides information on the new and used textbook market, with topics covered including average per capita student spending on required course materials, student preferences regarding purchase or rental of textbooks, used textbook acquisition and pricing, course material bundles which include textbooks and supplemental materials, and textbook rental programs.

First Research

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

Simba Information
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Educational Marketer Newsletter
Biweekly newsletter features business news and analysis for educational publishing and marketing professionals, with topics covered in various issues of this publication including PreK-12 textbooks, college textbooks and trends, supplemental materials, courseware, testing, publisher rankings and strategies, student enrollment and demographics, federal and state funding, and legislative issues.

College Course Materials Market Forecast
Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of the college instructional materials market, with topics covered in the report including market size and structure, market segments (e.g., new and used textbooks, multimedia materials including digital textbooks), market drivers, retail distribution channels, competitive landscape and trends, and sales forecast for key college course materials.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Bookstores / School Book and Textbook Stores  Search for "451211"
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

Independent College Stores Financial Survey Report

Annual NACS financial survey allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other similar survey participants in terms of annual sales, store size, expenses, purchases, inventory, and staffing levels, with independent college stores participating in the survey defined as those having the following types of ownership/operation: institutional, student association, co-operative, or private.

The Independent College Stores Report

Annual benchmarking survey conducted jointly by the ICBA and NACS Large Stores Group provides financial and operating performance measures for institutional stores (not lease-operated or privately owned), with product categories covered in the survey including trade books, textbooks, technology products, insignia products, and student supplies. Survey results are available to participants only.

Compensation Surveys

Salary & Benefits Report

Biennial NACS salary and benefits survey allows users to compare their compensation and benefits practices with similar participating college bookstores based on annual sales volume, type of school served (two-year versus four-year), type of school ownership (institutionally owned, privately owned, contract managed, or other ownership), geographic region, and school location (urban versus rural).

Book Stores

Free online service provides salary and hourly wage data for job positions in this retail sector such as bookstore manager, merchandise manager, assistant manager, book seller, and cashier, with college store operators for which salary or wages are provided including Barnes & Noble College Booksellers (B&N Education, LLC) and Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. (Follett Corporation).

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