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Music, Record, and Video Stores

SIC 5735 & 7841 | NAICS 443142 & 532230

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Record Stores  (view report)
DVD, Game & Video Rental  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

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


U.S. Music Industry Shipment and Revenue Statistics  Select "Sales & Revenue" reports
Annual report provides current and prior year shipment and revenue data for the digital permanent download (e.g., single, album, ringtone), digital subscription and streaming (e.g., paid subscription, ad-supported), and physical unit (e.g., CD, LP/EP, vinyl single, music video, DVD audio, superior audio CD) market segments. Current and prior reports can be downloaded and viewed online.

Consumer Electronics & Appliance Stores

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Mintel Group Ltd.
Movie Sales and Rentals - US  Search for above title

Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the movie sales and rentals market, with topics covered in the report including market size and forecast, market drivers, competitive context, leading companies, marketing strategies, DVD/Blu-ray, digital sales and rentals, and subscription services. Detailed table of contents which includes key points from the report can be viewed free online.

The Entertainment Merchants Association
The D2 Report: Discs & Digital - The Business of Home Entertainment Retailing

Annual industry report provides a comprehensive overview of the home entertainment and video game industries, with information provided in the report including current and historical retail sales and rental revenue for the physical disc and digital media segments of both industries and projected changes and growth over the next five years. Summary highlights from the report can be viewed free online.

The Digital Entertainment Group
Home Entertainment Report / Spending Grid

Quarterly reports provide physical disc rental statistics for brick and mortar rental stores, subscription services (e.g., Netflix DVD service), and kiosks (e.g., Redbox), with consumer spending data reported for the most recent quarter and on a year-to-date basis with comparisons to the same periods in the prior year for year-over-year trending purposes. Current and prior issues are available free online.

Ken Research
The U.S. Video Rental Industry Outlook

Market research study provides a comprehensive analysis of the video rental industry by product and distribution channel for the physical (e.g., brick and mortar stores, kiosks, and physical subscription) and digital (e.g., transactional on demand, subscription streaming, and internet) market segments. Executive summary, table of contents, and list of charts from the study are available free online.

IHS Technology
Video Media Intelligence Service

Subscription research service provides in-depth analysis of the global packaged video market (e.g., Blu-ray, DVD, HD DVD, VCD, and VHS), with retail channel information provided including retail volumes and consumer spending, units and revenues by store type, and leading market shares. Summary descriptions of analysis and data available from this service can be viewed free online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Music, Record, and Video Stores  Search for "443142" and "532230"

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

Record Stores / DVD, Game & Video Rental
(see links for individual reports)

Cost structure benchmarks section of these reports provides an analysis of industry costs and profits as a percentage of revenue by major category for companies that sell or rent prerecorded phonograph records, video tapes, and discs (e.g., Blu-Ray, DVD, CD) to consumers for use with home electronic entertainment, video game, and computer equipment. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Consumer Electronics Stores

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in this retail sector, which includes music, record, and video store personnel such as store managers, retail salespersons, and rental clerks, on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures provided for national wage data including mean, median, upper and lower quartiles, and upper and lower deciles.

PayScale, Inc.
Video Game Store

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this retail sector, with positions for which compensation data is provided including district manager, retail store manager, assistant store manager, sales advisor, and sales associate, and employers for which hourly wage information is provided for job positions within that company including GameStop Corp.

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