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School Supplies Stores – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5943 & 5049  |  NAICS 453210 & 423490

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Office & School Supply Stores  (view report)
School Supplies Wholesaling  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Fahy-Williams Publishing Inc.
Education Dealer / archive

Bimonthly magazine features news and information for school supply dealers, office supplies stores, and specialty toy stores, with topics addressed in various issues including industry news and trends, retailing advice and tips, merchandise display ideas, new product reviews, and dealer interviews and profiles. Digital editions are available free online, with free subscription available to qualifying parties.

Education Market Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Essentials Magazine / archive
Quarterly trade publication features news and information for the school supply industry, with special features including the "Annual State of the Education Products Marketplace" issue which addresses topics such as K-12 student enrollments, classroom budgets and teacher spending, and construction spending costs. Publication is available to members only; archived past issues can be viewed online.

Annual State of the Education Products Marketplace
Annual state of the industry report addresses current trends in the educational products marketplace, with topics covered in recent editions including public and charter schools' role in education, teacher purchasing behaviors and budgets, quarterly school marketers' survey, population changes affecting enrollment, state educational rankings, construction costs and spending, and capital projects funding.

Simba Information
Publication available from this organization include:

The Complete K-12 Report
Comprehensive market research report provides detailed coverage of the K-12 educational products market, with "Chapter Three: Annual Industry Survey of the Supplemental Market Segment" focused on the supplemental educational products market which includes supplemental instruction materials, consumable school supplies, and furniture and equipment. Table of contents is available free online.

Supplemental Products Market
Market survey report provides detailed information on the supplemental educational products market, with information provided including market size by product segment (e.g., supplemental instructional materials, consumable school supplies, and hardware, furniture, fixtures, and equipment), channels, core subject area (e.g., reading, mathematics, science, and social studies), and product application.

Mintel Group Ltd.
Back to School Shopping - US

Consumer research report provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. back-to-school shopping market for K-12 and college students, with various topics covered in the report including market size and trends, key factors affecting demand, shopping participation, retailers shopped, product focus and priorities, attitudes toward back-to-school shopping, shopping influencers, and desired areas for improvement.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
School Supply Stores  Search for "453210" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
School Supply Stores  Search for "453210" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Office & School Supply Stores
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Educational Products Store / Wholesale / wholesale

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for various job positions in the retail and wholesale sectors such as sales operations manager, territorial sales representative, store manager, marketing manager, general merchandise manager, and senior curriculum developer, with employers for which this data is provided including The Douglas Stewart Co., Inc. and GL Group, Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed in this retail sector which includes firms that sell teaching aids (e.g., posters, flashcards, and worksheets), office supplies (e.g., erasers, tape, glue, rulers, scissors, and staplers), writing instruments (e.g., pens, markers), and loose-leaf paper, notebooks, folders, and ring binders.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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