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Retail and Wholesale Trade of Books and Stationery
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
29 August 2018
R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
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Wholesale and Retail Trade of Books and Stationery


This report focuses on the wholesale and retail trade of reading matter and stationery. Sales of books, newspapers and stationery account for 3.1% of overall retail sales, and this sector is dominated by educational books. The market for books, news, and stationery is expected to record revenue of R39.3bn in 2019.


State of The Industry


Unit sales of books declined by 7% in 2017 as poor economic conditions affected disposable income, a trend which has continued in 2018. The rand’s decline will result in further increases in the cost of imported books while cost pressures are mounting for local publishers. South Africa remains relatively unaffected by the international shift to e-books. Educational books account for 75% of book sales and production in this sector is almost entirely local, and predominantly paper-baed. The market for South African fiction remains relatively tiny, and most of that market is for Afrikaans fiction. While digitisation has resulted in reduced demand for paper-based products, it has also expanded the scope of the stationery suppliers industry with products like printing cartridges, printing paper and labels.


Report Coverage


This report provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the books and stationery industry, factors influencing their success, challenges, and changing trends influenced by technological advances. It includes comprehensive profiles of 42 companies in the books and stationery sector including major booksellers like Exclusive Books and increasingly successful independent booksellers including The Book Lounge and Love Books, as well as online sellers such as Takealot. It profiles players in the stationery sector including CNA and RNA Stationers and dominant wholesalers Silveray and Waltons.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 12
4.1.2. Regulations 12
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 13
4.2. Continental 14
4.3. International 15
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 16
5.1. Economic Environment 16
5.2. Rising Operating Costs 17
5.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 17
5.4. Labour 19
5.5. Cyclicality 19
5.6. Environmental Concerns 20
6. COMPETITION 20
6.1. Barriers to Entry 21
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 22
8. OUTLOOK 22
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 23
10. REFERENCES 23
10.1. Publications 23
10.2. Websites 23
APPENDIX 1 25
Summary of Major Players 25
COMPANY PROFILES 31
ADAMS BOOKSELLERS (PTY) LTD 31
AMAZON.COM INC 33
BIDVEST OFFICE AND PRINT HOLDINGS LTD 37
BOOK LOUNGE CC 40
BOOKS MAGAZINES AND STATIONERY CC 42
BOOKSITE (PTY) LTD 47
BRIDGE BOOKS CC 49
CAXTON AND CTP PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS LTD 50
CHRISTELIKE UITGEWERSMAATSKAPPY (PTY) LTD 55
EBOOK SHOP CC 58
EDCON LTD 59
ESTORIL BOOKS AND STATIONERS (FOURWAYS) (PTY) LTD 63
EXCLUSIVE BOOKS GROUP (PTY) LTD 65
EXECUTIVE INFORMATION SERVICES CC 69
FLIP FILE (PTY) LTD 71
FORMS MEDIA INDEPENDENT (AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 72
FRANK R THOROLD (PTY) LTD 74
FREEDOM STATIONERY (PTY) LTD 76
HARGRAVES LIBRARY SERVICE (PTY) LTD 78
INTERSTAT STATIONERY (PTY) LTD 80
JUTA AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 82
LOOT ONLINE (PTY) LTD 85
LOVE BOOKS (PTY) LTD 87
MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 88
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 91
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 97
MIND MATTERS EDUCATIONAL BOOK DISTRIBUTERS CC 105
NATIONAL STATIONERY CC 106
PARCELNINJA (PTY) LTD 108
PETERS PAPERS (PTY) LTD 110
PICK N PAY STORES LTD 112
PNA STATIONERS (PTY) LTD 117
PRIMA TOY AND LEISURE TRADING (PTY) LTD 121
PROCURE TRADE (PTY) LTD 124
RNA RETAIL GROUP (PTY) LTD 125
SHALMAY FAKIE GROUP CC 126
SHOPRITE HOLDINGS LTD 128
SPAR GROUP LTD (THE) 133
TAKEALOT ONLINE (RF) (PTY) LTD 138
TREFOIL MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 141
VAN SCHAIK BOOKSTORE (PTY) LTD 143
VIRTUAL BOOKSHELF CC 147
WORDSWORTH BOOKS CC 148