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The Wholesale and Retail Trade of Books and Stationery in South Africa
BY Louise Mitchell
South Africa
28 October 2020
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Retail and Wholesale Trade of Books and Stationery in South Africa


The retail sector was severely affected when trade was prohibited during the coronavirus lockdown from March to June 2020. Booksellers and magazine and newspaper publishers were already under pressure due to the recession that constrained consumer spending. The growth in book sales is expected to be below 1% per annum over the next three years while sales of magazines and newspapers are expected to decline. An increase in book sales to state departments in 2019 was offset by a decline of 51% in sales by supermarkets and shops. South Africa is a net importer of stationery and China accounted for nearly half of stationery imports in 2019.


Industry in Decline


The books and stationery sectors operated in a poor economy and declining retail sector over the past year amid continued changes in a highly competitive landscape. The recession at the end of 2019 severely affected demand and resulted in declining magazine and newspaper circulations and, to a lesser extent, reduced advertising revenues. The lockdown exacerbated an already precarious situation for some publications and resulted in the closure of at least 17 magazines and six newspapers, while others announced they would move to digital editions. Retail sales are expected to be affected by the reduction in the number of titles available. Retailers negotiated reduced rental with mall owners during lockdown.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the retail and wholesale trade of books and stationery in South Africa, including comprehensive information on the size and state of the sector, circulation, sales and trade data and influencing factors including the ongoing move to digital, competition, environmental concerns and the coronavirus pandemic. There are profiles of 56 companies including retailers such as CNA, PNA and Exclusive Books, publishers such as Caxton and CTP and Macmillan and online retailers such as Takealot and Virtual Bookshelf.


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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 17
4.1. Local 17
4.1.1. Trade 20
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 22
4.1.3. Regulations 23
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 24
4.2. Continental 25
4.3. International 27
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 29
5.1. Coronavirus 29
5.2. Economic Environment 31
5.3. Rising Input Costs 33
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 33
5.5. Environmental Concerns 34
5.6. Labour 36
6. COMPETITION 37
6.1. Barriers to Entry 38
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 38
8. OUTLOOK 39
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 40
10. REFERENCES 40
10.1. Publications 40
10.2. Websites 41
APPENDIX 1 42
Summary of Notable players 42
COMPANY PROFILES 49
ADAMS BOOKSELLERS (PTY) LTD 49
AMAZON.COM INC 51
BIC (SOUTH AFRICA) (RF) (PTY) LTD 55
BIDVEST BRANDED PRODUCTS HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 57
BK INK CC 60
BOOK LOUNGE CC 62
BOOKS MAGAZINES AND STATIONERY CC 63
BOOKSITE (PTY) LTD 68
BRIDGE BOOKS CC 70
C ROELOFSE 72
C THOMPSON 73
CAXTON AND CTP PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS LTD 74
CHRISTELIKE UITGEWERSMAATSKAPPY (PTY) LTD 79
CIRCULAR OFFICE SUPPLIES AND PRINTERS CC 82
CNA OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 84
ESTORIL BOOKS AND STATIONERS (FOURWAYS) (PTY) LTD 86
EXCLUSIVE BOOKS GROUP (PTY) LTD 88
EXECUTIVE INFORMATION SERVICES CC 92
FLIP FILE (PTY) LTD 94
FOGARTY'S BOOKSHOP CC 96
FORMS MEDIA INDEPENDENT (AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 98
FRANK R THOROLD (PTY) LTD 100
FREEDOM STATIONERY (PTY) LTD 102
HARGRAVES LIBRARY SERVICE (PTY) LTD 104
INTERSTAT STATIONERY (PTY) LTD 106
JUTA AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 108
KND TRADE CC 111
LOOT ONLINE (PTY) LTD 112
LORMIK CC 114
LOVE BOOKS (PTY) LTD 116
MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 117
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 120
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 126
MELBRO RETAIL (PTY) LTD 134
MIND MATTERS EDUCATIONAL BOOK DISTRIBUTERS CC 136
NATIONAL STATIONERY CC 138
OFFICE NATIONAL AFRICA (PTY) LTD 140
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 142
PARCELNINJA (PTY) LTD 145
PETERS PAPERS (PTY) LTD 147
PICK N PAY STORES LTD 149
PNA STATIONERS (PTY) LTD 154
PRIMA TOY AND LEISURE TRADING (PTY) LTD 158
PROCURE TRADE (PTY) LTD 160
RNA RETAIL GROUP (PTY) LTD 162
SHALMAY FAKIE GROUP CC 163
SHOPRITE HOLDINGS LTD 165
SPAR GROUP LTD (THE) 170
TAKEALOT ONLINE (RF) (PTY) LTD 176
TASMAYA WHOLESALERS CC 181
TREFOIL MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 183
VAN SCHAIK BOOKSTORE (PTY) LTD 185
VAN'S OFFICE SUPPLIES (EASTERN CAPE) CC 189
VIRTUAL BOOKSHELF CC 190
WEST PACK LIFE STYLE (PTY) LTD 191
WORDSWORTH BOOKS CC 193