Shutting down: Online competition and market saturation have forced the industry into decline

The UK computer and gaming market has changed considerably over the past decade. Constant advances in technology and declines in prices have made computers more affordable for many consumers. These trends have also given consumers access to the latest programs and applications via a range of new devices that have changed the way people use computers in their everyday lives.Computer and gaming product retailers sell a broad range of products, including desktops, laptops, tablet computers and computer software. Retailers may also sell gaming consoles, video games and accessories. Businesses in the industry sell products through physical stores and may also have associated online operations...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£2.9bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-1.5%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
19,032
Businesses
1,326

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The release of a new generation of gaming consoles is expected to support growth
  • Laptop, tablet and notebook sales now surpass those of desktops as consumers seek convenience
  • The industry is expected to continue to face strong competition from online retailers
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry is characterised by a few dominant high-street retail operations and a high number of small, niche operators. The industry’s four largest firms are expected to control 73.8% of the market in 2018-19, giving the industry a high level of concentration. The explosion of e-commerce as a result of increased broadband penetration has resulted in many smaller operators moving to solely online retail operations, meaning they are no longer included in the industry.Game Digital plc and Dixons Carphone (predominantly through its PC World brand) have dominated the UK Computer and Gaming Product Retailers industry since Game’s acquisition of Gamestation in 2007 removed the only other significant video game retailer. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Highly trained workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and Consumer confidence index in the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry?

    Companies in this industry retail a broad range of computer and gaming products, including desktop, laptop and tablet computers. Industry retailers also sell computer software, gaming consoles and software. Operators in the industry sell products through physical stores and may also have associated online portals. Businesses that only use the online channel are not included in the industry (see IBISWorld report G47.910).

    Industry Products
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Computer software
  • Computer peripherals
  • Gaming consoles
  • Gaming software
  • Gaming accessories
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing desktop computers and related equipment
  • Retailing laptop computers
  • Retailing computer software
  • Retailing tablet computers
  • Retailing gaming consoles and software
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Real household disposable income
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Percentage of households with internet access

  • Current Performance
  • Desktop decline
  • Online explosion
  • Different level
  • Decline and revive
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Online competition
  • A mobile revolution
  • Try before you buy
  • Technological threats
  • High concentration
  • Table: Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Consumer Electronics Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Gaming software
  • Laptop computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Gaming consoles
  • Gaming accessories
  • Computer software
  • Computer peripherals
  • Desktop computers
  • Chart: Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Female consumers
  • Male consumers
  • Businesses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Computer & Gaming Product Retailers

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Dixons Carphone plc, Apple Retail UK Limited, Game Digital plc,
  • Table: Dixons Carphone plc - financial performance
  • Table: Apple Retail UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Game Digital plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Computer & Gaming Product Retailers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Computer Peripherals
  • All non-operating system components associated with a computer.
  • M-Commerce
  • The use of mobile devices for making commercial transactions online.
  • Netbook
  • A small, light and often inexpensive laptop.
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