Slow current: Weak consumer and business spending is constraining industry revenue

Electronic and telecommunications equipment wholesalers distribute a range of telecommunications equipment and electrical components. Operators have been supported by steady demand for certain products, such as smartphones, Wi-Fi routers and modems. Technology advancements and new launches of smartphone models have led to consumers updating their handsets more frequently. In turn, the replacement cycles of electronic goods have been shortening, with both businesses and consumers aiming to keep up-to-date with the latest technology. However, this trend has led to wholesalers' stocks depreciating at a faster rate. In turn, wholesalers' prices are expected to have fallen over the past five years.Overall, industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 1.1%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£15.1bn
Annual Growth 15-20
-1.1%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
43,103
Businesses
3,051

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Uncertainty has constrained business confidence, restricting demand and revenue
  • Limited spending on industry products by consumers has limited revenue growth
  • The launch of the fifth generation of mobile networks is expected to boost industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Telecommunications equipmentThe wholesale of telecommunications equipment is expected to contribute to 60.6% of industry revenue in 2019-2020. Products in this segment include broadcasting equipment, communications equipment, navigational equipment, telephones, modems, routers and radios. With consumers becoming increasingly reliant upon technological and internet-enabled devices to perform their daily tasks, this segment has grown considerably over the past decade. An estimated 93.3% of UK households have internet access in 2019-20, compared with approximately 70.8% a decade earlier. An expanding number of households with internet access has fuelled demand for telecommunications equipment, alongside a surge in demand for smartphones. Alt...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry are

  • Having links with suppliers
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Provision of superior after sales service
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Demand from mobile telephone retailers in the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What's in this report

    What is the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in this industry sell electronic parts and telecommunications equipment, in addition to blank CDs and DVDs. Discs and tapes that have already been recorded on are not covered by the industry. Selling computers and computer peripheral equipment is also not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Electronic components
  • Blank CDs and DVDs
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling electronic valves and tubes
  • Wholesaling semiconductor devices
  • Wholesaling microchips and integrated circuits
  • Wholesaling printed circuits
  • Wholesaling blank CDs and DVDs
  • Wholesaling telephone and communications equipment
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Demand from mobile telephone retailers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing
  • Demand from radio broadcasting

  • Current Performance
  • Greater dependency
  • Consumer spending
  • Profit performance
  • Counterfeit components
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Supporting expansion
  • Enterprise trends
  • Downstream demand
  • Table: Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • Computer & Gaming Product Retailers
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Television Programming & Broadcasting
  • Computer & Computer Equipment Repair

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Electronic Component Manufacturing
  • Measuring, Testing & Navigational Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Electronic components
  • Blank CDs and DVDs
  • Chart: Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial sector
  • Industrial sector
  • Retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationMarketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited, Cisco International Ltd,
  • Table: Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Cisco International Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling 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 Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Integrated Circuit
  • A miniaturised electronic circuit that has been manufactured on the surface of a thin substrate of semiconductor material.
  • Printed Circuit Board
  • Electrically insulated boards on which electrical components are assembled and wired together.
  • Semiconductor
  • A substance, usually a solid chemical element or compound, that can conduct electricity under some conditions but not others, making it a good medium for controlling electrical current.
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