Small Specialty Retail Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Share Article

The Small Specialty Retail Stores industry suffered during the recession due to weak consumer spending and heightened external competition; however, the industry was bolstered by increased sales of tobacco products, and a rise in disposable income will likely encourage consumers to resume spending on industry products. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Small Specialty Retail Stores industry to its growing industry report collection.

News Image
Despite rising demand, increasing competition will hamper specialty stores' revenue growth.

Operators in the Small Specialty Retail Stores industry sell a diverse range of products, from premium cigars to sketch pads. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sally Lerman, “Due to its fragmented nature, the industry is driven not by product-specific trends but by broad changes in consumer sentiment and household disposable income.” Since the recession, these drivers have taken a negative turn, causing consumers to cut back on purchasing industry goods. However, the industry was bolstered during the recession by its largest product segment, tobacco products, which saw increased use during 2008 and 2009. Overall, IBISWorld estimates that revenue will increase at an average annual rate of 1.3% in the five years to 2013 to total $39.6 billion. The steepest growth during this time was in 2010, when revenue spiked 4.0%; however, revenue fell 1.9% in 2011 due to increased e-commerce sales and a restrained rise in disposable income. As consumers began spending again, revenue stayed positive, growing 1.8% in 2012. This upward momentum is expected to carry into 2013, with an expected revenue increase of 3.0%.

In addition to poor spending conditions, increased external competition has further weakened industry demand. In the five years to 2013, warehouse clubs, discount department stores and online retailers have taken market share away from industry operators by providing convenient one-stop shopping and low prices for similar industry products. “These factors have turned many consumers away from small specialty stores, leading to reduced profitability,” says Lerman. This bleak performance has also caused underperforming retailers to exit the industry. The number of enterprises has declined from 130,140 in 2008 to an estimated 126,850 in 2013, which marks a decline of an annualized 0.5%.

As the economy gains traction in its recovery, industry revenue is projected to increase. A rise in disposable income will likely encourage consumers to increase spending on quality products sold in small specialty retail stores. However, such growth will be temporary, as competition from external industries like department stores and e-commerce websites will likely continue to erode demand. The Small Specialty Retail Stores industry exhibits low market share concentration. The industry is highly fragmented, characterized by a large number of small players that are privately owned and operated.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Small Specialty Retail Stores in the US industry report page.

Follow IBISWorld on Twitter:!/IBISWorld
Friend IBISWorld on Facebook:

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Companies in Small Specialty Retail Stores industry retail specialized lines of goods, such as art supplies, cigarettes and cigars, paper goods, collectors’ items, fireworks, religious merchandise and trophies. This industry also includes general merchandise auction houses (except electronic auctions), but it excludes mass merchandisers, department stores, grocery stores, warehouse clubs and superstores.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Gavin Smith
+1 (310) 866-5042
Email >
Visit website