Office Stationery Wholesaling in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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Although conditions will improve slightly over the next five years, demand for industry products is forecast to continue declining; despite this, revenue will grow slightly in 2014 thanks to recovering business demand. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Office Stationery Wholesaling industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Competition from electronic alternatives will inhibit demand for industry products.

The Office Stationery Wholesaling industry was unable to escape the effects of the recession. Demand for office stationery fell as business activity and household income declined. “Office stationery wholesalers have also had to contend with rising competition from electronic mediums and office supply superstores that service many of the same clients,” according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Dale Schmidt. Over the five years to 2013, revenue is expected to contract at an annualized rate of 0.9%, to reach $43.0 billion. However, demand for office stationery products has begun to slowly improve with increased business activity and favorable trends in consumer spending. As a result, industry revenue is expected to rise 2.8% in 2013.

Beset with lower profit margins and heightened competition, the number of firm closures accelerated over the five-year period. From 2008 to 2013, the number of industry companies declined at an annualized rate of 2.0% to 4,007. “Facility closures were also common, as industry operators consolidated their operations,” says Schmidt. Over the five years to 2013, the number of establishments is expected to decrease at an average 1.0% per year to total 5,400.

Although conditions will improve slightly over the next five years, demand for industry products is forecast to continue declining. Revenue will grow slightly in 2014 due to recovering business demand, as the economy continues to slowly recover. However, the long-term decline in demand will then reassert itself, leading to contractions in industry revenue over the remainder of the period. The main factor impeding growth will be continued substitution for electronic mediums, prompted by technological changes and rising environmental awareness.

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Office stationery wholesalers distribute a range of paper stationery products and other office supplies to retailers, other wholesalers, directly to customers and to foreign buyers. Industry products include envelopes, computer paper, notebooks, business forms, photo albums, folders, pens, pencils, toner cartridge, inked ribbons, cellophane tape and others. Sales of office equipment and furniture are excluded from this industry.

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