The impact of COVID-19 related lockdowns on the wholesale and retail trade of books and stationery in South Africa 2020


DUBLIN, November 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “wholesale and retail trade in books and stationery in South Africa The 2020 report” has been added to from offer.

The retail sector was badly hit when trade was banned during the coronavirus lockdown from March to June 2020. Booksellers and publishers of magazines and newspapers were already under pressure as the recession curtailed consumer spending. Book sales growth is expected to be less than 1% per year for the next three years, while magazine and newspaper sales are expected to decline. An increase in book sales to State Departments in 2019 was offset by a 51% drop in supermarket and store sales. South Africa is a net importer of stationery and China accounted for nearly half of stationery imports in 2019.

Industry in decline: The book and stationery sectors have operated in a poor economy and a declining retail sector over the past year amid continued changes in a highly competitive landscape. The recession at the end of 2019 strongly affected demand and led to lower circulations of magazines and newspapers and, to a lesser extent, a drop in advertising revenues. The lockdown exacerbated an already precarious situation for some publications and led to the closure of at least 17 magazines and six newspapers, while others announced they would switch to digital editions. Retail sales should be affected by the reduction in the number of titles available. Retailers have negotiated reduced rents with shopping center landlords during the lockdown.

This report covers the retail and wholesale trade of books and stationery in South Africa, including comprehensive information on the size and state of the industry, traffic, sales and trade data and influencing factors including the ongoing digital transition, 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.

Main topics covered:


2.1. Industry value chain
2.2. Geographical position


4.1. Local
4.1.1. Exchange
4.1.2. Company actions
4.1.3. Regulations
4.1.4. Business development and socio-economic development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5.1. Coronavirus
5.2. Economic environment
5.3. Rising input costs
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
5.5. Environmental concerns
5.6. Labor

6.1. Entry barriers




10.1. Works
10.2. Websites


  • Summary of notable players
  • Company Profiles
  • Adams Bookstore (Pty) Ltd
  • Amazon.Com Inc.
  • Bick (South Africa) (Rf) (Pty) Ltd
  • Bidvest Branded Products Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • Black ink
  • Book Fair
  • Books Magazines And Stationery
  • Bookstore (Pty) Ltd
  • deck books
  • C Roelofse
  • C Thompson
  • Caxton Publishers and Printers and Ctp Ltd
  • Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy (Pty) Ltd
  • Circular office supplies and printers
  • Cna Operations (Pty) Ltd
  • Estoril Books And Stationery (Fourways) (Pty) Ltd
  • Exclusive Book Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Executive Information Services
  • Return file (Pty) Ltd.
  • Fogarty Bookstore
  • Forms Media Independent (Africa) (Pty) Ltd
  • Frank R Thorold (Pty) Ltd
  • Liberty Stationery (Pty) Ltd
  • Hargraves Library Service (Pty) Ltd
  • Interstat Stationery (Pty) Ltd
  • Juta And Company (Pty) Ltd
  • Knd Trade
  • Loot Online (Pty) Ltd
  • lormik
  • love books (Pty) Ltd.
  • South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
  • Massmart Holdings Ltd
  • Media24 (Pty) Ltd
  • Melbro Retail (Pty) Ltd
  • Mind Matters Educational Book Distributors
  • National stationery
  • Bureau National Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Oxford University South Africa Press (Pty) Ltd
  • Parcelninja (Pty) Ltd
  • Peters Papers (Pty) Ltd
  • Pick n Pay Ltd Stores
  • Pna Stationers (Pty) Ltd
  • Prima Toy And Leisure Trading (Pty) Ltd
  • Procure Trade (Pty) Ltd
  • RNA Retail Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Shalmay Fakie Group
  • Shoprite Holdings Ltd
  • Spar Group Ltd (The)
  • Takealot Online (Rf) (Pty) Ltd
  • Wholesalers Tasmaya
  • Clover Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd
  • Van Schaik Bookstore (Pty) Ltd
  • Van Office Supplies (Eastern Cape)
  • Virtual library
  • West Pack Lifestyle (Pty) Ltd
  • Wordsworth Books

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