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Market Overview

Global Market

In 2017 Music Trades estimated the global music products markets in 2015 to be $15.9 billion.

 

European Market

The top 10 European retail markets for musical instruments and music equipment (including the UK) are worth approximately £5.0 billion and are undergoing a profound shift towards online retail.

Top European Markets

Country

Estimated Market Size (£m)*

Germany

1,398

France

1,010

UK

880

Italy

677

Netherlands

236

Austria

212

Spain

194

Switzerland

166

Sweden

125

Norway

96

Total Size

4,984

* = Management estimate

The largest retailer serving the European musical instruments and equipment market is Thomann.de, based in Germany, with a 2019 reported turnover figure of approximately £847m. Other competitors in the European market include Musicstore.de (Germany), Bax Shop (Netherlands) and Woodbrass (France).

UK Market

Music Trades estimated the UK market is growing at 2%, with a long-tail of small independent shops, pure play online retailers, general merchandisers and department stores. Management estimates c.35% of the UK market is already online as the sector experiences the channel shift away from physical stores.

The Board believes that the current dynamics of the UK competitive landscape post COVID-19, in particular the significant degree of fragmentation with no large or dominant retailers, presents a consolidation opportunity. Whilst acquisitions of retail businesses do not form a core part of the current strategy, opportunities are reviewed on an ad hoc basis.