Publishing activities revenue in France 2011-2023

The publishing industry is changing fundamentally in the digital environment with the introduction of entirely new means of content production and distribution. Globally there is a decline in publishing of physical books and periodicals, and France is no exception either. In fact, the average number of books printed in France declined by around 33% during 2010-2016. However, the massive growth in digital books publishing not only filled the gap but also helped the overall industry to maintain the bottom line. The latest estimates by Statista predicts a steady increase in publishing revenue primarily driven by increase in software publishing segment sales over the next few years.

Software publishing to compensate decline in other publishing revenue

Valued at 16.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, the French software publishing market stands among the top five markets in the European region. Banking, insurance and finance sectors are likely to drive the industry revenue over the next few years to reach nearly 20 billion U.S. dollars. Notably, the top 20 companies in the segment accounted for more than 70% of the revenues in 2016 leaving the remaining share to be divided among more than 20,000 companies. The overall market for publishing activities is expected to be grow primarily due to the software publishing segment as books and periodicals publishing is likely to remain stagnant during 2019-2023.

Computer gaming market getting traction

Computer gaming segment, though accounts for minor share in the overall software market, is set to register continuous growth in the short to medium terms. Increasing gaming platform options, such as mobile, console and PC are attracting more people to engage in computer games. As such, France leads the European region with highest share of computer gamers as cited in the recent survey conducted by Ipsos Group S.A. and Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE). Among all, virtual PC software and mobile based gaming segment accounted for maximum share during 2013-2017.

Publishing activities revenue in France from 2011 to 2023

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Supplementary notes

* Estimate - This also applies for past years as data provided by statistical institutions often is not available for more recent years.

Currency conversion factor: (EUR -> USD) = 1.186

The industry classification is based on the NACE Rev.2 - system in France. The industry “publishing activities“ has the code “J58“.

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