Clothing Retailing in Australia: Market Research Report

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Clothing Retailing Market Research Report | ANZSIC G4251 | Feb 2016

Coming into fashion: Australia's strong economic growth has encouraged international entrants

IBISWorld’s Clothing Retailing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Clothing Retailing industry has faced several challenging years, with cautious consumer spending, intense competition and higher rent costs affecting overall revenue and profit. Industry revenue is expected to expand at a compound annual rate of 3.3% over the five years through 2015-16, with growth largely driven by the expansion of online sales channels by bricks-and-mortar retailers.

Widespread economic uncertainty over the past five years made consumers cautious about spending, particularly in 2010-11 and 2011-12. However, improving economic conditions and the growing popularity of online shopping have supported industry revenue growth since then... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Clothing Retailing industry displays a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on capital costs, $8.86 is spent on wages. The industry is typically labour-intensive as employees are required to stock shelves and display merchandise, provide customer service, process transactions and manage inventory. Staff are also involved in numerous administrative and back office duties. As the industry faces intensifying competition from online stores, many retailers are attempting to differentiate their products and brands by offering a superior level of customer service and assistance. This increases employee costs as operators spend more on training and incentive programs... purchase to read more


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What is the Clothing Retailing Industry?

Clothing retailers purchase a variety of apparel products and accessories from wholesalers and manufacturers and sell these products directly to consumers, generally without developing or changing them. Retailers in the industry sell goods in one or more shops and may operate an online store. The industry excludes department stores and online-only retailers.

Industry Products
Women's clothingMen's clothingAccessoriesBoys' clothingGirls' clothingInfants' clothing
Industry Activities
Glove, hosiery, hat and accessory retailingMen's and women's clothing retailingInfants’ and children's clothing retailingFoundation garment retailingFur and leather clothing retailingWork clothing and uniform retailingSports clothing retailing

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