Losing sleep: The industry struggles to compete with low-cost imports

IBISWorld’s Sleepwear, Underwear and Infant Clothing Manufacturing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Sleepwear, Underwear and Infant Clothing Manufacturing industry has declined steadily over the past five years as imports have increasingly dominated the local market. Countries such as China have continued to hold comparative advantages due to low wage costs. Advantageous economic circumstances for importers (including a strong Australian dollar and further tariff reductions on industry products) have exacerbated this disadvantage for domestic operators. Furthermore, consumer sentiment has exhibited significant volatility over the period due to financial market instability and widespread economic uncertainty. Consumers have focused on saving rather than spending on industry products and have become increasingly price-conscious...

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

The Sleepwear, Underwear and Infant Clothing Manufacturing industry can be separated into five main products: women's underwear, infants' clothing, men's underwear, shapewear and sleepwear. The products that the industry offers are stable and clearly defined, with little scope for change.

Women's underwear

Women's undergarments represent the most lucrative industry segment, accounting for an estimated 34.8% of industry revenue. This segment includes both underwear and brassieres. Women's undergarments with more specific purposes, such as sports bras and strapless bras, are also included in the segment. This segment has grown as a proportion of industry revenue over the past five years. Wom..

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What is the Sleepwear, Underwear and Infant Clothing Manufacturing Industry?

Companies in the Sleepwear, Underwear and Infant Clothing Manufacturing industry primarily produce shapewear, underwear, sleepwear or infants’ clothing. Specific products include brassieres, corsets and girdles.

Industry Products
Women's underwear
Men's underwear
Infants' clothing
Industry Activities
Infants' clothing

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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