Wearing thin: Strong competition from imports has caused industry revenue to decline

The Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry has struggled with tough economic conditions, weak retail demand and rising import competition over the past five years. Import penetration has been the industry's major concern, and instability in global economies has created a soft retail market, constraining the industry's performance. Volatile consumer sentiment has contributed to subdued retail spending. As a result, households have cut back on unnecessary purchases. A high Australian dollar at the beginning of the period exacerbated import competition as consumers went online to purchase cheaper goods. As a result, industry revenue is expected to decline by an annualised 5.2% over the five years through 2016-17, to total $425.7 million...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$426m
Annual Growth 12-17
-5.2%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
2,770
Businesses
557
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Volatile consumer sentiment has contributed to subdued retail spending, weakening downstream demand
  • Australian manufacturers are beginning to focus on producing higher value-added products
  • Enterprise numbers are projected to fall as more firms exit the industry or offshore production
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. Over the 10 years through 2021-22, the industry's contribution to the economy (industry value added) is expected to fall by an annualised 6.2%, a weak performance when compared with GDP growth of 2.5% per annum. The industry has performed poorly due to its inability to compete based on price with international competition, as well as a downturn in consumer discretionary spending.Enterprises are expected to follow the decline in industry performance, with poor profit margins and a gloomy outlook forcing several businesses to leave the industry or move production offshore. The industry now contains only one major player, as most have left the industry. Sim...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry are

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Having marketing expertise
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Demand from department stores in the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators manufacture women’s or girls’ clothing from purchased or transferred-in materials. Clothing made from fur, leather, plastic or rubber is not included. Industry firms purchase fabrics and materials from textile producers. These fabrics are cut and sewn to produce women’s and girls’ apparel. Retail and wholesale firms purchase this clothing to sell to consumers.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses and suits
  • Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Shirts, blouses and t-shirts
  • Cardigans, jumpers and coats
  • Industry Activities
  • Women's and girls' dresses and suits
  • Women's and girls' coats and jackets
  • Women's and girls' jeans and pants
  • Women's and girls' cardigans and jumpers
  • Women's and girls' t-shirts, shirts and blouses
  • Women's and girls' skirts and shorts
  • Women's and girls' uniform and workwear
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from clothing retailing
  • Demand from department stores
  • Import duties on apparel manufacturing
  • Real household disposable income
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Industry participation
  • Import competition
  • Retail conditions
  • Outworker regulation
  • Niche markets
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Import competition
  • Retail conditions
  • Table: Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Knitted Product Manufacturing
  • Synthetic and Natural Textile Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Dresses and suits
  • Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Shirts, blouses and t-shirts
  • Cardigans, jumpers and coats
  • Chart: Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Boutique and independent stores
  • Wholesalers
  • Manufacturer direct sale
  • Department stores
  • Specialised industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Cue & Co Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Cue & Co Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Computer Aided Design (Cad)
  • Digital programs used in the design process that allow for three-dimensional views and the ability to change colours, modify fabric and print results.
  • Outworker
  • Employees hired as contractors or sole proprietors earning wages on a per garment basis.
  • Tariff
  • A tax on imported goods produced by overseas manufacturers to protect local firms.
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