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IBISWorld’s Clothing Retailing 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.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Clothing Retailing industry has faced several challenging years, with cautious consumer spending, intense competition and higher rent costs affecting revenue and profit. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 3.9% over the five years through 2016-17, largely due to bricks-and-mortar retailers’ expansion of their online sales channels.

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

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The industry exhibits moderate barriers to entry, although these can be lower for smaller players. The capital costs associated with establishing new stores are relatively low, as most operators in the industry are small- to medium-size enterprises with one outlet. The most significant costs for operators include purchases, wages and rent. As location is critical for retailers, if retail space in popular locations is unavailable or too expensive, this may be considered a barrier to entry for smaller players.

While market share concentration in the industry is classified as low, concentration is higher in specific segments such as sportswear, where players, such as Nike and Lorna Jane, dominate the market. Clo..

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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 clothing
Men's clothing
Boys' clothing
Girls' clothing
Infants' clothing
Industry Activities
Glove, hosiery, hat and accessory retailing
Men's and women's clothing retailing
Infants' and children's clothing retailing
Foundation garment retailing
Fur and leather clothing retailing
Work clothing and uniform retailing
Sports clothing retailing

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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