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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.


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 - Industry Products Chapter

Products sold by the industry include women's, men's, children's and infants' clothing and accessories. Some clothing retailers are gender-specific. For example, Portmans and Sportsgirl specialise in women's clothing. Other brands, such as Glue and General Pants, offer unisex apparel. Other retailers define themselves by selling a particular product type, such as underwear, sportswear or sleepwear. The industry's segmentation changes in line with population and demographic trends. For example, an increase in the birthrate leads to growing demand for maternity and babywear.

Women's clothing

Women's clothing accounts for the largest share of the industry, expected to represent 46.9% of revenue. Thi..

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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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