Left in the shade: Competition from online stores has constrained industry profitability

The Sunglasses Stores industry has faced a challenging market over the past five years, as weak consumer sentiment, constrained demand and fierce competition have placed significant pressure on revenue. Slow income growth and uncertainty regarding the state of the domestic economy have weakened consumer sentiment over the past five years, prompting households to become more cautious with discretionary spending, including spending on sunglasses. Industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 0.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to total $310.8 million. Revenue is forecast to decline by a further 3.0% in the current year, largely due to a fall in real household discretionary income and negative consumer sentiment...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The popularity of online shopping has constrained industry profitability over the past five years
  • Improved customer service has been the focus for many industry players, increasing wage costs
  • External competition, largely from online stores, is expected to rise over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Sunglasses Stores industry exhibits low capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on capital costs, $8.98 will be spent on wages in 2017-18. The industry is labour-intensive as employees are required to handle day-to-day retail operations, such as providing customer service, stocking shelves, displaying merchandise, processing transactions and managing inventory. As a significant proportion of sunglasses sold by the industry are relatively expensive, customers will often perceive them as a significant investment and expect staff to provide specific advice and information to assist with their purchase. As a result, sunglasses stores are typically more reliant on labour than other retail industries...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sunglasses Stores Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Sunglasses Stores are:

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer sentiment index and Real household discretionary income in the Sunglasses Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sunglasses Stores Industry?

    Businesses in this industry sell prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, and may also provide fitting and lens processing services. The industry excludes department stores, optometrists and all online sunglasses sales.

    Industry Products
  • Men's sunglasses
  • Women's sunglasses
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Industry Activities
  • Women's sunglasses retailing
  • Men's sunglasses retailing
  • Prescription sunglasses retailing
  • Sunglasses accessories retailing
  • Sunglasses repair services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Demand from online shopping
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Consumer trends
  • Increasing competition
  • Industry profit and structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increasing competition
  • Industry changes
  • Wages and profit
  • Table: Sunglasses Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sunglasses Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Health Insurance
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Photographic and Optical Goods Manufacturing
  • Retail Property Operators

  • Products & Services
  • Women's sunglasses
  • Men's sunglasses
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Other
  • Chart: Sunglasses Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 35 to 54
  • People aged 15 to 34
  • People aged 55 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sunglasses Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sunglasses Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sunglasses Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Luxottica South Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Luxottica South Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sunglasses Stores 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 Sunglasses Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Sunglasses lenses are coloured, darkened or polarised to protect the eyes. Lenses are made of glass, plastic or special polarised material SR-91.
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • An electronic payment system that incorporates a debit or credit card and a cash register in the same device.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A wireless computer chip that tracks products through the supply chain and stores useful information about products.
  • Ultraviolet (Uv)
  • UV rays are emitted by the sun. Sunglasses absorbing UV rays to protect against potential harmful effects such as macular degeneration, cataracts and photokeratitis.
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