Threadbare: Competition from online retailers has worn away industry revenue

The Womenswear Stores industry has struggled with largely negative consumer sentiment, subdued demand and intensifying competition over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to decline by an annualised 1.3% over the five years through 2018-19, to total $4.9 billion. Declines in household discretionary income during the period have led to largely negative consumer sentiment. Consumers have become more cautious, cutting expenditure on discretionary items and saving rather than spending. This trend has continued throughout much of the five-year period, as consumers have remained nervous about global economic conditions. Although disposable income is expected to increase, household discretionary income is anticipated to decline in the current year, contributing to a more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry faces intensifying competition from online retailers and department stores
  • Merger and acquisition activity in the industry has increased over the past five years
  • Retailers are forecast to continue focusing on supply-side efficiencies and inventory management
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Womenswear Stores industry exhibits low capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital, an estimated $9.35 is spent on wages. As the industry is labour intensive, retailers rely on employees to stock shelves, display merchandise, provide customer service, process transactions and track inventory. In addition, staff are required for administrative and back office duties. As the industry becomes increasingly competitive, particularly with the rise of online shopping, many retailers are attempting to differentiate themselves from competitors by offering superior customer service and assistance. This results in increased employee costs as operators spend more on training and incentive programs...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Womenswear Stores Industry

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

  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer sentiment index and Real household disposable income in the Womenswear Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Womenswear Stores Industry?

    Industry companies retail women’s clothing. Industry firms include specialist women’s clothing stores and unisex specialist clothing retailers that sell women’s clothes. The industry excludes department stores and online sales.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses and suits
  • Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • T-shirts, shirts and blouses
  • Coats, jackets, cardigans and jumpers
  • Underwear and foundation garments
  • Other products
  • Industry Activities
  • Women's clothing retailing
  • Women's accessory retailing
  • Women's foundation garment retailing
  • Women's sports clothing retailing
  • Women's fur and leather clothing retailing
  • 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 disposable income
  • Demand from department stores
  • Demand from online shopping
  • Female population aged 18 and older

  • Current Performance
  • Profit
  • Competition
  • Consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit growth
  • Intensifying competition
  • Further consolidation
  • Table: Womenswear Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Retail Property Operators
  • Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • T-shirts, shirts and blouses
  • Dresses and suits
  • Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Coats, jackets, cardigans and jumpers
  • Underwear and foundation garments
  • Other products
  • Chart: Womenswear 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 Womenswear 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 Womenswear Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Noni B Limited, Premier Investments Limited, ARJ Group Holdings Pty Ltd, Woolworths International (Australia) Pty Limited,
  • Table: Noni B Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Premier Investments Limited - financial performance
  • Table: ARJ Group Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Woolworths International (Australia) Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Womenswear 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 Womenswear Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer that operates through a website.
  • Fast Fashion
  • Fast fashion retailers typically take trends from runway shows and deliver them as new collections for mass consumption in a short time span, such as two weeks.
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • Technology that incorporates a cash register with an electronic payment system to allow instantaneous transactions through one device.
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