Below the belt: Growing competition from online retailers has constrained revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Womenswear Stores 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 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 will continue to focus on supply-side efficiencies and inventory management

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Womenswear Stores industry has struggled with weak consumer sentiment, subdued demand and intensifying competition over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to grow by just 0.2% annualised over the five years through 2016-17, to total $5.0 billion. Unstable financial markets and widespread economic uncertainty during the period have led to volatile 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. Consumer sentiment is anticipated to remain weak in 2016-17, contributing to a 1.8% decline in industry revenue during the current year...

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    What is the Womenswear Stores industry?

    Industry retailers stock a variety of clothing for women, including dresses, pants, skirts, tops, coats and underwear. As many corporate offices relax their dress codes in line with increasingly flexible workplace conditions, womenswear stores offer an alternative mix of casual clothing to meet shifting demand.


    Dresses account for the largest share of industry revenue, at an estimated 25.3% in 2016-17. This type of clothing is considered to be of a discretionary nature and product ranges are constantly updated with new styles, prints and designs. How...

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    Additional Insights for the Womenswear Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Womenswear Stores Industry 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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    Products & Brands

    Major products in this industry
    Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
    T-shirts, shirts and blouses
    Coats, jackets, cardigans and jumpers
    Underwear and foundation garments
    Examples of brands in this Industry
    Country Road
    Jacqui E
    Jay Jays
    Just Jeans
    City Chic
    Suzanne Grae

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

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

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

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    Specialty Fashion Group LimitedPremier Investments LimitedARJ Group Holdings Pty LtdWoolworths International (Australia) Pty Limited
  • Table: Specialty Fashion Group 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

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Womenswear Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer that operates through a website.
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • Technology that incorporates a cash register with an electronic payment system to allow instantaneous transactions through one device.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • Wireless computer chips that track products through the supply chain and store information about products, such as source, destination and price.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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