Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Escalating external competition from online and mainstream adult product retailers, which increasingly carry vibrators and other erotica, has reduced the stigma associated with shopping at adult stores. As consumers see more sex paraphernalia featured on TV and in stores like Walmart, such items shift from taboo toward more of a social norm. The industry performed especially well when disposable income dipped during the Great Recession because consumers were less likely to spend on substitute entertainment, like eating out or going to the movies. Nonetheless, tighter consumer budgets did result in more sales of cheaper items during the past five years. Through 2018, the industry is anticipated to benefit from rising disposable income and growing social acceptance of sex paraphernalia.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographical spread of the Adult Stores industry reflects the distribution of population. Generally, the higher the number of residents in a geographic region, the higher the demand will be for industry establishments in that area. In 2013, industry establishments are estimated to be concentrated in the Southeast, Great Lakes and West regions, which house the most people.
The Southeast region is expected to account for the highest share of industry establishments, containing about 28.3% of industry establishments. This region also accounts for the highest share of population at about 25.4%. The Great Lakes region also holds a high level of establishments, accounting for about 15.9% of nationwide establishments with about 15.0% of the population... purchase to read more