Shopping spree: Renewed demand will benefit the industry as women return to shopping
IBISWorld’s Women's Clothing 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 Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Like most retailers, women's clothing stores are not recession-proof. Revenue is expected to decline over the five years to 2013, despite growth experienced in the past four years. The skyrocketing unemployment rate and reduced per capita disposable income pushed consumer sentiment down significantly during the recession. These factors led to diminished demand for discretionary products, including women's clothing. IBISWorld anticipates revenue will grow over the next five years as consumer confidence returns and disposable income rises. However, as competition from internet retailers mounts, revenue growth will slow toward the end of the five-year period.
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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
In determining the level of capital intensity within women's clothing stores in the United States, IBISWorld uses wage costs as a proxy for labor and depreciation as a proxy for capital. For every dollar absorbed by labor, $0.19 will be allocated toward depreciation. This ratio indicates a medium level of capital intensity. Retail industries typically have been labor intensive. Women's clothing stores require staff to provide high levels of customer service. Staff members are also required for merchandising tasks and processing sales. However, over the past five years, depreciation expenses for women's clothing stores have increased substantially because more retailers have invested in technology to achieve greater efficiency... purchase to read more
What is the Women's Clothing Stores Industry?
This industry comprises establishments that specialize in women's wear, including misses', juniors' and plus-size clothing, along with maternity wear. Operators in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as customer service, advertising and cash handling. Some stores also offer basic alteration services on-site.
Other apparel (including fur and custom garments)Sports apparel (including swimwear and sweatshirts)Coats, jackets and suitsDressesPants, jeans, shorts and skirtsT-shirts, knit and woven shirts, blouses and sweaters
Selling women's shirts, blouses and other topsSelling women's pants and jeansSelling skirts and dressesSelling women's outerwear and suitsSelling maternity wear