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.
... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Similar to many other retail industries, the location of women's clothing stores in the United States is concentrated in densely populated areas. Revenue obtained from each region is slightly skewed across areas to reflect higher average incomes. A significant trait of women's clothing stores is that in densely populated areas, customer incomes are higher, and fashion is a greater determinant of demand. Women in these areas often want their clothing to stand out, and niche stores are more likely to do well in states with a larger population.
The Mid-Atlantic region accounts for the largest share of industry revenue at 25.3%. This is proportionally higher than the region's share of the US population, which is at 15.6%... purchase to read more