Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry will experience steady growth over the next five years as revived sentiment boosts overall sales. Consumers will continue to focus on brand names, driving sales for major companies like Babies"R"Us and Gymboree. Over the next five years, merger and acquisition activity will be common, with major players purchasing less-profitable operations to gain market share... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
This industry has a medium level of concentration, with the top four players accounting for about 51.9%. The national chains offer a broad range of products at competitive prices, which may pose a barrier for new entrants. Concentration has increased in recent years as major players have opened new stores and Carter's acquired OshKosh B'Gosh in May 2005.
The high cost of establishing and maintaining brand reputation is a major barrier to entry in this industry. Because existing players have already established brand names in respective product offerings, new entrants will have to invest money and time in their store before consumers will shift away from strong brand names and purchase new brands... purchase to read more