Department Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Department Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 45211 | Jun 2016

Stored away: Continued retail outlet growth is forecast to contribute to industry declines

IBISWorld’s Department Stores market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Department Stores industry will continue its long-term decline over the five years to 2016. While rising competition from e-commerce has accelerated declines, revenue contraction is primarily attributable to the increasing number of major players that have expanded their product range to include groceries, which transitions their revenue to other industries. Over the five years to 2021, increased competition from e-commerce businesses and the continued transition of department stores to supercenters will pressure industry revenue. Improved consumer spending and disposable income, however, will encourage consumers to spend more at department stores, which will offset some of the period's declines.

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

While this industry is segmented into two distinct types of operators (up-market department stores and their discount variety counterparts), both types of stores retail a wide assortment of general merchandise. IBISWorld categorizes industry products into five groups: apparel, drugs and cosmetics, furniture and household appliances, toys and hobby goods and other products.

Apparel and footwear

The industry predominantly sells men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories, with an estimated 42.8% of total sales generated from this product group. Over the past five years, apparel and footwear sales have somewhat increased as a share of industry revenue because many consumers opt to purchase these items in store, rather than online... purchase to read more


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What is the Department Stores Industry?

Department stores retail a broad range of general merchandise, such as apparel, jewelry, cosmetics, home furnishings, general household products, toys, appliances and sporting goods. Discount department stores, which are also included in this industry, retail similar lines of goods at low prices. However, big-box retailers and supercenters that offer fresh groceries in their stores, and warehouse clubs that operate under membership programs, are not included in this industry.

Industry Products
Women's clothing and footwearMen's clothing and footwearHome goods and appliancesDrugs and cosmeticsChildren's clothing and footwearToys and hobbiesNongrocery food items
Industry Activities
Retailing apparel and accessoriesRetailing appliances and home furnishingsRetailing toys and sporting goodsRetailing other general merchandise

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