Department Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Department Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 45211 | Sep 2014

Back order: Intense price-based competition will lead to industry declines, despite an improving economy

The Department Stores market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

In the five years to 2014, heightened price-based competition from online retailers has limited industry demand despite increased consumer spending. The Department Stores industry will continue contracting over the five years to 2019, albeit a slower rate. Growing competition from online retailers is expected to place further price pressures on industry operators, while even more companies shift to the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry (IBISWorld report 45291). To effectively compete, operators will target niche luxury consumers or expand their outlet store presence... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The capital intensity of this industry is low; for every dollar allocated to wages, about $0.10 unit is spent on capital assets. The size and number of stores in operation influence the level of capital expenditure. Expenditure on store utilities (e.g. lights and clothing racks) is estimated to have remained fairly stable in recent years, and occur when a new enterprise enters the industry or when existing stores are refurbished. Alternatively, expenditure on technological equipment (e.g. computerized cash registers) has experienced considerable growth over the past decade.

The duties employees undertake include customer service and advice, processing consumer purchases, arranging store layout and replenishing store shelves... 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 wearMen's wearFurniture and household appliancesDrugs and cosmeticsFootwearChildren's wearToys and hobbies
Industry Activities
Retailing apparel and accessoriesRetailing appliances and home furnishingsRetailing toys and sporting goodsRetailing other general merchandise

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