Department Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Department Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 45211 | Nov 2014

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

IBISWorld’s Department 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.

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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 Key Buyers Chapter

The majority of stores in this

industry are part of a national chain and have numerous locations in the United States. In addition, stores tend to be on the larger side, with almost 90.0% of all stores employing more than 50 employees. Industry concentration measures the extent to which the top four players dominate an industry. According to IBISWorld estimates, the top four largest

industry operators are expected to account for about 54.0% of industry revenue in 2014.

Market share concentration in the Department Stores industry has decreased considerably over the five years to 2014 because many major players like Walmart and Target are transitioning to the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry (IBISWorld report 45291)... 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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