Department Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Department Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 45211 | Jan 2016

Stored away: Continued retail outlet growth is forecast to aid 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 2015. 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 the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry. In the coming years, growing competition from online retailers is expected to place further price pressures on industry operators... purchase to read more

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A number of key factors may encourage or indirectly act as a prohibitive measure for new entrants in the Department Stores industry. The economies of scale illustrate the level of market dominance held by key players in the industry. This industry includes company giants like Walmart and Target that can negotiate favorable supply contracts with buyers. Like most in the retailing industry, department stores are subject to a low level of capital intensity as the majority of operational costs are devoted to the payment of wages as opposed to equipment such as fixtures and fittings. Despite this, department stores are typically located high traffic areas where rent costs are high... 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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