Wearing thin: While demand for clothing will revive, imports will restrain growth
IBISWorld’s Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling 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.
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Downstream demand for discretionary purchases of clothing will support industry growth over the next five years, after weak economic conditions hurt wholesalers. Nevertheless, the infiltration of low-cost imports has intensified price competition for domestic wholesalers, cutting into profit margins. Over the five years to 2019, imports will make up an increasing proportion of domestic demand; therefore, operators will need to cut their own prices and offer more services to buyers to remain relevant... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Dresses and blouses
The largest product segment within this industry is dresses and blouses, accounting for about one-quarter of industry revenue. The segment's share has slightly decreased over the five years to 2014. Changing fashion trends toward a more casual work environment have made women shift away from purchasing dresses in favor of jeans and casual tops. However, this segment is likely to fluctuate with time as designer runway styles set the tone for each individual season. On the other hand, blouses are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to update a wardrobe and stay on trend, which is why spending on this product has grown. Instead of purchasing entire outfits or more high-value items like coats, women have opted for small fashion fixes... purchase to read more
What is the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry?
Industry operators purchase and resell women's, children's, infants' and unisex clothing and accessories. Operators purchase apparel from manufacturers and sell these products to retailers, with minimum or no further development of the product. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers, marketing and advertising, and storage and transportation of stock.
Dresses and blousesSuits and coatsUnderwear and sleepwearOther apparelSweatersJeans and other pants
Wholesaling baby clothingWholesaling outerwear, including pants, suits and coatsWholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothing accessoriesWholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothingWholesaling dressesWholesaling blouses and shirts Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' glovesWholesaling handbags Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' hats and capsWholesaling underwear and sleepwear