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Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42433 | Oct 2014

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.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$65bn
Annual Growth 09-14
2.8%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Profit
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Employment
81,206
Businesses
17,798
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 Investment Chapter

Capital intensity in the Women's and Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry is low; nonethless, it has been increasing due to increasing capital investment and declining labor costs. Capital investment has been rising because of advances in computer systems and technology designed to monitor inventory levels and reduce wait times in the supply of clothing to retailers. IBISWorld estimates that for each $1.00 spent on wages, industry operators will spend $0.03 on capital. This indicates a low level of capital intensity, however, that is because most of the firms in this industry are small scale nonemployers who cannot benefit from technical economies of scale by utilizing technology and automation, given the limited scale of their operations... purchase to read more

 


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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.

Industry Products
Dresses and blousesSuits and coatsUnderwear and sleepwearOther apparelSweatersJeans and other pants
 
Industry Activities
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


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