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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 | Apr 2014

Wearing thin: While demand for clothing will revive, imports will restrain growth

IBISWorld’s Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$65bn
Annual Growth 09-14
2.8%
Annual Growth 14-19
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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 Locations Chapter

Many wholesalers locate their facilities near clothing manufacturers, key suppliers to the industry, as well as women's and children's retailers to cut costs on shipping. However, geographic spread in this industry is becoming less important as consumers increasingly shop via the Internet. Wholesalers are in danger of being marginalized as manufacturers initiate directly selling to consumers and retailers contract their own manufacturers to produce private label brands.

Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic has the largest number of wholesalers, accounting for 37.2% of total industry establishments. Many wholesalers are located in this region because 28.8% of women's and girls' apparel manufacturers are located here... 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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