Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Market Research Report | Consumer Goods & Services | Apparel & Accessories Stores | Jun 2013

Sizing up: More plus-size options and designer labels will benefit the industry

IBISWorld’s Plus-Size Women's Clothing 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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Market Share of Companies
Ascena Retail Group Ascena Retail Group market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

While the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores industry's performance was strained by the recession due to lower disposable income, demand will pick up in the next five years. Floods in key cotton-supplying regions have also cut into profit, but retailers will likely turn around in the five years to 2018. In particular, growth in disposable income and more plus-size choices from designers will encourage demand.... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The capital costs associated with establishing plus-size women's clothing stores are relatively low, and the only real barriers to entry in this industry relate to brand awareness and competition. The long-term process of establishing a solid reputation can be considered a deterrent to enter the industry. Existing players have already established brand names in their respective product fields, so new entrants will need to invest money and time to sway consumers into making the shift from strong existing brand names to the garments of relatively new brands.

With a large number of smaller players, competition within the industry is strong. There is also a high level of external competition, particularly from department stores and big-box retailers (e.g. Walmart)... purchase to read more


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What is the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores Industry?

Retailers in this industry specialize in plus-size women’s clothing, which is clothing proportioned specifically for larger women. Typically, sizes 14 and up are considered to be in the plus-size category, but not all brands and retailers follow this convention.

Industry Products
Dresses and skirtsBlouses, knits, t-shirts and sweatersPants, shorts and jeansCoats, jackets and suitsUndergarmentsOther apparel (e.g. swimwear and activewear)
Industry Activities
Retailing plus-size dresses and skirtsRetailing plus-size women's topsRetailing plus-size women's pantsRetailing plus-size women's coats and jacketsRetailing plus-size women's undergarments

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