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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 | Nov 2015

Trying on for size: Designer labels and more plus-size options will underpin industry performance

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 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Plus-Size Women's Clothing industry has experienced substantial growth over the past five years, stemming from a growing market and favorable economic conditions. As the economy strengthened and per capita disposable income increased, plus-size consumers were able to spend more on clothing and other discretionary purchases. Additionally, the market for industry goods has steadily increased over the period. While the plus-size community is generally underserved by the mainstream clothing market, a variety of both online-only stores and department stores have capitalized on the growing customer base. Over the next five years, profit is expected to slowly increase, as more premium brands flood the market.

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Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. While its contribution to the economy via its industry value added (IVA) is seemingly growing, much of the increase can be attributed to the industry's post-recessionary recovery. Over the 10 years to 2020, IBISWorld forecasts that IVA will grow at an average annual rate of 2.8%, while US GDP grows at 2.2% per year. As a result, the industry's contribution to the economy is increasing, which typically indicates that the industry is growing. However, IVA's strong growth is mostly due to the recovery from recession low profit margins. Overall, the industry exhibits characteristics of mature industries.

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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. The industry does not include online sales or plus-size clothing sales from stores with multiple departments.

Industry Products
DressesTopsBottomsOuterwearUndergarmentsOther apparel (e.g. swimwear and activewear)
Industry Activities
Retailing plus-size women's 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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