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 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.

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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 - Industry Investment Chapter

Capital intensity in the Plus-Size Women's Clothing Stores industry is moderate. For every dollar spent on labor, the average participant allocates $0.33 to capital costs. Retail operations are typically labor intensive, with employees handling most day-to-day activities, including tracking inventory, making supply orders, stocking shelves and racks and engaging in customer service. However, during the past five years, the industry's reliance on labor has waned, as an increasing number of tasks are becoming automated. Depreciation expenses have grown as stores have introduced new technologies, such as inventory-tracking software. These technologies have replaced many of the manual tasks undertaken by workers... 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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