A tight fit: Competition from superstores and e-commerce will slow industry growth

Due to declining mall traffic and competition from thriving superstore retailers, revenue for the Women's Clothing Stores industry in California is expected to rise at an annualized rate of just 0.6% to $5.9 billion over the five years to 2017. Despite the national industry's overall decline, rising disposable income and consumer sentiment are expected to boost some specialty and high-end retailers. Many small specialty stores that carry niche products such as eco-friendly clothing or athleisure wear have flourished while staple mall stores have cut down locations to remain profitable. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of just 0.4% to total $6.0 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$6bn
Annual Growth 12-17
0.6%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
46,057
Businesses
7,984

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Small specialty stores that carry niche products have flourished while staple mall stores have cut down locations
  • Many industry operators have invested heavily into their own e-commerce channel
  • Industry revenue growth is expected to be generated by premium brands and specialty stores
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Women's Clothing Stores industry is highly fragmented, with the majority of operators operating on a local or regional scale. In 2017, the top industry company, Ascena Retail Group, is expected to account for less than 10.0% of industry revenue. Over the past five years, however, industry market share concentration has increased, as merger and acquisition activity persisted over the period. In 2015, Ascena Retail Group acquired Ann Inc., sizably boosting the company's geographic portfolio in California and overall share of the market. ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry are

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per Capita Disposable Income in California and Households earning more than $100,000 in the Women's Clothing Stores in California industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry?

    This industry is composed of establishments that specialize in women’s wear, including misses’, juniors’, plus-size and maternity clothing. Operators in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as customer service, advertising and cash handling. Some stores also offer basic alteration services on-site.

    Industry Products
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear
  • Undergarnments
  • Other apparel and accessories
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling women's shirts, blouses and other tops
  • Selling women's pants and jeans
  • Selling skirts and dresses
  • Selling women's outerwear and suits
  • Selling maternity wear
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per Capita Disposable Income in California
  • Households earning more than $100,000
  • Number of Adults Aged 20 to 64 in California
  • commerce sales

  • Current Performance
  • External competition
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Specialty growth
  • Online disruptors
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling
  • Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Tops
  • Other apparel and accessories
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear
  • Undergarnments
  • Chart: Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Major Markets
  • Highest income quintile
  • Fourth income quintile
  • Second income quintile
  • Third income quintile
  • Lowest income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry

  • Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women's Clothing Stores in California

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry

  • Ascena Retail Group Inc., Chico's FAS Inc., New York & Company Inc., Sycamore Partners,
  • Table: Ascena Retail Group Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Chico's FAS Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: New York & Company Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Sycamore Partners - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Women's Clothing Stores in California Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • CA - Per Capita Personal Income in California (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Baby Boomers
  • The demographic of Americans born between 1946 and 1964, accounting for a major proportion of the population.
  • Brick-And-Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Comparable Store Sales
  • A retail measure used to assess the true performance of retail outlets by taking out the effect of new store openings and only looking at sales growth of existing stores.
  • E-Tailer
  • A retailer that primarily sells goods and services via the internet. Many of these companies do not have brick-and-mortar locations.
  • Fast Fashion
  • Clothing collections based on the most recent runway shows.
  • Generation X
  • The demographic of Americans born roughly between 1960 and 1980, who follow the baby-boomer generation.
  • Generation Y
  • The demographic of Americans born from 1980 through the 1990s, who are born to baby boomers and follow Generation X.
  • Lookbook
  • A collection of photographs that showcase a fashion line for a specific season.
  • Misses
  • A retail clothing segment targeted at fashion-conscious teen girls with relatively high levels of disposable income.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
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