Couture kids: Consumers will continue to spend on children's clothing, especially on high-end brands

IBISWorld’s Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry operators will have to fend off increasing external competition, especially from online-only stores
  • M&A activity and demographic trends have led to increasing market share concentration
  • As consumer sentiment and incomes rise, customers will spend more on industry products

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry comprises establishments that specialize in retailing apparel for children under the age of 17. Over the five years to 2016, an increase in the number of births had a positive impact on industry revenue. However, a decline in the number of adolescents offset some of the gains made from an increasing number of infants and toddlers. While rising consumer confidence index and strong gains in per capita income had a positive impact on demand for children's and infants' apparel, declining prices are expected to reduce revenue...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Children's and infants' clothing stores are concentrated around population centers and areas where average incomes are higher. The Southeast accounts for 25.3% of total industry establishments and 25.6% of the US population. According to the American Community Survey, the average income of Southeast region residents is $55,000 annually, slightly below the national average of $63,000. Florida accounts for the largest share of children's and infants' clothing stores in the region, holding 6.3% of the industry's total and 6.3% of the US population. The average income in Florida is about $57,000 per year, higher than the region's average, which explains the higher tendency to spend on children's clothes.


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    Additional Insights for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry are

  • Having a clear market position
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as External competition for the Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry and Per capita disposable income in the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry?

    This industry includes specialized clothing retailers that sell a wide range of infant and children’s wear, such as dresses, jackets, jumpsuits, sleepwear and more. Supplementary services include basic alterations like hemming, taking in or letting out seams and lengthening or shortening sleeves. Sales from department stores and online-only retailers are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Girls' clothing
    Infants' and toddlers' clothing
    Boys' clothing
    Industry Activities
    Retailing girls' clothing
    Retailing boys' clothing
    Retailing infant clothing
    Retailing toddler clothing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • External competition for the Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • Number of children aged nine and younger

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue performance
  • Big companies growing bigger
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Sales growth continues
  • Operational trends
  • Consolidation and employment
  • Table: Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

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

  • Products & Services
  • Girls' clothing
  • Boys' clothing
  • Infants' and toddlers' clothing
  • Other
  • Chart: Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Highest 20.0% income quintile
  • Fourth 20.0% income quintile
  • Third 20.0% income quintile
  • Second 20.0% income quintile
  • Lowest 20.0% income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketing and advertisingRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Carter's Inc.The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc.The Gymboree Corp.Ascena Retail Group Inc.
  • Table: Carter's Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: The Gymboree Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: Ascena Retail Group Inc. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • World price of cotton (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Baby Boomers
  • Consumers born between 1946 and 1964 that account for a major proportion of the population.
  • E-Commerce
  • The buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems, such as the internet and other computer networks. Businesses engaged in e-commerce are often called e-tailers.
  • Generation X
  • The age group following the baby boomer generation, consisting of individuals between the ages of 30 and 45 years old.
  • Generation Y
  • Individuals between the ages of 10 and 30 years old who are born to baby boomers and follow generation X.
  • Infant
  • A child that is between 0 and 18 months old.
  • Playwear
  • Clothes designed for children specifically for playtime; usually more durable and functional than sleepwear.
  • Toddler
  • A child that is between 18 and 60 months old.
  • Tween
  • An age demographic that started out as a marketing term to describe adolescents aged 8 to 12.
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