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

IBISWorld’s Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Industry operators will have to fend off increasing external competition, especially from online-only stores
  • M&A activity has led to increasing market share concentration
  • As consumer sentiment and incomes rise, customers will spend more on industry products
  • 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 2017, while macroeconomic growth has encouraged shoppers to splurge on high-end children's clothing, many apparel purchases have been captured by industries that directly compete for consumer dollars. For example, an increase in the number of fixed broadband connections has made online shopping increasingly accessible, which has siphoned demand from the brick-and-mortar establishments that operate in the industry. Furthermore, limited consumer leisure time has encouraged shoppers to visit department stores or other one-stop-shop establishments in lieu of the specialty retailers that operate in this industry.

    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Demand for the Children’s and Infants’ Clothing Stores industry is determined by demographic changes in the US population and macroeconomic variables, such as per capita disposable income. Demand is also influenced by the price of synthetic and nonsynthetic fibers, which influences the price of apparel, translating into fluctuations in procurement costs for operators and demand from downstream markets. Additionally, external competition from department stores and online stores has become an important point of consideration for this industry over the past five years, as department stores offer the added benefit of one-stop shopping and online stores are able to undercut prices due to lower operating costs.

    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 Per capita disposable income and Percentage of services conducted online in the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores industry impact industry performance..

    shopping_cartVIEW PURCHASE OPTIONS

    Look under the hood?

    Download a FREE sample report

    Industry Products

    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
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • 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
  • Competition continues
  • Favorable economic conditions
  • 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 income quintile
  • Fourth-lowest income quintile
  • Third-lowest income quintile
  • Second-lowest income quintile
  • Lowest 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
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation, rent and advertising
  • 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 Inc.The Gymboree Corp.Ascena Retail Group Inc.
  • Table: Carter's Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: The Children's Place 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 (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World price of cotton (2008-2022)

  • 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.
  • Why buy this report?

    IBISWorld industry market research reports enable you to:
    • Find out about key industry trends
    • Identify threats and opportunities
    • Inform your decisions for marketing, strategy and planning
    • Quickly build competitive intelligence
    This report on Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

    IBISWorld reports on thousands of industries around the world. Our clients rely on our information and data to stay up-to-date on industry trends across all industries. With this IBISWorld Industry Research Report on Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores, you can expect thoroughly researched, reliable and current information that will help you to make faster, better business decisions.

    Join IBISWorld today

    Contact Us

    Want to speak to a representative? Call us.