Overview

Wearing thin: While demand for clothing will revive, imports could restrain growth

The Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$74bn
Annual Growth
12-17
0.9%
Annual Growth
17-22
Profit
Employment
102,527
Business
21,546

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improvement in macroeconomic indicators have increased downstream demand
  • Vertical integration and wholesale bypass present major challenges for operators
  • Forecast depreciation of the dollar is anticipated to place downward pressure on margins

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Operating conditions in the Women's and Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry have gradually improved over the past five years. Improving economic conditions, including rising consumer confidence and increasing disposable income levels, have provided the necessary tailwinds for revenue growth. Improvement in macroeconomic indicators, such as disposable income, consumer confidence and the value of the dollar, have increased downstream demand for women's and children's apparel. Furthermore, an increase in the number of births over the period is also expected to benefit industry operators over the next five years by increasing the size of one of this industry's main market segments...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Women’s and Children’s Apparel Wholesaling industry has grown over the past five years. Downstream demand for apparel has increased, buoyed by rising per capita disposable income and improving consumer sentiment, culminating in higher consumer spending on discretionary industry products. Over much of the period, industry revenue trended upward, as improving economic conditions stimulated consumer demand for women’s and children’s apparel. However, in 2016, industry revenue contracted in response to a strong deceleration in the appreciation of the US dollar, which limited consumers’ propensity to spend on imported apparel. Con..

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    Additional Insights for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer Confidence Index and Per capita disposable income in the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

    Industry operators purchase and resell women’s, children’s, infants’ and unisex clothing and accessories. Operators purchase apparel from manufacturers and sell these products to retailers, with minimum or no further development of the product. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers, marketing and advertising, and storage and transportation of stock.

    Industry Products
    Dresses, blouses and sweaters, including unisex clothing
    Suits and coats
    Outerwear including skirts, slacks and jeans
    Underwear and sleepwear
    Children's and infants' apparel
    Other apparel including clothing accessories
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling baby clothing
    Wholesaling outerwear, including pants, suits and coats
    Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothing accessories
    Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' clothing
    Wholesaling dresses
    Wholesaling blouses and shirts
    Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' gloves
    Wholesaling handbags
    Wholesaling women's, children's and infants' hats and caps
    Wholesaling underwear and sleepwear

    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
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • Demand from women's clothing stores
  • Demand from department stores

  • Current Performance
  • Improved economic conditions drive demand growth
  • Ongoing challenges result in structural changes
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising participation
  • Restructuring
  • Threats and opportunities
  • Table: Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Women's Clothing Stores
  • Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores
  • Family Clothing Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cut and Sew Manufacturers
  • Leather Good & Luggage Manufacturing
  • Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Dresses, blouses and sweaters, including unisex clothing
  • Outerwear including skirts, slacks and jeans
  • Other apparel including clothing accessories
  • Underwear and sleepwear
  • Children's and infants' apparel
  • Suits and coats
  • Chart: Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Mass merchants
  • Wholesalers for resale
  • Department stores
  • Specialty clothing stores
  • Warehouse clubs
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling 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 Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Offshoring
  • The transfer of manufacturing operations to another country, regardless of whether the work is outsourced or stays within the corporation or company.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
  • 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.
  • Vertical Integration
  • Owning different parts of the supply chain, either in the form of forward integration (owning upstream suppliers) or backward integration (owning downstream buyers).
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    • 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
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