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Department Stores in the US: Market Research Report

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Department Stores Market Research Report | NAICS 45211 | Jun 2016

Stored away: Continued retail outlet growth is forecast to contribute to industry declines

IBISWorld’s Department Stores market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Department Stores industry will continue its long-term decline over the five years to 2016. While rising competition from e-commerce has accelerated declines, revenue contraction is primarily attributable to the increasing number of major players that have expanded their product range to include groceries, which transitions their revenue to other industries. Over the five years to 2021, increased competition from e-commerce businesses and the continued transition of department stores to supercenters will pressure industry revenue. Improved consumer spending and disposable income, however, will encourage consumers to spend more at department stores, which will offset some of the period's declines.

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The Department Stores industry is made up of retailers that sell a wide range of merchandise, including apparel, footwear, home goods, appliances, toys and sporting equipment. While big-box retailers, such as Walmart and Target, have historically dominated the industry, many have expanded their product offerings in recent years to include groceries. This one-stop-shop format has boosted revenue for these companies; however, general merchandise stores that offer groceries are included in the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry (IBISWorld report 45291), which effectively removes them from the Department Stores industry... purchase to read more


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What is the Department Stores Industry?

Department stores retail a broad range of general merchandise, such as apparel, jewelry, cosmetics, home furnishings, general household products, toys, appliances and sporting goods. Discount department stores, which are also included in this industry, retail similar lines of goods at low prices. However, big-box retailers and supercenters that offer fresh groceries in their stores, and warehouse clubs that operate under membership programs, are not included in this industry.

Industry Products
Women's clothing and footwearMen's clothing and footwearHome goods and appliancesDrugs and cosmeticsChildren's clothing and footwearToys and hobbiesNongrocery food items
Industry Activities
Retailing apparel and accessoriesRetailing appliances and home furnishingsRetailing toys and sporting goodsRetailing other general merchandise

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