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Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing in the US: Market Research Report

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Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Market Research Report | NAICS 31524 | Jan 2017

Fleeting fashion: High import competition will continue to hurt industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Most companies have moved overseas and domestic companies satisfy a small portion of demand
  • The US dollar’s weak appreciation is expected to undermine the price competitiveness of imports
  • Apparel manufacturers will continue to outsource production to countries with lower labor costs
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Women's, Girls' and Infants' Apparel Manufacturing industry is in a state of decline, with low levels of domestic product innovation and a decreasing number of industry operators. Labor costs are significantly lower in developing countries and, due to the varying nature of garments produced each season, automation for apparel manufacturing is limited. As a result, most companies have moved overseas and domestic companies satisfy a relatively small portion of total demand. As US economic conditions continue to improve over the five years to 2021, IBISWorld expects domestic demand for industry products to increase. However, imported goods will capture the majority of rising demand and continue to take revenue from domestic manufacturers.

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter


Dresses account for about 27.7% of total industry revenue in 2016. Dresses made in the industry are of high quality and carry a price premium. Accordingly, as disposable income levels have risen during the past five years, demand for this segment's pricier products has also increased. Additionally, the premium materials and designer patterns used to make some of this segment's products are not available in less expensive overseas factories, so this segment has somewhat resisted the offshoring trend drawing revenue out of the industry.

Blouses and shirts

The blouses and shirts products segment, which includes t-shirts and other tops made from purchased fabrics, has declined as a share of revenue over the past five years. Thi.. ... purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry are

  • Establishment of export markets
  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favor of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Trade-weighted index and Consumer spending in the Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators manufacture blouses, shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, nightwear, suits, coats and other outerwear for women and girls. This industry includes women’s, girls’ and infants’ clothing jobbers, who perform entrepreneurial functions involved in apparel manufacture and complete tasks like buying raw materials, designing and preparing samples and marketing finished apparel.

    Industry Products
    Blouses and shirtsDressesShorts and pantsSwimwearInfant wear
    Industry Activities
    Manufacturing women's and girls' undergarmentsManufacturing women's and girls' nightwearManufacturing women's and girls' blousesManufacturing women's and girls' dressesManufacturing women's and girls' suits, including tailored jackets and pantsManufacturing women's and girls' coatsManufacturing women's and girls' other outerwearManufacturing other women's and girls' apparel, including bathing suits and denimManufacturing infant wear

    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
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Consumer spending
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • World price of cotton
  • Current Performance
  • Shifting production overseas
  • Pricing and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Counting on quality
  • Domestic and international markets
  • Table: Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling
  • Women's Clothing Stores
  • Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores
  • Family Clothing Stores
  • Lingerie, Swimwear & Bridal Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Miscellaneous Product Manufacturing
  • Textile Mills
  • Products & Services
  • Blouses and shirts
  • Dresses
  • Other
  • Shorts and pants
  • Swimwear
  • Infant wear
  • Chart: Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports
  • Wholesalers
  • Other (including online sales and direct mail)
  • Discount stores
  • Department stores
  • Manufacturer-owned stores
  • Specialty stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing 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, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing 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, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Exports (2007-2021)
  • Imports (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Trade-weighted index (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Discount Retailer
  • A retail store that carries a wide range of goods at prices below those at department stores, grocery stores or specialty retailers. Walmart is an example of a discount retailer.
  • Offshore
  • The relocation of a company's business process, such as manufacturing or accounting, from one country to another, whether the work is outsourced or stays within the company.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
  • Premium Denim
  • Denim marketed by its manufacturer as having a superior fit and using specific dyes and high-quality fabric.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
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    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding 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 Women’s, Girls’ and Infants’ Apparel Manufacturing 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

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