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Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42432 | Aug 2016

By a thread: Revenue growth will remain steady, despite import competition and price pressures

IBISWorld’s Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • As consumers regain confidence and purchasing power, demand for men’s and boys’ apparel will increase
  • Apparel is among the first things that consumers cut back on in times of economic hardship
  • The industry will benefit from the economic recovery over the next five years
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Revenue growth for operators in the Men's and Boys' Apparel Wholesaling industry has remained sluggish over the past five years. With decreased discretionary spending, retailers offered steep discounts to consumers to retain sales. Due to weak downstream demand, wholesalers were left with excess inventories and slashed their own prices to move stock. In the coming years, as consumers regain confidence and purchasing power, demand for men's and boys' apparel will increase... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

IBISWorld estimates that the Men's and Boys' Apparel Wholesaling industry has consistently grown at a similar rate as the economy. The industry falls in the broader consumer cyclical sector and tends to do well in times of high consumer confidence and spending. Industry value added (IVA), the industry's contribution to the economy, is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4.1% over the 10 years to 2021, while growth of gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to be about 2.1% over the same time frame. More rapid growth in IVA is a consequence is of low margins in 2011, which are expected to improve significantly over the 10 years to 2021. However, in the long term, IVA and GDP growth is expected to be similar.

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Additional Insights for the Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Men's & Boys' 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 Demand from men's clothing stores in the Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

    Businesses in this industry purchase men’s and boys’ clothing from apparel manufacturers and sell these products to retailers, generally with minimal or no further product development. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers, marketing and advertising their products, and storing and transporting stock.

    Industry Products
    Suits, coats and formal wearUnderwear and sleepwearShirtsSlacks and jeansUniforms and work clothingAccessories
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling men's and boys' glovesWholesaling men's and boys' hats and capsWholesaling men's and boys' neckwearWholesaling men's and boys' outerwearWholesaling men's and boys' sportswearWholesaling suitsWholesaling men's and boys' swimwearWholesaling office attire

    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
  • Demand from men's clothing stores
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from department stores
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • World price of cotton
  • Current Performance
  • Growth in context
  • Profit margins improve
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Reshoring and wholesale bypass
  • Table: Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Men's Clothing Stores
  • Family Clothing Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Shirts
  • Slacks and jeans
  • Other
  • Uniforms and work clothing
  • Suits, coats and formal wear
  • Accessories
  • Underwear and sleepwear
  • Chart: Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Big-box retail stores and discounters
  • Department stores
  • Other
  • Businesses for end use
  • Men's specialty stores
  • Children's clothing stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling 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 Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    VF Corp.
  • Table: VF Corp. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Men's & Boys' 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 Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Extensible Markup Language (Xml)
  • A system that enables businesses to exchange documents electronically.
  • 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.
  • The American Apparel & Footwear Association (Aafa)
  • An association that represents apparel, footwear and other sewn-products companies and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A popular trend within retail and manufacturing industries where producers supply goods directly to stores.

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    • 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 Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling 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
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