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Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.420 | May 2017

A better fit: Industry revenue is projected to grow, aided by increasing sales of men's clothing

IBISWorld’s Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Clothing and footwear wholesalers purchase goods from domestic and foreign manufacturers and distribute them to downstream retailers and department stores. The rise in online shopping and the increasing prevalence of wholesale bypass has negatively affected the industry over the past five years. Industry revenue is anticipated to decrease at a compound annual rate of 4.3% over the five-year period through 2017-18, reaching £10.6 billion. Revenue is anticipated to fall by 1.8% in 2017-18 as operators struggle with intense competition from vertically integrated enterprises, in addition to falling demand as a result of low consumer confidence in the lead up to the UK's exit from the European Union.

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Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Clothing and Footwear Wholesaling industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. Over the 10 years through 2022-23, the industry's contribution to GDP is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 0.5%, while GDP is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2% over the same period.

Although technological change is expected to have improved efficiencies supply chain and inventory management, operations have not changed a vast amount over recent years. With the rise of online shopping, the industry is becoming increasingly affected by wholesale bypass. More and more clothing manufacturers (see IBISWorld report C14.000).. purchase to read more


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What is the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry?

Clothing and footwear wholesalers purchase a wide range of items from domestic and foreign manufacturers and distribute the goods to downstream retailers. Most wholesalers in this industry do not undertake any alterations or develop goods further.

Industry Products
Fur and clothing accessoriesChildren's clothingFootwear Men's clothingWomen's clothing
Industry Activities
Clothing wholesalingFootwear wholesaling

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