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Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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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

The Clothing & Footwear 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
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Low consumer confidence following the EU referendum is likely to limit revenue growth
  • The rise of the internet has allowed consumers to purchase directly from manufacturers
  • Operators are expected to spend an increasing proportion of revenue on supply chain management
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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.

Industry operators have had to adapt to a changing retail landscape... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The Clothing and Footwear Wholesaling industry has moderate barriers to entry. New entrants must invest in buildings and information systems in order to establish proper distribution and wholesaling processes. The costs involved in acquiring sufficient stock are considerable, but vary depending on the quality of the goods to be traded. Most companies will require access to loans from financial institutions to cover start-up costs. Access to financial assistance may prove difficult should the venture or the industry be deemed too risky.

The existence of well-established vertically integrated operators that also operate at the manufacturing and retail levels of the supply chain acts as a barrier to the success of new entrants. Suc.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Demand from department stores in the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... 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

    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
  • Demand from clothing retailing
  • Demand from department stores
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Average real wage
  • Demand from footwear retailers
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Current Performance
  • Downstream demand
  • Online retailing and wholesale bypass
  • Overseas manufacturers
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Menswear and boutique demand
  • Technological change and demand
  • Efficient operations
  • Industry profitability
  • Table: Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing
  • Footwear Retailers
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Footwear Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Women's clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Footwear
  • Children's clothing
  • Fur and clothing accessories
  • Chart: Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Specialist clothing and footwear retailers
  • Department stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clothing & Footwear 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 Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clothing & Footwear 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 Clothing & Footwear 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 Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A miniature store operated by a brand, and located within a larger store, typically a department store.
  • E-Commerce
  • The sale of goods and services over the internet.
  • Vertically Integrated Enterprise
  • A company that expands its business into areas that are at different points on the supply chain.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • An increasingly popular trend where companies purchase directly from the manufacturer to avoid using wholesalers in the supply chain.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of 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 Clothing & Footwear 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
    • And of course, much more

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