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Clothing Retailing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Clothing Retailing Market Research Report | SIC G47.710 | Mar 2017

A tight fit: Rising purchase costs due to the fall in the value of the pound could limit growth

The Clothing Retailing 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
Arcadia Group Limited Arcadia Group Limited market share
Next Retail Limited Next Retail Limited market share
Primark Stores Limited Primark Stores Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Growth is expected to slow in the current year due to online competition and discounting
  • Online-only retailers are proving to be significant competitors to the industry
  • Rising competition has encouraged firms to engage in discount and promotional activity
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Although the economic recovery has supported clothing demand in recent years, clothing prices have fallen more recently due to persistent price competition, tumbling raw material costs and widespread discounting among retailers. This has constrained revenue growth somewhat. Retailers have also had to work hard to retain and draw away customers from rival supermarkets, department stores and online-only retailers. The evolution of the retail landscape and the persistent rise of online shopping have prompted most retailers to invest substantially in their online offerings and delivery capabilities, which has proved beneficial... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Clothing Retailing industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. External threats have forced retailers to adapt to a changing market landscape and shifting consumer demands. Over the 10 years through 2021-22, industry value added is forecast to increase at a compound annual rate of 1.5%. In comparison, UK GDP is anticipated to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.3% over the same period. Although this indicates that the industry is growing at a slightly slower rate than the UK economy, the industry's products remain essential to consumers. Nonetheless, industry operators face strong competition from external competitors such as supermarkets, department stores and online-only retailers.

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Additional Insights for the Clothing Retailing Industry

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

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Attractive product presentation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real private consumption expenditure and Demand from department stores in the Clothing Retailing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Clothing Retailing Industry?

    Clothing retailers source clothing from wholesalers or manufacturers and sell them to consumers. Most industry participants sell goods from one or more retail stores and often operate an online portal as well. The industry does not include enterprises that only operate online. Although accessory sales are covered, shoe sales are not.

    Industry Products
    Women's clothingMen's clothingChildren's and infants' clothingAccessories
    Industry Activities
    Retailing women's clothingRetailing men's clothingRetailing children's and infants' clothingRetailing accessories and other items

    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
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Demand from department stores
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of cotton
  • Current Performance
  • Sizing up the competition
  • The digital revolution
  • Online outfits
  • Discount deals
  • A close fit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Promotional activity
  • Cheap and cheerful
  • National Living Wage
  • Future trends
  • Table: Clothing Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clothing Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Manufacture of Underwear
  • Workwear Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Women's clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Children's and infants' clothing
  • Accessories
  • Chart: Clothing Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged between 30 and 49
  • Consumers aged 29 and under
  • Consumers aged between 50 and 64
  • Consumers aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clothing Retailing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Clothing Retailing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clothing Retailing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Next Group plc
    Primark Stores Limited
    Arcadia Group Limited
  • Table: Next Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Primark Stores Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Arcadia Group Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Clothing Retailing 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 Retailing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Bricks-And-Mortar Store
  • Describes a store with a physical building and a high-street presence.
  • Flagship Store
  • The retail chain's most prominent location or largest store.
  • Like-For-Like Sales
  • A comparison of a company's sales performance only taking into consideration activities that occurred throughout the comparison period.
  • National Living Wage
  • A new National Minimum Wage rate for non-apprentices aged 25 and over.

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    This report on Clothing Retailing:
    • 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 Retailing 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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