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Textile Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Textile Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.410 | Nov 2016

Fashioning the future: Rising demand for high-end bespoke textiles keeps operators afloat

IBISWorld’s Textile Wholesaling market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Challenging operating conditions and strong competition have restricted industry growth
  • Some larger retailers are bypassing wholesalers through long-term contracts with manufacturers
  • Securing contracts with online retailers can allow operators to maintain a stable revenue stream
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Textile Wholesaling industry has struggled against challenging conditions in recent years, with industry employment declining over the past five years. Operators have been suffering from intensified competition along the supply chain for the provision of textiles from both manufacturers of textile products at home and abroad. The development of e-commerce platforms has increased this competitive threat by allowing retailers to obtain stock from foreign manufacturers over the internet with minimum hassle. However, the devaluation of the pound in the current year is expected to mitigate this slightly. Operators have had to make efficiency improvements in order to reduce lead times and become more competitive. Changes include quality checks and labour reductions... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Textile Wholesaling industry is estimated to have a low level of capital intensity owing to the high amount of labour required by industry operators. There are also relatively low capital inputs required by firms in the industry, while the majority of industry costs are associated with the acquisition of goods to resell and distribute to downstream manufacturers and retailers. Comparing capital costs to expenditure on wages, the industry is estimated to have a capital-to-labour ratio of 1:9.65. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital equipment, such as vehicles, machinery and buildings, industry operators typically spend £9.65 on wages. Nonetheless, the ratio has been declining as automatisation gradually replaces some jobs.

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Additional Insights for the Textile Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Ability to avoid wholesale bypass
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from department stores and Demand from furniture, lighting and homeware retailers in the Textile Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Textile Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in this industry wholesale various textile products, including yarn, thread, fabric, cloth, household linen and haberdashery. The industry excludes textile fibre wholesaling.

    Industry Products
    YarnFabric and clothBed linenSoft furnishingsOther household linenHaberdasheryOther textile products
    Industry Activities
    Yarn and thread wholesalingFabric and cloth wholesalingHousehold linen wholesalingHaberdashery 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 department stores
  • Demand from furniture, lighting and homeware retailers
  • Demand from household textile and soft furnishing manufacturing
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of cotton
  • Current Performance
  • Fast fashion trends
  • A loose thread
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Fashioning the future
  • The fabric of society
  • Profit margins to fray
  • Table: Textile Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Textile Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Textile Weaving & Finishing
  • Household Textile & Soft Furnishing Manufacturing
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Department Stores
  • Carpet, Rug & Curtain Retailers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Household Textile & Soft Furnishing Manufacturing
  • Preparation and Spinning of Textile Fibres
  • Textile Weaving & Finishing
  • Products & Services
  • Fabric and cloth
  • Bed linen
  • Other household linen
  • Soft furnishings
  • Yarn
  • Haberdashery
  • Other textile products
  • Chart: Textile Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Department stores
  • Specialist retailers
  • Manufacturers
  • Online retailers
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Textile 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 Textile Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Textile 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 Textile 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 Textile Wholesaling 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
  • Small items used in sewing or a store that sells such items.
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Textile products that are generally used to decorate items, such as cushions, curtains, blinds and furniture covers.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • When retailers purchase directly from manufacturers, cutting out wholesalers.

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    This report on Textile Wholesaling:
    • 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 Textile 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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