Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The industry has had to battle against tough external competition. Many department stores and international brands started selling children's clothing in Canada, which reduced the overall price point at which such items are sold. Additionally, significant volatility in the price of cotton has resulted in shrinking profit margins. However, the industry has slowly recovered from the financial crisis, increasing slightly over the past five years. In the next five years, per capita disposable income is expected to rise and a falling unemployment rate will support stronger industry revenue growth. Nevertheless, the industry will continue to experience intense competition from alternative retailers, threatening industry growth... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographic distribution of children's and infants' clothing stores largely corresponds with the distribution of the population. Ontario and Quebec command the greatest share of industry establishments and population, at 69.4% and 61.9%, respectively. Both regions have access to key waterways, which reduces transportation costs. Moreover, Ontario's proximity to the Great Lakes gives the region the advantage of imports from the United States.
British Columbia and Alberta combined hold 23.0% of industry establishments. Both regions also account for a collective 24.4% of the population. The other, more northern regions combined account for 7.6% of industry establishments... purchase to read more