Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Sales of women's clothing is largely dependent on levels of disposable income. As the economy continues to gain momentum after the recession, disposable income will rise and support growth for the Women's Clothing Stores industry over the next five years. Additionally, the number of stores will grow, increasing competition in an already rather saturated market. This, coupled with competition from online sales, will further strain individual operators... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
Capital intensity within the Women's Clothing Stores industry is moderate. For every dollar spent on labour, the typical operator dedicates $0.20 to capital expenses. Women's clothing stores require staff to provide high levels of customer service. Staff members are also required for merchandising tasks and processing sales. Capital costs include items such as cash registers and computer systems.
Over the past five years, capital intensity has remained relatively unchanged. While investments in capital equipment have grown as technology has advanced, wage costs have also grown. The mounting focus on customer service has caused retailers to hire more highly skilled workers. As such, wage costs have increased from 19.7% of revenue in 2009 to 21.8% expected in 2014. .. purchase to read more