Perfect fit: Increased disposable income and Canadian population growth will fuel industry demand

Over the past five years, the Women's Clothing Stores industry in Canada has experienced relatively steady growth despite growing external competition and patchy consumer confidence. For instance, rising levels of disposable income and stable economic growth have enabled Canadian consumers to increase spending on a wide variety of both essential and nonessential goods. At the same time, external industries that also sell women's clothing, such as online retailers and department stores, have siphoned significant revenue from industry operators during the five-year period. In coming years, industry revenue is expected to continue growing as rising levels of disposable income and an expanding Canadian population fuel demand for women's clothing and more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue growth has remained stable despite heightened competition from online retailers and department stores
  • Intense competition and weak consumer sentiment have changed the way operators compete
  • Most of the industry’s players generate all of their revenue through brick-and-mortar locations
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Women’s Clothing Stores industry in Canada is characterized by a low level of market share concentration, and the industry’s four largest players are expected to account for less than 35.0% of the industry’s total revenue in 2018. While the industry’s major companies each operate several hundred locations, there are also many small-scale stores that run on a regional basis, primarily serving their local market. Modest barriers to entry make it relatively easy for aspiring operators to enter the industry and stimulate internal competition. As a result, the industry is highly fragmented among small-scale operators. In fact, the clear majority of industry operators employ fewer than 100 employees, with the typical industry enterprise employing just 10 workers in 2018. Ove...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Women's Clothing Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women's Clothing Stores Industry are

  • Attractive product presentation
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of fixed broadband connections in the Women's Clothing Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Women's Clothing Stores Industry?

    Stores participating in this industry specialize in women’s wear, including juniors’ clothes, misses’ clothes, plus-size fashion and maternity wear. Many retailers also sell accessories and other apparel (such as men’s and children’s) that are traditionally undertaken by industries such as the Men’s Clothing Stores industry in Canada (IBISWorld report 44811CA) and the Children’s and Infants’ Clothing Stores industry in Canada (44813CA).

    Industry Products
  • Tops (blouses, shirts and T-shirts)
  • Bottoms (pants, skirts and jeans)
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear (jackets, coats and rainwear)
  • Footwear
  • Suits (pantsuits, sport jackets and blazers)
  • Accessories
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling women's tops
  • Selling women's bottoms
  • Selling women's dresses
  • Selling women's outerwear
  • Selling women's active apparel
  • Selling women's swimsuits
  • Selling women's undergarments
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • Total retail sales
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64

  • Current Performance
  • Mixed performance
  • Competitive environment
  • Industry landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry landscape
  • Omnichannel retailers
  • Table: Women's Clothing Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women's Clothing Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Footwear Wholesaling in Canada
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling in Canada
  • Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Tops (blouses, shirts and T-shirts)
  • Bottoms (pants, skirts and jeans)
  • Other
  • Dresses
  • Accessories
  • Footwear
  • Suits (pantsuits, sport jackets and blazers)
  • Outerwear (jackets, coats and rainwear)
  • Chart: Women's Clothing Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Highest income quintile
  • Fourth-lowest income quintile
  • Third-lowest income quintile
  • Second-lowest income quintile
  • Lowest income quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's Clothing Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women's Clothing Stores

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's Clothing Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Reitmans (Canada) Limited, YM Inc.,
  • Table: Reitmans (Canada) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: YM Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Women's Clothing Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Women's Clothing Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Total retail sales (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Apparel or brand that is up to date with the latest fashion trends.
  • Fast Fashion
  • A term that refers to moderately priced clothing collections that are based on the latest runway trends.
  • Premium Denim
  • Denim that carries superior qualities, such as high quality and flattering cuts. These products also tend to demand a price premium.
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