Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry has had to battle against tough external competition over the past five years. 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. Over the next five years, per capita disposable income is expected to rise and a falling unemployment rate will temper the industry's revenue decline. Nevertheless, the industry will continue to experience intense competition from alternative retailers, impeding overall 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 42.5% and 26.7%, respectively. Both regions have access to key waterways, which reduces transportation costs. Moreover, Ontario's proximity to the Great Lakes region in the United States gives the region the advantage of imports from US manufacturers and wholesalers.
British Columbia and Alberta combined hold 23.3% of industry establishments and hold substantial shares of the Canadian population. All other regions, which are much less populous, account for the remaining 7.7% of industry establishments.
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