Back in fashion: Revenue is expected to rise, supported by further growth in demand for menswear

Clothing and footwear wholesalers purchase goods from domestic and foreign manufacturers and distribute them to downstream retailers and department stores. The rise in online shopping and the increasing prevalence of wholesale bypass has negatively affected the industry over the past five years. Industry revenue is anticipated to decrease at a compound annual rate of 1.7% over the five-year period through 2018-19, reaching £11.5 billion. Revenue is anticipated to rise by only 0.6% in 2018-19 as operators struggle with intense competition from vertically integrated enterprises and low demand, as weak disposable income reduces consumers’ discretionary spending.Operators have had to adapt to a changing retail landscape over the past decade...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£11.5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-1.7%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
43,240
Businesses
4,894
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Though industry revenue has fallen in recent years, demand for menswear has increased
  • Industry operators have come under pressure from wholesale bypass and foreign competition
  • Wholesale bypass is expected to become an increasing threat as retailers aim to reduce lead times
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The performance of the Clothing and Footwear Wholesaling industry has been weak in recent years, with industry revenue expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 1.7% over the five years through 2018-19 to £11.5 billion. Declining revenue is expected to have resulted from the rise in online shopping, which has increased the ability of end consumers and retailers to bypass wholesalers. Despite this, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, UK retail sales growth reached a 10-year high in April 2014, driven by high consumer confidence and low price inflation levels. This provided a welcome boost to industry revenue in 2014-15. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Demand from department stores in the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry?

    Clothing and footwear wholesalers purchase a wide range of items from domestic and foreign manufacturers and distribute the goods to downstream retailers. Most wholesalers in this industry do not undertake any alterations or develop goods further.

    Industry Products
  • Fur and clothing accessories
  • Children's clothing
  • Men's footwear
  • Women's footwear
  • Women's clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Industry Activities
  • Clothing wholesaling
  • Footwear wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from clothing retailing
  • Demand from department stores
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from footwear retailers
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Recent growth
  • Industry troubles
  • External competition
  • Current threats
  • Profit pressures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue growth
  • New opportunities
  • Technology drives growth
  • Market structure
  • Table: Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing
  • Footwear Retailers
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing Manufacturing
  • Footwear Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Women's clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Children's clothing
  • Women's footwear
  • Men's footwear
  • Fur and clothing accessories
  • Chart: Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Specialist clothing and footwear retailers
  • Department stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling 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 Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Concession
  • A miniature store operated by a brand, and located within a larger store, typically a department store.
  • E-Commerce
  • The sale of goods and services over the internet.
  • Vertically Integrated
  • When a company expands its business into areas that are at different points on the supply chain.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • An increasingly popular trend where companies purchase directly from the manufacturer to avoid using wholesalers in the supply chain.
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