Taking it in: Growth is forecast to slow as competition rises and trade barriers loom

Industry operators sell women’s clothing using online retail platforms. This includes online-only retailers and excludes bricks-and-mortar stores that have an online presence. Over the five years through 2018-19, the industry has thrived, and revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 13.4%. Strong growth has been encouraged by the proliferation of the internet and mobile devices. Secure payment methods and a focus on value-added services have changed consumer attitudes towards online purchases, while innovative marketing and promotional efforts have also increased the industry’s consumer base. However, the industry faces intense external competition from traditional retail outlets, department stores and international online retailers...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£6.7bn
Annual Growth 14-19
13.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
9,918
Businesses
722
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has thrived over the past five years, supported by the growth of the internet
  • Firms face competition from traditional outlets which offer shop assistance and instant receipt of goods
  • As cybercriminals continue to adapt their methods, constant security innovations will be needed
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The nature of the industry means that industry operators do not need to establish themselves in expensive property markets. The industry excludes companies with physical outlet stores. Industry establishments therefore relate to offices where online operations are coordinated and distribution centres.LondonLondon is estimated to account for the largest number of industry establishments, at an estimated 19.3% of establishments in the current year. London has a reputation for being a social and fashion hub and operators are drawn to this location as a result. Many online retailers tend to headquarter themselves in business districts such as London to make use of the vibrant tech scene and large talent base...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Online Women's Clothing Retailing Industry

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

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Economies of scale
  • Having a cost effective distribution system
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Percentage of households with internet access and Consumer confidence index in the Online Women's Clothing Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What's in this report

    What is the Online Women's Clothing Retailing Industry?

    Businesses in this industry sell clothing for women via the internet. This includes online-only retailers and excludes bricks-and-mortar stores that have an online presence.

    Industry Products
  • T-shirts, shirts, jumpers and blouses
  • Trousers, skirts and bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Outerwear
  • Delivery receipts
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling women's shirts, blouses and other tops
  • Selling women's trousers and jeans
  • Selling skirts and dresses
  • Selling women's outwear and suits
  • Selling maternity wear
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Percentage of households with internet access
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Total online expenditure
  • Demand from clothing retailing

  • Current Performance
  • Strong connections
  • Secure payment
  • Technology and marketing
  • Value-added services
  • Competitive threats
  • Changes in spending
  • Competitive landscape and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Mobile opportunities
  • Value-added growth
  • Potential challenges
  • Movement of goods
  • Table: Online Women's Clothing Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling
  • Postal & Courier Activities

  • Products & Services
  • Dresses
  • T-shirts, shirts, jumpers and blouses
  • Outerwear
  • Trousers, skirts and bottoms
  • Other
  • Delivery receipts
  • Chart: Online Women's Clothing Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 25 and 34
  • People aged between 35 and 44
  • People aged between 16 and 24
  • People aged between 45 and 64
  • People aged under 16
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Women's Clothing Retailing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketingTransportation and distributionRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Women's Clothing Retailing

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

  • Industry Globalization
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  • Table: Asos plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Women's Clothing Retailing 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 Online Women's Clothing Retailing 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
    Click-And-Collect Services
  • A service that allows consumers to purchase goods online and collect in-store.
  • Pure Play
  • Retailers that operate online and have no physical establishments.
  • Tablet
  • A mobile computer with display, circuitry and battery in a single unit.
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