Poor sales: Competition from alternative retailers will impede industry revenue growth

Over the five years to 2018, the Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry in Canada has suffered from increased external competition, though improvements in the macroeconomic climate have kept the industry afloat. While growth in consumer spending and per capita disposable income have encouraged shoppers to splurge on high-end children's clothing, many apparel purchases have been captured by industries that directly compete for consumer dollars. Furthermore, limited consumer leisure time has encouraged shoppers to visit department stores or other one-stop-shop establishments in lieu of the specialty retailers that operate in this industry. These factors combined have caused industry revenue to slightly decline over the five years to 2018...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite the industry’s increasingly difficult and competitive operating climate, many industry players have entered the industry
  • Shoppers in better economic standing have traded up to designer clothing for children
  • The industry will continue to suffer from increased external competition
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Girls' clothingGirls' clothing is the largest product segment in the Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry and accounts for 48.4% of total revenue in 2018. The proliferation of fast fashion in the Women's Clothing Stores industry (IBISWorld report 44812CA) has influenced the girls' clothing segment of this industry, and more parents are looking to dress their daughters in low-cost versions of the latest catwalk designs. This trend has expanded girls' clothing's share of total industry revenue over the five years to 2018, as parents are buying new, stylish clothing for girls on a more regular basis. Tweens are also becoming an increasingly important market segment for this industry, as young girls have more say in their clothing purchases than ever...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry

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

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Having a clear market position
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of fixed broadband connections and Per capita disposable income in the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry?

    This industry includes specialized clothing retailers that sell a wide range of ready-to-wear infant and children’s clothing. Supplementary services include basic alterations, such as hemming and taking in or letting out seams. This industry excludes retail sales from department stores, mass merchants and online-only retailers.

    Industry Products
  • Boys' clothing
  • Girls' clothing
  • Infants' and toddlers' clothing
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating children's clothing stores
  • Operating infants' clothing stores
  • Operating toddlers' clothing stores
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Leisure time
  • Number of children aged 19 and younger

  • Current Performance
  • Growth areas
  • Competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition continues
  • Favourable economic conditions
  • Table: Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing & Clothing Accessories Wholesaling in Canada
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Manufacturing in Canada
  • Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Girls' clothing
  • Other
  • Boys' clothing
  • Infants' and toddlers' clothing
  • Chart: Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

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

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciation, rent and advertising
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Carter's Inc., Gap Inc., Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., The Gymboree Corporation,
  • Table: Carter's Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Gap Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: The Gymboree Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Children's & Infants' 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 Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • World price of cotton (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Fast Fashion
  • The latest catwalk designs that reach the retail environment quickly to capture current fashion trends.
  • Infant
  • A child aged from 0 to 18 months old.
  • Toddler
  • A child aged from 18 to 60 months old.
  • Tween
  • An increasingly important age group demographic that is composed of girls aged eight to 12 years old.
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