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Clothing Stores

SIC 5600 | NAICS 448100

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

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Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Edgell Communications
Apparel Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for retail professionals, with online news categories including executive issues, technology insights, special reports, and case studies. Selected articles from current and prior issues from the magazine and special reports can be viewed online with registration.

First Research

Clothing Stores

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

Euromonitor International
Apparel and Footwear Specialist Retailers in the US
Retail market research report includes an overview of the apparel and footwear specialist retail sector, with topics covered including headlines, trends, channel formats, and channel data (e.g., historical and forecast five-year sales, outlets, and selling space trends, with company and brand share data provided for these same historical measures). Summary description and detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Accessories Magazine
Accessories Census
Annual statistical study provides detailed analysis of the retail apparel accessories market, with data broken down by accessory category with additional breakdowns by consumer age group, style of accessories, and retail channel category, as applicable. Current and prior studies can be downloaded and viewed online.

Entrepreneur Magazine Business Startup Guides
Clothing Store & More
Business startup guide provides an overview of the retail apparel business and takes users through the various aspects of starting a company and running it successfully. Table of contents and selected excerpts from the Kindle edition of this publication can be previewed online via's "Look Inside" feature.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Clothing Stores  Search for "4481"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Clothing Stores  Search for "4481"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for companies in this retail sector. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent year's data broken out by sales and assets size range. Sample report is available online.

Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Annual occupational employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in this retail sector on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Apparel Retail Stores Salary Survey
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI Assessor®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Clothing Stores

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.