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Hosiery & Sock Manufacturers – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 2251 & 2252  |  NAICS 315120

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Hosiery Mills  (view report)
Apparel Knitting Mills  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Inside Textiles Ltd.
Knitting Industry

Online resource features news and information for the knitting and hosiery industries, with topics and categories covered including "Markets" (e.g., knitwear, outerwear, activewear, intimate apparel, hose and socks, and accessories) and "Technology" (e.g., design, fiber/yarns, flat knitting, seamless, warp knitting/crochet, circular knitting, and dyeing, printing, and finishing). Articles are available free online.

MCL News & Media
Knitting Trade Journal

Bimonthly trade publication and online resource center features news and information for the knitting and hosiery industries, with editorial content sections covered in the online resource center including fibers and yarns, flat knitting, circular knitting, warp knitting, hosiery knitting, and dyeing and finishing. Magazine is available to subscribers only; selected articles are available free online with registration.

Manufacturing Solutions Center

Community college technical center provides testing, analysis, and information resources for hosiery, sock, and stocking manufacturers, with various content sections on this site including manufacturing, supplier, and consumer areas; retail, government, and international buyer resources; product testing information; frequently asked questions; and industry glossary. All information is available free online.

GIA Research
Hosiery (Women and Men)

Comprehensive report provides a detailed analysis of this product sector in the U.S. and select other countries, with information provided including historical and forecast annual sales volume by product segment (e.g., socks, sheer hose, and tights) and major players profiled including Gildan Activewear, Inc., Kayser-Roth Corporation, Gold Toe-Moretz LLC, Hanesbrands Inc., and Iconix Brand Group Inc.

Euromonitor International
Hosiery in the US

Market research report analyzes the U.S. market for this product sector, with information provided in this report including historical and forecast sales in unit volume and dollar value by product category for sheer hose made from nylon (e.g., tights, hold-ups, stockings, knee highs, ankle socks) and non-sheer products made from natural fibers or acrylic (e.g., socks, tights, shoe liners, and leg warmers).

Global / U.S. Hosiery Markets

Market research reports provide a detailed analysis of this sector on a global and regional basis, with data provided in the reports including market size and forecast by type of product (e.g., socks, tights, pantyhose and nylons) and geographic region, and leading firms profiled including CSP International Fashion Group S.p.A., Gilden Activewear Inc., Golden Lady Company S.p.A., and HanesBrands, Inc.

Allied Market Research
Hosiery Market

Comprehensive report analyzes demand for these products on a global and regional basis, with data provided in the report including market size and forecast by product (e.g., socks, body stockings, toe socks, knee-high, tights, and other), size (e.g., small, medium, large, and plus), gender (e.g., women, men), and distribution channel (e.g., mass merchant, online, department store, and retail pharmacy).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Hosiery and Sock Mills  Search for "31511" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Hosiery and Sock Mills  Search for "31511" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Hosiery Mills
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Hosiery and Sock Mill

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, product development manager, fashion designer, graphic designer, account executive, quality control inspector, production operator, and machine technician, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Renfro Corporation and Hanesbrands Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Apparel Knitting Mills

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed by establishments in this sector which includes companies that manufacture men's hose and socks; cotton and cotton blend athletic, casual, and dress socks; finished pantyhose; finished and unfinished sheer hose; and women's full-length, below-knee, and knee-length stockings.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Codes 2251 and 2252 - Hosiery and Sock Manufacturing
  NAICS Code 315120 - Apparel Knitting Mills
Types of establishments included in these codes
Hosiery mills - establishments that produce hosiery, which includes stockings, pantyhose, and tights.
Sock mills - establishments that produce socks, which includes dress socks, athletic socks, and casual socks.
Support hosiery mills - establishments that produce support hosiery, which includes compression stockings or socks that provide medical benefits.
Sheer hosiery mills - establishments that produce sheer hosiery, which includes stockings or pantyhose that are thin and translucent.
Performance hosiery mills - establishments that produce performance hosiery, which includes socks or hosiery with enhanced features such as moisture-wicking or anti-microbial properties.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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