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Apparel & Clothing Manufacturers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 2300  |  NAICS 315000

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Apparel Manufacturing / Men's, Boys', Women's, Girls', and Infants'  (view reports)
Apparel Knitting Mills, Hosiery Mills, and Cut & Sew Manufacturing  (view reports)
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 industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Apparel Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for apparel manufacturers and retailers, with content sections covered in each issue of this publication including product design, supply chain and production, retail intelligence, product technology, and financial news. Selected articles from current and past issues can be viewed online with registration, with free subscription available upon request.


Annual statistical analysis provides detailed information on U.S. production, imports, exports, industry employment, domestic consumption, trade by price line, and consumer expenditures. Study includes multi-year historical data for trending purposes, with information reported by product category where appropriate. Publication is available to members only; contact trade association for more information.

Textile Intelligence
Publications available from this organization include:

Global Apparel Markets
Quarterly publication provides in-depth analysis of the apparel market on a global basis, with topics covered in each issue including business news, industry developments and innovations, research- based information on specific market sectors, color and fabric trends, developments in technology, and updates on trade and trade policies. Subscription also includes monthly e-newsletter updates.

Performance Apparel Markets
Quarterly subscription publication focuses on performance and corporate wear, with topics covered in each issue including business news and developments, market data and analysis, new products and technology, technical research reports, and company profiles that address business, product, and market strategies used by key players in the industry. Sample issue is available upon request.

Freedonia Group

Freedonia Focus research report analyzes U.S. demand at the manufacturers' level, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by product category (e.g., tops, bottoms, dresses coats, jackets, and suits, intimates, sleep wear, accessories, and other products) and market (e.g., women's and girls' clothing, men's and boys' clothing). Detailed table of contents is available online.

Euromonitor International
Apparel and Footwear in the US

Market research report provides a detailed analysis of this market sector, with information provided in this report including historical and forecast revenue in terms of unit volume and dollar value by market segment (e.g., men's clothing, women's clothing, childrenswear, clothing accessories, and footwear) and product category (e.g., underwear, nightwear, jeans, outerwear excluding jeans, and swimwear).

GIA Research
Women's and Girls' Clothing

Comprehensive market research report provides in-depth analysis of this product sector in the U.S. and selected other regions and countries, with information provided in the U.S. section of the report including historical and forecast annual sales in U.S. dollars by product segment (e.g., blouses and shirts, slacks and trousers, dresses, suits and coats, underwear and nightwear, and other clothing).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Apparel and Clothing Manufacturers  Search for "315" 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.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Apparel and Clothing Manufacturers  Search for "315" 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 ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Apparel Manufacturing
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for companies that (a) knit outwear, underwear, and nightwear, (b) cut and sew clothing from fabrics owned by other companies under a contract arrangement, and manufacture (c) men's, boys', and (d) women's, girls', and infants' clothing from fabrics purchased from textile mills.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Mercer, LLC
US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey – Apparel Manufacturing

Annual salary survey provides base pay, incentive, and total compensation data for this manufacturing sector on a national, regional, and metropolitan area basis, with survey results broken out by company size (e.g., net sales revenue, total employment) and job position families covered including wholesale merchandising, sourcing design, technical design, sales and marketing, and corporate administration.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Apparel Manufacturing

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this sector on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with job categories covered by the survey including fabric patternmakers; textile cutting, knitting, and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders; sewing machine operators; and inspectors, testers, and samplers. Survey results can be viewed free online.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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