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Clothing Stores

SIC 5600 | NAICS 448100

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Clothing & Accessories Stores  (view reports)
Online Clothing & Accessories Stores  (view reports)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

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

Apparel Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for apparel professionals, with special features including the "Top Technology Trends for the Apparel Market" report (February issue) and the "Annual Top 50 Report" (July issue) which ranks top firms by their profit margin for the most recent fiscal year. Feature articles from current and past issues and special reports are available online with registration.

Clothing Stores

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Euromonitor International
Apparel and Footwear Specialist Retailers in the US

Market research study provides a detailed analysis of the apparel and footwear specialist retail sector, with data provided including historical and forecast five-year sales, outlet, and selling space trends for this retail sector, along with global company and global and local brand name market shares for these same historical measures. Executive summary with detailed table of contents is available free online.

S&P Global Market Intelligence
Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods / Specialty Retail

S&P's industry surveys provide in-depth coverage of the apparel and specialty retail industries, with topics addressed in these reports including industry trends, operational overview, key industry ratios and statistics, and company analysis, with firms covered in the company analysis section including L Brands, Inc., Gap, Inc., TJX Companies, Inc., Ross Stores, Inc., Foot Locker Inc., and DSW, Inc.

Unity Marketing
Luxury Clothing and Apparel Snapshot Report

Market research report provides key facts and figures on the affluent market for clothing and apparel, with topics addressed in the study including demand and spending trends, spending by demographic segment, estimated spending on luxury items, types of luxury items purchased, estimated spending on luxury items by type of retail store, brand usage, luxury brand boutiques, and fashion boutiques.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Clothing Stores  Search for "4481" to see reports for specific types of stores

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 sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Clothing & Accessories Stores
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for firms that sell apparel and accessories, with retailers covered in individual reports including family clothing retailers that sell clothing without specializing by age or gender, and specialty retailers that specifically focus on selling men's, women's or infant/children's clothing lines.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Mercer, LLC
US Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey

Annual salary survey provides detailed compensation and benefits information for the retail industry, with survey results broken down by retail sector (e.g., apparel, fashion, footwear, and accessories) and subsector (e.g., combination stores, family, infants/children, men, women) for apparel retailers. Detailed survey description, catalogue of positions covered, and sample report are available online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Clothing Stores

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in this retail sector on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with occupational categories covered by the survey including sales managers, fashion buyers, merchandise displayers, retail supervisors, sales associates, cashiers, security guards, and stock clerks. All information is available free online.

PayScale, Inc.
Clothing Store

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this retail sector such as store manager, assistant manager, sales associate, and cashier, with employers for which compensation data is provided including American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., H&M Hennes & Mauritz LP, The Gap, Inc., Old Navy, Inc., Nordstrom, Inc., Kohl's Corporation, and J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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