Handbag, Luggage and Accessory Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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After strong performance during the recession, the industry will continue to expand in the coming years. Recovering disposable incomes will allow consumers to purchase more luxuries like handbags and accessories. As the purchasing power of Generation Y shoppers grows, operators will develop product lines to cater to this demographic. However, competition from department stores and online retailers will pose a threat to the industry, as consumers flock to these outlets for their lower prices and convenience. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Handbag, Luggage and Accessory Stores industry to its growing industry report collection.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Firms will expand into new product lines and capitalize on revived sentiment

Despite moderate revenue declines in 2008 and 2009, the small luxury nature of clothing and leather accessories has buoyed the Handbag, Luggage and Accessory Stores industry over the five years to 2012. IBISWorld estimates that revenue increased at an average annual rate of 1.1% to $9.54 billion during the period. In 2012, revenue is expected to grow by a healthy 3.9%, signaling the return of consumer spending on affordable luxury.

“Still, industry participants have not been able to completely sit back and relax,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Nikoleta Panteva. “Companies are still making promotional efforts to cater to aspirational luxury shoppers, who indulge in purchases up to $300. For example, major player Coach launched a lower-priced product line in 2009 to capture this demographic.” These movements toward lower price points help increase affordability, which stimulates demand. To balance lower price points and retain profit, the industry relies on imports.

The top four industry companies are Coach, Claire's Stores, Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and Genesco. Together, these operators give the Handbag, Luggage and Accessory Stores industry a medium level of market share concentration. Over the past five years, industry concentration has increased significantly, as has Coach’s individual market share. Meanwhile, former major operator Wilson's Leather exited the industry in 2008, pushing down concentration. Says Panteva, “This exchange of power has caused the top four firms to gain more power, as their share of the industry has increased.” IBISWorld forecasts that concentration will grow in the coming years. Players like LVMH and Genesco are focusing on acquisitions to expand their brand names and recognition. This move will likely push the industry into the high-level concentration bracket in the next five years. Furthermore, consolidation will help maintain profit margins.

While the number of companies is expected to decrease, industry revenue is still set to rise over the coming five-year period. As the economy rebounds during the next five years, industry revenue is forecast to grow at an even faster annualized rate. The market is maturing as companies move into new categories and increasingly fight against counterfeit goods. Because new geographic locations are limited, the men's goods category is expected to continue to grow, stimulating new sales within existing markets. With new sales opportunities under pressure, retailers are going on the offensive against stores that sell counterfeit accessories. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Handbag, Luggage and Accessory Stores in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry includes specialty retailers that primarily sell handbags, luggage or clothing accessories, or any combination of these products. Stores in this industry do not sell apparel.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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