Improved consumer confidence is reviving houseware retailers
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
From cooking utensils to table linen, the Houseware Retailing industry sells a wide range of products. The industry faces competition from other stores that sell housewares, such as department stores and supermarkets. The industry has a low level of concentration, with the five biggest companies - Reject Shop Limited, Steinhoff Asia Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd, IKEA Pty Limited, Tupperware Australia Pty Ltd and Copperart Holdings Pty Limited – accounting for a small share of revenue. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Ricky Willianto, “these large players have diversified operations and are not solely committed to the industry, indicating that housewares are accessible from a wide range of retailers.”
The Houseware Retailing industry is influenced by trends in new dwelling commencements, alterations to existing dwellings and the level of discretionary spending in the economy. As the economic downturn hit and consumers tightened their spending, the industry suffered. Job concerns fuelled by rising unemployment and slower GDP growth resulted in a fall in houseware spending. “Price substitution became important as households downgraded from premium products,” says Willianto. After falling for three consecutive years, industry revenue returned to growth in 2011-12. As a result, revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 0.1% over the five years through 2012-13.
Revival in the industry in the past few years is partly due to the popularity of reality television shows, including DIY home design programs and cooking shows. These programs inspire people to take up cooking or home redecorating as pastime activities. Over the next five years, revenue is forecast to return to moderate growth as housing construction activity and household spending increase due to improving consumer confidence.
For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Houseware Retailing report in Australia industry page.
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Houseware retailers stock a range of houseware goods including china, glassware, cutlery and kitchenware. These products are purchased from domestic manufacturers and wholesalers. Operators retail these goods through their stores to the general public for private use. The industry only includes retailers that exclusively sell housewares.
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