Formal Menswear Retailing in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Demand for men’s formal attire is increasing as discretionary incomes rise and prices for suits, ties, shirts and formal shoes fall. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Formal Menswear Retailing in Australia to its growing industry report collection.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Fashion and workforce trends lead to more sales of formal menswear.

During the past decade, the Formal Menswear Retailing industry has been the beneficiary of a significant rise in demand. This is due to men's growing autonomy when it comes to clothing purchases, the rising prominence of office-based work for men and increasing exposure to women in the workplace. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Craig Shulman, “Over the past five years, this demand has been further catalysed by the increasing prosperity of Australian consumers, declining costs of formal menswear and increasing access to information and options regarding men's fashion online.” The worst effects of the global financial crisis were avoided by Australia, and as a result, discretionary income levels have continued to grow. Formal menswear prices have declined as retailers engage in greater amounts of direct sourcing from manufacturers. Exposure to an increased number of clothing options that are available online but not domestically have allowed men the opportunity to expand their wardrobe and gain a better idea of what type of clothing they enjoy wearing.

IBISWorld expects that revenue has grown at an annualised rate of 4.0% over the past five years. The Formal Menswear Retailing industry is expected to grow 5.0% over 2013-14 to reach $327.9 million. “The industry has remained substantially competitive, as smaller retailers entering the industry often offer better value products than established players,” says Shulman. Several smaller retailers offer made-to-measure suits that allow the consumer a higher degree of customisation. Several online retailers are offering more standardised clothing such as shirts and ties at cheaper prices compared with established retailers. These smaller retailers are consequently fostering a fragmentation of the industry.

Over the next five years, many of these trends are projected to continue to affect the industry. The most notable trend is expected to be the continued change in how formal menswear is used. Offices are expected to emphasise wearing formal attire less, while formal attire is expected to be perceived as more suitable to wear in non-formal settings. This increasing breadth of use is expected to lead to continued growth for the industry.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Formal Menswear Retailing report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld Industry Report Key Topics

Operators in this industry primarily retail (both online and offline) formal menswear such as suits, shirts, ties and jackets.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised 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 Australian 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 Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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