Lingerie, Swimwear & Bridal Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

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The level of competition for the Lingerie, Swimwear and Bridal Stores industry is intensifying, as online retailers and department stores take sales away from industry retailers; nevertheless, a return to spending over the five years to 2019 will support modest growth, as consumers begin to purchase industry products again, including wedding dresses and lingerie. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Lingerie, Swimwear and Bridal Stores industry in its growing industry report collection.

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Specialty apparel stores have been adversely affected by rising production expenses.

Rebounding from its recessionary pitfall, the Lingerie, Swimwear and Bridal Stores industry is expected to achieve modest annual revenue growth of 2.3% over the five years to 2014. During the recession, industry revenue levels mirrored those of many discretionary retail industries, suffering as consumers' budgets tightened and shoppers cut spending on nonessential items. Moreover, sales of wedding gowns declined as consumers delayed their marriage plans or opted for inexpensive or secondhand goods. However, as the US economy has begun to recover from the recession, per capita disposable income has rebounded, allowing consumers to resume discretionary purchasing and offering some relief for this industry. Revenue for the Lingerie, Swimwear and Bridal Stores industry has grown in each of the past four years, including an expected 1.5% increase in 2014, to $15.1 billion.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Jocelyn Phillips, “In addition to recession-fueled decreases in sales volumes, specialty apparel stores have also been adversely affected by rising production expenses over the five years to 2014.” This trend has mainly occurred because of fluctuations in the price of cotton, which has grown an annualized 7.3% since 2009. This added cost, combined with competition and poor industry performance, has stifled profitability; margins fell to 12.7% of revenue in 2009, when the price of cotton soared 65.0%. However, as cotton prices have come down from their highs and consumer demand has rebounded, IBISWorld expects average industry profit to expand to 13.2% of revenue in 2014.

Over the five years to 2019, continued economic recovery will aid in the industry's performance. “Equipped with deeper pockets, IBISWorld expects consumers to increase their spending on high-end discretionary items, such as those sold by industry operators, leading to increased demand and sales,” says Phillips. Revenue is expected to grow over the five-year period, however, the downward trend in the marriage rate, coupled with heightening external competition from department stores and online retailers, will constrain industry profit growth.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the Lingerie, Swimwear and Bridal Stores industry retail specialized lines of clothing, including bridal gowns, costumes, lingerie, uniforms and swimwear. These products are purchased from domestic and international manufacturers and wholesalers, and then retailed to the general public. Industry operators also often provide basic alterations such as hemming, taking in or letting out seams, or lengthening or shortening sleeves.

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