Falling birth rates during the recession caused industry demand to fall.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2014
Revenue for the Online Baby and Infant Apparel Sales industry has increased significantly over the past five years. As the US economy bounced back from the recession, per capita disposable income increased slightly; however, prospects of even stronger growth boosted consumer sentiment, which translated to higher consumer spending over the period. Rising levels of overall spending bolstered industry revenue, which is estimated to grow at an annualized rate of 10.7% to $822.3 million over the five years to 2014. Revenue is expected to grow 11.5% in 2014 alone, aided by strong growth in consumer income.
Even though the US economy has followed a largely positive trajectory, overall economic growth has been sluggish over the past five years. Consequently, consumers have actively sought better deals and bargains in order to save money. “This industry has benefited from the prevalence of deal seeking consumers, who have increasingly started using the online platform to seek out bargains,” according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Zeeshan Haider. Additionally, the industry has taken various measures to reduce buyer's remorse, which is a major problem for the online apparel sales sector. Such initiatives include free deliveries, online-only discounts, free and guaranteed returns, and these measures have further increased the popularity of the Online Baby and Infant Apparel Sales industry.
This industry enjoys various competitive advantages over traditional brick-and-mortar infant apparel stores. “The industry enables consumers to save time and money by delivering products to their doorsteps and by offering discounts to share some of the cost advantages of operating online such as lower utilities, rent and labor costs,” says Haider. Thus, revenue for this industry has grown much faster rate than revenue for Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores industry (IBISWorld report 44813) over the past five years, and this industry has also enjoyed higher profit margins due to lower overheads and labor costs.
Over the next five years, industry revenue is expected to follow a similar trend with revenue growing at an annualized rate of 8.9% to $1.3 billion. Increasing consumer purchasing power, continued adoption of the internet as a shopping platform and declining free time will drive the industry over the outlook period. Moreover, participants that can integrate mobile websites or applications into their shopping platforms are likely to benefit by catering to a relatively underserved market.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Companies in this industry sell baby and infant apparel online. The industry includes online-only e-tailers as well as brick-and-mortar stores that also have an online presence.
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