Clothing and Footwear Repair in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Economic uncertainty has prompted many households to scale back expenditure on clothing and footwear, and instead extend the life of existing items by spending on repair and alteration services. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Clothing and Footwear Repair industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

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Although online competition is still fierce, industry operators have managed to win back customers.

Operators in the Clothing and Footwear Repair industry in Australia have fared well over the past five years. The industry has been largely unaffected by the turbulent economic conditions that have plagued traditional retailers. Widespread economic uncertainty and volatility in consumer sentiment have prompted many households to scale back expenditure on unnecessary items of clothing and footwear, and instead extend the life of existing items by spending on repair and alteration services. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Lauren Magner, “industry players have also benefited from the growing popularity of upcycling, where old garments are transformed into new items.” Over the five years through 2014-15, industry revenue is estimated to rise at an annualised 0.4% to reach $221.6 million.

There tends to be a negative correlation between consumer sentiment and industry revenue. When sentiment is weak, consumers are more likely to engage the industry's services because they are more cost-effective than purchasing new items of clothing and footwear. This was particularly evident in 2011-12, when consumer sentiment plummeted and industry revenue increased by 6.8%. Industry revenue has risen in each of the past five years, with the exception of 2010-11, when sales dropped by 10.4%. “This drop was partly due to the sudden influx in low-cost online fashion retailers to the market, which encouraged consumers to purchase new clothing at cheap prices,” says Magner. For example, online retailer ASOS launched its Australian store in 2011. Although online competition is still fierce, industry operators have managed to win back customers, with revenue anticipated to grow by 2.4% in 2014-15. The industry exhibits a low level of market share concentration. Major companies include Looksmart Alterations Pty Ltd.

Over the next five years, the Clothing and Footwear Repair industry will benefit from an improving reputation with customers. Demand for the industry will be largely driven by an expected downturn in consumer sentiment over the period, as falling capital expenditure by mining companies and concerns regarding the competitiveness of Australian businesses weigh on household purchasing decisions. As such, more consumers are expected to favour repairing and altering existing products as opposed to buying new ones.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Clothing and Footwear Repair industry in Australia report page.

Operators in the industry undertake repairs or alterations to clothing and footwear. Services offered range from basic repairs to complete restyling of older garments to make new clothing. Repairers may operate under a franchise model or as independent businesses. Stores are primarily located in shopping centres or shopping strips, which increases their exposure to passing consumer traffic.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

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 http://www.ibisworld.com.au or call (03) 9655 3886.

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