World Branded Apparel Market to Reach US $600 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Branded Apparel markets. Although currently tempered by the economic recession, world market for branded apparel is nevertheless expected to recover poise and gain momentum over the next few years to reach US $600 billion by the year 2015. Primary factors fingered to drive market growth include resurgence in growth fundamentals such as building up of lost consumer confidence, improvement in purchasing power and discretionary spends and revival of consumer preferences for branded apparel. Rapidly increasing demand from developing markets, especially Asia-Pacific, and sustained growth in the children's branded apparel segment are also expected to drive growth.

Branded Apparel: A Global Strategic Business Report

Branded apparel has long benefited from demographic shifts and changes in consumer preferences brought about by globalization, brand diversification and rise in brand awareness. With fashion sensibility emerging as a means of self-expression, consumers today increasingly prefer apparel with brand images or logos. The prolonged world economic recession has taken its toll on the Branded Apparel market. Slowing economies, unpredictable business climate, reduction in household wealth, crumbling consumer confidence, frugal discretionary spending patterns, shifting consumer focus towards value for money bargains, have all resulted in erosion in sales and thereby the market’s value. Decline in consumer spending has also impacted retailers’ operating margins. With consumers trading down to lower price points, value brands and private label brands have been offering stiff competition to premium brands. Premium priced branded apparel, which exhibited resilience at the start of the recession, has witnessed quick deterioration in business opportunities, driving several fashion houses across the world into financial distress.

Children’s branded apparel however offers a ray of hope for market participants in the branded apparel segment. While men, women’s and sports branded apparel have come under the yoke of the recession, children’s branded apparel although hurting exhibits greater resilience to the economic turmoil. This is primarily because scaling back of spending on baby/children’s branded apparel is typically not the priority among doting parents, who tend to skimp on budgets for their own clothes to provide the best for their children. Although not immune, unique consumer purchasing characteristics in this consumer cluster relatively cushions the blow of tough economic conditions. However, consumer’s search for a sturdy value proposition is a common thread that runs through all market segments.

To survive the downturn, players are making a value pitch and throwing their nets wider over a larger consumer base. For instance, in attempts to deflect the heat of the recession, manufacturers of branded apparel are increasingly focusing on consumers in tier 2 and 3 cities. Offering quality products at compelling competitive prices, while simultaneously ensuring against unwarranted brand dilution remains the key strategy for players to survive the downturn.

As stated by the new market research report on world branded apparel market, United States represents the world’s largest branded apparel market accounting for an estimated share of 29.26%, closely followed by Europe. However, growth in the branded apparel market remains encouraging in developing regions such as, Asia-Pacific, which displays the fastest CAGR of about 2.34% over the analysis period. By product segment, Women's Branded Apparel market continues to remain the largest segment, accounting for an estimated share of almost 50% in the total global branded apparel market. The Children’s Branded Apparel market however is the fastest growing segment, displaying a CAGR of about 2.64% over the analysis period.

Major players in the marketplace include Adidas AG, Reebok International Ltd, Arvind Limited, Benetton Group SpA, Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Esprit Europe GmbH, Giorgio Armani SpA, Guess? Inc, H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) AB, Jones Apparel Group Inc., Levi Strauss & Co, Nautica Enterprises Inc, NIKE Inc., OshKosh B'Gosh Inc., Oxford Industries Inc, Phillips-Van Heusen Corp, Picadilly Fashions, Raymond Limited, Sanyo Shokai Co Ltd., among others.

The report titled “Branded Apparel: A Global Strategic Business Report”, published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, issues, profiles of major players, product developments and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections for major geographic markets such as United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe) Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World. Product segments analyzed include Men's Branded Apparel, Women's Branded Apparel, Children's Branded Apparel and Sports Branded Apparel.

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