Clothing Retailing - Europe - October 2009
This report series covers the 19 leading economies of Western Europe. In total these countries account for around 98% of all European retail sales, excluding Russia. The remaining ten countries are either too small (e.g. Luxembourg) or are not sufficiently well developed to warrant detailed coverage (eg Romania and Bulgaria) in this report. These developing countries plus Russia and Turkey are covered in the Mintel report on Emerging Markets, 2009. We have produced major profiles 16 top clothing retailing groups in Europe. For many countries we also include smaller profiles (over 40 in total) of other significant players, both domestic and foreign as relevant.
This data in its entirety is contained in the single copy 19-country report, which gives a full overview of clothing retailing in Europe. Single country reports are also available for the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
The focus of the report is the clothing specialists, because these are the dominant players in the sector.
The clothing sector faces major challenges:
The global economic slowdown has hit consumers’ confidence and their ability to spend – particularly on discretionary areas such as clothing.
The non-specialist competition continues to drive deflation as they compete fiercely on price.
The spending squeeze combined with price deflation has hit retailers’ margins and they are being forced to look at more ways of defending market share and driving footfall rather than relying on increasingly deep price cuts.
The growth of the online channel poses both opportunities and risk for store based retailers as more of their business migrates online.
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