Clothing Retailing - Europe - October 2019
"Clothing and footwear represent the largest and most important non-food sector in retailing, and ranks second after food in retailing overall. One could argue that this is why the sector remains the focus for development for a number of different non-specialists, from supermarkets to sports good retailers. Clothing specialists are the main players in the sector and represent more than half of the sector in revenues. Nevertheless, in many instances department stores are essentially fashion stores, with clothing and footwear representing more than 70% of their sales. As an example, according to our research for Mintel Report Department Stores – UK, July 2019, the estimated in-store space allocation for clothing is 71.2% at Selfridges, 71.7% at Debenhams and 71.8% at House of Fraser."
- Armando Falcao, Research Analyst
Clothing and footwear has been a focus for development for online players as well, and not just the specialists like Zalando and ASOS, but also generalists, including online giant, Amazon. As we show in the Consumer section of this Executive Summary, Amazon remains the most used online retailer for clothing.
In this section we look at the market size and the major players. There are two sets of data relating to market size – all spending on clothing, or on clothing and footwear, and sales by specialist clothing retailers. The former covers all clothing spending and is the best overall guide. The latter is a useful insight into the specialists in the context of their peers.
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