Europe Clothing Retailing Market Report
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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Clothing Retailing - Europe market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.
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In our data on sector sales and forecasts and in our coverage of leading retailers within each market, this report concentrates on clothing specialists, as defined below and used by national statistics offices across Europe. Examples of specialists are Grupo Inditex, H&M and Next. The definition of clothing specialists in European countries is that used for the NACE category 47.71: Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores, including fur and accessories such as ties, braces, gloves etc.
Non-specialist retailers include:
- Department/variety stores
- Discount stores
- Food retailers
- Sports goods specialists
- Market stalls and bazaars
- Second-hand/charity shops
- Catalogue operators
- Online-only operators.
In the UK and Spain we include M&S and Dunnes Stores within our definition of clothing specialists: despite both offering a wide array of other products including food and homewares, the scale of their clothing operations in each country is such that it is necessary to include both as clothing specialists.
We think that both are classified as clothing specialists in the national statistical data. El Corte Inglés (ECI) in Spain is classified as a department store, but it is also the largest single clothing retailer fascia (bigger than any of the Inditex brands) and for that reason it would seem misleading not to include it in the leading specialists tables.
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Written by Richard Perks, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
We know that online is changing the nature of clothing retailing, but it is less clear just how much and whether what we are seeing in the best developed online countries, notably the UK, will be followed elsewhere in Europe. We think that it will. Margins on branded ranges are coming under pressure. It is easier to compare retailers and brands, so that customers no longer have to give retailers the benefit of the doubt. That is raising the stakes in fashion retailing. We are seeing that at its most advanced in the UK, but the problems of so many major clothing retailers - from those that are struggling, such as C&A, to those that have failed, such as VD – owe much to the increasingly competitive nature of clothing retailing and that is driven at least in part by the growth in online. At the end of the day, that means that customers will be better served, though it may not be by the retailers that they are most familiar with now.
Director of Retail Research
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