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The Maternity Wear Retailing industry has grown over the past five years, despite difficult economic conditions. Although general clothing retailers have struggled with volatile consumer sentiment and subdued discretionary spending growth, the industry has benefited from stronger demand for maternity wear from fashion-conscious consumers. While many women historically made alterations to their existing clothes or purchased oversized clothing during their pregnancy, this trend has gradually changed in favour of purchasing specialised maternity apparel. In response to demand, a significant influx of retailers has entered the industry and introduced new product lines. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow by an annualised 0.3% over the five years through 2018-19, to total $170.9...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has benefited from strong demand from fashion-conscious consumers
  • Online maternity wear sales have exceeded traditional retail sales over the past five years
  • The number of females in the labour force will continue to grow, supporting the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of the industry is closely correlated with population, birth rates and income distribution. As such, the majority of maternity wear retailers are located in the capital cities of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. These three states account for a total 84.9% of industry establishments and about 77% of the population. On the other hand, less populous states and territories such as Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory account for a combined 1.6% of maternity wear retailers and less than 5% of the population.New South Wales and Victoria account for a greater proportion of establishments than their population base would indicate. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Maternity Wear Retailing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Maternity Wear Retailing are:

  • Experienced work force
  • Production of goods currently favoured by the market
  • Having a clear market position
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of births and Real household disposable income in the Maternity Wear Retailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Maternity Wear Retailing Industry?

    Industry companies primarily retail maternity apparel, which is clothing designed to fit pregnant women. The industry includes the online stores of bricks-and-mortar retailers, and online-only maternity wear retailers. Department stores and other clothing retailers that do not primarily retail maternity wear are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Maternity pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Maternity dresses
  • Maternity tops, T-shirts, blouses and knits
  • Maternity undergarments and swimwear
  • Other maternity wear
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing maternity tops, shirts and blouses
  • Retailing maternity pants and jeans
  • Retailing maternity shorts and skirts
  • Retailing maternity dresses
  • Retailing maternity outerwear and suits
  • Retailing maternity undergarments
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of births
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Demand from department stores
  • Females in the labour force

  • Current Performance
  • Profit
  • Industry participation
  • Competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Technological developments
  • Competition
  • Table: Maternity Wear Retailing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Maternity Wear Retailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Courier Pick-up and Delivery Services
  • Retail Property Operators
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Maternity dresses
  • Maternity tops, T-shirts, blouses and knits
  • Maternity pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Maternity undergarments and swimwear
  • Other maternity wear
  • Chart: Maternity Wear Retailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • Consumers aged 35 to 39
  • Consumers aged 15 to 24
  • Consumers aged 40 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Maternity Wear Retailing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Maternity Wear Retailing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Maternity Wear Retailing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Maternity Wear Retailing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Maternity Wear Retailing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A store that has a physical shopfront from which it sells its products, as opposed to an online retailer that operates through a website.
  • Point Of Sale (Pos)
  • Equipment that incorporates a cash register with an electronic payment system to allow for instantaneous transactions.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • Wireless computer chips that track stock throughout the supply chain and contain information about products, such as source, destination and price.
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