Fabric retailers have been stretched to the limit over the past five years. A volatile trading environment and increasing competition from external players, such as department stores played havoc with industry sales, leading to annualised growth of just 0.8% over the five years through 2012-13. Revenue growth was largely influenced by trends in disposable incomes which played a pivotal role in determining the type of merchandise demanded by consumers.
Operators in this industry retail fabric, curtains and household textiles such as bed linen and cushions. These products are purchased from manufacturers and wholesalers and then sold through stores to the general public.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.