Downstream demand for discretionary purchases of clothing will support industry growth over the next five years, after weak economic conditions hurt wholesalers. Nevertheless, the infiltration of low-cost imports has intensified price competition for domestic wholesalers, cutting into profit margins. Over the five years to 2019, imports will make up an increasing proportion of domestic demand; therefore, operators will need to cut their own prices and offer more services to buyers to remain relevant.
Industry operators purchase and resell women's, children's, infants' and unisex clothing and accessories. Operators purchase apparel from manufacturers and sell these products to retailers, with minimum or no further development of the product. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers, marketing and advertising, and storage and transportation of stock.
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.