The Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry has performed poorly over the past five years. Increasing international pressure in the form of cheap imports has damaged the industry as tariffs have slowly reduced. Import penetration has been the major concern for the industry, yet its performance was not helped by a soft retail market due to the onset of the global financial crisis and falling consumer spending as sentiment fell dramatically. A high Australian dollar exacerbated import competition, as consumers turned to mediums such as online shopping to purchase relatively cheaper goods.
This industry comprises operators that manufacture women's or girls' outerwear from purchased or transferred-in materials, except waterproof clothing or clothing made from fur, leather, plastic or rubber. Firms within this industry purchase fabrics and materials from textile producers. These fabrics are then cut and sewn to produce women's and girls' outerwear apparel. Retail and wholesale firms purchase these clothing items to sell.
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.