The Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry has struggled with tough economic conditions, weak retail demand and rising import competition over the past five years. Import penetration has been the major concern for the industry, and a soft retail market due to instability in global economies has not helped its performance. Volatile consumer sentiment has contributed to subdued retail spending as households cut back on unnecessary purchases. A high Australian dollar for much of the period 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’ clothing from purchased or transferred-in materials, except clothing made from fur, leather, plastic or rubber. Industry firms purchase fabrics and materials from textile producers. These fabrics are then cut and sewn to produce women’s and girls’ apparel. Retail and wholesale firms purchase these clothing items to sell to consumers.
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.