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Childrenswear
UK Market Report 2011

  • Publication Date:May 2011
  • Publisher:Key Note
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:97

Childrenswear UK Market Report 2011

This Key Note Market Report analyses the UK market for childrenswear, which comprises clothing designed for children under the age of 14. The main sectors of the market include girls' clothing (ages 2 to 14), boys' clothing (ages 2 to 14) and infants' clothing (for under-2 year-olds). In 2010, the total UK market for childrenswear was valued at £5.91bn, after increasing by 6.5% from 2009.

Many factors have helped the growth of the childrenswear market; however, the necessity for children's clothing will always be the main influence. Other factors, including the fast growth rate of children and consumers disposing of or recycling clothes more frequently, rather than keeping them for other siblings, also have an impact on the industry as more items are being purchased. Furthermore, the growing child population has boosted sales in the industry, while the family structure has changed to benefit sales. Many parents are having children at an older age, when they generally have a higher disposable income, while more families are having fewer children, resulting in an increase per capita being spent on children's clothing.

Sales slowed down considerably during the recession, owing to consumers being more cautious about spending, while many opted to shop at value and cheaper retailers. However, it is believed that consumers were more likely to cut back on luxuries for themselves rather than reduce their purchasing of clothing for their children during financial hardship.

The recent economic climate in the UK also affected a number of businesses in the children's clothing market. Both national and independent retailers were forced out of business, while value retailers benefitted from their lower pricing points. Despite this, prices of children's clothing have recently increased due to many factors, such as the global shortage of cotton, which saw the price of the raw material rise considerably, and the increase in value-added tax (VAT) in the UK in January 2011. The high cost of transportation and the current weak pound are also affecting the cost of clothing and imports into the UK. This has resulted in retailers being forced to increase prices at the tills; some believe these changes could further impact on the decline of the cheap clothing phenomenon.

Over the forecast period (2011 to 2015), Key Note estimates that the UK childrenswear market will witness continual growth. This will be achieved through an increase in prices, adding value to the industry, while the media will further help influence children's own opinions of clothing (wanting to imitate the latest fashion trends, etc.). Technological advances, including retailers having a greater presence online, will also boost sales. In 2015, Key Note estimates that the total childrenswear market will be worth £6.99bn.

  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Market Definition
  • Report Coverage
  • Market Sectors
  • Market Trends
    • Demographic Influences
    • The Economic Climate
    • Obesity in Children
  • Economic Trends
    • Population
    • Gross Domestic Product
    • Inflation
    • Unemployment
    • Household Disposable Income
  • Market Position
    • The UK
    • Overseas
    • Market Size
  • The Total Market
    • Opening Price Points
    • Decrease in Older Children
    • Changing Shape of Children
    • Reused Clothing
  • by Market Sector
    • Girls' Clothing
    • Boys' Clothing
    • Infants' Clothing
  • Overseas Trade
    • Industry Background
  • Recent History
  • Number of Companies
  • Employment
  • Regional Variations in The Marketplace
  • Distribution
    • How Robust Is The Market?
  • Legislation
  • Key Trade Associations
    • British Retail Consortium
    • Ethical Trading Initiative
    • National Childrenswear Association
    • Schoolwear Association
    • Competitor Analysis
  • The Marketplace
  • Market Leaders
    • Clothing Retailers
    • Mixed Retailers
    • Supermarkets
  • outside Suppliers
  • Marketing Activity
    • Main Media Advertising Expenditure
    • Recent Campaigns
    • Exhibitions
    • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Opportunities
  • Threats
    • Buying Behaviour
  • Consumer Penetration
    • Spending on Children's Clothing
    • Current Issues
  • The Economy
    • The Changing Cost of Clothing
    • The Rise in Inappropriate Childrenswear
  • Corporate Activity
    • Retail and Brand Developments
  • The Environment
    • The Growing Waste of Clothing
    • Retailers Urged to Stop Sandblasting Jeans
    • Sizing
    • Moveable Mannequins
    • plus-Size School Uniforms
    • The Global Market
  • Global Trends
    • The Global Recession
    • Europe
    • The US
    • Global Exports and Imports
    • Global Birth Rate
  • Global Developments
    • Brand and Retail Developments
    • Forecasts
  • Introduction
    • The Economy
  • Forecasts to
  • Market Growth
  • Future Trends
    • Pricing
    • The Media's Interest
    • Technological Advancements
    • Company Profiles
  • Introduction
  • Definitions
    • Turnover (Sales)
    • Pre-Tax Profit
    • Profit Margin
    • Average Remuneration
    • Sales per Employee
  • Further Information
  • Bhs Ltd
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Code
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • Debenhams Retail Plc
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Codes
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
    • Handm Hennes and Mauritz UK Ltd
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Codes
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • Marks and Spencer Plc
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Code
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • Matalan Retail Ltd
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Codes
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • Mothercare Plc
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Codes
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • New Look Retail Group Ltd
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Code
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • next Plc
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Codes
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
  • Primark Stores Ltd
    • Previous Name(S) and Date(S) of Change
    • Principal Activities
    • Sic Code
    • Structure
    • Brand Information
    • Recent Developments
  • Financial Profile
    • Sales
    • Profits
    • Employees
    • Balance Sheet/Ratios
    • Further Sources
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