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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 43:
October 2019

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Talking strategy: how "bricks and mortar" stores are addressing the challenges posed by online fashion retailers (7 pages)
International markets for hosiery, 2019 (23 pages)
Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, October 2019 (13 pages)
Global apparel trade and trade policy: the EU clothing import market and its ten largest supplying countries, October 2019 (40 pages)
Global apparel markets: business update, October 2019 (14 pages)

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Talking strategy: how "bricks and mortar" stores are addressing the challenges posed by online fashion retailers

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Fashion retail on both sides of the Atlantic is plagued with store closures. In the UK, once great names in retail such as Topman and Topshop are facing difficulties. Even Marks & Spencer (M&S) plans to close more than 100 stores before 2022, and most of the 53 stores belonging to House of Fraser are rumoured to be set for closure. The troubles of the sector are blamed on the growth of online sales, as more consumers are choosing to shop in the comfort of their own homes on their computers, tablets or smartphones. However, two fundamental drawbacks of online shopping are the inability to try on clothing before buying it and the time consumed and cost incurred when returning unwanted items. Consequently, despite the convenience which online shopping provides, many consumers would still prefer to visit real shops, browse the clothing on offer and try it on for size and fit before committing themselves. In fact, some of the losses in share suffered by established "bricks and mortar" retailers in recent years have been picked up by discount stores such as Tesco, Primark and TK Maxx. In this report, Robin Anson analyses changes in consumer buying habits and their consequences for bricks and mortar stores—with particular reference to some of the UK's leading retailers. Furthermore, he discusses how bricks and mortar retailers can respond positively to the challenge from online retailers, and examines what can be done to attract the attention of consumers and tear them away from their devices.

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Four times a year, Global Apparel Markets provides essential and up-to-date analysis and insight into the global apparel industry.

Reports contain updates on developments in the apparel sector, trade and trade policy, research-based information on individual market sectors, business news and expert opinions on strategy to keep retailers, manufacturers and investors informed of the facts and figures which will affect their businesses.

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