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Apparel, Textiles & Fashions OVERVIEW

¹ Video Tip For our brief video introduction to the Apparel and Textiles industry, see   While Asia, particularly China, has enjoyed a dominant position in shoes, apparel and household textiles manufacturing for several years, makers of these items located in developed nations such as the U.S.
    and Canada have suffered a long period of decline.
    For example, over 98% of the shoes sold in America each year are imports, and the majority of these imports come from Asia.
    To consumers in Europe and North America, this growing reliance on Asia as a low-cost producer has meant very low retail prices for goods of reasonable quality. However, recent increases in the cost of doing business in China, including rapidly rising labor costs, have put Chinese manufacturers in a much less favorable position.
    Competition from manufacturing based in very low-cost nations in Africa, as well as Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and elsewhere is intense, and a large portion of apparel manufacturing formerly done in China is moving to these areas at a rapid pace. While China continues to have a robust apparel manufacturing industry, it is also moving up the industrial chain by fostering manufacturing that requires greater skills, better technology and more investment in advanced equipment.
    Industry segments that are rapidly evolving in China include InfoTech, automobiles, trains, aerospace, medical equipment and


Industry Overview Video


  • -3M Company

  • -Cabela's Inc

  • -Abercrombie & Fitch Co

  • -Motorsports Authentics LLC

  • -Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

  • -Alpha Pro Tech Ltd

  • -American Eagle Outfitters Inc

  • -Ann Inc

  • -Aramark

  • -Warnaco Swimwear Inc

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Industry Statistics

  • U.S. Apparel Manufacturing Producer Price Index (PPI): 2003-2015
  • Percent Change in Annual U.S. Apparel Manufacturing Producer Prices: 2004 - February 2015
  • Top 50 Countries Exporting Textiles & Apparel to the U.S., All MFA Fibers: 2013-2014
  • Top 50 Destinations of U.S. Textiles & Apparel Exports: 2013-2014
  • Top 25 Countries Exporting Apparel & Non-Apparel Textiles to the U.S., All MFA Fibers: 2013-2014
  • Top 15 Countries Exporting Fabric, Man-Made Fiber Products, Cotton Products & Wool Products to the U.S., All MFA Fibers:2013-2014
  • U.S. Retail Sales, Selected Kinds of Businesses: 2008-2014
  • Worldwide Cotton Area, Yield & Production: 2012-2015
  • Apparel & Textiles Industry Employment by Business Type, U.S.: 2010-2015
  • U.S. Retail Sales of Apparel, Shoes & Accessories: 2014

Top Companies Profiled

The following is a partial listing for this industry. As a subscriber, you will have access to the leading companies and top growth companies. This includes publicly-held, private, subsidiary and joint venture companies, on a global basis as well as in the U.S.

  • 3M Company
  • Cabela's Inc
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co
  • Motorsports Authentics LLC
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • Alpha Pro Tech Ltd
  • American Eagle Outfitters Inc
  • Ann Inc
  • Aramark
  • Warnaco Swimwear Inc

Industry Trends Analyzed Include:

  • Wages Rise in China/Vietnam, Cambodia and Other Countries Gain Manufacturing Market Share
  • Upswing in U.S. Apparel and Textile Jobs as Firms Reshore
  • Western Apparel Firms Enter the Chinese Market
  • Working Conditions and Workers’ Rights Become Major Considerations as Work Moves from China to Lower-Cost Nations
  • High-Tech, Nanotech and Smart Fabrics Proliferate
  • Smartwatches, Wearable Electronics and Electronics Incorporated into Apparel Begin to Enter the Marketplace
  • Exercise Apparel Sales Rise/ Athleisure Clothing Sales Soar
  • Athletic Footwear Sales Soar/Athletic Shoe Industry Draws Endorsements from Top Athletes
  • 3PL Logistics Services and Supply Chain Management Services
  • The Vast Majority of Shoes Sold in the U.S. Are Made Elsewhere
  • Bricks, Clicks and Catalogs Create Synergies While Online Sales Growth Surges
  • Plus Sizes Market Evolves to Serve Overweight Consumers
  • Discount Clothing Retailers See Promise in Designer Lines
  • Luxury Apparel and Accessories Face a Slower Market in China
  • Luxury Apparel, Accessories and Shoes Soar in Online Sales
  • Self Service Apparel Fitting Technologies Grow in Stores and Online
  • Fast Fashion: Designers and Retailers Speed Up
  • Apparel Manufacturing Goes Green
  • Designers and Manufacturers Bypass the Middleman with Direct-to-Consumer Online Business Models
  • Wearable Sensors Track Exercise Data/Apparel and Shoe Manufacturers Adopt Technologies
  • Flyknit May Revolutionize Manufacture of Shoes

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