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Department Stores in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Department Stores in Canada

Despite macroeconomic growth, the Department Stores industry has declined over the five years to 2017, due to increased external competition from supercentres and e-commerce sites. Department stores typically sell a wide range of general merchandise, including apparel, cosmetics, home furnishings, appliances and toys. Comparatively, supercentres offer similar merchandise, as well as groceries. Profit has also suffered over the five years to 2017, as many industry operators have slashed their selling prices in order to remain attractive to customers. Over the five years to 2022, the industry is forecast to continue contracting.

This industry retails a broad range of general merchandise in one store, such as apparel, jewellery, cosmetics, home furnishings, general household products, toys, appliances and sporting goods. Discount department stores, which are also included in the industry, retail similar lines of goods at low prices. Big-box retailers and supercentres that offer fresh groceries in their stores and warehouse clubs that operate under membership programs, however, are not included in this industry.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017-18)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Per capita disposable income
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Canadian Tire Corporation - industry-specific financial performance*
    • Table Hudson’s Bay Company (Canada industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Walmart Stores Inc. (Canada industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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