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Department Stores in the US - Industry Market Research Report


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Department Stores in the US

The Department Stores industry will continue its long-term decline over the five years to 2016, with revenue expected to fall at an annualized rate of 3.5% to $164.9 billion. While rising competition from e-commerce has accelerated declines, revenue contraction is primarily attributable to the increasing number of major players that have expanded their product range to include groceries, which transitions their revenue to the Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters industry (IBISWorld report 45291). Over the five years to 2021, increased competition from e-commerce businesses and the continued transition of department stores to supercenters will pressure industry revenue. However, improved consumer spending and disposable income will encourage consumers to spend more at department stores, which will offset some of the period's declines.

Department stores retail a broad range of general merchandise, such as apparel, jewelry, cosmetics, home furnishings, general household products, toys, appliances and sporting goods. Discount department stores, which are also included in this industry, retail similar lines of goods at low prices. However, big-box retailers and supercenters that offer fresh groceries in their stores, and warehouse clubs that operate under membership programs, 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 (2016)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Percentage of services conducted online
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2016)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2016)
    • Table Business Locations 2016
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Target Corporation (industry-specific operations) - financial performance*
    • Table Macy's Inc. - financial performance*
    • Table Sears Holdings Corporation (industry-specific operations) - financial performance*
    • Table Walmart Stores Inc. (US industry-specific segment) –financial performance*
    • Table Nordstrom Inc. (industry-specific operations) - financial performance*
    • Table JCPenney Company Inc. (industry-specific operations) - 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
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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