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  1. Section 1 Executive Summary And U.S. Luggage Product Market Trends
    • Luggage Product Supply
    • Market Product Mix
    • Factors Affecting Demand
    • New Products
    • Profit Margins
    • Outlook
    • Scope And Methodology
    • Table 1-1 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Supply, 1977-2005 (dollars)
    • Table 1-2 Real U.S. Luggage Product Supply, 1977-2005 (dollars)
    • Table 1-3 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Supply By Major Product Type, 1992-2005 (dollars): Suitcases And Similar Luggage; Business Bags; Travel, Sports, And Day Bags; And Other Luggage
    • Table 1-4 Quantity U.S. Luggage Product Supply By Major Product Type, 1997-2000 (units): Suitcases And Similar Luggage; Business Bags; Travel, Sports, And Day Bags; And Other Luggage
    • Table 1-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends For Luggage, 1977-2005 (index)
    • Table 1-6 U.S. Producer Price Trends For Luggage By Product Type, 1992-2000 (index): Hand, Occupational, Trunks, Briefcases And School Bags, Musical Instrument, And Other
  2. Section 2 U.S. Luggage Industry Shipments
    • Summary Of Major Findings
    • Luggage Shipment Trends
    • Shipments By Major Product Sector
    • Material Shipment Mix
    • Price Trends
    • Table 2-1 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Shipments, 1977-2005 (dollars)
    • Table 2-2 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Shipments By Major Product Type, 1977-2005 (dollars): Suitcases/Pullmans/Casual Bags/Garment Bags, Business Bags, Backpacks/Daypacks/Sports Bags, And Other Luggage
    • Table 2-3 Percent U.S. Luggage Product Shipments By Major Product Type, 1982-2005 (percent): Suitcases/Pullmans/Casual Bags/Garment Bags, Business Bags, Backpacks/Daypacks/Sports Bags, And Other Luggage
    • Table 2-4 U.S. Unit Luggage Shipments By Major Product Type, 1977-2005 (number): Suitcases/Pullmans/Casual Bags/Garment Bags, Business Bags, Backpacks/Daypacks/Sports Bags, And Other Luggage
    • Table 2-5 U.S. Average Value Per Luggage Product Shipped By Product Type, 1977-2005 (dollars): Suitcases/Pullmans/Casual Bags/Garment Bags, Business Bags, Backpacks/Daypacks/Sports Bags, And Other Luggage
    • Table 2-6 Value Of U.S. Suitcase And Related Bag Shipments By Material, 1987-2000 (dollars): Textile, Leather, Supported Plastics, Molded, And Other Materials
    • Table 2-7 Quantity U.S. Suitcase And Related Bag Shipments By Material And Average Value Per Unit Shipped, 1987-2000 (number and dollars): Textile, Leather, Supported Plastics, Molded, And Other Materials
    • Table 2-8 U.S. Shipments Of Suitcases And Related Bags By Product Type And Material, 1997 (number and dollars): Suitcases, Casual Bags, And Garment Bags; Textile, Leather, Supported Plastics, Molded, And Other Materials
    • Table 2-9 U.S. Shipments Of Sports Bags/Backpacks/Daypacks By Material, 1997 (number and dollars): Textile And Other Materials
    • Table 2-10 U.S. Shipments Of Computer And Other Business Bags By Material, 1997 (number and dollars): Textile, Leather, Molded, And Other Materials
  3. Section 3 U.S. Luggage Product Imports
    • Summary Of Major Findings
    • Luggage Import Trends
    • Suitcases And Related Products
    • Business Bags
    • Travel, Sports, And Day Bags
    • Table 3-1 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Imports And Share Of The Domestic Supply, 1977-2000 (dollars)
    • Table 3-2 U.S. Luggage Product Imports By Major Product Type, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Suitcases, Trunks And Similar Luggage; Attaché Cases, Briefcases, And Occupational Luggage Cases; Travel, Sports, And Day Bags; And Other Luggage
    • Table 3-3 Imports' Share Of The U.S. Luggage Product Supply By Product Sector, 1992-2000 (percent): Suitcases, Trunks And Similar Luggage; Attaché Cases, Briefcases And Occupational Luggage Cases; Travel, Sports, And Day Bags; And Other Luggage
    • Table 3-4 U.S. Imports Of Suitcases, Trunks, And Similar Luggage For The Top Twelve Countries Of Origin, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 3-5 U.S. Imports Of Suitcases, Trunks, And Similar Luggage By Material Of Outer Surface, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Leather, Plastics, Textiles, And Other Materials
    • Table 3-6 Value Of U.S. Attaché Case, Briefcase, And Occupational Luggage Case Imports For The Top Sixteen Countries Of Origin, 1992-2000 (dollars)
    • Table 3-7 Quantity U.S. Attaché Case, Briefcase, And Occupational Luggage Case Imports For The Top Sixteen Countries Of Origin, 1992-2000 (number)
    • Table 3-8 U.S. Imports Of Attaché Cases, Briefcases, And Occupational Luggage Cases By Material Of Outer Surface And Musical Instrument Cases, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Leather, Plastics, And Textiles
    • Table 3-9 Value Of U.S. Travel, Sport, And Day Bag Imports For The Top Sixteen Countries Of Origin, 1999 And 2000 (dollars)
    • Table 3-10 Quantity U.S. Travel, Sport, And Day Bag Imports For The Top Sixteen Countries Of Origin, 1999 And 2000 (dollars)
    • Table 3-11 U.S. Imports Of Travel, Sports, And Day Bags By Material Of Outer Surface, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Leather And Textiles
    • Table 3-12 U.S. Imports Of Other Luggage Products For The Top Twelve Countries Of Origin, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 3-13 U.S. Imports Of Other Luggage Products By Material Of Outer Surface, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Leather, Plastics, Textiles, And Other Materials
  4. Section 4 Retail Luggage Sales
    • Summary Of Major Findings
    • Retail Luggage Sales
    • Product Line Sales Trends
    • Pricing Situation
    • Distribution Channels
    • Manufacturer-Owned Stores
    • Internet Marketing
    • Table 4-1 U.S. Luggage Product Retail Sales, 1982-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 4-2 U.S. Luggage Product Retail Sales And Average Value Per Unit Sold By Major Product Type, 1997-2000 (dollars and number): Luggage, Casual Bags, Backpacks And Daypacks, And Business And Computer Cases
    • Table 4-3 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Retail Sales By Product Type, 1997 And 1998 (dollars): Suitcases, Garment Bags, Carry-Ons, Cosmetic/Train Cases, Duffels, Totes, Athletic Bags, Backpacks And Daypacks, School Satchels, Briefcases, Computer Cases, Attaché, And Catalog Cases
    • Table 4-4 Quantity U.S. Luggage Product Retail Sales By Product Type And Average Value Per Unit Sold, 1997 And 1998 (number and dollars): Suitcases, Garment Bags, Carry-Ons, Cosmetic/Train Cases, Duffels, Totes, Athletic Bags, Backpacks And Daypacks, School Satchels, Briefcases, Computer Cases, Attaché, And Catalog Cases
    • Table 4-5 Average Price Paid For Retail Luggage Products By Major Product Type By Age Group And Income, 1998 (dollars): Luggage, Casual Bags, Backpacks And Daypacks, And Business And Computer Cases
    • Table 4-6 Percent Of U.S. Retail Luggage Product Sales By Major Product Type By Type Of Outlet, 1997 (percent): Luggage, Casual Bags, Backpacks And Daypacks, And Business And Computer Cases; Department Stores, National Chains, Mass Merchants, Luggage Specialty, Factory Outlets, Direct, Catalog Showrooms, Off-Price Stores, Warehouse Clubs, Military, Apparel, Specialty Chains, Office Superstores, And Other
    • Table 4-7 U.S. Luggage And Leather Goods Store Sales By Region And State, 1982-2000 (dollars)
    • Table 4-8 Number And Average Sales Of U.S. Luggage And Leather Goods Stores By Region And State, 1987-1997 (dollars)
  5. Section 5 Factors Affecting U.S. Luggage Demand And Consumer Demographics
    • Summary Of Major Findings
    • Household Income's Impact On Sales
    • Aging Baby Boomers Stimulate Demand
    • Other Positive Consumer Demographics
    • Travel Patterns
    • Employment And Business Bag Demand
    • School Enrollment And School Bag Demand
    • Sports Participation And Sports Bag Demand
    • Musical Instrument Shipments And Musical Instrument Case Sales
    • Table 5-1 U.S. Household Luggage Purchases, 1987-2000 (dollars): Total Purchases, Average Purchases Per Household, For Own Use, And Gift Purchases
    • Table 5-2 U.S. Household Luggage Purchases By Demographic Characteristic, 1992-1998 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
    • Table 5-3 Percent Total U.S. Household Luggage Purchases By Demographic Characteristic, 1992-1998 (percent): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
    • Table 5-4 U.S. Average Annual Household Luggage Purchases By Demographic Characteristic, 1|992-1998 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
    • Table 5-5 Travel By U.S. Residents And By Type, 1985-2000 (number): Total Travel, Business Travel, Pleasure Travel, And Other Travel
    • Table 5-6 Characteristics Of U.S. Person Trips By Mode Of Travel, Trip Duration, Trip Distance, And Type Of Lodging, 1998 (percent)
    • Table 5-7 Share Of U.S. Adult Travel By Month, 1998 (percent)
    • Table 5-8 Rank Of Top Ten States Among U.S. Traveling Residents Compared To Rank By Population, 1998 (rank)
    • Table 5-9 U.S. Hotel And Motel Occupancy Rates, 1982-1999 (percent)
    • Table 5-10 U.S. Foreign Travel Trends, 1985-2000 (number): U.S. Travelers To Foreign Countries And Foreign Travelers To The U.S.
    • Table 5-11 Number Of U.S. Adults Taking A Domestic Trip And Their Likelihood To Take A Domestic Trip By Demographic Characteristic, Fall 1999 (number, percent, and index): Sex, Age, Race And Ethnicity, Marital Status, Household Income, Education, Occupation, Household Size, Children By Age, Kind Of Residence, And Region
    • Table 5-12 U.S. Adults' Likelihood To Take A Domestic Trip By Frequency Of Travel By Demographic Characteristic, Fall 1999 (index): One Or Two Trips, Three To Five Trips, And Six Or More Trips; Sex, Age, Race And Ethnicity, Marital Status, Household Income, Education, Occupation, Household Size, Children By Age, Kind Of Residence, And Region
    • Table 5-13 Number Of U.S. Adults Taking A Foreign Trip And Their Likelihood To Take A Foreign Trip By Demographic Characteristic, Fall 1999 (number, percent, and index): Sex, Age, Race And Ethnicity, Marital Status, Household Income, Education, Occupation, Household Size, Children By Age, Kind Of Residence, And Region
    • Table 5-14 U.S. Adults' Likelihood To Take A Foreign Trip By Frequency Of Travel By Demographic Characteristic, Fall 1999 (index): One Or Two Trips, Three To Five Trips, And Six Or More Trips; Sex, Age, Race And Ethnicity, Marital Status, Household Income, Education, Occupation, Household Size, Children By Age, Kind Of Residence, And Region
    • Table 5-15 Real U.S. Disposable Personal Income Trends, 1980-2000 (dollars)
    • Table 5-16 Distribution Of U.S. Households By Demographic Characteristic, 1985-1998 (percent): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Household Size, Region, And Total Households
    • Table 5-17 U.S. White Collar Employment And Total White Collar Employment For Key End-Use Markets, 1975-2000 (number and percent)
    • Table 5-18 U.S. School Enrollment By Educational Level, 1972-2005 (number and percent)
    • Table 5-19 U.S. Sports Participation For Thirty-One Activities, 1989-1999 (number)
    • Table 5-20 Real U.S. Musical Instrument Factory Shipments, 1985-2000 (dollars)
  6. Section 6 Cost Structure Of U.S. Luggage Product Plants And The Competitive Environment
    • Summary Of Major Findings
    • Number And Revenues Of U.S. Manufacturers
    • Plant Profit Margins
    • Labor And Material Costs
    • Samsonite Market Share And Operating Trends
    • Table 6-1 Number Of U.S. Luggage Companies, Plants, And Facility Revenues, 1977-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 6-2 U.S. Luggage Product Plant Operating Ratios And Profit Margins, 1977-2000 (percent)
    • Table 6-3 U.S. Luggage Product Plant Material Purchases By Kind, 1982-2000 (dollars): Broadwoven And Coated Fabrics, Plastics Resins And Products, Finished Leather, Luggage Hardware, And Others
    • Table 6-4 Distribution Of U.S. Luggage Product Plant Material Purchases By Kind, 1982-2000 (percent): Broadwoven And Coated Fabrics, Plastics Resins And Products, Finished Leather, Luggage Hardware, And Others
    • Table 6-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends For Select Material Inputs, 1987-2000 (index): Broadwoven And Coated Fabrics, Finished Leather, Plastic Resins, Paperboard, And Hardware
    • Table 6-6 U.S. Luggage Product Plant Labor Situation, 1977-2000 (Number, Dollars, And Percent): Total Employees; Shipments Per Employee; And Production Workers Percent Total Employees, Average Hourly Wages, And Average Weekly Hours
    • Table 6-7 U.S. Luggage Product Plant New Capital Expenditures, 1977-1997 (dollars)
    • Table 6-8 Number Of U.S. Luggage Product Plants By State By Number Of Employees, 1987-1997 (number)
    • Table 6-9 Number Of U.S. Luggage Product Manufacturers By Product Type By Material, And Average Shipments Per Company, 1997 (number and dollars): Suitcases, Casual Bags, Garment Bags, Sports Bags, Backpacks, Computer Bags, Business Cases, And Other Luggage; Textile, Leather, Supported Plastics, Molded, And Other Material
    • Table 6-10 U.S. Luggage Plants, Plant Shipments, And Operating Ratios By Employee Size, 1987-1997 (number, dollars, and percent)
    • Table 6-11 Sales And Profit Trends For Samsonite, 1994-1999 (dollars and percent)
    • Table 6-12 Percent Distribution Of Samsonite Sales By Type Of Product, 1998 And 1999 (percent): Softside Suitcases, Hardside Suitcases, Casual Bags, Garment Bags, Business Cases, And Others
    • Table 6-13 Samsonite Sales, Profit Margins, And Capital Expenditures By World Area, 1996-1999 (dollars and percent): Europe, U.S. Wholesale, U.S. Retail, Other Americas, Asia, And Other Operations
  7. Section 7 U.S. Luggage Product Exports And The Canadian Market Situation
    • Summary Of Major Findings
    • Luggage Export Trends
    • Export Shipments By Material
    • Leading Foreign Markets
    • Canadian Market Situation
    • Table 7-1 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Exports, 1977-2000 (dollars and percent)
    • Table 7-2 U.S. Luggage Product Exports By Major Product Type And Material, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Suitcases, Trunks, And Similar Luggage; Musical Instrument Cases; Other Luggage Products; Leather, Plastics Or Textiles, And Other Materials
    • Table 7-3 Value Of U.S. Luggage Product Exports For The Top Eighteen Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (dollars)
    • Table 7-4 U.S. Exports Of Suitcases, Trunks, And Similar Luggage With Outer Surface Leather For The Top Ten Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-5 U.S. Exports Of Suitcases, Trunks, And Similar Luggage With Outer Surface Plastics Or Textile Material For The Top Twelve Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-6 U.S. Exports Of Trunks, Suitcases, And Similar Items With Outer Surface Of Other Materials For The Top Twelve Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-7 U.S. Exports Of Other Luggage Products With Outer Surface Leather For The Top Six Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-8 U.S. Exports Of Other Luggage Products With Outer Surface Plastics Or Textile Material For The Top Twelve Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-9 U.S. Exports Of Other Luggage Products With Outer Surface Other Materials For The Top Ten Countries Of Destination, 1992-2000 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-10 Canadian Luggage Product Market Sales, 1994-1999 (Canadian dollars): Shipments, Exports, Imports, And Market Sales
    • Table 7-11 Canadian Imports Of Luggage Products By Material And Average Value Per Unit Imported, 1994-1999 (number and Canadian dollars): Suitcases And Related Items And Other Luggage Products; Leather, Plastics Or Textiles, And Other Materials
    • Table 7-12 Canadian Imports Of Luggage Products By Material And By Major Country Of Origin, 1994-1999 (number and Canadian dollars): Suitcases And Related Items And Other Luggage Products; Leather, Plastics Or Textiles, And Other Materials
    • Table 7-13 Total Canadian Exports Of Luggage Products By Material And Shipments To The United States, 1994-1999 (Canadian dollars): Suitcases And Related Items And Other Luggage Products; Leather, Plastics Or Textiles, And Other Materials
  8. Section 8 Profiles Of leading U.S. Luggage Product Marketers
    • Atlantic Luggage Co.
    • Luggage Products
    • Bertrand Faure S.A.
    • Luggage Products
    • Brown-Forman Corp.
    • Luggage Products And Brands
    • Eagle Creek
    • Luggage Products
    • Guccio Gucci S.P.A.
    • Luggage Products
    • Innovo Group, Inc.
    • Bag Products
    • Sales Trends
    • Koszegi Industries, Inc.
    • Custom Carrying Cases And Sales
    • K2, Inc.
    • Backpacks
    • LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
    • Luggage Products
    • Samsonite Corp.
    • Luggage Products And Brands
    • Distribution
    • Advertising And Marketing
    • Manufacturing And Sourcing Products
    • Sales And Profit Trends
    • U.S. Wholesale And Retail Sales
    • Sara Lee Corp.
    • Leathergoods Products
    • SKB Corp.
    • Case Products
    • Skyway Luggage Co.
    • Luggage Products
    • Sunbeam Corp.
    • Eastpak
    • Travelpro International
    • Luggage Products
    • Tumi Luggage, Inc.
    • Luggage Products
    • V.F. Corp.
    • JanSport
    • New Luggage Line

U.S. luggage market growth trends strengthened over the 1990s due to sharper gains in personal income and favorable demographics. Demand was also stimulated by the introduction of wheeled and lightweight luggage products and casual luggage lines, and the growing need for lifestyle products such as backpacks, sports bags, and computer cases. Stronger growth resulted in rising U.S. luggage manufacturer profit margins. Margin gains also benefited from improvements in labor productivity and moderating material costs. U.S. manufacturers were able to boost plant profit margins despite rising competition from foreign-sourced products and relatively weak product price gains. Market growth is forecast to strengthen further over the next five years as the key baby boomer market moves through its prime luggage buying years.


Scope And Methodology

The SBI Market Profile on luggage is a guide to the growth- and profit-oriented opportunities for manufacturers and marketers of suitcases and related items, travel and sports bags, and business bags. This comprehensive database covers U.S. shipments, imports, retail sales, consumer demographics, travel patterns, the cost structure of domestic plants and the competitive environment, and export shipments and the Canadian market situation. In addition, the leading manufacturers and marketers are profiled in order to review major competitor strategies.

U.S. luggage product market trends are analyzed in the Executive Summary Section (Section 1). SBI compiled U.S. Department of Commerce statistics on U.S. shipments and imports in order to calculate the U.S. supply. Similar calculations were made for the industry’s major product sectors: suitcases and similar luggage; business bags; travel, sports, and day bags; and other luggage products such as commercial cases. Pricing trends are analyzed from Bureau of Labor Statistic surveys.

Section 2 analyzes U.S. luggage product shipments by sector, line, and material. Data is compiled from Department of Commerce surveys. Shipment data is for all domestic manufacturers, whether plants are owned by U.S.- or foreign-based companies and whether or not plants specialize (50% or more of total facility revenues) in one or more of the industry’s product sectors. Import data is derived from U.S. Customs records (Section 3). Import statistics are organized by industry sector, material, and by major country of origin.

Retail sales and distribution channels are evaluated in Section 4. Data is compiled from Showcase International magazine surveys. Retail sales are provided for four industry sectors and twenty product lines. Sector pricing is analyzed by age group and income class, while sales distribution is shown for 12 channels. The number and sales of U.S. luggage and leather goods stores by region and state are compiled from Department of Commerce surveys.

SBI investigates the factors affecting U.S. luggage product demand (Section 5). Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys provide data on luggage purchases by household income, age of household head, size of household, and region. Simmons Market Research Bureau surveys also provide data on the likelihood of U.S. adults to take a domestic or foreign trip by demographic characteristic. Statistics on U.S. travel patterns are compiled from various sources. These include the Travel Industry Association of America, the American Hotel and Motel Association, and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration. Data includes travel by U.S. residents, and by mode of transportation, duration, distance, type of lodging, month, and state ranking. Data trends of white collar employment, school enrollment, sports participation, and musical instrument shipments give insights into demand in these market niches.

SBI also utilized Department of Commerce surveys to investigate the U.S. luggage manufacturer cost structure and plant profitability (Section 6). Data trends include the number of U.S. plants specializing in the industry’s product lines, plant shipments, and the share of shipments allocated to payroll, other labor costs, and material costs. From this analysis, SBI calculated the industry’s gross plant profit margin. In addition, the domestic industry’s labor situation was evaluated, including the number of employees, shipments per employee, and production workers’ average wages and weekly hours. SBI supplements U.S. Department of Commerce data with individual company information (Section 8). Annual reports, databases, and trade journals were searched for growth- and profit-oriented strategies and recent developments.

Foreign market potential was analyzed as well (Section 7). U.S. export shipments are compiled by the Department of Commerce. This data is presented by material and by major country of destination. The Canadian luggage market is evaluated from Statistics Canada sources. Canadian data trends cover shipments, imports, and exports.

Action-oriented executives are urged to use this comprehensive statistical database and competitor information to develop new products, take advantage of favorable demographic patterns, expand foreign market sales, and initiate profitable operating strategies. Executives are urged to compute their own company’s market share and compare their company’s own operating ratios to the industry average as part of this process.

Tables and Graphs:

  • Market Growth 1977-2005
  • Market Share by Type
  • Quantity of Product Supply by Type (in units)
  • Producer Price Trends by Type
  • Product Imports and Exports by Type, Country
  • Number and Average Domestic Sales by Region, State
  • U.S. Household Luggage Purchases
  • Travel by U.S. Residents
  • Share of Adult Travel by Month

Companies/Sites Discussed:

  • Atlantic Luggage Co.
  • Bertrand Faure
  • Brown-Forman
  • Eagle Creek
  • Guccio Gucci
  • Innovo Group
  • Koszegi
  • K2
  • LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
  • Samsonite
  • Sara Lee
  • SKB
  • Skyway
  • Sunbeam
  • Travelpro International
  • Tumi
  • V.F. Corp.

Categories Covered:

  • Suitcases/Garment Bags
  • Business Bags
  • Travel, Sports and Day Bags
  • Trunks
  • Musical Instruments

Issues Addressed:

  • Current and Projected Market Growth
  • Factors Affecting Market Growth
  • New Product Development
  • Import/Export Trends
  • Consumer Profile
  • Competitive Environment Analysis

Hours of Research: 600

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