Apparel and footwear were negatively impacted by the lockdowns in 2020, with outlets closed for much of the year and as a result, current value growth was low. In 2021, with society gradually opening up and people socialising again and returning to offices, there was a strong recovery, with a double-digit increase in current value sales.
Apparel and footwear specialist retailers is highly fragmented, with no one player even reaching 1% value share. In 2021, Anglesey Food led with its RedTag brand.
Traditional markets remain the primary location of apparel shopping for most Uzbekistani consumers. As well as having a well-established place in Uzbekistani culture, such bazaars are popular thanks to the wide range of products they offer across all price segments and the opportunity for consumers to haggle to achieve a desirable price.
Apparel and footwear will register moderate constant value growth over the forecast period. With society fully opened up and the economy expected to recover quickly from the pandemic, consumers will again invest in clothes as they want to look good when going to work and socialising.
E-commerce received a fuel infection from the lockdowns in 2020 and while value growth was not as high in 2021, it was still substantial. The pandemic has pushed many retailers, including small retailers, to have an online presence and many operators use the messaging app Telegram to communicate with consumers or sell their products through online marketplace sites.
Uzbekistan’s economy is expected to recover quickly from the pandemic and there is expected to be interest from foreign brands over the forecast period, as the economy’s continuing liberalisation programme make the country attractive for foreign players. For example, in neighbouring countries Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Turkish apparel brands such as LC Waikiki and DeFacto have recently set up shop and Uzbekistan could likely be the next country of interest to these companies.
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Apparel and footwear specialists are chained or independent retail outlets with a primary focus on selling one or more of the following categories: clothing, footwear, and/or fashion accessories (costume jewellery, sunglasses, belts, hats, gloves, handbags, scarves, etc.). Apparel specialists include specialty apparel like wedding dress shops. Example brands include Primark, TJ Maxx, and Zara. Sportswear retailers, such as Adidas and Nike, are excluded from this channel and are included in Sports Goods Stores; this is due to the companies considering themselves sports companies as opposed to apparel companies.See All of Our Definitions
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