Executive Summary

Feb 2019
PROSPECTS
The outlook for department stores brightens post-Sears Canada

The last five years saw a very mixed performance for department stores in Canada. Sears Canada performed poorly in the lead-up to its bankruptcy and the subsequent closure of all its stores.

Profitability emerges as a key concern for Hudson’s Bay Co

Between stable sales growth for the Hudson’s Bay banner and the introduction into Canada of Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Off 5th, Hudson’s Bay Company saw healthy growth over the last five years. The profitability of its retail operations, however, has become a key concern for the company.

Department stores e-commerce remains underdeveloped

Canadians are increasingly shopping online, especially for apparel and homewares, which are key categories for department stores. Investments in e-commerce vary significantly by department store in Canada.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Sears Canada leaves the market

The biggest story in department stores in Canada in 2018 was the closure of all the remaining Sears stores. For the most part, Sears competed against non-department store mid-priced retailers, including apparel, homewares and home furnishings specialists, rather than against other players in department stores.

Opportunities from the departure of Sears

The closure of Sears will benefit other mid-priced retailers in the short-term, but it is generally expected that mid-priced retailers will continue to face many of the same trends that led to the demise of Sears. The most important of these trends is the overall polarisation of retailing in Canada, which favours economy retailers such as Dollarama and Giant Tiger, as well as high-end players offering luxury products, including higher-end department stores.

Off-price brands continue to grow

Over the last five years, two off-price department store banners were launched in Canada: Saks Off 5th, which opened its first store in Canada in 2016, and Nordstrom Rack, which opened its first store in Canada in 2018. Previously, off-price retailing in Canada had been largely confined to apparel and footwear specialist retailers such as Marshalls and TJ Maxx, internet retailing, and homewares and home furnishings stores.

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HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

The outlook for department stores brightens post-Sears Canada
Profitability emerges as a key concern for Hudson’s Bay Co
Department stores e-commerce remains underdeveloped

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Sears Canada leaves the market
Opportunities from the departure of Sears
Off-price brands continue to grow

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Department Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 2 Department Stores: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Department Stores GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 4 Department Stores GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 5 Department Stores LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 6 Department Stores LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 7 Department Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 8 Department Stores Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in Canada - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Canadian retail sales increase at a slower pace in 2018
A bricks-and-mortar strategy remains important in retailing
Private label is gaining power
Internet retailing is set to capture more share
An uphill battle for mid-market retailers

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Christmas
Back to School
Thanksgiving Day
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 9 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 10 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 12 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 14 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 16 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 18 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 22 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 24 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 26 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 28 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 30 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 32 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 34 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 35 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 36 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 37 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 38 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 39 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 40 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 41 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 42 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 43 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 44 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 45 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 46 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 47 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 48 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 49 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 50 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 51 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 52 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 53 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 54 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 63 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 67 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 69 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 73 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 75 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 78 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 79 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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