Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Department stores’ sales plummet as competition intensifies

With the exception of traditional toys and games stores, department stores posted the steepest current value decline of any store-based retail channel in the US in 2018. Its weakness was largely the result of intense and mounting competition from other channels.

As department store chains declare bankruptcy, store closures accelerate

Although fears of a bricks-and-mortar retail catastrophe aired by some industry observers at the start of 2018 appear to have been overblown, for one retail channel these warnings came to fruition. In 2018, the number of department stores in the US recorded its strongest decline of the review period.

Department stores embraces private label to boost profits

As department store operators find themselves threatened by the rise of off-price apparel and footwear specialist retailers, beauty specialist retailers, and internet retailing, they attempted to find novel ways to boost sales and profit margins. One method they increasingly turned to in 2018 was to expand their selections of private label products, following the lead of the dominant player in mass merchandisers, Target Corp, which posted healthy sales growth in 2018 by refocusing attention on its extensive collection of private label lines.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Sears struggles to survive

In October 2018, in a long-anticipated move, Sears Holdings Corp formally declared bankruptcy. The company, which owns the Sears department store and Kmart mass merchandiser banners, was once the largest retailer in the US by value sales.

Bon Ton exits department stores

The Bon Ton Stores Inc, offering department stores Bon Ton, Boston Store, and Carson’s, among others, has struggled to maintain a foothold in the fast-changing US retail environment, with the company’s value sales recording consistent decline over the review period. In 2018, Bon Ton declared bankruptcy in February, and although there were subsequent attempts made to find an investor to keep the company afloat, the decision was ultimately made to liquidate all bricks-and-mortar operations.

Macy’s hopes to entice customers with technological innovations

Although Macys Inc remained the largest department store operator in the US in terms of value sales, its business has been negatively impacted by the same competitive pressures that have plagued the rest of the channel, with the retailer declining in value terms throughout the review period. In 2018, however, Macys Inc attempted to correct the situation by launching technology-focused initiatives designed to boost sales and increase foot traffic to its stores.

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HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Department stores’ sales plummet as competition intensifies
As department store chains declare bankruptcy, store closures accelerate
Department stores embraces private label to boost profits

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Sears struggles to survive
Bon Ton exits department stores
Macy’s hopes to entice customers with technological innovations

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 the US - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Soaring consumer confidence propels US retailing sales upwards in 2018
Retailers leverage the scale of store-based networks to boost digital sales
Growth in US suburbs and exurbs defies the global urbanisation trend
Sears teeters on the brink of liquidation
Competition emerges from unexpected retail channels

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
Christmas in July
Mother’s 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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