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Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Changes in consumer spending power and healthy habits are the primary drivers for the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry. The recession had a powerful effect on most consumer-facing industries. With the unemployment rate climbing, per capita disposable incomes waned, causing shoppers to tighten their purse strings and reduce demand for discretionary products, such as apparel. Additionally, shoppers turned to lower-priced retail outlets, such as mass merchandisers and internet-only retailers, for their clothing needs. Still, the increasing obesity rate in the United States has supported industry revenue growth during the past five years. Consequently, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow at an annualized rate in the five years to 2014.

Industry profitability fell to a recessionary low in 2009 and 2010 and remained constrained immediately following the recession. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst David Yang, “The weak profit margin is partly the result of consumers’ lower-priced clothing choices during the recession, in addition to the rising cost of inputs.” Floods in key cotton-supplying countries caused the commodity’s price to skyrocket in 2010 and 2011, which raised the price of clothing. While retailers passed on a portion of the increase to consumers, they had to absorb the rest of it, diminishing profit margins. Since then, profit margins have improved as cotton prices declined and volatility moderated.

The industry is forecast to perform more strongly over the five years to 2019, as factors like per capita disposable income continue to grow. Moreover, with a rising focus on plus-size fashion, product choices are likely to expand and benefit specialty retailers. “Indeed, industry operators will likely benefit from greater designer collaboration and greater availability of premium products,” says Yang. As a result, despite potential competition from alternative retailers, the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry is forecast to grow at an average annual rate in the five years to 2019. Profit is also anticipated to rise as more high-end labels begin to offer plus-size styles.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Retailers in this industry specialize in plus-size women’s clothing, which is clothing proportioned specifically for larger women. Typically, sizes 14 and up are considered to be in the plus-size category, but not all brands and retailers follow this convention.

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Market Share Concentration

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Annual Change

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About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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New CIR Report States That Sales of Active Optical Cables for Consumer Electronics, Personal Computing and Digital Signage to Reach $1.2 billion (USD) by 2019

Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014

The market for active optical cables (AOCs) for non-data center applications will reach US$ 1.2 billion by 2019, according to a new report from industry analyst Communications Industry Researchers, (CIR). Non-data center applications for AOCs include personal computing, digital signage and consumer electronics.

For further details on this report — Active Optical Cable Markets and Opportunities: 2014 To 2024: Volume II – Personal Computing, Consumer Electronics and Digital Signage Markets — see: http://cir-inc.com/reports/active-optical-cable-markets-and-opportunities-2014-to-2024-volume-ii

CIR’s annual report on AOCs in data centers will be published in June 2014. More information of the CIR data center AOC report can be found at http://cir-inc.com/reports/active-optical-cable-markets-and-opportunities-2014-to-2024-volume-i-data-c

About the report:

This report identifies and quantifies opportunities for selling AOCs for the applications listed above. In addition to AOCs with standard data interfaces, the report provides coverage on AOCs supporting HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, Thunderbolt, PCIe and USB 3.0/3.1 environments.

The report provides detailed nine-year forecasts of non-data center AOC markets, with breakouts by end-user application, interface standard, cable lengths, type of cable and wavelength. Forecasts are provided in units shipped and revenue terms.

The report also includes an assessment of leading suppliers active in the non-data center AOC business. Firms discussed include: Ace Plus, Apple, Avago, C2G, Best Buy, Broadcom, Chromis, Comoss, Corning, DeLock, Dell, Electronic Links International, FCI, Finisar, Hitachi Cable, IBM, Intel, Luxtera, Marvell, Mellanox, MiraDeed, Molex, OneStop Systems, PalPilot, Quiktron, Radio Shack, Samsung, SiFotonics, Sony, StarTech Sumitomo, TE Connectivity and Via Labs.

From the report:

AOCs have already found some use as a bandwidth-efficient means of transporting video streams for digital signage. This market will grow as it becomes more common to feed digital signage with multiple content streams and signage is networked over entire cities. Today, the connection between the display and the media server is usually DVI or HDMI. The connection from media player to content server is usually Ethernet connection. Either connection could be implemented with AOCs. By 2019, AOCs sold into the digital signage space will reach just over US $ 350 million.

Revenue from sales of AOCs in the personal computing sector will grow to $ 835 million by 2019. These would support high-speed connections to peripherals/storage, but also LANs-on-Motherboards (LOMs) and board-to-board connectivity. AOCs aren’t necessary for such applications until higher speeds are reached, but at 25 Gbps AOCs have better costs than copper over three meters – and the Thunderbolt interface common on Apple computers already operates at 20 Gbps.

In fact, Thunderbolt may be the best example of how AOC’s fortunes could evolve in the personal computing environment. Optical implementations of Thunderbolt continue to emerge. Firms currently offering Thunderbolt AOCs include Corning, DeLock, and Sumitomo. Intel continues to develop optical Thunderbolt. As early as 2011, a Sony Vaio laptop utilized optical Thunderbolt to connect to a graphics card.

For AOCs to really take off in the personal computing market, they will need active support by high-profile OEMs or network interface card (NIC) vendors, making the advantages of AOCs become better known to PC users. For AOCs to be a success in personal computing AOCs must also be sold through mainstream PC channels, the same way as other cabling.

However, CIR is more pessimistic about the consumer electronics sector. It believes that the opportunity for AOCs in consumer electronics will be limited to extenders in home theaters and for personal video editing. For AOCs to generate more than niche revenues, the large consumer electronics retailers will have to be convinced AOCs are worth their while. This may be hard given the arrival of 10 Gbps USB 3.1 in 2013

About CIR:

Communications Industry Researchers has been publishing hype-free industry analysis for the optical networking industry for more than 20 years. We have provided market coverage of Active Optical Cables (AOCs) for six years. Our annual reports on this topic are widely regarded as the most authoritative market forecast and technology assessment in the AOC space.

Visit http://www.cir-inc.com for a full listing of CIR’s reports and other services.







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The Commercial Movers to Release New Report on Business Data


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 09, 2014

The Commercial Movers have often used data to provide insight as to where the industry might be headed, both technologically and financially. Recently, they have conducted one of the largest surveys in the company’s history by employing industry specialists to run dozens of focus groups on the different services utilized or services that are most often desired but were unavailable at the time.

For example, the third party panel found that among twenty moving companies surveyed, The Commercial Movers edged the closest competition by earning net profits 4% higher. The company itself has experienced a record period of internal growth, resulting in net profits that are 46% higher than they were three years ago. When participants in a focus group directed to clients which had shifted their business to The Commercial Movers from a different moving company, 23% answered that they felt more comfortable and in a more professional environment when communicating with customer service representatives that work for the company.

In contrast, the company has spent 12% more in the past three years on research aimed at technological developments, and 4% more on employee training regimens.

When asked whether or not these two statistics were tied to one another, a spokesperson for The Commercial Movers acknowledged the fact. “Our most immediate goal has been to better train our new hires, but also to provide them with better tools to make their jobs easier. We only hire experienced individuals who we believe are already completely capable. They’re the best in the industry, and so we focus more on technological research than we do on training. It’s only logical that we spend money proportionate to our inherent strengths and weaknesses, and we pride ourselves in having great insight as to what those strengths and weaknesses actually are.”

As a strong competitor, another period of growth is anticipated for the business moving company, but stiff competition is also expected. The Commercial Movers remain committed to increasing the satisfaction of their clients, and treat all those serviced as equals.

Additional details are available at http://thecommercialmovers.com/. The reports provided cover 23 services offered by the company, and the focus groups surveyed include participants from all over the country. The reports will be published online and through an eventual eBook compilation aimed at provided insight on other trends being experienced by all moving companies.

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The Commercial Movers

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Personal Shopping Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

Over the past five years, consumers have been searching for higher quality and more personalized customer care, which increasing disposable income has allowed them to pay for it. Consumers overwhelmed by an abundance of clothing choices, or too busy to shop for themselves, have sought to outsource their shopping to professionals who specialize in style consultations, wardrobe edits and a variety of other specialty shopping services. Economic recovery has brought with it a decreasing unemployment rate and increased consumer spending, giving the Personal Shopping Services industry a 4.1% boost to $ 761.7 million over the five years to 2014.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sarah Kahn, “Personal shoppers face fierce competition for their discretionary, often luxury, services.” Due to the personalized and time consuming nature of the services, the lack of universally recognized credentials and the minimal start-up costs, the industry has become crowded and fragmented. Over the past five years, employment has increased at an average annual rate of 4.0%. Additionally, department stores competing for customer satisfaction and loyalty have been contending with personal shoppers, providing their own stylists that offer many of the same services for free. Facing this competition, revenue is expected to increase at a slightly lower 3.9% rate in 2014.

A new form of competition is being perfected in the form of online services and mobile apps. “Personal shoppers are expected to struggle to compete with webpages that use algorithms and predictive analytics, extracting information from consumers’ personal spending habits to determine patterns and predict future trends,” says Kahn. As the percentage of services conducted online increases and shifts to mobile devices, new apps are expected to emerge, providing networks of stylists available through in-app messaging systems.

Setting themselves apart from department store stylists, e-commerce webpages and mobile apps, personal shoppers are expected to expand their clientele by offering lower-cost services to lower-income consumers or specialize in a more niche market. Over the next five years, revenue is expected to continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, as post-financial-crisis consumers consider lower-cost alternatives to satisfy their personal shopping needs.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Personal Shopping Services in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the Personal Shopping Services in the US industry provide personal shopping services. Personal shoppers assist individuals by purchasing items on their behalf, suggesting items to purchase and providing style assistance. Personal shoppers employed by department stores (IBISWorld report 45211) and e-commerce sites (report 45411a) are not included in this industry. Personal shoppers serving corporations only are also not included in this industry.

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Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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