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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.

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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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Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

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Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

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Cost Structure Benchmarks

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Major Companies

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Capital Intensity

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Annual Change

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North American Title Companys Updated Website Offers New Design and Functionality for Its Real Estate Customers


Miami, Fla. (PRWEB) February 10, 2014

North American Title Co. (NAT) has transitioned its Internet presence to a new website to take advantage of technology that has changed over the past several years. The new NAT.com platform offers a streamlined experience for its customer segments that include home buyers and sellers, residential and commercial real estate professionals, builders, lenders and attorneys.

“The decision was made three years ago at the highest levels of the company to transition to the Kentico Content Management System (CMS) platform,” said Otto Suarez, NAT national marketing director. “This flexible platform supports all current and future website requirements, including integration with social media, online marketing, intranet and CRM.

“In addition, Kentico is an off-the-shelf CMS solution with a fully integrated set of marketing tools, including web analytics, campaign management, email marketing, contact management, segmentation and more,” added Suarez. “It truly allows us to build for the future, empowering us as marketers and developers to create a website without limits.”

The new customer-centric website is able to be viewed on mobile devices, its content is easily updated, and it better reflects the company’s brand standards. It includes such items as calculators for Good Faith Estimates and mortgage loans, a comprehensive real estate dictionary, and title insurance information and escrow closing tips.

In addition, each NAT region integrated with the main site has content customized to that specific region, as well as contact information for the local NAT offices.

“The main NAT.com website was live for our appearance as an exhibitor at the Realtors® Conference & Expo in November,” said Suarez. “However, our 12 regions have robust websites in their own rights, and we have just completed their development.

“We thank all our marketing coordinators, managers and legal staff in the field who helped develop, proof and approve copy for the site,” he added. “We also acknowledge the tireless efforts of our corporate marketing staff that developed and built the site.”

About North American Title (NAT)

With well over 1,000 associates and a vast network of branches from coast to coast, North American Title is among the largest real estate settlement service providers in the United States. Consisting of both agent and underwriter operations, NAT has the resources and stability of a New York Stock Exchange company with over $ 10.3 billion in assets (fiscal quarter ending Nov. 30, 2012). North American Title’s agency network operates nationally under the name North American Title Co. (NATC), and is located in 17 of the fastest-growing states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Through our relationship with our expanding affiliate network, NATC provides real estate settlement services in all 50 states. With annual gross revenues in fiscal 2012 of approximately $ 200 million, NAT is among the largest independent title agencies in the United States. NAT is headquartered in Miami, Fla. To learn more, visit http://www.nat.com.