This dossier has been compiled to provide statistical information about the apparel market of the United States. The dossier has been broken down into five categories: overview of the global apparel market; manufacturing and trade; overview of the U.S. apparel, retail and online sales channels; and leading companies.
Table of ContentsGlobal overviewManufacturing and tradeRetail marketOnline marketLeading apparel companies
1. Global overview
Description: Revenue generated by the global apparel market gradually increased from 2015, up until 2020, when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic heavily impacted retail. In 2022, the revenue of this market was approximately 1.53 trillion U.S. dollars. According to the Consumer Market Outlook, this value will increase to almost 2 trillion U.S. dollars by 2027.
Description: This statistic depicts the revenue of the apparel market in 2021, by country. In that year, the apparel market revenue in the U.S. amounted to approximately 317.6 billion U.S. dollars. For information on over 200 markets in 150 countries, please visit Consumer Market Outlook.
Description: In 2021, China was the leading exporter of apparel to the rest of the world, with an export value of around 176 billion U.S. dollars. The EU ranked second, exported approximately 151 billion U.S. dollars worth of apparel that year.
Description: In 2021, European Union was the second leading importer of apparel worldwide, with an import value of around 195 billion U.S. dollars. Japan, ranked third, imported approximately 27 billion U.S. dollars worth of apparel that year.
Description: This statistic shows the value of the leading ten apparel brands worldwide in 2022. In that year, Nike was the top ranked apparel brand in the world with a brand value of approximately 33.18 billion U.S. dollars.
Description: In the 12 months leading up to April 22, 2022, TJX Cos, which owns T.J. Maxx, generated approximately 49 billion U.S. dollars of global sales, making it one the world’s leading apparel and footwear retail company. Inditex, which is the parent organization to brands such as Zara and Bershka, made roughly 33 billion U.S. dollars over the same time period.
2. Manufacturing and trade
Description: This timeline depicts the number of employees in the U.S. apparel manufacturing industry from 1990 to 2021. In 2021, there were an average of around 92,000 employees that were part of the apparel manufacturing industry in the United States.
Description: It is estimated that the revenue of the women’s and girls’ apparel manufacturing industry in the United States will amount to roughly 3.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2022, slightly more than in the previous year. The market size decreased sharply between 2012 and 2018, but has plateaued since then, hovering at a revenue between three and three and a half billion dollars.
Description: The revenue of men’s and boys’ apparel manufacturing in the U.S. was estimated to total more than 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2022. This was an increase of approximately 45 million dollars from the previous year.
Description: This statistic shows the value of the leading 15 markets for U.S. textile and apparel exports in 2021. In that year, Canada was the second leading market for U.S. textile and apparel exports, with a value of approximately 5.35 billion U.S. dollars.
Description: The majority of apparel and accessories imported to the United States in 2021 came from Asia. Approximately 63 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of these goods were imported to the U.S. in 2021. In comparison, apparel and accessories worth just over 8 billion dollars were imported from Central America.
3. Retail market
Description: This statistic shows a trend in monthly retail sales of clothing and clothing accessories stores in the United States from January 2017 to October 2022. In October 2022, U.S. clothing and clothing accessories retail store sales amounted to an estimated value of about 25.17 billion U.S. dollars. In April 2020, store sales fell to 2.76 billion U.S. dollars due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Description: This timeline shows clothing and clothing accessories store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2021. In 2021, U.S. clothing and clothing accessories store sales amounted to about 294.06 billion U.S. dollars. According to the NAICS definition, companies operating in this sector are retailing clothing and clothing accessories from fixed point-of-sale locations.
Description: This timeline depicts family clothing store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2021. In 2021, U.S. family clothing store sales came to about 118.5 billion U.S. dollars. According to the NAICS definition, this industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new clothing for men, women, and children, without specializing in sales for an individual gender or age group.
Description: This statistic shows women’s clothing store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2020. In 2020, U.S. women’s clothing store sales amounted to about 27.8 billion U.S. dollars. According to the NAICS definition, this industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new women’s, misses’ and juniors’ clothing, including maternity wear.
Description: This timeline shows men’s clothing store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2020. In 2020, U.S. men’s clothing store sales amounted to about 5.13 billion U.S. dollars. According to the NAICS definition, this industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of new men’s and boys’ clothing.
Description: In a survey of representatives of the apparel and accessory stores industry in the United States it was found that in 2021 the sector spent 656 million U.S. dollars on advertising. In the year prior to that the industry’s ad expenditures amounted to 543.9 million dollars.
4. Online market
Description: In 2021, retail e-commerce revenues from apparel and accessories sales in the United States amounted to 180.5 billion U.S. dollars, increasing from 144.8 billion in 2020. The Statista Digital Market Outlook estimates that by 2025 the market revenue will increase to 295.7 billion U.S. dollars.
Description: In 2021, online fashion sales accounted for 23.51 percent of total retail e-commerce sales in the United States. The Statista Digital Market Outlook estimates that online fashion sales will make up a smaller fraction of the whole e-commerce market in the U.S. over the next few years. In 2025, so the estimates fashion sales will account for only around 22.23 percent.
Description: The sales of clothing and clothing accessories, including footwear, of U.S. electronic shopping and mail-order houses have increased since 2003. In 2020, the value of clothing e-commerce sales surpassed 105 billion U.S. dollars, up from 82.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.
Description: Shein.com is leading the Fashion e-commerce market in the U.S., with e-commerce net sales of US$5,790 million in 2021 generated in the U.S., followed by macys.com with US$5,563 million. Third place is taken by amazon.com with a revenue of US$5,034 million. Walmart.com is the fourth biggest Fashion online store in the U.S. with net sales of US$4,645 million in 2021.
Description: The displayed data on fashion purchase online channels shows results of the Global Consumer Survey conducted in the United States in 2021. Some 48 percent of respondents answered the question “In which online stores have you purchased fashion items in the last 12 months? (multi-pick)” with “Marketplace (e.g., Amazon, Taobao)”.
5. Leading apparel companies
Description: In fiscal year ended January 29, 2022, TJX Companies generated net sales of approximately 48.55 billion U.S. dollars, up from about 32.14 billion dollars registered a year earlier.
Description: As of January 29, 2022, revenue from the United States made up 79 percent of The TJX Companies’ total revenue. In contrast, Australia accounted only for one percent of the revenue share. As of that period, the retailer had over 4.6 thousand stores worldwide.
Description: In the financial year ended May 31, 2022, Nike’s U.S. revenue amounted to about 18.75 billion U.S. dollars. On an annual basis, Nike generates a sizeable chunk of its global turnover in the United States, namely about 40 percent.
Description: The graph illustrates adidas’ revenue from the first half of 2020 to the first half of 2022, by region. In the first half of 2022, the North American region generated a revenue of about 3.1 billion euros for adidas. In total, the adidas Group generated a global 1st half revenue of approximately 10.9 billion euros in 2022.
Description: This statistic depicts the net sales of The Gap, Inc. worldwide from 2011 to 2021, by region. In 2021, the company’s net sales in Canada amounted to 1.25 billion U.S. dollars. In total, The Gap Inc. generated net sales of about 16.7 billion U.S. dollars in that year.
Description: In 2021, Macy`s global net sales amounted to approximately 24.5 billion U.S. dollars, up from about 17.35 billion recorded a year earlier. This represents an increase of 43 percent in comparison to 2020.
Description: The timeline shows the global revenue of the VF Corporation from the fiscal year 2017 to 2022, broken down by region. In 2022, the VF Corporation generated approximately 6.18 billion U.S. dollars from its operations in the United States.
Description: Inditex Group, one of the world`s biggest fashion retailers, generated around 27.7 billion euros in net sales in 2021, with the majority of this coming from their stores in Europe, where the company’s revenues totaled more than 18 billion euros.
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