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Department Stores & Big Box Retail Industry Analysis

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Industry Overview & Outlook . .
- Market Size
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- Market Forecast   .
- Products/Services Breakdown   .
- Revenue per State . .
$ Financial Metrics . .
$ Salary & Compensation Benchmarks . .
@ Key Companies   .
- Industry News & Innovators   .
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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Department Stores & Big Box Retail


Overview: the U.S. Department Stores & Big Box Retail Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?


Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Department Stores & Big Box Retail: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

market size 2018
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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)


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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis



Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.



market forecast

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Department Stores & Big Box Retail industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Groceries & Other Food Items For Human Consumption Off The Premises

Packaged Liquor, Wine, & Beer

Cigars, Cigarettes, Tobacco, & Smokers' Accessories, Excluding Sales From Vending Machines Operated By Others

Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics

Prescriptions

Nonprescription Medicines

Vitamins, Minerals, & Other Dietary Supplements

Cosmetics, Including Face Cream, Make-Up, Perfumes & Colognes.

Personal Hygiene Supplies

Health Aids & Home Healthcare Equipment

Household Soaps, Detergents, Cleaners, & Cleaning Supplies

Household Soaps, Detergents, & Cleaners

Paper & Related Products, Including Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue, Wraps, Bags, Foils.

Paper & Plastic Tableware

Gift Wrap, Gift Bags, & Tissue Paper

Paper Towels, Napkins, Toilet & Facial Tissue, & Food Wraps, Bags, Foils & Other Related Products

Men's Wear, Including Accessories

Men's Overcoats, Topcoats, Raincoats, Outer Jackets

Men's Suits & Formal Wear

Men's Sport Coats & Blazers

Men's Tailored & Dress Slacks

Men's Casual Slacks & Jeans, Shorts.

Men's Career & Work Uniforms

Men's Dress Shirts

Men's Sport Shirts, Including T-Shirts, Knit & Woven Shirts.

Men's Sweaters

Men's Hosiery, Pajamas, Robes, Underwear

Men's Sports Apparel, Including Tennis, Golf, Jogging, Swimming, & Other Exercise Apparel

Men's Accessories, Including Hats, Gloves, Neckwear, Handkerchiefs, Belts, Rain Accessories.

Men's Sweat Tops, Pants, & Warm-Ups

Other Apparel Items

Women's, Juniors', & Misses' Wear, Including Accessories

Dresses, Including All Types

Dressy & Tailored Coats, Outer Jackets, Rainwear

Suits, Pantsuits, Sport Jackets, Blazers

Slacks/Pants, Jeans, Shorts, Skirts

Tops, Including T-Shirts, Knit & Woven Shirts, Blouses, Sweaters

Women's Sports Apparel, Including Tennis, Golf, Jogging, Swimming, & Other Exercise Apparel

Hosiery, Including Pantyhose, Socks, Tights

Bras, Girdles, Corsets

Lingerie, Sleepwear, Loungewear

Women's Accessories, Including Handbags, Wallets, Neckwear, Gloves, Belts, Rain Accessories.

Women's Sweat Tops, Pants, & Warm-Ups

Other Apparel, Including Uniforms, Smocks, & Other Apparel Items

Children's Wear, Including Boys', Girls', & Infants' & Toddlers' Clothing & Accessories

Boys' Clothing & Accessories

Girls' Clothing & Accessories

Infants' & Toddlers' Clothing & Accessories

Footwear, Including Accessories

Men's Footwear, Including Dress & Casual Footwear

Women's Footwear, Including Dress & Casual Footwear

Children's Footwear, Including Boys', Girls', Infants', & Toddlers' Dress & Casual Footwear

Men's Athletic Footwear, Including Tennis Shoes/Sneakers

Women's Athletic Footwear, Including Tennis Shoes/Sneakers

Children's Athletic Footwear, Including Boys', Girls', Infants', & Toddlers' Tennis Shoes/Sneakers

Sewing, Knitting, Needlework Goods, Including Fabrics, Patterns, Sewing Supplies, Notions, Yarns, Laces, Trimmings, Needlework Kits,

Curtains, Draperies, Blinds, Slipcovers, Bed & Table Coverings

Curtains & Draperies

Vertical & Horizontal Blinds, Woven Wood Blinds, & Shades

Domestics, Including Towels, Sheets, Blankets, Table Linens.

Major Household Appliances

Kitchen Appliances, Parts, & Accessories

Laundry Appliances, Parts, Accessories, Including Clothes Washers & Dryers

Outdoor Gas Grills, Parts, Accessories

Other Major Household Appliances, Parts & Accessories

Small Household Appliances & Personal Care Appliances

TV, DVD/Blu-Ray Players & Recorders, Camcorders, Portable Video Players, E-Book Readers, DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs.

Televisions & Related Parts & Accessories

DVD/Blu-Ray Disc Players, Recorders, Camcorders, Portable Video Players, E-Book Readers, & Related Parts & Accessories

DVDs & Blu-Ray Discs, Prerecorded

Audio Equipment, Musical Instruments (New & Used), Radios, Audio Electronic Components, CDs, Records, Tapes, Audio Books, Sheet

Audio Equipment, Components, Parts & Accessories

Audio Books

Pre-Recorded Compact Discs, Audio Tapes, & Records

Furniture, Sleep Equipment & Outdoor/Patio Furniture

Upholstered Furniture

Mattresses, Box Springs & Air Mattresses

Outdoor/Patio Furniture

Other Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen & Bedroom Furniture

Infants' Furniture

Flooring & Floor Coverings

Carpets & Rugs Not Requiring Installation

New & Used Computer Hardware, Software, & Supplies, Including Computer Game Software & Tablet Computers

Computer & Peripheral Equipment

Prepackaged (Off-The-Shelf) Computer Software, Including Computer Software Downloads

Kitchenware & Home Furnishings

Outdoor Charcoal Grills, Parts, Accessories

Decorative Accessories & Home Furnishings

Kitchenware

Jewelry, Including Watches, Watch Attachments, Novelty Jewelry, Estate/Antique Jewelry.

Karat Gold Jewelry

Watches, Watchbands, & Parts

Diamond, Gemstone, Pearl, Platinum, & Sterling Jewelry

All Other Jewelry

Books, Including E-Books

Photographic Equipment & Supplies

Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games

Toys, Including Wheel Goods

Games, Including Video & Electronic Games

Hobby Goods

Optical Goods, Including Eyeglasses, Contact Lenses, Sunglasses.

Sporting Goods & Recreational Equipment

Exercise/Fitness Equipment

Firearms, Hunting Equipment, & Supplies

Fishing Tackle, Including Bait

Camping & Backpacking Equipment & Supplies

Bicycles, Parts & Accessories

All Other Sporting Goods

Hardware, Tools, & Plumbing & Electrical Supplies

Lawn, Garden, & Farm Equipment & Supplies

Cut Flowers

Outdoor Nursery Stock

Fertilizer, Lime, Chemicals, & Other Soil Treatments

Lawn & Garden Tools

Lawn & Garden Machinery, Equipment, & Parts

All Other Lawn & Garden Supplies

Paint & Sundries

Automotive Lubricants, Including Oil, Greases.

Automotive Tires, Tubes, Batteries, Audio Equipment, Parts, Access

Automotive Parts (Over-The-Counter), Access, & Sundry Supplies

Automotive Batteries

Pets, Pet Foods, & Pet Supplies

Baby Goods Not Elsewhere Classified, Including Bottles, Monitors, Carriers, Swings.

All Other Merchandise

Stationery Products

Office, School, & Packaging Supplies

Greeting Cards, Calendars, Maps, Road Atlases

Magazines & Newspapers

Luggage & Leather Goods

Telephones, Cellular Phones, Phone Batteries, Answering Machines, Pagers, & Navigation (Gps) Equipment

Nonautomotive Batteries

Souvenirs & Novelty Items

Seasonal Decorations

Meals, Unpackaged Snacks, Sandwiches, Unpackaged Ice Cream & Yogurt, Bakery Items, Other Food Items & Nonalcoholic Beverages Prepared

All Other Merchandise, Excluding Lottery Ticket Sales/Commissions

All Nonmerchandise Receipts

Labor Charges For Work Performed By This Establishment

Delivery Charges

Value Of Service Contracts

All Other Nonmerchandise Receipts



U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Department Stores & Big Box Retail Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Department Stores & Big Box Retail companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Repairs
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Depletion
Domestic production activities deduction
Advertising
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Depreciation
Amortization
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
 
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics




Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Department Stores & Big Box Retail company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Department Stores & Big Box Retail industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Department Stores & Big Box Retail measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.


Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.


Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.



Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 2%

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General and Operations Managers1%
Sales and Related Occupations 60%
Retail Sales Workers 54%
Cashiers 16%
Cashiers 16%
Retail Salespersons 38%
Retail Salespersons 38%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 17%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 16%
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 16%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6%
Material Moving Workers 6%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 6%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Department Stores & Big Box Retail Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate









Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score
Nordstrom557
inContact46
Minted19
Dillard's

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Wednesday Sector Leaders: Department Stores, Information Technology Services - Presented by: The Aol. On Network - In trading on Wednesday, department stores shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 1.5%. Leading the group were shares of Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores (SHOS), up about 12.1% and shares of Party City (PRTY) up about 7.3% on the day. (01/10/2018)
  • "The high street needs to wake up and find a way to compete" - Is the department store dead? We asked, you answered - It is no secret that the high street has struggled in the age of the Internet. But recent reports about some of our favourite department stores made for depressing reading. House of Fraser has asked landlords across the country to slash their rents after a ... (01/10/2018)
  • Inferno at department store - LAHORE: A massive fire broke out early on Tuesday in a five-storey department store on MM Alam Road in Gulberg, inflicting a huge loss on the owner. Started at around 5am, the fire engulfed within a few minutes the entire building. The blaze caused big ... (01/10/2018)
  • Analyst Echoes Predictions Amazon Will Buy Retailer: 'Downtrodden Big Box, Department Store Player' - Last week, Loup Ventures boldly predicted Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)’s 2018 acquisition of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). At the end of last year, Citigroup’s Paul Lejuez named potential targets in Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), Bed Bath ... (01/10/2018)
  • Department stores on rebound? Kohl's latest to post strong holiday sales - NEW YORK — Kohl's put up strong sales numbers throughout November and December, joining other traditional department stores in a much needed holiday rally. Comparable-store and total sales surged 6.9 percent during the critical end-of-year shopping ... (01/08/2018)
  • The department store of your childhood is closing over 300 stores this year - With online shopping growing ever more popular, it’s no surprise that retail stores and malls have struggled to stay afloat. In fact, a staple from our childhoods, Sears, just announced they’re closing a ton of stores in 2018, and our hearts are ... (01/07/2018)
  • Macy’s department store at Peachtree Mall is a survivor once again - Coming off a year in which the Columbus-Phenix City market lost its longtime Sears department store and its remaining three Kmart stores in one fell swoop, there came some welcome news Thursday. Deep in a press release from Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc ... (01/04/2018)
  • Department stores' deepest woes remain in spite of holiday uptick - Macy's and J.C. Penney both reported 2017 holiday sales results that outpaced analysts' expectations and topped performances from the year prior. Shares went tumbling on the news, with analysts and investors saying underlying obstacles remain. More store ... (01/04/2018)
  • Department stores kick off 2018 with stock rally - Wall Street rallied behind America's department stores on the first trading day in 2018, sending their stocks higher. To be sure, about this same time last year, retailers Sears, Macy's and J.C. Penney announced they would be closing more stores across the ... (01/04/2018)
  • America's department stores are in deep, deep trouble - Last year was heralded by many analysts as the "retail apocalypse." The term is a bit of a misnomer, since the overall industry is doing okay. But things were really bad for department store chains, which have lost 500,000 jobs since 2001. In 2017 alone, a ... (01/03/2018)


Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $456,336 on Department Stores & Big Box Retail. It has awarded 18 contracts to 7 companies, with an average value of $65,191 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount



Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Department Stores & Big Box Retail to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

Women's, Juniors', And Misses' Wear, Including Accessories
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Department Stores & Big Box RetailOpportunity/Threat
Family Clothing Stores Competing industry
Women's Clothing Stores Competing industry
Discount Department Stores Competing industry
Mail-Order Houses Competing industry
Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Women's, Juniors', And Misses' Wear, Including Accessories are less than those from Department Stores & Big Box Retail. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Women's, Juniors', And Misses' Wear, Including Accessories sales, taking market share from this industry.
Women's, Juniors', And Misses' Wear, Including Accessories Product Sales Report



Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Department Stores & Big Box RetailOpportunity/Threat
Pharmacies & Drug Stores
Mail-Order Houses
Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
Warehouse Clubs, Supercenters & Big Box Retail
Discount Department Stores Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics are less than those from Department Stores & Big Box Retail. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics sales, taking market share from this industry.
Drugs, Health Aids, Beauty Aids, Including Cosmetics Product Sales Report



Children's Wear, Including Boys', Girls', Infants' & Toddlers'
Children's Wear, Including Boys', Girls', Infants' & Toddlers' Product Sales Report

Men's Wear, Including Accessories
Men's Wear, Including Accessories Product Sales Report

Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games
Toys, Hobby Goods, & Games Product Sales Report

Tops, Including T-Shirts, Knit & Woven Shirts, Blouses, Sweaters
Tops, Including T-Shirts, Knit & Woven Shirts, Blouses, Sweaters Product Sales Report

Infants' & Toddlers' Clothing & Accessories
Infants' & Toddlers' Clothing & Accessories Product Sales Report

Toys, Including Wheel Goods
Toys, Including Wheel Goods Product Sales Report

Footwear, Including Accessories
Footwear, Including Accessories Product Sales Report

Cosmetics, Including Face Cream, Make-Up, Perfumes & Colognes
Cosmetics, Including Face Cream, Make-Up, Perfumes & Colognes Product Sales Report



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