“As brands and retailers kicked off holiday promotions before Halloween costumes were purchased, we can expect an elongated holiday selling season for the apparel industry,” says Maria Rugolo, apparel industry analyst, NPD. “In the face of rising prices, the fourth quarter will be a balancing act as shoppers prioritize the areas where they will trade down, pull back or invest, causing them to be more prudent in their apparel spending.”
The most recent “
” report from NPD found that consumers increasingly plan to buy apparel tailored to a specific need. Sales of sweatshirts, outerwear and dresses are expected to grow in the fourth quarter, versus last year.
“Wardrobe needs, stemming from replacement
Along with being more selective in their purchases, many consumers are invoking cost-saving measures. Last quarter, 41% of consumers reported that they had to forgo buying apparel to purchase products in another category – an increase of 5 points since the beginning of the year. Consumers also said lower prices were the most important factor for their future apparel purchase decisions. Exploring alternative buying options, nearly 45% of consumers bought apparel on a resale platform in the third quarter, rising 2 points since the first quarter.
The NPD Group says the decline in sales will result from consumers trying to stretch their budgets. As recession looms in the U.S. and worldwide, additional categories are expected to be impacted as well.
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