Clothing store sales in the United States from 1992-2018

This timeline depicts clothing store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2017. In 2017, U.S. clothing store sales came to about 189.1 billion U.S. dollars. According to the NAICS definition, this industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in retailing new clothing.

The clothing Industry in the United States

The U.S. apparel market is the largest in the world. In 2016, store-based retailing was valued at approximately 292 billion U.S. dollars. Retail sales in clothing stores in the United States regularly exceed 15 billion U.S. dollars on a monthly basis. In December 2019, U.S. clothing and clothing accessory store sales amounted to almost 24 billion U.S. dollars.

The revenue of the women's and girls' apparel market was approximately 115 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, whereas the revenue of the men's and boys' apparel market was around 86 billion U.S. dollars in the same period.

In terms of apparel brand companies, Gap had the largest share of the market, as of 2016, with 4 percent. One of the dominant players in the apparel market is Nike, which posted revenues of over five billion U.S. dollars from their apparel segment in North America in 2019.

The U.S. apparel market is always changing, attempting to adapt to customer trends and new technology that will allow the consumers' shopping experience to be more enjoyable.

Clothing store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2018

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1992 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.
Figures are not adjusted for price changes. Retail and food services total and other subsector totals may include data for kinds of business not shown. Additional information on sample design, estimation procedures, and measures of sampling variability can be found here.
Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Annual Retail Trade Survey. Estimates have been adjusted using preliminary results of the 2012 Economic Census.

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