Canadian apparel market - Statistics & Facts

Published by Emma Bedford, Feb 4, 2019
Canada is home to a large apparel market and some of the most popular apparel brands worldwide such as Arc’teryx, Lululemon Athletica, and Hershel Supply Co. In 2016, the domestic apparel market value amounted to approximately 25 billion U.S. dollars, a figure which is expected to reach around 30 billion dollars by 2020. As of 2017, the leading apparel retailers in Canada are Winners, Walmart, and The Bay. Among Canadian families, the average expenditure on clothing and accessories has remained stable in the past couple years at around 3,500 Canadian dollars annually.

The domestic textile, clothing, and leather product manufacturing industry in Canada has decreased in size since 2012, perhaps following the common trend of many developed countries outsourcing manufacturing to developing countries to keep costs low. However, the domestic manufacturing sales value has remained relatively stable at around 2.5 billion Canadian dollars per year. The value of apparel imported to Canada has increased from around nine billion Canadian dollars in 2011 to nearly 13 billion Canadian dollars in 2017.

Clothing retail sales in Canada amounted to approximately 33.5 billion Canadian dollars in 2017, up from 26.5 billion Canadian dollars in 2012. Over the years, the retail sales of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing has been consistently highest in the fourth quarter, most likely because of the holiday season.

H&M is a Swedish clothing retailer that has become increasingly popular in Canada, generating revenue of almost 700 million Canadian dollars in 2017, up from around 300 million in 2010. In Ontario alone, there are 43 H&M stores, more than any other Canadian province. Although Reitmans, one of the most popular clothing retailers in Canada, is still the top women's apparel chain, its store count has seen a sharp decrease in the past several years, from nearly 1,000 locations in 2011 to 642 in 2018.

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