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Some Winners and Loser in the Apparel Industry



Apparel stores are the subset of the retail industry which sells clothing, footwear and garment accessories. It is very obvious that the largest segments of the clothing industry include women’s clothing which makes 50% of clothing industry revenue as compare to it the men’s clothing only makes 20% percent of clothing industry revenue.

The Gap:

The Gap, Inc. is a leading global apparel company that sells apparel, fashion and garment accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children. It has its business in banana republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands.

Ross Stores:

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The two stores comes under the supervision of Ross Stores which are the off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores – Ross Dress for Less and dd’s Discounts. Ross is the largest off-price apparel chain in the United States; it has targeted the middle income households by selling them brand and designer apparel for men, women, and children at discount prices.

Men’s Wear house:

One of the North America’s largest men apparel retailes “Men’s Wearhouse” has  over 1,124 retail stores under the names of Men’s Wearhouse, Men’s Wearhouse and Tux  and K&G. The Canadian province does have the 10 more stores with the name Moores Clothing for Men.  Along with that now it is establishing a competition in garment accessories as well by tailoring the casual clothing, sportswear, footwear and accessories in 479 stores and selling online

According to YCharts of Dec 21 ’14, GPS had the highest dividend yield with 2.10%. Chart also highlighted the unaffordable high MW’s payout ratio of 681%. Despite some income growth, MW’s net income is failing in contrast; ROST and GPS have increased their net income for several years. ROST and GPS have both maintained the profit margins above 12% and 7% for years. But; MW’s profit margin is quite low at 0.10% and 2.27%. Many critics would not agree with us, but we suggest MW investors to pay more for less….



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