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The COVID-19 impact on the fashion industry and the road ahead

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Key Takeaways
  • The global clothing and clothing accessories stores market is expected to shrink to USD1,245bn in 2020 from USD1,257bn in 2019, declining at a CAGR of 1%, mainly due to the pandemic-induced economic slowdown. The industry’s revenue could plunge more than 33% in 2020.
  • Increasing margin pressure has severely impacted big retailers and forced them to restructure their business models.
  • Some well-known fashion names filed for bankruptcy this year due to accumulated liabilities, lower consumer demand, lower footfall and negative growth rates. A silver lining is acquisitions or mergers/partnerships that have increased significantly in 2020. Companies strong enough to weather this crisis may consider acquiring undervalued companies.