Fashion, Clothing and Footwear
This retail sector sells women's, men's and children's clothes, shoes and accessories. Most stores specialise in one of these, but others combine different elements or offer ranges across all groups, such as a store selling shoes for men, women and children. There are 636 stores in South Australia specialising in selling clothing and another 78 specialising in selling footwear.
Accessories include items such as underwear; socks and stockings; handbags; gloves; sunglasses; costume jewellery and hats. Clothing includes leather, fur, sportswear and uniforms. These retailers are driven by the fashion seasons and latest trends to ensure they meet consumer demand.
Many stores have a very specific focus - for example, they may specialise in only one or two brands linked to a specific manufacturer; target a particular age group; only sell upmarket designer labels; stock only budget-priced brands; combine sportswear and sports shoes; combine underwear and sleepwear; only stock larger sizes; only sell Italian shoes or sunglasses. Nearly 6,000 South Australians are employed in the sector - three-quarters of them selling clothing.
South Australians spend $90 million a month in clothing, footwear and accessory stores.
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