What you need to know

We are seeing the first real signs of distress in Spanish clothing retailing as the growth in online specialists exposes the shortcomings of many longer-established high street retailers. The clothing specialists have been losing share of spending on clothing and footwear. There have been some store closures, partly reflecting over-expansion to take advantage of the failure of so many independents during the recession, but also in response to the growth of online retailers. Spain lags behind in the development of online, but the lessons from better developed countries further north need to be taken on board.

Areas covered in this report

This report covers the clothing retail market in Spain, with a focus on clothing and fashion specialist retailers. The report does not cover non-specialists, such as hypermarkets, in detail although these are looked at briefly in the consumer research section.

The report combines analysis of the market in Spain, including market sizes, specialists’ sales and forecasts, along with our in-depth consumer data, which analyses shoppers’ behaviour. A number of relevant company profiles are also included.

For our consumer research this year we asked questions on the following topics:

  • Participation in in-store and online/catalogue shopping for clothing in the past 12 months

  • The retailers used for clothing shopping in the past 12 months.

  • Responses to a series of attitudinal statements relating to shopping for clothing.

For the purpose of this report, Mintel has used the following definitions:

Consumer spending: The total amount spent by Spanish households (including sales tax) on clothing, via all channels, i.e. clothing shops, hypermarkets, online, at markets etc.

Retail sales: total sales of all types of goods and services (excluding sales tax) via stores and directly to the consumer (mainly online) by specialist clothing retailers. It includes online sales of these retailers where the majority of sales are in bricks and mortar outlets.

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