Exclusive: Lingerie tops total e-tail growth in Q1

The lingerie industry outperformed the total online sector in Q1 2015, according to figures obtained by Lingerie Insight.

Lingerie sales online grew 19% during the first three months of the year – far ahead of the market as a whole and an improvement on Q1 2014, when lingerie sales were up 16%, according to IMRG, the UK’s industry association for e-retail.

Overall, the online retail sector suffered an unexpected downturn in Q1, climbing just 7%, compared to 17% growth in Q1 2014.

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Commenting on the results, IMRG insight editor Andy Mulcahy said: “Lingerie has been a consistently strong performer in our index over recent years – with growth for the sector usually a few points above that of clothing generally.

“The exception was 2013, when it was the strongest-performing sector in our index that year – with sales growth over double that of clothing.”

To learn about the benefits of selling lingerie online, read Andy Mulcahy’s column in the September issue of Lingerie Insight, out next month.



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