Looking at the year gone by, consumer M&A activity continued to surge with valuations not seen since the economic downturn of 2008 and over $137 billion in total transaction value. Consumer confidence continues to rise, with U.S. retail sales increasing by 4.2% in 2017, bolstered by one of the strongest holiday seasons in recent years. Despite its challenges, the Apparel sector could, somewhat surprisingly, also be characterized as a year of growth.

Read the Apparel report for an in-depth analysis of the global industry, focusing on themes, issues, and opportunities impacting the sector and its performance.



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