Unique visits to the apparel category dropped by 8% year on year in January, according to the latest ComScore
figures. And Next, the top online apparel retailer by visitors, dropped 24% whilst Arcadia Group dropped 7%.
Arcadia-owned Topman, however, saw visitors increase by 28% whilst Asos was up 24% year-on-year, making it the third largest apparal retailer online in terms of unique visitors, says New Media Age
, which also reports extensively on feedback it has received from the sector on the new figures:
Jamie Gavin, marketing communications analyst at ComScore, said it's naive for fashion marketers to think they're immune.
"Marketers have to think about online in the same way as offline and consider the importance of branding as well as direct response in order to maximise the number of site visitors.
"For fashion more than anything brands need to make sure they're targeting and putting their brands on the right websites," said Gavin.