Apparel sales across women, men and children grew by 3 per cent in the US in 2016, to reach $218.7 bn, according to a recent report. Changing consumer needs and an evolving retail marketplace were the drivers behind the apparel industry’s overall sales performance last year. The industry had positive overall performance with growth in most categories. The apparel industry of the US has struggled to exceed 3 per cent sales growth since 2013, as significant gains in select consumer and retail segments were offset by declines in others, says a report by The NPD Group, a leading global information company.