Figures released this month by Scottish Government show the textiles, clothing and leather sector in Scotland continued its recent fall in productivity to now stand 13 per cent lower than in 2012 and more than 20 per cent lower than the corresponding quarter in 2012. This is in the context of both production and wider manufacturing enjoying steady growth.
The sector had enjoyed a good 2013 with growth recorded in three of the four quarters which return the sector to 2012 levels. However, 2014 and the start of 2015 have been rather more challenging for production levels.
Source: Scottish Government. Chained volume measures by category of output 2012 = 100
However, this must be seen in the context of rising UK textile sector employment as reported within the labour force survey that had seen employment substantially increase in the same quarter. Exports have also been buoyant in recent times so the imminent release of this information will also give a clear picture.