How are fashion and textiles firms strategising growth?

The 2015 orders and turnover data produced by the ONS show how the various components of the manufacturing sector performed during 2015 but also give clues on strategies adopted by manufacturers. As the data shows, turnover levels across the industry were slightly down due to the continuing retreat of textile manufacturing turnover to stand at … More How are fashion and textiles firms strategising growth?

Producer prices steady in textiles and apparel

Producer prices for fashion and textiles manufacturers were steady in q3 2015 to continue a more general trend that has seen a level of stability since the start of 2014.  The one interesting piece of data was the relative decline in producer prices for leather, although prices for these manufacturers still remain almost 20 per … More Producer prices steady in textiles and apparel

Manufacturing investment declines in q3 2015 although wider trends still positive

Fashion and textiles manufacturers followed the pattern exhibited by wider manufacturing with a slight decline in investment in q3 2015 with £56m invested by companies within the sector.  This has followed a pattern that has seen declines in quarter 3 in the previous two years.  However, the figures also put the industry on target to … More Manufacturing investment declines in q3 2015 although wider trends still positive

Fashion manufacturing employment slightly down in q3 2015

The Office for National Statistics have recently reported fashion and textiles manufacturing employment fell slightly during the 3rd quarter of 2015 from the peaks on q1 and q2 to currently stand at 126,000.  However, this figure is higher than the corresponding quarter in 2014 and before 2015. The data shows how wearing apparel employment continues … More Fashion manufacturing employment slightly down in q3 2015

The internet continues to drive sales in fashion retail

The importance of the internet as a source of retail sales has continued to gather pace with online purchases made through specialist textile, clothing and retail stores enjoying their highest levels in the run up to Christmas 2015. Average weekly sales were worth £124.3m in November 2015, up from £104.2m in the corresponding month in … More The internet continues to drive sales in fashion retail