Consumer spending on clothing and footwear powers ahead in 2015

Today’s Office for National Statistics publication of the annual consumer spending figures highlights another increase in consumer spending on clothing and footwear during 2015.  The value of consumer spend now stands at £65.9bn using the chained value measure and £66.1bn using the current price indicator. For both measures this represents a five per cent increase … More Consumer spending on clothing and footwear powers ahead in 2015

Latest GSCE Textile Technology entries show a continued decline in participation

With the improving performance of the UK fashion and textiles manufacturing sector, an increasing number of opportunities are presenting themselves.  A number of recent reports have illustrated the wide-ranging and immediate recruitment needs of fashion and textiles manufacturers, needs that are becoming increasingly acute and acerbated by an ageing workforce with the retirement of skilled … More Latest GSCE Textile Technology entries show a continued decline in participation

40 new apprenticeship starts in England in the quarter to Jan 2016

Latest figures published by the Skills Funding Agency shows there were 40 starts onto the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship between November 2015 and January this year to make it 120 starts in the first half of the academic year. Figure 1: Apprenticeship starts in England (2015/16 figures first half of the academic year) Source: Skills … More 40 new apprenticeship starts in England in the quarter to Jan 2016

Fashion retail sales falls in February although online enjoys good growth

Clothing and footwear sales through specalist clothing and footwear stores fell slightly by 0.6% in February 2016 to stand at its lowest level since October 2014, although this leaves the index still 7% higher than in 2012. However, the latest figures show internet sales continued at a pace with the index showing a 1.2% rise … More Fashion retail sales falls in February although online enjoys good growth

Clothing and Footwear consumer prices rise 1.6% in February 2016

February 2016 saw consumer prices for clothing and footwear rise 1.6% on January’s figure.  However, prices as still below levels in 2015 where prices spiked 3% higher in October and November than the annual average. Figure 1: Consumer Price Index for Clothing and Footwear (CPI detailed indices 2015 =100) Source: Office for National Statistics Looking … More Clothing and Footwear consumer prices rise 1.6% in February 2016

Fashion and textiles manufacturing employment surges in q4 2015

Using the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey measure, the end of 2015 saw UK fashion and textiles manufacturing employment surge to 138,000, the highest level seen this decade as large increases in apparel manufacturing employment drove growth. Indeed, apparel manufacturing employment that had stood at 37,000 people at the start of the decade … More Fashion and textiles manufacturing employment surges in q4 2015

Exporting to the BRICS: A review of fashion and textiles market performance in 2015

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and since 2010 South Africa) is the collective name coined for the five major emerging economies of the world.  With impressive growth rates and a growing middle class, these economies have represented major opportunities for UK fashion and textiles firms and brands looking for new markets in recent years. However … More Exporting to the BRICS: A review of fashion and textiles market performance in 2015

Fashion and textiles manufacturing enjoys productivity gains in January

Fashion and textiles manufacturing saw a small rise in output in January 2015, rising two points on the Index of Productivity to stand at 90.9 compared to a base position of 100 in 2012.  This represents the sectors first rise in two months and represents a better position than what was seen in the previous … More Fashion and textiles manufacturing enjoys productivity gains in January

Asian and North America markets fire up UK fashion and textiles exports in 2015

As we have seen, 2015 saw fashion and textiles exports from the UK reach over £10bn in value for the first time. However, as we have seen with products, the picture is also mixed amongst global regions that all point to different trajectories of growth. The European market remains the largest for UK exporters, with … More Asian and North America markets fire up UK fashion and textiles exports in 2015

UK fashion exports break through the £10bn mark in 2015

The latest figures from HMRC indicate that fashion exports from the UK broke through the £10bn barrier for the first time in 2015 as the overseas appetite for UK fashion and textiles goods continued unabated. The current figures represent a £2bn increase in export values since 2011 as the desirability of UK fashion and textiles … More UK fashion exports break through the £10bn mark in 2015