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 January when the Index figure stood at 86.1 and up from the 2015 low of 85 in August.

Broader UK manufacturing, still outperforming fashion and textiles, also saw an increase to stand at 101.4 representing output continuing its steady position.

Figure 1: Index of Production (Chained Volume Indices of Gross Value Added.  Seasonally adjusted 2012 = 100)

TLC manufacturing Jan16

Source: Office for National Statistics

When analysing the figures by the components of the sector, textiles and leather both saw increases in output whilst apparel saw a slight dip.  Leathers recent results leave the sectors output stand at 10 per cent higher than in 2012 whilst textiles has recovered by eight percent on August this summer just gone.

Figure 2: Index of Production for Textiles, Apparel and Leather Manufacturing (Chained Volume Indices of Gross Value Added.  Seasonally adjusted 2012 = 100)

TCL production Jan 2016

Source: Office for National Statistics


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