Spending on clothing and footwear continues upwards

The latest consumer spending figures have shown UK consumers continued to spend on clothing and footwear products and services in q1 2016.  Both the chained and current price indices rose to record levels for a single quarter with growth in spending in all segments apart from repair and hire and dry-cleaning of clothing and footwear. … More Spending on clothing and footwear continues upwards

Consumer prices for clothing and footwear edge downwards in May

The latest Office for National Statistics consumer price index figures for clothing and footwear show prices edged down in May, standing 0.2% lower than in April and 0.4% lower than in the corresponding month in 2015.  The current standing of 100.1 shows prices have only marginally risen since 2015.   Overall, the whole economy CPI … More Consumer prices for clothing and footwear edge downwards in May

Heritage meets Innovation at Meet the Manufacturer

An interesting discussion at Meet the Manufacturer was chaired by Peter Marsh, ex-manufacturing editor of the Financial Times and recent founder of the MadeHereNow website that aims to champion UK manufacturing.  On the panel were Guy Hills from Dashing Tweeds, Ian MacLean of John Smedley and Tim Walker, fashion industry consultant working with brands such … More Heritage meets Innovation at Meet the Manufacturer

High hopes for the future at Meet the Manufacturer

Having gained a lot of insight from the fantastic event last year, it was a pleasure to once again to attend Meet the Manufacture.  The strong conference and workshop line-up was very thought provoking with a large number of topics and subjects concerning UK fashion and textiles manufacturing covered. In many ways, it felt as … More High hopes for the future at Meet the Manufacturer

Retail and Internet fashion sales up in April

The latest retail figures released by the Office for National Statistics paint a picture of UK consumers spending once more in textiles, clothing and footwear stores with a 1.3% jump on March’s value of purchases although spending still remains 6.6% lower than the corresponding month last year. The volume measure followed a similar trend 1.3% … More Retail and Internet fashion sales up in April

Challenges ahead but things looking good for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing – A review of ASCBI spring conference

It was a pleasure to attend the ASCBI conference last Tuesday on the topic of “The reality of UK manufacturing: is it a sustainable option?” With a variety of speakers covering different aspects of the industry (many of whom offered a very personal and fascinating perspective), the consensus was one where businesses were once again … More Challenges ahead but things looking good for UK fashion and textiles manufacturing – A review of ASCBI spring conference

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