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

Did Brexit uncertainty see investment slump in q1 2016

The latest business investment figures show fashion and textiles manufacturing saw limited investment in q1 2016, the lowest reported figures since the start of the millenium and following a period of sustained growth since the recession.  Total business investment into the sector fell for the fourth successive quarter and stood  at £19m for the first … More Did Brexit uncertainty see investment slump in q1 2016

Manufacturer turnover static in April although annual measure shows continuing small falls

The Office for National Statistics TOPSI survey has shown turnover for fashion and textiles manufacturers was very slightly down in April 2016, £726 million from £728 million the month before and at a similar level to April 2015’s levels. Figure 1: Monthly fashion and textile manufacturing turnover figures (£m)Source: Office for National Statistics On an … More Manufacturer turnover static in April although annual measure shows continuing small falls

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

Annual UK fashion and textiles exports reach record levels

Despite a downturn in monthly volumes in April, fashion and textiles exports have risen to record levels on the annual figure to April 2016 showing how global demand continues unabated despite economic uncertainty. On the monthly scale, exports declined in April as they did a year previously to stand at £850m, down from £907m in … More Annual UK fashion and textiles exports reach record levels

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

3rd month of turnover increases for fashion and textiles manufacturers

April’s Office for National Statistics monthly business survey has shown the turnover of fashion and textiles manufacturers has increased for the third successive month with March’s figure standing at £726million, £32million higher than in February. Despite this positive pattern, the current turnover levels are below a year earlier in March 2015 where turnover value had … More 3rd month of turnover increases for fashion and textiles manufacturers

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