Fashion and textiles manufacturing output falls in May 2016

The volatility in fashion and textiles manufacturing output continued in May 2016 as the gains made in April were wiped out and the Index fell back to the level it was at in March at 88.3 (with 2013 equalling the average of 100.) Wider manufacturing also saw a slight fall although the index remains ahead … More Fashion and textiles manufacturing output falls in May 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

Large gains in fashion and textiles manufacturing productivity recorded in April

The lastest Index of Production figures show fashion and texiles manufacturing enjoyed a stellar April with production improving 4.7% over the month.  This is in line with wider UK manufacturing that saw an increase of 2.4%. Despite this rise, productivity still remains down on the start of the year and currently stands at 89.2 in … More Large gains in fashion and textiles manufacturing productivity recorded in April

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

Index of production shows more mixed messages in March 2016

The latest Index of Production figures for March 2016 show again the volatility in production levels within the fashion and textiles sector.  Textiles production was slightly up on February with production levels remaining steady since the start of 2015. However, despite very strong employment and export figures, apparel continued on its recent rollercoaster, with the … More Index of production shows more mixed messages in March 2016

Optimistic picture painted for the Scottish textiles sector in latest data release

The latest figures on Scottish clothing, textiles and leather production paint a picture of production rebounding during 2015 following difficult 2012 and 2014.  Whilst the final quarter of 2015 saw production fall 1.2% on the previous quarter, this is a traditional pattern and far less severe than the falls recorded in 2012 and 2014. Indeed, … More Optimistic picture painted for the Scottish textiles sector in latest data release

Manufacturers increase turnover in February 2016

The most recent monthly turnover figures have showed manufacturers in the fashion and textiles sector collectively increasing their turnover to £685m in February 2016, the third successive quartely rise in line with the traditional pattern exhibited during the traditional easing down in the run up to Christmas.  This February’s figure is slightly down on the … More Manufacturers increase turnover in February 2016

Mixed messages for fashion and textiles manufacturers in February

Following a good start to the new year with strong figures reported in January, the latest monthly figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Friday reported a fall in overall UK manufacuring output falling by 1.1% during February 2016.  At the same time, the trade deficit also widened with a 1.3% fall in … More Mixed messages for fashion and textiles manufacturers in February

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