18th October 2018
UK Q3 2018 physical store growth “fastest since 2014”
UK retail sales through physical stores in the 12 months to September 2018 grew at their fastest rate (7.2%) since 2014, the country's Office for National Statistics announced on October...
24th December 2016
Great article Tara – but it’s not just millennials clothes shops annoy these days
The problem with modern apparel shops is that, when it comes to annoying their customers, they’re such equal-opportunity pains in the rear. Tara Donaldson wrote a terrific article on Sourcing...
6th March 2015
EU apparel and textile retail: first annual growth for years
Sales (cash deflated by the rate of inflation) in the EU's specialist apparel and textile stores grew 2.1% in 2014 over 2013 - the first growth since 2010. Sales grew...
5th February 2015
EU 2014 apparel retail sales growth looks highest since 2010
With positive volume growth for 2014 in sales at specialist German, Spanish and British apparel stores, it looks as if sales across the whole of the EU will show real...
22nd June 2014
China apparel imports’ 20% growth in 2013 is worth less than a sixth the value of EU import growth.
The dollar value of China's apparel imports grew 21% in 2013 to $4.2 bn, or slightly more than Saudi Arabia and a lot less than Switzerland. The cash value of...
20th June 2014
Major retail markets show converging apparel growth
The four major world apparel retail markets showed converging growth rates in the first quarter, with European growth accelerating while Chinese growth in the first quarter fell to a third...
24th January 2014
Clothing inflation hits all markets in December – but clothes still getting relatively cheaper
For the first time this century, retail apparel prices rose in 2013 in the world's four main apparel markets. But in all four, apparel inflation was lower than for consumer...
28th October 2013
World apparel imports in August “fastest growth for years” as Central Americans turn positive
Rich-country annual apparel import growth in August was among the fastest we have ever recorded fora single month, as EU apparel import growth continued to increase in August, though US import...
21st October 2013
EU apparel imports up as sales start turning round
EU apparel imports continued to grow year on year in July, as their EU average import price continued falling, China's share began growing again and European retail volumes began to...
16th June 2013
European buyers show signs of increasing volumes as Chinese export data stabilises
European apparel importers resumed the growth in purchases during early 2013 that had been visible, briefly, during autumn 2012, as prices continued below the levels of the year before, and...
10th May 2013
Buyer groups keep on claiming garment imports “support jobs”
Two similar consortia on either side of the Atlantic have published more studies trying to convince someone that garment imports support substantial numbers of rich-country jobs. Readers of this newsletter...