Of the upward year, 2018, filed in growth, with a turnover of 2.1% to 55.2 billion euros, only the memory has remained.
The textile and clothing sector ended 2018 with an increase of + 2.1% on an annual basis. The turnover reached 55.2 billion in 2018, marking +1.13 billion compared to 2017. The 2018 exports recorded + 2.8%, with a value of around 31.5 billion. Imports grew by 3.3% to 21.7 billion, with a positive trade balance of around 9.8 billion (+117 million on 2017).
Intra-EU sales were virtually stable (-0.1%), while non-EU sales continued to grow: + 6.4%. US (+ 3.1%), China (+ 23.6%) and Hong Kong (+ 23.6%) are the markets where the increase was highest. In 2018, consumption remained stationary at the national level, while employment and companies fell slightly.
Unfortunately, that of 2019 is a beginning of the year with a minus sign: between January and March 2019, in fact, companies operating in the textile-fashion sector showed a decline in turnover of -2.8% compared to the same period of 2018.
The numbers are conflicting, but the message is clear: the textile-fashion sector made in Italy (which excludes accessories) is experiencing a moment of uncertainty, caught between a preliminary positive balance for the past year and a first quarter of 2019 closed in difficulty , especially in the fashion-clothing segment (-4%), with textiles at -0.7%. The data, which are not yet definitive, have been processed by the Confindustria Moda-LIUC Study Center for SMI.
The trend in the first quarter of 2019 confirmed the now-normal decline in the domestic market (-6.6%) and showed a “reduced” growth in exports (+ 0.9%) which has been the real engine for years of the textile-fashion sector.
The slowdown in exports would be a reflection of the setback recorded in the Euro area (-0.1%), with Germany, the leading textile-fashion market in Italy, at -0.7% and Spain at – 2.2 percent.
The negative performance in the Europe of 28 was fortunately balanced by non-EU sales, which registered a + 6.4%. In detail, the performances of China (+ 23.6%) and South Korea (+ 11.4%) were particularly positive. The double-digit growth of Switzerland – home of the hubs of some international luxury groups – shows the growing interest in Italian productions, even if marketed with foreign labels.
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