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Fashion Statistics Ireland

Labor force in fashion


Domestic market value of the fashion industry: 3 billion euro
Labor force in fashion: 38,000

National data

Population: 4.6 million
Labor force: 2.2 million
Unemployment rate: 13.1%
GDP per capita (PPS): 47,024 Euro

Employment

The total labor force in fashion can be divided in employment in retail sale and manufacturing.

Employment in the retail sale of fashion: 28,000
Number of employees in the retail sale of clothing: 23,500
Number of employees in the retail sale of textiles: 1,000
Number of employees in the retail sale of footwear and leather goods: 3,500
Employment in the manufacture of fashion: 10,000
Number of employees in the manufacture of textiles: 5,000
Number of employees in the manufacture of clothing: 4,000
Number of employees in tanning and dressing of leather, manufacture
of luggage and handbags:
1,000

Fashion companies

Ireland is home to one large fashion conglomerate, which is fast-fashion giant Primark. Primark is a part of the Association of British Foods (ABF) and is individually valued at 18.4 billion euros. Primark had an annual revenue of 6.55 billion euros in 2017.


Consumer Expenditure (2016)

Annual expenditure on clothing: 2.5 billion euro
Annual expenditure on footwear: 536 million euro

Import and Export (2016)

Total export of textiles, apparel and footwear: 1.2 billion euro

total export textiles

Export of textiles and apparel: 1.1 billion euro
Ireland mostly exports apparel, even so it’s largest export product among this product group are synthetic staple fibers. The following products are Ireland’s most exported textiles and apparel goods and their export values.

Synthetic staple fibers: 160 million euro
Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc: 99 million euro
Women’s suits, non knit: 89 million euro
T-shirts: 85 million euro
Women’s undergarments: 54 million euro

Exports of footwear and headwear: 120.5 million euro

export footwear and headwear

The following products are Ireland’s most exported footwear and headwear goods and their accompanying export value.

Other footwear of rubber and plastics: 34 million euro
Footwear, with leather body: 30.5 million euro
Footwear, with textile body: 27 million euro
Other headgear: 9 million euro
Other footwear: 7 million euro

Total import of textiles, apparel and footwear: 2.6 billion euro

total import textiles

Import of textiles and apparel: 2.2 billion euro
The following products are Ireland’s most imported textiles and apparel goods and their import values.

Women’s suits, non knit: 256 million euro
Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc: 215 million euro
T-shirts: 175.5 million euro
Men’s suits, non knit: 142 million euro
Women’s suits: 126 million euro

import footwear

Import of footwear and headwear: 390 million euro
The following products are Ireland’s most imported footwear and headwear goods and their accompanying import value.

Footwear, with leather body: 152 million euro
Other footwear of rubber or plastics: 92 million euro
Footwear, with textile body: 84 million euro
Other footwear: 17 million euro

General data

Population: 506,85 million euro
Labor force: 247 million euro
Unemployment rate: 9,4 percent
GDP per capita (PPS): 32.180 euro

Employment

Currently 1.70 million people are employed in the textile and clothing industry. Most of these employees, 1 million people, are employed in producing at and managing clothing companies. The remaining 700,000 work on textiles and man-made fibres.


Fashion companies

With household consumption of 513 billion euros, the EU is the world’s largest market for the textile and clothing products.Number of companies in the textile and clothing industry: 185000 The total turnover of these companies is 171 billion euros. Nearly half of this turnover is related to textile companies, these contribute 84.2 billion euros. Another 79.6 billion euros is related to clothing companies and the remaining 7.4 billion euros is related to man-made fibre-making companies.

A couple of European countries, such as Italy, France and Spain are well-known for their renowned fashion conglomerates. The largest fashion company in Europe is LVMH, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, a French luxury conglomerate. LVMH’s annual revenues reached 42.6 billion euros in 2017 and the company is currently valued around 122 billion euros. The company operates a chain of independent stores and shops-in-shops for fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Dior. LVMH does not only stand for high-end fashion, but provides for every aspect of a luxury lifestyle, from champagne (Moët) to sailing yachts (Royal Van Lent).

Europe’s second largest fashion player is Inditex. This Spanish company owns brands like Zara, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius. Inditex is valued over a 75 billion euros and its 2017 annual revenue was 25.34 billion euros. Inditex has stores is every major city in Europe, which also accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue.

French luxury goods company Dior chaired by French businessman Bernard Arnault is the third largest fashion company. Dior recorded the revenue of 43.7 billion euros and is valued over 55 billion euros. USA is the company’s biggest market and accounts for 26 percent of Dior’s total sales followed by Asia and European market.

Other large fashion companies in Europe that round off the Top 5 are Kering and Hermès, with a market value of 48 and 16 billion euros simultaneously.


Consumer expenditure (2016)

European Union consumer expenditure 2016
Annual expenditure on clothing and footwear: 406 billion Euro

European Union consumer expenditure 2016 in percentages
In percentages 2016


Imports & Exports (2016)

Exports of apparel and textiles: 44.7 billion Euro (Euratex)

European Union exports clothing 2016

Clothing: 22.9 billion Euro
Menswear export value: 5.26 billion Euro
Womenswear export value: 9.16 billion Euro
Babies wear export value: 229 million Euro
Other clothing and accessories export value: 6.6 billion Euro

The main clothing customers make up for 52.1 percent of the total clothing exports. Switzerland is the largest customer taking 3.44 billion euros in textiles, which is 15.37 percent of the total European textile exports. USA takes 3.12 billion euros, 13.9 percent, and is therefore the second largest customer. The customers that round up the Top 5 export clients are the Russia with 2.06 billion Euro (9 percent), Hong Kong with 1.94 billion Euro (8.6 percent) and Japan with 1.37 billion Euro (6 percent).

European Union exports textiles 2016

Textiles: 21.8 billion Euro
Natural fibers export value: 872 million Euro
Man-made fibers export value: 436 million Euro
Yarns & Threads export value: 1.52 billion Euro
Woven fabrics export value: 5.01 billion Euro
Knitted fabrics export value: 1.31 billion Euro
Technical textiles export value: 6.32 billion Euro
Other textiles export value: 1.74 billion Euro

The main textile customers make up for 42 percent of the total textile exports. The United States is the biggest customer taking 2.62 billion euros in textiles, which is 1.9 percent of the total European textile exports. China takes 1.9 billion euros, 8.7 percent, and is therefore the second largest customer. The customers that round up the Top 5 export clients are Turkey with 1.67 billion Euro (7.6 percent), Morocco with 1.46 billion Euro (6.7 percent) and Switzerland with 1.4 billion Euro (6.4 percent).

Imports of apparel and textiles: 110 billion Euro

European Union imports clothing

Clothing: 81.0 billion Euro
Menswear import value: 18.6 billion Euro Womenswear import value: 32.4 billion Euro Babies Wear import value: 810 million Euro Other clothing and accessories import value: 28.0 billion Euro

The European Union imports most of its clothing from 5 suppliers, with China being the largest. A near 34 percent of the European imports come from China. Bangladesh supplies 17.2 percent of the European clothing imports. Another 11 percent of the supplies come from Turkey and 6 percent come from India.

European Union consumer expenditure 2016 in percentages

Textiles: 29.1 billion Euro
Natural fibers import value: 1.76 billion Euro
Man-made fibers import value: 1.16 billion Euro
Yarns & Threads import value: 4.07 billion Euro
Woven fabrics import value: 5.82 billion Euro
Knitted fabrics import value: 1.74 billion Euro
Technical textiles import value: 6.69 billion Euro
Other textiles import value: 291 million Euro

Textiles:
The European Union imports most of its textiles from 5 suppliers, with China being the largest. About 33 percent of the European imports come from China. Turkey supplies 17 percent of the European textile imports. Another 8 percent of the supplies come from India and respectively 7 and 4 percent come from Pakistan and the South Korea.