|Domestic market value of the fashion industry:||3 billion euro|
|Labor force in fashion:||38,000|
|Labor force:||2.2 million|
|GDP per capita (PPS):||47,024 Euro|
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:
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.
|Annual expenditure on clothing:||2.5 billion euro|
|Annual expenditure on footwear:||536 million euro|
Total export of textiles, apparel and footwear: 1.2 billion euro
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
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
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 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|
|Population:||506,85 million euro|
|Labor force:||247 million euro|
|Unemployment rate:||9,4 percent|
|GDP per capita (PPS):||32.180 euro|
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.
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.
Annual expenditure on clothing and footwear: 406 billion Euro
In percentages 2016
Exports of apparel and textiles: 44.7 billion Euro (Euratex)
|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).
|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
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.
|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|
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.