National data

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

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

 

  • Employment (source: CSO)

    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
  • Ireland is only 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 last year.

  • Annual expenditure on clothing: 2.5 billion euros
    Annual expenditure on footwear: 536 million euros

  • Total export of textiles, apparel and footwear: 1.2 billion euros

    Export of textiles and apparel: 1.1 billion euros
    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 euros
    Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc: 99 million euros
    Women’s suits, non knit: 89 million euros
    T-shirts: 85 million euros
    Women’s undergarments: 54 million euros

    Exports of footwear and headwear: 120.5 million euros

    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 euros
    Footwear, with leather body: 30.5 million euros
    Footwear, with textile body: 27 million euros
    Other headgear: 9 million euros
    Other footwear: 7 million euros

     

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

    Import of textiles and apparel: 2.2 billion euros
    The following products are Ireland’s most imported textiles and apparel goods and their import values.
    Women’s suits, non knit: 256 million euros
    Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc: 215 million euros
    T-shirts: 175.5 million euros
    Men’s suits, non knit: 142 million euros
    Women’s suits: 126 million euros

    Import of footwear and headwear: 390 million euros

    The following products are Ireland’s most imported footwear and headwear goods and their accompanying import value.
    Footwear, with leather body: 152 million euros
    Other footwear of rubber or plastics: 92 million euros
    Footwear, with textile body: 84 million euros
    Other footwear: 17 million euros

General data

Population:  506.85 million
Labor force: 247.0 million
Labor force in textiles and clothing: 1.63 million
Unemployment rate: 9.4%
GDP per capita (PPS): 36,486 Dollar

Fashion market share: 5 percent
Fashion market size: 372.3 billion Euro
Turnover of the textile and clothing industry: 165.3 billion Euro

Annual investment in the textile an clothing industry: 4.3 billion Euro
Annual investment in clothing: 1.4 billion euros
Annual investment in textiles and man-made fibres: 2.9 billion euros

 

  • Currently 1.63 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 614,000 work on textiles and man-made fibres.

  • Number of companies in the textile and clothing industry: 172,755
    Among these companies 119,960 companies can be addressed to as clothing companies, 52,926 are textile companies and the remaining 80 companies work on man-made fibers.

    The total turnover of these companies is 165.3 billion euros. Nearly half of this turnover is related to textile companies, these contribute 80 billion euros. Another 75.6 billion euros is related to clothing companies and the remaining 9.7 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 following table shows the Top 10 largest fashion companies in Europe.

      Company Market Value Annual Sales Country  
    1 Inditex 90 billion Euro 21 billion Euro Spain Stock listed company
    2 LVMH, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy 75 billion Euro 36 billion Euro France Stock listed company
    3 Hennes & Mauritz 42 billion Euro 23 billion Euro Sweden Stock listed company
    4 Hermès 32 billion Euro 5 billion Euro France Stock listed company
    5 Rolex SA 31 billion Euro 5 billion Euro Switzerland Private ownership
    6 Compagnie Financière Richemont 31 billion Euro 10 billion Euro Switzerland Stock listed company
    7 Chanel 29 billion Euro 7,5 billion Euro France Private ownership
    8 Dior 28 billion Euro 2 billion Euro France Stock listed company
    9 Luxottica 23 billion Euro 9 billion Euro Italy Stock listed company
    10 Kering 22 billion Euro 11,5 billion Euro France Stock listed company

    The largest fashion company in Europe is Inditex. This Spanish company owns brands like Zara, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius. Inditex is valued over a 90 billion euros and its 2015 annual revenue was 20.9 billion euros. Inditex has stores is every major city in Europe, which also accounts for the majority of the company’s revenue.

    Europe’s second largest fashion player is LVMH, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, a French luxury conglomerate. LVMH’s annual revenues reached 35.7 billion euros in 2015 and the company is currently valued around 75 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).

    Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M is Europe’s third largest fashion company. H&M reached annual net sales of 210 billion Swedish Krona (22.7 billion euros) in 2015, which has set its current market value to 390 billion Swedish Krona (42 billion euros). Currently, Germany is the the company’s biggest market and accounts for 17 percent of H&M’s total sales. Other large European markets are the United Kingdom with 8 percent, France with 6.5 percent and Sweden with 4.5 percent. The United States (12 percent) and China (5 percents) are H&M’s largest international markets.

    Other large fashion companies in Europe that round off the Top 5 are the french Hermès, with a market value of 32 billion euros and annual revenues of 4.8 billion euros, and the swiss Montres Tudor (Rolex), with a market value of 31 billion euros and estimated annual revenues of 7.3 billion euros. Montres Tudor is the only privately held company in the Top 5 largest fashion companies in Europe.

  • Annual expenditure on clothing: 312 billion Euro
    Annual expenditure on footwear: 70 billion Euro

  • Exports of apparel and textiles: 43 billion Euro
    Clothing: 21.9 billion Euro

    Menswear export value: 5.05 billion Euro
    Womenswear export value: 8.75 billion Euro
    Babies wear export value: 220 million Euro
    Other clothing and accessories export value: 7.9 billion Euro

    The main clothing customers make up for 54.6 percent of the total clothing exports. Switzerland is the largest customer taking 3.3 billion euros in textiles, which is 15.7 percent of the total European textile exports. Russia takes 3.2 billion euros, 15.2 percent, and is therefore the second largest customer. The customers that round up the Top 5 export clients are the United States with 2.3 billion Euro (11 percent), Hong Kong with 1.35 billion Euro (6.5 percent) and Japan with 1.3 billion Euro (6 percent).

    Textiles: 21.2 billion Euro

    Natural fibers export value: 850 million Euro
    Man-made fibers export value: 850 million Euro
    Yarns & Threads export value: 1.9 billion Euro
    Woven fabrics export value: 5.95 billion Euro
    Knitted fabrics export value: 1.5 billion Euro
    Technical textiles export value: 5.3 billion Euro
    Other textiles export value: 2.75 billion Euro

    The main textile customers make up for 40.5 percent of the total textile exports. The United States is the biggest customer taking 2.35 billion euros in textiles, which is 11 percent of the total European textile exports. China takes 1.8 billion euros, 8.5 percent, and is therefore the second largest customer. The customers that round up the Top 5 export clients are Turkey with 1.7 billion Euro (8 percent), Switzerland with 1.4 billion Euro (7 percent) and Morocco with 1.3 billion Euro (6 percent).

     

    Exports of apparel and textiles: 43 billion Euro
    Clothing: 21.9 billion Euro

    Menswear import value: 18.3 billion Euro
    Womenswear import value: 25.6 billion Euro
    Babies Wear import value: 2.2 billion Euro
    Other clothing and accessories import value: 27.0 billion Euro

    The European Union imports most of its clothing from 5 suppliers, with China being the largest. A near 40 percent of the European imports come from China. Bangladesh supplies 14.5 percent of the European clothing imports. Another 13 percent of the supplies come from Turkey and respectively 6 and 3 percent come from India and Morocco.

    Textiles: 26.4 billion Euro

    Natural fibers import value: 1.6 billion Euro
    Man-made fibers import value: 1.3 billion Euro
    Yarns & Threads import value: 3.7 billion Euro
    Woven fabrics import value: 5.3 billion Euro
    Knitted fabrics import value: 1.3 billion Euro
    Technical textiles import value: 5.55 billion Euro
    Other textiles import value: 1.05 billion Euro

    The European Union imports most of its textiles from 5 suppliers, with China being the largest. About 31.5 percent of the European imports come from China. Turkey supplies 17 percent of the European textile imports. Another 9 percent of the supplies come from Turkey and respectively 8 and 4 percent come from Pakistan and the United States.