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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 37:
November 2017

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Talking strategy: impact of Brexit on the UK fashion and textile industry—threats and opportunities (14 pages)
International trade in denim fabric and denim jeans, 2017 (28 pages)
Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, November 2017 (17 pages)
Trade and trade policy: the US clothing import market, November 2017 (36 pages)
Global apparel markets: business update, November 2017 (13 pages)

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Talking strategy: impact of Brexit on the UK fashion and textile industry—threats and opportunities
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In June 2016 a majority of voters opted in a referendum to end 43 years of UK membership of the EU. No EU member state has left the EU before, and so there is considerable uncertainty which is making it difficult for the business world to plan. This edition of Talking strategy is based on a keynote speech by the chairman of the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), Nigel Lugg. The speech was presented at a conference, "Beyond Brexit – Helping the Fashion Industry Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity", which was organised by the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI). In Talking strategy, Nigel Lugg discusses UKFT's concerns regarding the impact of Brexit on: the future availability of talent if inward migration is restricted; future access to the single European market, given that 74% of UK textile and clothing exports go to other EU countries and 45% of UK textile imports and 25% of UK clothing imports come from other EU countries; potential delays in the movement of goods across borders; protection of intellectual property; and funding for research and development. On the positive side for the UK industry, the value of sterling against the euro and the US dollar has fallen and this has improved the price competitiveness of UK exporters. It has also made imports more expensive, prompting UK retailers to look at sourcing more from UK suppliers. In addition, it has made the UK market less profitable for foreign suppliers and prompted the latter to divert some of their exports to other markets. Another positive for the UK industry is that Brexit will enable the UK to conclude its own trade agreements and this could boost exports. Also, tighter border controls will make it easier to prevent the entry of counterfeit brands, and there will be opportunities for reshoring to supply the growing market for fast fashion as imports from "near shore" countries become more expensive. Opportunities will also lie in the supply of technical clothing for the military, the police, the fire service, the National Health Service (NHS) and transport infrastructure, and, more generally, there will be opportunities for some easing of regulations relating to labour, health and safety, and the environment.

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Four times a year, Global Apparel Markets provides essential and up-to-date analysis and insight into the global apparel industry.

Reports contain updates on developments in the apparel sector, trade and trade policy, research-based information on individual market sectors, business news and expert opinions on strategy to keep retailers, manufacturers and investors informed of the facts and figures which will affect their businesses.

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a detailed research-based report or company profile covering information on sourcing, developments in technology, colour and/or fabric trends, market sectors such as discount retailing, or other issues which affect companies in the apparel industry;
a round-up of industry developments and innovations in the apparel sector;
a feature on trade and trade policy;
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