The UK apparel and textile industry has launched aninitiative aimed at closing the UK's trade gap with other countries. Currently, the UK hasa £2.5 billion ($4 billion) apparel and £1.2 billion ($1.92 billion) textiles tradedeficit. The Apparel and Textile Challenge (ATC) aims to stabilize, and ultimatelyreverse, the trend of imports by developing a more effective UK manufacturer-retailersupply chain.