The number of people employed in Europe's textile and clothing industry slipped 3.2 per cent (67,500) to 2.1 million in 2001  from the year-ago period, it was revealed on Wednesday. According to promotional organisation Euratex, the number of firms involved in apparel and textiles fell 2.6 per cent to around 113,000, while exports to non-EU countries jumped 6.4 per cent to 40.7 billion euros.