Portugal saw shipments of garments to the EU plummet 14.2 per cent to €550.3 million in the first quarter of 2005, according to statistics from the Portuguese National Statistics Institute.
In the same period last year, exports of clothing to the EU were worth €641.4m.

Portugal's revenue from the EU garment and textiles markets contribute to 11 per cent and 5.0 per cent respectively of the country's total exports to the EU.