The Italian silk textile industry registered an eight per cent year-on-year decline in turnover for full-year 2003, fashion industry body Sistema Moda Italia and the Association of Industrialists of Como have reported.

While turnover for the domestic market fell 6.4 per cent year-on-year in 2003, overseas turnover dropped 9.3 per cent year-on-year.

Producers of silk textiles for women's clothing recorded a 5.7 per cent year-on-year drop in turnover for the 12-month period, while makers of silk textiles for neckties experienced a fall in turnover of 10.6 per cent year-on-year.

The output of the Italian silk textile industry fell by 11.2 per cent year-on-year for