The Federation of Danish Textile & Clothing's latest forecast for the textile and clothing industry from 2000 shows an increase of DKK2bn ($247m) to DKK19bn ($2.4bn).

In the first three quarters of the year, the Swedes had spent 21 per cent more on clothes compared to the same period the year before.

They have even overtaken the Germans as the largest customers of Danish clothing manufacturers. Norway, Sweden and Germany buy 63 per cent of Danish fashion exports.

The 2001 forecast from the Federation of Danish Textile & Clothing suggests further increases in exports, which are expected to reach DKK20bn ($2.5bn).