Portuguese textile and garment exports slipped 7.7% year-on-year between January and September 2005, according to statistics from the Portuguese centre for applied textile studies CENESTAP.

Data showed textile and garment exports dropping to EUR3.09bn (US$3.67bn) in the nine-month period, which included a 9.4% slump in clothing exports.

Conversely, imports of textiles and clothing fell 5.8% to EUR2.24bn, CENESTAP said.

The figures equate to a trade surplus of EUR846.9m during the period, which represents a 12.4% decrease.