How the recession has impacted consumer shopping habits in the US, e-commerce drivers, the use of social media, key figures of the EU textile and clothing industry, Hong Kong retail sales, and Australian consumer spending confidence are among the data included here.

Main EU trading partners

EURATEX key figures 2009

MIO EURO2009 2008 
TEXTILE CUSTOMERS
1 United-Stat. 1.528,6 United-Stat. 2.048,9
2 Turkey 1.376,6 Turkey 1.546,9
3 Tunisia 1.257,0 Tunisia 1.447,7
4 Switzerland 1.123,8 Morocco 1.277,8
5 Morocco 1.044,9 Switzerland 1.249,0
  1-5%-Extra 39,6% 1-5%-Extra 40,0%
  Extra-E.U.-27 15.998,4 Extra-E.U.-27 18.913,3
TEXTILE SUPPLIERS
1 China 5.152,2 China 5.848,2
2 Turkey 2.944,1 Turkey 3.484,8
3 India 1.876,6 India 2.247,7
4 Pakistan 1.376,3 Pakistan 1.510,9
5 United-Stat. 796,7 United-Stat. 965,8
  1-5%-Extra 68,8% 1-5%-Extra 66,7%
  Extra-E.U.-27 17.651,1 Extra-E.U.-27 21.063,1
CLOTHING CUSTOMERS
1 Switzerland 2.733,5 Switzerland 2.934,5
2 Russia 2.198,5 Russia 3.100,2
3 United-States 1.312,1 United-States 1.790,6
4 Japan 936,7 Japan 1.050,4
5 Norway 646,8 Hong-Kong 787,3
  1-5%-Extra 54,4% 1-5%-Extra 55,7%
  Extra-E.U.-27 14.401,1 Extra-E.U.-27 17.355,3
CLOTHING SUPPLIERS
1 China 25.589,7 China 25.339,3
2 Turkey 6.990,1 Turkey 7.877,3
3 Bangladesh 5.117,0 Bangladesh 4.741,3
4 India 4.103,2 India 3.899,5
5 Tunisia 2.259,0 Tunisia 2.583,5
  1-5%-Extra 76,9% 1-5%-Extra 74,7%
  Extra-E.U.-27 57.276,8 Extra-E.U.-27 59.512,2

Source: Euratex


US consumers spending less

How the recession has impacted consumer shopping habits

Source: International Council of Shopping Centers

E-commerce drivers

How the recession has impacted consumer shopping habits

Source: International Council of Shopping Centers

Use of social media

How the recession has impacted consumer shopping habits

Source: International Council of Shopping Centers

Expected spending changes

How the recession has impacted consumer shopping habits

Source: International Council of Shopping Centers

Key figures EU textile and clothing industry

Key figures 2009

E.U.-27Unit2009 e09/08 %
TURNOVER Bil.Euro 167,0 -15,6%
- MAN-MADE FIBRES*   8,3 -29,1%
- TEXTILES   89,7 -16,8%  
- CLOTHING   69,0 -14,4%  
INVESTMENT Bil.Euro 4,9 -16,2%
- MAN-MADE FIBRES*   0,14 -46,2%  
- TEXTILES   2,9 -16,8%  
- CLOTHING   1,9 -14,4  
EMPLOYMENT 1000 pers 2.037 -12,9%
- MAN-MADE FIBRES*   20 -25,9%  
- TEXTILES   842 -13,3%  
- CLOTHING   1.175 -12,7%  
COMPANIES Number 128.33 -12,9%
- MAN-MADE FIBRES*   75 -31,8%  
- TEXTILES   47.596 -13,3%  
- CLOTHING   80.659 -12,7  
EXTRA E.U.-27 IMPORTS Bil.Euro 74,9 -7,0%
- TEXTILES   17,6 -12,2%  
- CLOTHING   57,3 -3,8%  
EXTRA E.U.-27 EXPORTS Bil.Euro 30,4 -16,2%
- TEXTILES   16,0 -15,4%  
- CLOTHING 14,4 -17,0%      
E.U.-27 TRADE BALANCE Bil.Euro -44,5 0,5%
- TEXTILES   -1,6 -23,3%
- CLOTHING   -42,9 1,7%

Source: Euratex

Hong Kong retail sales 2010

Provisional statistics of retail sales for December 2010 and for whole year 2010

Clothing, footwear & allied products –retail outlets
  Value Index YOY% Volume Index YOY%
2009 133,5 -0,8 120,2 -4,2
2010 156,6 +17,3 139,1 +15,8

Source: Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Importance of clothing quality

2011 environment survey

 GenderAge RangesIncome Ranges
  Total Male Female 13-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 Less than $25K $25-49K $50-74K $75K+
Fit 97% 97% 98% 96% 96% 99% 99% 97% 97% 98% 98%
Comfort 96% 95% 96% 93% 93% 98% 98% 95% 96% 95% 97%
Price 93% 91% 94% 89% 91% 94% 96% 94% 94% 93% 90%
Quality 92% 92% 92% 88% 91% 93% 95% 87% 91% 93% 97%
Durability 89% 90% 88% 82% 89% 93% 92% 87% 89% 89% 90%
Style 87% 81% 90% 91% 85% 86% 84% 78% 86% 90% 93%
Color 85% 83% 87% 84% 84% 88% 86% 79% 85% 88% 90%
Softness 77% 73% 80% 70% 79% 80% 80% 71% 78% 79% 80%
Performance features 63% 65% 62% 49% 60% 68% 73% 57% 62% 63% 69%
Laundering instructions 60% 51% 66% 43% 56% 68% 73% 53% 60% 64% 65%
Brand name 48% 57% 42% 46% 52% 48% 46% 37% 45% 52% 58%
Environmental friendliness 44% 43% 45% 42% 43% 45% 45% 44% 44% 47% 43%
Whether the item is made in the U.S.A. 43% 48% 39% 22% 39% 49% 60% 42% 42% 41% 45%

Source: Cotton Incorporated

Quality vs price

Are consumers willing to pay more for better quality?

 GenderAge RangesHousehold Income Ranges
  Total Male Female 13-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 Less than $25K $25-49K $50-74K $75K+
I will pay more for better quality 43% 47% 41% 39% 45% 43% 46% 31% 39% 45% 55%
I will sacrifice a little quality to get a good price 47% 44% 48% 46% 45% 47% 46% 53% 51% 48% 37%
Don't know 10% 9% 11% 15% 10% 9% 8% 16% 10% 8% 8%

Source: Cotton Incorporated


Australian consumer spending confidence

'Sobriety is the new black'

Q1: Which of the following statements applies to your personal or family financial plans for
2011?

  • I plan to spend less on discretionary items - 51%
  • Increases to costs of living, including essential food items, will tighten my budget - 46%
  • I plan to save more - 46%
  • I plan to pay more than the minimum required off my credit card debt - 33%
  • I plan to spend less on groceries and alcohol - 29%
  • The forecast additional taxes will force me to reduce my spending - 22%
  • I plan to pay more than the minimum required off my mortgage - 18%
  • I do not plan to change my financial behaviour - 16%
  • I plan to spend more on discretionary items - 9%
  • None of these 2%
  • Don't know 3%

Q2: The Federal Government is planning to implement a flood levy to help pay for
rebuilding infrastructure in flood damaged areas. Assuming that you will have to pay the
extra flood levy tax, what impact do you expect that this will have on your personal or family
financial behaviour?

  • It will not impact my normal spending habits - 47%
  • I will spend less - 30%
  • I will not donate to flood relief - 27%
  • I will save less - 20%
  • I will pay less off my credit card debt - 8%
  • I will pay less off my mortgage - 7%
  • Don't know - 8%

Source: Australian Retailers Association, Consumer Confidence survey February 2011