Almost half of all companies in the clothing manufacturing industry increased their level of debt last year, suggesting that companies are more confident than ever before, says the latest Plimsoll Portfolio Analysis: February 2001. This analysis of 1000 companies also revealed that most companies are using debt in their day to day business. Ninety-three per cent of all clothing manufacturing companies had some form of debt last year. Only 53 per cent of companies showed no debt at all.