Non-EU member Norway imported more than NOK5 million worth of clothes and accessories during the first six months of this year - an increase of 1.4 per cent on the same period last year, officials have announced.

Although the amount of textiles imported from EU countries fell, there was a dramatic increase in the volume of clothing imported from Eastern Europe, according to figures published in the Norwegian clothing trade magazine TextilForum.

The five biggest countries selling clothes to Norway - Denmark, China, Sweden, Germany and Italy - together represent 75 per cent of the country's clothing imports.

In the first 6 months of this year Norway imported 21 per cent more Polish made clothing than the previous year, with Polish made clothes making up 3.4 per cent of the total clothing imports into Norway.

China represented around 30 per cent, while clothing from neighbouring Denmark formed only 8 per cent. However, many Scandinavian countries use China as the production country, with 20 per cent of Norway's imports from Denmark actually produced in China.

By Penny Leese

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