Trade chiefs in Pakistan on Wednesday released figures showing the value of non-quota textile exports to Europe surged almost 60 per cent in the first half of 2002 compared to the same period of 2001.

Officials from the Export Promotion Bureau said the value of non-quota exports to Europe soared 58 per cent to $94 million from $59.5m in 2001 as a result of duty-free incentives provided by the European Commission.

Among the major winners were exporters of men’s underwear which jumped to $1.1m from $153,000, exporters of parkas which soared to $4.3m from $2.2m and exporters of overcoats which shot up to $2.7m from $573,000.

The value of exports to the EU of women’s skirts rocketed to $3.8m from $1.8m, while baby garments totalled $3.1m versus $2.3m and men’s jackets and blazers which tripled to $630,000.