Portuguese textile and clothing exports fell 4.8 per cent to $3.7 billion in the first nine months of 2002 compared to the year-ago period, figures compiled by industry bosses revealed on Monday.

Data from the Portuguese Centre for Applied Textile Studies also showed imports of knitwear for the January to September period climbed 7.4 per cent year-on-year while imports of other apparel rose 16.4 per cent year-on-year.