Turkey's garment exports have edged up by just 0.1% year-on-year in the seven months to July to US$10.4bn, according to new data from the Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB).

But readymade clothing exports in the month of July were up 6.2% year-on-year to US$1.7bn.

The biggest markets for Turkey's apparel exports between January and July were Germany, Spain and the UK. Germany imported US$1.8bn in apparel products from Turkey, down 7.8% year-on-year. While Spain's imports in the same period slipped 0.8% to US$1.4bn, and those into the UK fell 2.5% year-on-year to US$1.1bn.

The Netherlands, France, Iraq, the US and Italy and Denmark were also among the countries with high garment orders.

Of the economic developments affecting the garment sector, IHKIB cited the pending Brexit in the EU and a slowdown in the economy.

Last week, Turkey's trade minister Ruhsar Pekcan explained that should the UK leave the European Union without a deal, trade between the two countries would be impacted. Overall, Turkey's exports to the UK, she said, would drop between $2.4-3bn

Turkey's ministry of trade and the US department of commerce have also held talks recently aimed at increasing bilateral trade between the two countries, with garments and textiles among products where Turkey is looking to boost exports.