Blog: Leonie BarrieHolidays are coming...

Leonie Barrie | 23 December 2005

I’ve spent the best part of the last couple of weeks trawling through some of the key events of 2005 in an attempt to make sense of some of the trends that will continue to make the headlines in 2006. And what a roller-coaster of a year it’s been! As predicted, quotas came off, but the ensuing chaos – from the barriers put up by the EU and US to protect themselves from Chinese imports, to the 87m garments stranded en route to Europe, and the rising price of Chinese-made garments – skewed apparel trade in ways that few had envisaged less than 12 months ago.

Has the excitement settled down; or, in other words, are we in for a more stable ride next year? Well, that remains to be seen, and although many of the outcomes are impossible to predict, we hope that through just-style you’ll have enough ammunition to start to make plans as the year unfolds. Until then, the team here is taking a much-needed break, during which we’ll regroup and collect our thoughts ready for the New Year. If 2006 is anything like 2005, we won’t be short of material.

We’ll be back again on 3 January – but until then, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.


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