Exports of clothing and textiles from Greece amounted to 1.4 billion euros in the first nine months of this year, compared to 1.1 billion euros in the corresponding period last year (+ 23.7%), as the Association of Knit and Ready Made Garments of Greece (SEPEE) stated in today’s announcement.

Specifically, garment exports “ran” in the aforementioned period at a positive rate of 19.2% and amounted to 700 million euros, from 582 million euros in the first 9 months of 2020, while in the textile industry they showed a percentage increase of 12.8% and stood at 330 million euros. Exports of the primary sector, cotton, increased by 47% during the same period and amounted to 360 million euros.

After the opening of commercial stores inside and outside Greece, which were closed until the first quarter of this year due to the measures imposed to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus, “the clothing and textile sector is on an upward trajectory, with all economic indicators showing a double-digit recovery rate,” SEPEE underlines in its announcement. Specifically, the industrial production index in the first 9 months of this year and compared to the corresponding period last year, recorded an increase in clothing by 15.2% and in the textile industry by 10.8%.

Imports showed an increase, but with a single digit percentage of 9.7%, in the first nine months of this year and compared to the corresponding period last year, with those of textiles at + 18.8% and clothes at +6 , 6%.

Retail sales in our country also showed a positive sign of 23.7% in the period January-September 2021. Specifically, those of clothes showed an increase of + 24.7% and amounted to 1.8 billion euros.

As SEPEE clarified, “retail sales in the domestic market for the months when the market was fully operational, show an increase of 9% compared to 2019 before covid-19”.

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