General data

Population: 5.6 million
Labor force: 2.8 million
Unemployment rate: 4.9%
GDP per capita (PPS): 59,831 dollars
 

Domestic market value of the fashion industry: 6 billion dollars
Employment in fashion-related industries: 16,000

 

The danish fashion and textile industry is one of the most important piece of the overall danish economy. The wholesale revenue of fashion and textile is approximately 8 billion dollars.

According to the Association of the Swedish Fashion Brands statistics the sales of fashion industry reached the amount of 32 billion dollars in 2013, with export accounting for 62 percent of that figure.

  Company name Market value Annual revenue Company type
1 Bestseller 8 billion dollars 2.93 billion dollars Private Company
2 Pandora 2.39 billion dollars 1.84 billion dollars Stock listed company
3 IC Group 600 million dollars 407 million dollars Private Company
4 Hummel 235 million dollars 92 million dollars Private Company
5 The Masai Holding 194 million dollars 50 million dollars Private Company

Annual expenditure on clothing: 4.7 billion dollars
Annual expenditure on footwear: 1.2 billion dollars

Exports of clothing: 2.83 billion dollars

  • Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc.: 678 million dollars, 12 percent
  • Women’s suits, not knit: 640 million dollars, 11 percent
  • Men’s suits, not knit: 568 million dollars, 10 percent
  • T-shirts: 497 million dollars, 8 percent
  • Women’s suits: 290 million dollars, 5 percent
  • Women's overcoats, not knit: 252 million dollars, 4 percent
  • Men’s shirts, not knit: 150 million dollars, 3 percent

Exports of footwear and headwear: 422 million US dollars

  • Footwear, with leather body: 246 million dollars, 53 percent
  • Footwear, with textile body: 74.9 million dollars, 18 percent
  • Other footwear: 41 million dollars, 10 percent
  • Other footwear of rubber or plastics:27 million dollars, 6 percent

 

Imports of clothing: 5.89 billion dollars

  • Sweaters, pullover, sweatshirts, etc.: 678 million dollars, 12 percent
  • Women’s suits, not knit: 640 million dollars, 11 percent
  • Men’s suits, not knit: 568 million dollars, 10 percent
  • T-shirts: 497 million dollars, 8 percent
  • Women’s suits: 290 million dollars, 5 percent
  • Women’s overcoats, not knit: 252 million dollars, 4 percent

Imports of footwear and headwear: 1.07 billion dollars

  • Footwear, with leather body: 583 million dollars, 55 percent
  • Footwear, with textile body: 232 million dollars, 22 percent
  • Other footwear of rubber or plastics: 103 million dollars, 9 percent
  • Other footwear: 20 million dollars, 2 percent

General data

Population: 506.85 million
GDP per capita (PPS): 36,486 Dollar
Labor force: 247.0 million
Unemployment rate: 9.4%

Fashion market share: 5 percent
Regional fashion market size: 441 billion dollars
Turnover of the textile and clothing industry: 191 billion dollars
Employment in the textiles and clothing industry: 1.6 million

Annual investment in the textile and clothing industry: 5 billion dollars
Annual investment in clothing: 1.6 billion dollars
Annual investment in textiles and man-made fibres: 3.3 billion dollars

 

Number of companies in the textile and clothing industry: 172,755 Among these companies 119,960 companies can be addressed to as clothing companies, 52,926 are textile companies and the remaining 80 companies work on man-made fibers.

The total turnover of these companies is 191 billion euros. Nearly half of this turnover is related to textile companies, these contribute 92 billion euros. Another 87 billion euros is related to clothing companies and the remaining 9.7 billion euros is related to man-made fibre-making companies.

A couple of European countries, such as Italy, France and Spain are well-known for their renowned fashion conglomerates. The following table shows the Top 10 largest fashion companies in Europe.

  Company Market value Annual sales Country  
1 Inditex 104 billion dollars 24 billion dollars Spain Stock listed company
2 LVMH, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy 86 billion dollars 41.5 billion dollars France Stock listed company
3 Hennes & Mauritz 48.5 billion dollars 26.5 billion dollars Sweden Stock listed company
4 Hermès 37 billion dollars 6 billion dollars France Stock listed company
5 Rolex SA 36 billion dollars 6 billion dollars Switzerland Private ownership
6 Compagnie Financière Richemont 36 billion dollars 11.5 billion dollars Switzerland Stock listed company
7 Chanel 33.5 billion dollars 9 billion dollars France Private ownership
8 Dior 32 billion dollars 2 billion dollars France Stock listed company
9 Luxottica 26.5 billion dollars 10.5 billion dollars Italy Stock listed company
10 Kering 25.5 billion dollars 13 billion dollars France Stock listed company

Currently 1.63 million people are employed in the textile and clothing industry.. Most of these employees, 1 million people, are employed in producing at and managing clothing companies. The remaining 614,000 work on textiles and man-made fibres.

Annual expenditure on clothing: 360 billion dollars
Annual expenditure on footwear: 81 billion dollars

Exports of apparel and textiles: 49.5 billion dollars

Clothing: 25 billion dollars

  • Menswear export value: 5.8 billion dollars
  • Womenswear export value: 10.1 billion dollars
  • Babies wear export value: 254 billion dollars
  • Other clothing and accessories export value: 9.1 billion dollars

The main clothing customers make up for 54.6 percent of the total clothing exports. Switzerland is the largest customer taking 3.8 billion dollars in textiles, which is 15.7 percent of the total European textile exports. Russia takes 3.7 billion dollars, 15.2 percent, and is therefore the second largest customer. The customers that round up the Top 5 export clients are the United States with 2.7 billion dollars (11 percent), Hong Kong with 1.6 billion dollars (6.5 percent) and Japan with 1.5 billion dollars (6 percent).

Textiles: 24.5 billion dollars

  • Natural fibers export value: 981 billion dollars
  • Man-made fibers export value: 981 billion dollars
  • Yarns & Threads export value: 2.2 billion dollars
  • Woven fabrics export value: 6.9
  • Knitted fabrics export value: 1.7 billion dollars
  • Technical textiles export value: 6.1 billion dollars
  • Other textiles export value: 3.2 billion dollars

The main textile customers make up for 40.5 percent of the total textile exports. The United States is the biggest customer taking 2.7 billion dollars in textiles, which is 11 percent of the total European textile exports. China takes 2.1 billion dollars, 8.5 percent, and is therefore the second largest customer. The customers that round up the Top 5 export clients are Turkey with 2 billion dollars (8 percent), Switzerland with 1.6 billion dollars (7 percent) and Morocco with 1.5 billion dollars (6 percent).

 

Imports of apparel and textiles: 115 billion dollars

Clothing: 84.5 billion dollars

  • Menswear import value: 21.2 billion dollars
  • Womenswear import value: 29.5 billion dollars
  • Babies Wear import value: 2.5 billion dollars
  • Other clothing and accessories import value: 31.2 billion dollars

The European Union imports most of its clothing from 5 suppliers, with China being the largest. A near 40 percent of the European imports come from China. Bangladesh supplies 14.5 percent of the European clothing imports. Another 13 percent of the supplies come from Turkey and respectively 6 and 3 percent come from India and Morocco.

Textiles: 30.5 billion dollars

  • Natural fibers import value: 1.8 billion dollars
  • Man-made fibers import value: 1.5 billion dollars
  • Yarns & Threads import value: 4.3 billion dollars
  • Woven fabrics import value: 6.1 billion dollars
  • Knitted fabrics import value: 1.5 billion dollars
  • Technical textiles import value: 6.4 billion dollars
  • Other textiles import value: 1.2 billion dollars

The European Union imports most of its textiles from 5 suppliers, with China being the largest. About 31.5 percent of the European imports come from China. Turkey supplies 17 percent of the European textile imports. Another 9 percent of the supplies come from Turkey and respectively 8 and 4 percent come from Pakistan and the United States.

 

Sources: Eurostat, CIA, ILO, WTO, IBISWorld, OECD, Comtrade (UN), Euratex, CSO