The Southern European country of Italy exported kidswear, including knitwear and woven apparel for boys and girls, worth €864 million in 2013, as per the data released by Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), the Italian Fashion System as well as association of textile entrepreneurs.
According to the Children’s Clothing in 2013-14 report of SMI, the country exported children’s clothing worth €864 million, indicating a rise of 2.2 percent, compared to the €845 million kidswear exports made in 2012.
The SMI states that the exports of kidswear from Italy have been significantly rising for the fourth consecutive year, with an annual estimated growth rate of 2 percent year-on-year, and the SMI expects that exports of kidswear during 2014 would continue the positive trend and increase at an average of 2 percent year-on-year.
The UK remained the main destination for Italian kidswear exports accounting for 28 percent of the total children’s apparel exports from Italy. Other countries to which Italy exported kidswear include, France, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Meanwhile, in terms of imports, the country imported kidswear worth €1.51 billion during 2013, recording a fall of 4.5 percent, compared to the €1.58 billion childrenswear imports in 2012.