In total, the Portuguese companies of the textile sector exported 2,850 million euros in the first 11 months of 2016, a value that is already very close to the exported in the complete year of 2015. Between January and November of 2016, the Portuguese clothing exports were 202 million euros more, when comparing to the same period of 2015, being only 40 million euros away from the value of January and December 2015. The European market is still the biggest consumer of the “made in Portugal, with revenues for the EU rising 8,5%, to 2,260 million euros. Sweden (+24.7%), Netherlands (+17%), Italy (+16.6%) and Spain (+13.1%) were the main growth drivers in this period. Outside the UE market, the EUA registered a new improvement (+7.4%) to 76.4 million euros. Also interesting to note is the regain in exports to France, the second biggest market for the Portuguese clothing, that had been experiencing a corresponding fall in recent months. In November, shipments of clothing to France were at the same level as recorded in 2015, at EUR 365,3 million euros. “This recovery is very positive for the national clothing industry, giving signs of stabilization of the French market after a year marked by a slowdown in the country, victim of several terrorist attacks that affected the consumption», says César Araújo, President of the Board of ANIVEC. «It is more good news in addition to growth in major markets for the companies in the sector, as is the case of Spain, Italy and USA», he adds.