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Export statistics for textile machinery and associated equipment delivered from the UK fell slightly during 2015 by approximately 3% to around £100 million. This was the second year in succession that the export figures showed a fall in sales.

Although sales to Asia and the Far East were up slightly on the 2014 figures, sales to some of the European counties were down. Sales to the USA, China and India resulted in significant increases over the 12 month period.

Overall the level of sales is still well above those experienced in the years immediately before the financial crisis in 2008 and UK manufacturers remain optimistic for the future.