AAFA Releases 2014 Apparel, Shoe Statistics

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526695_10150865885722548_1073624130_nArlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released last week its ApparelStats 2014 and ShoeStats 2014 reports, which provide a snapshot of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2013. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the yearly business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports, and retail prices.

“The industry continued to fire on all cylinders in 2013,” said AAFA President/CEO Juanita D. Duggan.”As a result, apparel and footwear contributed a record $361 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, a bigger contribution than new cars, alcohol, toys, or practically any other industry.”

“In fact,” noted Duggan, “on average, every American, including every man, woman, and child in the United States, spent $1,141 to purchase 64 garments and 7 ½ pairs of shoes in 2013, more than any other country in the world.”

The rebound in Made in USA clothes and shoes, first seen in 2011, continued in 2013 with U.S. manufacturing of clothes up 6.2% and shoes up 8.5%.

“AAFA’s ongoing U.S. manufacturing initiative, including AAFA’s Made in USA database, helped our manufacturing members succeed and grow, not only in the U.S. market, but in selling U.S.-made clothes and shoes around the world,” said Duggan.

Despite this growth, 97% of all clothes and 98% of all shoes sold in the United States today are still imported.

“The fact remains that the U.S. apparel and footwear market is dependent on international trade,” noted Duggan. “Therefore, we call on Congress and the Obama administration to take immediate action on long-pending trade legislation and trade agreements to help the industry’s 4 million U.S. workers, and the country’s 316 million consumers.”

ApparelStats and ShoeStats represent just a small portion of the many member-only benefits available to AAFA member companies. To see the full range of benefits, go to www.wewear.org.