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UK fashion exports rake in £10.7bn

UK fashion exports rose to a record £10.7bn in 2016, according to the latest trade figures.

The data revealed an 8% rise in exports of footwear, clothing and textiles compared with the previous year.

The Department for International Trade said that the US, Hong Kong and Australia in particular snapped up more than £1bn in UK exports last year.

These countries are the top three buyers of homegrown brands such as Burberry, Mulberry and Temperley London, outside of the EU.

International trade minister Mark Garnier said: “From street style to haute couture, it’s no surprise that our prestigious fashion industry is in vogue with more than £10bn-worth of goods heading overseas last year.

”Our best brands will display their talent at London Fashion Week and as an international economic department, we are committed to supporting them in making the most of their exporting potential.”

The department is collaborating with the British Fashion Council (BFC) to help give British designers access to buyers from markets including the US, China and South Korea.

Around 15-20 designers will also be taken on a trade mission to Paris Fashion Week, where the UK will have a pop-up showroom.

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