The orders index for textile machinery compiled by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, rose by 29 per cent for the period from October to December 2017 compared to the same period for the previous year. The index value stood at 120.9 points (basis: 100 in 2010). This growth rate affected both foreign markets, for which the index registered an absolute value of 128 points (+23 per cent) and the domestic market in Italy. In the latter case, the increase was 72 per cent compared to the period from October to December 2016, for absolute value of 94.5 points.