Looking to international trade, the evolution was undoubtedly disappointing in 2016. According to the WTO World Trade Statistical Review 2017, the ratio of international trade growth to GDP growth fell to 0.6, representing the worst year since 2001, and growth was just 1.3 per cent in volume terms – the weakest growth rate since 2008. Despite a brightening of the EU economy, textiles and clothing activity in the EU lost dynamism in particular towards the end of the year, Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, reports.