Clothing purchases in the past 45 years: more imports, lower prices
The share of French household expenditures on apparel and footwear has been more than halved since 1960. Purchasing volume and prices have grown more slowly than those of other consumption items. The trade opening in the past twenty years has caused a sharp rise in clothing imports, mostly from Asia. In France, this uptrend has contributed to the steady decline in sales and employment for the local apparel industry. On the other hand, lower import prices have reduced consumer prices, especially since 2000. On average, the French devote a smaller percentage of their budget to apparel and footwear than residents of other European Union countries.