South Koreans spent an average 250,000 won ($190) on seven sets of clothing in 2001, down 1.6 per cent year-on-year, the Korea Federation of Textile Industries (KOFOTI) revealed on Monday.
According to a national survey, around 10 per cent of that total was spent on underwear and lingerie, with the rest used to buy general clothing such as shirts, socks, T-shirts and jumpers.
Spending on workwear fell 15 per cent in 2001 compared to the year-ago period as office-based employees were encouraged to dress down. As a result, casualwear sales climbed an identical 15 per cent.
The counrty’s women’s clothing market rose 2.5 per cent to 5.5 trillion won, but the menswear market fell 3.4 per cent to 3.6 trillion won, while the childrenswear market slid 3.5 per cent to 1.5 trillion won.
The KOFOTI survey also revealed that in 2001 nearly half of all consumers bought their clothes from department stores.