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BERLIN - At least 230 million items of clothing a year remain unsold in Germany each year and end up going to waste, recycling plants or being sold cheaply overseas.

The figure is based on statistics from market research firm Euromonitor International which said that about 2.3 billion garments were offered on the German fashion market this year, reports Welt.

Michael Hauf, of industry consultants Hachmeister+Partner, said up to 10 per cent of clothing - or 230 million garments - remained unsold despite price reductions and attempts to sell off stock via discount outlet stores. Some industry experts told Welt the surplus could be as much as 20 per cent - 460 million garments.

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