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Textile Outlook International
Issue 107:
September-October 2003

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Editorial: The “Big Bang”: Winners and Losers in the Textile and Clothing Industry in 2005 and Beyond
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2003
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2004/05
Clothing Retailing in China
Profile of the Textile and Clothing Industry in Portugal
Competitiveness of the Hong Kong Apparel Industry: From Manufacturer to Fashion Hub

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With a population of 1.3 bn, China’s consumer market offers huge potential. Spending power in the country is growing rapidly as the economic boom continues. China’s “wealthy”—those earning more than Rmb100,000 a year (US$12,080)—amounted to an estimated 2.8 mn households by 2000, representing a major market for upmarket brands. Mass market brands, meanwhile, are being targeted at China’s quality- and price-conscious middle and lower-middle income earners (Rmb10,000-30,000 per annum), who numbered a further 150.5 mn households in 2000.

Although the retail market is still highly fragmented, large retail chains are developing through amalgamation. The leading retailer in China is now Bailian Group, which was formed by merging four Shanghai-based companies. Second in importance is the French-owned Carrefour supermarket chain.

Shopping malls are being developed at a rapid rate. In fact many city centres are now approaching saturation with too many retailers chasing too few customers. High rents are another problem. In the fourth quarter of 2002 the net rental for prime ground-floor retail space in Shanghai is reported to have averaged almost US$1,040 per m2 per annum. But as car ownership rises, the retail industry will have more flexibility in its choice of location. The development of retail centres outside the city centre is already gathering pace and offers scope for development.

Distribution remains a problem due to vast distances, poor infrastructure and state-control of the wholesale sector. But companies are starting to run their own distribution operations. Also, franchising represents an efficient solution in a country the size of China where distribution networks are costly. Other problems include contractbreaking, corruption, counterfeiting and government restrictions which prevent foreign retailers from operating wholly owned subsidiaries. But these problems are expected to diminish now that China has become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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 trends in world textile and apparel trade and production – taking into account current issues facing the industry – such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
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