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Textile Outlook International
Issue 120:
November-December 2005

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Reports in this issue
Editorial: Counterfeiting of Textiles and Apparel: A Growing Global Business
Profiles of Three Leading Indian Exporters of Home Textiles (23 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn and Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2006/07 (27 pages)
Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2005 (32 pages)
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, November-December 2005 (54 pages)
Outlook for Asian Textile and Clothing Trade in the Post-Quota Era (32 pages)

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World textile and clothing trade rose by a significant 11.8% in 2004—following a 13.3% increase in 2003—as the global economy continued to recover. In fact the increases in 2002, 2003 and 2004 were the fastest since 1995, when trade grew by 15%. All major regional textile and clothing trade flows witnessed double-digit growth in 2004. Exports of textiles from Europe to the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) expanded by a significant 23% to fuel the growing apparel industries in those countries, and in the reverse direction clothing exports from the CIS to Europe grew by 15%. Similarly, growth in textile exports from North America to Latin America accelerated to 15% and, in the opposite direction, clothing exports also grew by 15%. Asia also did well as its textile exports to Europe and to North America both rose by 18%.

The US textile and clothing trade deficit rose by another 8.5% in 2004 to US$79.35 bn. As much as 89% of the total was in clothing. The EU deficit also rose, but by a more alarming 21.4%, reaching US$43.42 bn. However, this figure represents only 55% of the US deficit—even though the two markets are similar in size. China continued to have the world’s biggest textile and clothing trade surplus, followed by Turkey, Taiwan and Hong Kong—which displaced South Korea.

The world’s biggest textile exporter in 2004 was the EU, with China second. The EU was also the largest textile importer, followed by the USA. But China ranked as high as third. The EU also led the world’s clothing exporters, but China was the biggest exporter when EU intratrade was excluded. As for clothing imports, 45% of the world total went to EU countries in 2004 while the USA took 28% and Japan 8%.

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Six times a year, Textile Outlook International provides up to 200 pages of expert comment and analysis. A subscription provides an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. It is essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries – and for anyone who is not involved in the industry, but needs to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues.
Reports in Textile Outlook International include:
 country profiles – providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
 company profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
 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.
 trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing – providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
 innovations, technological developments, business development opportunities, individual sector analysis and political implications which affect players in the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Some of the topics which have been covered in recent reports include: new innovations in the textile and clothing industry, such as environmentally friendly textiles, plant based fibres, and developments in textile colorants; innovations in textile machinery; and overviews of the European swimwear, hosiery and lingerie markets.
So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing – in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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