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Textile Outlook International
Issue 126:
November-December 2006

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Editorial: UK Clothing Retailer Marks & Spencer Turns the Corner (6 pages)
Prospects for the Textile and Apparel Industry in Malaysia (33 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn and Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2007/08 (22 pages)
Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2006 (30 pages)
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, November-December 2006 (61 pages)
Profile of IC Companys: a Multi-Branded Approach to Fashion Retail (10 pages)

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Trends in world textile and clothing trade, November-December 2006

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Growth in world textile and clothing trade slowed to 5.3% in 2005. The deceleration was not surprising as it followed exceptional increases of 11.9% in 2004 and 13.7% in 2003. These were the fastest growth rates witnessed since 1995, when trade also grew by 13.7%. Six trade flows involving Asia (excluding intra-Asian trade) grew at double-digit rates. But in the case of other flows, trade either grew in single digits or declined. Textile exports from Asia to North America and Europe, for example, increased by 20% and 19% respectively, while those to Africa rose by 14%. Intra-European textile trade, on the other hand, fell by 5%. In clothing, Asian exports to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) shot up by 27%, while those to Europe and North America rose by 17% and 15% respectively. At the same time, however, intra-North American trade and exports from South and Central America to North America both fell in value by 2%.

The US textile and clothing trade deficit rose by another 7.4% in 2005 to US$85.23 bn. As much as 88% of the total was in clothing. The EU25 deficit also rose, but by a slightly slower 6.4%, reaching US$46.20 bn. This figure represented only 54% of the US deficit. China continued to have the world’s biggest textile and clothing trade surplus, followed by India, Italy, Turkey and Pakistan.

The world’s biggest textile exporter in 2005 was the EU25, followed by China. The EU25 was also the largest importer, followed by the USA, although China ranked as high as third among the world’s leading import markets. In clothing, the world’s leading exporters were again led by the EU25. But if intra-trade is excluded, China emerges as the leader with more than three times the value of extra-EU25 trade. As for clothing imports, 45% of the world total went to EU countries in 2005, 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.
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