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Textile Outlook International
Issue 132:
November-December 2007

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Editorial: How Green Is Our Clothing? (3 pages)
World Trade in T-Shirts (22 pages)
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, November-December 2007 (63 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 3 -- finishing, November-December 2007 (23 pages)
Green Textiles and Apparel: Environmental Impact and Strategies for Improvement (22 pages)
Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2007 (23 pages)

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World textile and clothing trade rose by 9.7% to US$530 bn in 2006. Although the rise was slower than the exceptional increases of 11.6% in 2004 and 12.9% in 2003, it was still the third fastest growth rate witnessed since 1995, when trade grew by 14.0%. Four trade flows involving Asia grew at double digit rates. In textiles, exports from Asia to Africa and Europe, for example, increased by 19% and 11% respectively, while those from Asia to North America rose by a respectable 9%. But intra-North American textile trade fell by 1%. In clothing, Asian exports to Europe surged by 39% while those to North America rose by 15%. However, intra-North American trade declined by 9% and exports from South and Central America to North America fell in value by 6%.

The US textile and clothing trade deficit rose by 4.3% in 2006 to US$88.93 bn. As much as 88% of the total was in clothing. The EU25 deficit, meanwhile, rose by a substantial 16.4% to reach US$56.95 bn—although this equated to only 64% 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 2006 was the EU25, followed by China. The EU25 was also the biggest textile importer, followed by the USA—although China ranked as high as third among the world’s leading textile importers. In clothing, China became the world’s leading exporter, ahead of the EU25—even when EU intra-trade is included. As for clothing imports, 44% of the world total went to EU countries in 2006, while the USA took 26% and Japan 7%.

Table of Contents
Trends in World Textile and Clothing Trade
  • Summary
  • Growth in Textile and Clothing Trade
  • Textile and Clothing Deficits and Surpluses
  • Leading Textile and Clothing Exporters and Importers
  • Statistical Appendix

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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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