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Textile Outlook International
Issue 131:
September-October 2007

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Editorial: Textiles and Clothing in China: Competitive Threat or Market Opportunity? (3 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2007 (76 pages)
Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, September-October 2007 (26 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn and Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2008/09 (21 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 2 -- fabric manufacture, September-October 2007 (41 pages)
The Rise of Japanese Textile Suppliers to the US Automotive Industry

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Editorial: Textiles and Clothing in China: Competitive Threat or Market Opportunity?

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The growth of Chinese textile and clothing exports to the world?s markets shows few signs of abating.

During the first eight months of 2007 exports rose by almost 20%, compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, to reach US$111.7 bn. Of this total, clothing exports were worth US$74.9 bn, 22% more than in the first eight months of 2006, while textile shipments were up by 14% to US$36.9 bn.

The fastest growth was in sales to the USA. At US$21.0 bn, these were up by 28% in the first eight months of 2007. Sales to the EU were also buoyant, having risen by 21% to Euro18.4 bn (US$24.6 bn) during the same time period. Sales to Japan, by contrast, were relatively sluggish. At 1,951 bn (US$16.4 bn) during January- September 2007, these were up by a more sedate 4%.

The low rate of growth in sales to Japan reflects the fact that China?s penetration of the Japanese market is already extremely high, and has been for some years. In 2006 China supplied 76.3% of Japanese clothing imports compared with only 30.7% in the EU and 29.5% in the USA. China?s penetration of Western clothing markets, clearly, still has a long way to go.

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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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