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Textile Outlook International
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March-April 2008

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Editorial: Is China Losing its Competitive Edge in Textiles and Clothing? (4 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, March-April 2008 (80 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2009 (10 pages)
Global trends in fibre production, consumption and prices, March-April 2008 (22 pages)
Prospects for Garment Production in Romania: One of Europe's Most Important Sources (14 pages)
Trends in US textile and clothing imports, March-April 2008 (75 pages)

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World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends US textile output fell for a tenth year in 2007, to its lowest level in over 35 years. Clothing output plunged by 40% in volume. Employment was also down—by 9.2% in textiles and 8.3% in clothing. But the average price of garments produced in the USA rose by 25% as output was geared increasingly to high-end niche markets. Import volume growth slowed as consumer spending on clothing and footwear rose by only 3.7% after rising by 4.5% in 2006 and 5.1% in 2005. Meanwhile, China increased its textile and clothing sales to the USA by 14.8% in volume and 19.4% in value, despite quota restrictions on a range of products. Vietnam stepped up its supplies to the USA by 31.2% in volume and 34.2% in value in 2007.

In Argentina the textile sector expanded its output by a moderate 5.5% while clothing rose by only 0.6%. But export growth was a buoyant 18.2% in textiles and 13.2% in clothing. Brazil’s exports rebounded after an unexpected setback in 2006. But the increase was due entirely to a rise in textiles, and to strong growth in sales to Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico, Venezuela and South Korea. Sales to the USA and the EU, meanwhile, were poor. Colombia’s exports grew for a fourth year and surged by 47%. But sales to the USA fell, enabling Venezuela to become the largest export market with a 55% share. Mexico continued to struggle as US importers shifted orders to China and other low cost Asian countries.

EU output stabilised in 2007, despite a drop in exports and an increase in imports. EU imports from China rose by 14.3% to Euro27.5 bn. At this level they accounted for as much as 34.3% of the EU import market, leaving Turkey a distant second with 16.0%.

The industry in China progressed in 2007 despite quota restrictions on its exports to the USA and the EU. Output and investment expanded as exports rose by over 19%. In Hong Kong domestic exports fell as production was shifted to mainland China. Outward processing arrangements (OPAs) in Hong Kong are also likely to lose their relevance once safeguard quotas are eliminated in the USA at the end of 2008. In Japan there was a 5.3% upturn in export demand in 2007 as a result of higher sales to the USA, the EU, South Korea and Vietnam. As for imports, 83.9% of the Japanese clothing import market in 2007 was supplied by China alone. In South Korea, exports regained some ground in 2007 thanks to an increase in textile sales. In Taiwan, clothing exports fell and so did clothing output. But textile production was up.

Table of Contents
World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends
  • Summary
  • Textiles and Apparel in the USA
  • Textiles and Apparel in Latin America
  • Textiles and Apparel in the European Union
  • Textiles and Apparel in East Asia

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