Cotton prices forecast to fall in 2019/20 and 2020/21 as supplies hit record levels and outstrip demand
Cotton prices will remain weak in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons as supplies of cotton outstrip demand and surpluses grow, according to a report in Issue 200 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
In fact, the average price of cotton has been falling since the beginning of 2018/19, and in 2019/20 it is forecast to fall further to only 76 US cents/lbwhich would be 11 US cents/lb lower than the average for 2018/19.
One factor affecting the price of cotton is weak demand caused by uncertainty arising from the US-China trade war. Until relations between the two countries improve, demand for cotton will remain suppressed and so will the cotton priceunless there are major revisions to crop estimates or there are signs of greater strength in the global economy.
The continued weakness in cotton prices has been reinforced by an increase in the size of the global stockpile which has reversed recent declines. Indeed, surpluses are growing in the main producing nations, and stock levels at the end of the 2019/20 season (July 31, 2020) are expected to be 1.3% higher than they were at the beginning (August 1, 2019).
Admittedly, global consumption of cotton is expected to rise in the 2019/20 season as Chinese demand stabilises. But there is also expected to be a rise in global cotton production during 2019/20 as yields in India rebound and plantings increase in the USA. As a result, global cotton production will exceed demand, stocks will rise and this will put downward pressure on the cotton price.
This pressure on prices will continue into 2020/21 as demand is forecast to remain weak while yields are expected to improve as a consequence of better weather conditions. In fact, the global cotton crop in 2020/21 is forecast to reach its second highest level ever.
This report Cotton fibre prices, production and consumption forecasts is available for purchase and costs £145.00 + VAT (UK), Euro265.00 (Europe, Middle East or Africa) or US$350.00 (Americas or Asia Pacific).The report was published by the global business information company Textiles Intelligence in Issue No 200 of Textile Outlook International.
Other reports published in the same issue include: Editorial: Rival textile and clothing producing countries profit from the US-China trade war; World textile and apparel trade and production trends: the EU, November 2019; Survey of the European yarn fairs for autumn/winter 2020/21; Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in China, 2019; and Product developments and innovations in textiles and apparel, November 2019.
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