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Textile Outlook International
Issue 145:
June 2010

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Editorial: Global Textile and Apparel Sourcing—The Views of Four Brands (11 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: South Asia and South-East Asia, June 2010 (43 pages)
Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2011 (18 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 1 -- yarn manufacture, June 2010 (38 pages)
Textile outlook international: profile of Tukatech: pioneering clothing design technology for developing countries, June 2010 (19 pages)
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, June 2010 (59 pages)

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Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, June 2010

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This report examines trends in EU imports and import prices for textiles and clothing as a whole and for 12 major product categories, namely cotton yarn, fabrics woven from synthetic staple fibres, fabrics woven from synthetic filament yarn, T-shirts, pullovers, trousers, women’s blouses, men’s shirts, women’s overcoats, women’s dresses, women’s skirts, and women’s suits.

Overall, EU textile and clothing imports fell in value by 7.0% in 2009, to Euro74.93 bn (US$104.11 bn). This was the first fall since 2003. Textile imports were down by 16.2% in value terms and by 13.8% in volume, while clothing imports fell by 3.8% in value and 6.8% in volume.

In the first two months of 2010, imports continued to decline—by 11.3% in value and 1.5% in volume—compared with the corresponding period a year earlier. However, the drop was due almost entirely to a fall in clothing imports, amounting to 14.4% in value and 9.4% in volume. Textile imports were down by a marginal 0.3% in value but rose by 5.2% in volume.

The average price of textile and clothing imports rose in 2009. However, the rise was due entirely to an increase in the price of clothing imports as the price of textile imports fell. Some suppliers increased their prices in order to maintain revenues in the face of falling sales volumes as the global financial crisis took hold. However, many suppliers have been moving to higher value products.

Seven of the ten largest textile and clothing suppliers to the EU raised their prices in 2009. Among these, the industry in Vietnam continued to increase its prices significantly after cutting them in 2006. There was also a substantial rise in the average price of imports from Bangladesh. During the first two months of 2010, however, nine of the top ten suppliers cut their prices as they attempted to maintain sales volumes. The one exception was Tunisia.

Table of Contents
Trends in EU Textile and Clothing Imports
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • EU Textile and Clothing Import Trends
  • EU Imports of Textiles
  • EU Imports of Clothing
  • EU Imports of Cotton Yarn
  • EU Imports of Fabrics Woven from Synthetic Staple Fibres
  • EU Imports of Fabrics Woven from Synthetic Filament Yarn
  • EU Imports of T-Shirts
  • EU Imports of Pullovers
  • EU Imports of Trousers
  • EU Imports of Women's Blouses
  • EU Imports of Men's Shirts
  • EU Imports of Women's Overcoats
  • EU Imports of Women's Dresses
  • EU Imports of Women's Skirts
  • EU Imports of Women's Suits

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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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