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Orders dwindle at Chinese textile & garment firms
Nov '12
Chinese textile and apparel enterprises are currently holding orders to last up to three months, as the number of orders received by them have declined in recent months.
From January to September this year, Chinese textile and clothing exports grew at mere 0.53 percent year-on-year to US$ 187.1 billion, according to the data released by the General Administration of Customs.
During the nine-month period, the three traditional export markets of Japan, the US and the EU accounted for more than 40 percent of all textile and garment exports from China.
The demand for five major apparel categories – trousers, shirts, T-shirts, sweaters and dresses – declined by 6.6-21 percent year-on-year in Europe during the period under review.
Similarly, the demand for four of the above five categories, except dresses, dropped by 4.2-8.1 percent in the US market. However, exports to the Japanese market saw reduction only in T-shirt category.
The decline in orders can also be gauged from the operating rate of various firms. Currently, the large-scale textile and garment manufacturing units are operating at 80-90 percent of their capacity, while the small and medium enterprises are operating only at 50-60 percent of their production capacities.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - China

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