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Tunisian textile exports marginally up in Jan-Nov '14
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Dec '14
There was a marginal rise in the value of textile and garment exports made by the north African country of Tunisia in the first eleven months of 2014.
 
From January to November 2014, the exports of textile, apparel and leather fetched 5,889.9 million dinars, registering an increase of 3.71 per cent over exports worth 5,679.2 million dinars made during the corresponding months of the last year, according to the data from the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
 
In 2013, Tunisian textile, garment and leather sector earned 6,227.2 million dinars in exports, registering an increase of 5.05 per cent over 2012 exports of 5,927.8 million dinars.
 
On the import front, Tunisian textile, apparel and leather sector spent 4,394.3 million dinars during the initial eleven months of 2014, showing a rise of 8.65 per cent over imports of 4,044.1 million dinars made during the same period last year.
 
Tunisian textile, clothing and leather imports grew 4.68 per cent last year to 4,473.5 million dinars from imports of 4,273.2 million dinars in 2012.
 
According to the recent statistics released by the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation, there are a total of 1,780 textile and garment manufacturing units in Tunisia, which make up 31.7 per cent of the total 5,621 industrial units in the country that employ 10 or more people.
 
These 1,780 textile and apparel units together employ 172,605 people, or 33.6 per cent of the overall 513,048 persons employed in Tunisian industries having 10 or more employees.
 
The textile and apparel sector is the largest employer and the second-largest foreign exchange earner for Tunisia, the smallest country in terms of land area in northern Africa. (RKS)
 

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