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Textile exports falter against strain of slowdown
Apr '09
Textiles, which is the biggest export revenue generator for Pakistan and accounts for nearly 60 percent of all exports from the sector, is a witness to a tumultuous and depressing period , that was not even comprehendible till the first half of 2008. The textile and garment industry has been turned around on its head in the last few months.

All the sub-sectors across the whole textile value chain from yarn, fabric, home textiles to clothing has been affected to a great extent, both in quantity and value. The lowest decline has been registered by towels in falling by 10.30 percent and the highest by clothing in declining by an awesome 42.71 percent.

Taking the fiscal year 2006-07 as a reference, while monthly yarn exports averaged 55,460 kgs in 2006-07, it has stood between just 38,738 kgs and 43,464 kgs in the period September 2008-February 2009. Shipments of fabrics performed worse, in falling from a monthly average of 184,320 sq. meters in 2006-07 to just 122,650 and 108,635 sq. meters in January and February 2009.

The average monthly fall, in growth rate in shipments of fabrics when comparing with the months in 2006-07 is nearly 41.06 percent. Yarn prices too have come under strain. In 2006-07, yarn amounting to 43,054 kg of yarn totaled to US $102.66 million while in February 2009, 43,464 kg of yarn fetched only $78.151 million.

The knitwear industry which had bravely stood its ground in the last few months of 2008 started faltering in 2009. From a peak of 9,942,000 dozens in September 2008 and 9,037,000 dozen in November 2008, it declined to 6,899,000 dozen in January 2009 and 5,617,000 dozen in February 2009, a decline of more than 42 percent in February when compared to September.

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