23 August 2016 - US imports of cotton apparel have continued declining in the second quarter of 2016 whereas shipments of man-made fiber products were again rising. Results have been however different depending on categories, with the shift out of cotton being much slower for certain products, like trousers, as reflected by our detailed analysis of US apparel imports per category. Our series of statistical tables offer a comprehensive view of volume, value and unit value changes, compared with previous quarters and years in 2010-15. Full data are available for downloading into a comprehensive table.
23 August 2016 - Polyester prices have remained relatively stable in the past months, with spun yarn prices also staying rather unchanged, by contrast with the volatility of cotton fiber and yarn prices. Our monthly report compares polyester staple fiber and polyester spun yarn prices in China, India and Pakistan, in both local currency terms and US$ terms. Gross margins of spinners are also calculated on a monthly basis. Historical data back to 2007 are available for download.
23 August 2016 - Cotton yarn prices have significantly dropped in the last weeks in China, however not as rapidly as cotton fiber prices, with margins therefore rising at spinning mills. Our weekly report covers the China yarn domestic and import market indicators, as well as local market prices in Qianqing (Zhejiang). Prices of a large number of counts are released for spun cotton, polyester, viscose and blends. Import prices are also available for yarns from India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Domestic and import yarn prices are compared. All data are available for download.
22 August 2016 - US apparel imports have stagnated in the second quarter of the year and the first half, reflecting a fall of shipments from Indonesia and especially Cambodia whereas US importers were favoring Central America, including Nicaragua and El Salvador. Our quarterly report details shipments to U.S. market per origin, with volume and value changes, market shares, and unit value variations in the last five years. Quarterly and 1st Half data covering the 2011-2016 period are available for download.
22 August 2016 - Polyester chain prices are staying very stable, by contrast with the volatility observed on the cotton fiber and yarn markets. Our weekly report covers the polyester chain in Asia, including PX (paraxylene), PTA (purified terephthalic acid), MEG (mono-ethylene glycol), polyester chips, and polyester staple and filament prices. Asian Contract Prices (ACPs) are also available for the PX, PTA and MEG markets in Asia, with 5-year charts and downloadable historical data.
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