14 October 2016 - Production prices have risen in September in China, for the first time since 2012. Although deflation threats are evaporating, China continues struggling on the global market with its exports dangerously sliding. This statistical report offers a comprehensive view of production costs and consumer prices in China, including in textile and clothing sectors. Labor costs in major provinces are also being followed.
4 October 2016 - European apparel imports have recovered in the second quarter this year, even surging on eastern European markets, whereas US imports were more clearly falling. Other markets are further emerging outside Europe and the United States, as reflected by our 4-year data. Our report provides a comprehensive view of global apparel import data from 1st half 2012, per final market. Data include apparel imports in dollar terms, growth rates, and percentage change over the 2012-2016 period, covering the two first quarters and the first half. All data can be easily downloaded through our csv files.
3 October 2016 - Currency values have not moved in September, ahead of a new fall of the Sterling in the past hours which is expected further depressing clothing exports to the UK. The Indonesian rupiah has again risen in October whereas the Honduran currency was again falling. Our monthly statistical report displays a comprehensive view of currency values against the US dollar but also v. the euro, the British pound, the Indian and Pak rupees, and the Chinese renminbi over a 2-year period.
29 September 2016 - Minimum wages have remained stable since the start of the year, but they are already expected to be raised in Vietnam and Cambodia, as of January 1st next year. Workers of most low-cost countries do not actually receive a minimum wage, according to a recent study by the I.L.O. whereas buyers could now check the effective level of living wages. Our report displays minimum wages in a large number of apparel manufacturing countries, with latest data updated as of October 1st in US$ terms, compared with January 2015 and January 2014. Minimum wages in local currency units are also released for most countries.
22 September 2016 - Inflation rates have not moved in the past month in low-cost countries with a fragile balance having been found so far between the need for fighting inflation on one side and for supporting a slowing down economic growth on the other side. Consumer prices have strikingly surged however, when expressed in UK pound terms. Our monthly report offers a comparison of inflation rates in low-cost countries, with historical data available back to June 2007. Impact of currency changes vs the US dollar and the euro is also calculated to assess real terms of trade for exporters.
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