6 February 2014 - Gross margin of spun polyester producers further improved in January, after fiber prices again fell in China, India and Pakistan. Our monthly report compares polyester staple fiber prices in the three largest textile producing countries, in both local currency and US$ terms. Spun polyester yarn prices are also covered, such as margins of spinners in China, India and Pakistan. Historical data back to 2007 are available for download.
29 January 2014 - The global clothing supply chain is again confronted with a new wave of pay increases in a large number of low-cost countries. Strikes and riots are expected to continue in 2014, while trade unions and retailers are looking for a new method for calculating labour costs in apparel plants. Our new statistical report offers a first comparative view of minimum wages in a large number of apparel manufacturing countries.
3 February 2014 - Whatever sensational news headlines, the currencies of low-cost countries have been very far from falling in the last month, except for a sharply declining Turkish lira. 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.
4 February 2014 - Cotton yarn prices are expected to decline in Pakistan, over a weaker demand from downward processors, our Correspondent reports. Our monthly review covers the cotton and polyester-cotton yarn markets in Karachi and Faisalabad, with a long series of tables, charts and historical data back to 2007.
23 January 2014 - European clothing imports sharply rebounded in September, October, and November with the market recovery now being confirmed. Import prices strongly fell, especially from a rebounding China. Our report covers monthly EU clothing import data, with historical trends being analyzed over last 10 years, and a specific focus on China vs Rest of World (RoW) and on knit vs woven clothing.