7 July 2014 - Cotton prices further collapsed in the last week on the international market, as bearish market fundamentals continued prevailing. Prices are not yet sliding on domestic markets in China, India and Pakistan, however. Our weekly cotton report covers the latest price trends of international spot and futures markets through a large number of tables and charts, with also domestic markets in China, India and Pakistan being reviewed. Daily data of the past 12-month period are available for download.
3 July 2014 - Polyester prices sharply rebounded in June in China after cotton prices have previously fallen. The cotton/polyester price difference has been dramatically reduced, as a consequence. Our monthly report delivers a comparative view of the average cotton and polyester prices in last 12 months in China, India and Pakistan, including the cotton/polyester price difference and the price ratio. Historical data back to September 2007 are available for download.
2 July 2014 - The polyester rally could have now ended in Asia, with prices possibly falling to lower levels in coming weeks. Our weekly report covers the Polyester Staple Fiber (PSF) and Polyester Filament Yarn (PFY) prices on the domestic market, including a price comparison with cotton and viscose. The gross margin of polyester spun yarn producers is also released.
25 June 2014 - Although China's cotton yarn production declined in the last years, cotton consumption remains at a very high level in the country and could even rebound in the coming season, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). India is however the emerging leader on global yarn market, whereas Turkey and Pakistan are obviously stuck in their development. Vietnam and Bangladesh are rapidly emerging, but from very low levels, as reflected by our series of statistical tables and charts.
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.
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