17 February 2017 - US apparel import from China have declined in volume terms in 2016 although unit prices have sharply dropped with different trends being however observed depending on apparel categories, as reflected by our tables. The share of other nations has increased in volume and value terms, as a clear sign that US buyers have diversified their supply sources. This is reflected by our statistical review comparing US apparel imports from China with shipments from Rest of the World (RoW) for every category of products, in volume, value and unit value terms. Historical data are available for the past five years, 2011-2016.
16 February 2016 - US buyers have continued shifting from cotton to man-made fiber apparel in 2016, although less clearly than in the previous year. Average unit prices have also begun dropping in many man-made fiber categories, and not only in cotton categories, reflecting the difficulties of the US apparel import market. Our series of statistical tables offer a comprehensive view of volume, value and unit value changes, compared with previous quarters and years in 2011-16. Full data are available for downloading into a comprehensive table.
14 February 2017 - US apparel imports have dropped in full 2016 with Chinese shipments again resisting any real decline and Vietnamese imports less sharply rising. Bangladesh has returned back to negative territory whereas Central America has benefited from its proximity with the US market. Our annual and quarterly reports detail shipments to U.S. market per origin, with volume and value changes, market shares, and unit value variations over the last five years. Quarterly and full year data covering the 2011-2016 period are available for download.
9 February 2017 - Far from recovering, US apparel imports have stagnated in December, in line with full year data. Confronted with a surging Vietnam, China has surprisingly resisted in full 2016, thanks to a sharp fall of its average unit price, as US buyers continued shifting from cotton to cheaper man-made fiber apparel. Our monthly review covers US apparel import data, with historical trends being analyzed over the 2000-2016 period including cotton vs man-made fiber apparel, and China vs Rest of World (RoW) and vs Vietnam.
6 January 2017 - US apparel imports have eventually recovered in November, growing for the first time in six months. The rise of the US dollar has helped lowering dollar prices in addition to a structural shift from cotton to man-made fiber apparel. Our monthly review covers US apparel import data, with historical trends being analyzed over the 2000-2016 period including cotton vs man-made fiber apparel, and China vs Rest of World (RoW) and vs Vietnam.
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