In the first ten months of 2016, apparel imports by the US consistently showed a downward trend. While the volumes were down by (-) 1.40 per cent, values declined by (-) 5.21 per cent to approximately US $ 69 billion as against US $ 72.78 billion over the same period of last year.
During the review period, all the apparel categories showed negative growth. While cotton apparels were down by (-) 7.56 per cent to US $ 32.6 billion as against US $ 35.3 billion in the first ten months period a year before, apparels made of wool also showed a decline of (-) 10.56 per cent to US $ 2.9 billion as against US $ 3.2 billion year on year.
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One of the largest apparel import categories of the US, man-made fabric (MMF) apparels also witness a drop of (-) 2.33 per cent to US $ 32.4 billion in comparison to US $ 33.2 billion the initial ten months period previous year. Silk and Veg, even though it is one of the smallest apparel categories in US apparel import list, was also down by (-) 1.02 per cent to US $ 1.08 billion during the review period.