By  on May 22, 2008

WASHINGTON — China squeaked by Mexico to take over the title of top denim supplier to the U.S. in 2007 with 18.4 percent of the denim market, while, overall, Asia continued to dominate jeans sourcing.

Cost has long been one of the key factors dictating denim manufacturing, which is why the supply chain has been heading to Asia, where low production costs are hard to beat. In the current economic climate, cost is likely to continue to be the key factor influencing sourcing decisions.

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