By  on November 13, 2008

WASHINGTON — The troubled U.S. economy combined with waning consumer demand to drive apparel and textile imports down in September for the seventh straight month.

Industry imports have fallen in yearly comparisons every month in 2008 except February. Apparel and textile shipments dropped 1.5 percent in September to 4.698 billion square meter equivalents compared with the same month last year, the Commerce Department said Thursday. September’s import volume was also lower than September 2006, but was higher than September 2005, according the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel.

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