By  on December 12, 2008

WASHINGTON — Economic challenges continued to be a drag on shipments of apparel and textiles to the U.S., fueling a trend that has dogged the industry all year.

Apparel and textile imports dropped 2.1 percent in October to 4.78 billion square meter equivalents compared with the same period last year, the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel said Thursday. Apparel and textile import levels have been trending down all year; October was the eighth consecutive month in which shipments to the U.S. fell in year-over-year comparison. Year-to-date apparel and textile shipments to the U.S. are off 4.5 percent, compared with a 3.9 percent decline for the same year-to-date period in 2007.

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