By  on October 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — Retailers and brands trimmed inventories in August, as weak demand drove a year-over-year decline in imports from eight of the top 10 countries supplying apparel and textiles to the U.S., according to a report from the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel on Thursday.

Combined apparel and textile imports to the U.S. fell 2.1 percent to 5 billion square meter equivalents in August compared to a year earlier, with apparel imports down 4.4 percent to 2.3 billion SME and textile shipments declining 0.5 percent to 2.7 billion SME.

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