By  on January 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — Apparel imports to the U.S. continued to fall sharply, posting a 14.5 percent decrease in November from a year earlier to 1.8 billion square meters equivalents, as retailers and apparel brands kept a close eye on inventories heading into the holidays in light of a weak economy.

Combined apparel and textile imports fell 7.1 percent to 4.2 billion SME compared with November 2010, the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel said Friday, with textile shipments declining 1 percent to 2.4 billion SME against a year earlier.

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