By  on December 13, 2007

WASHINGTON — Apparel imports rose 3 percent in October from a year earlier to 2.2 billion square meter equivalents, largely because of increased shipments from China, Vietnam and Honduras.

The rise boosted total apparel and textile imports by 3.5 percent to 4.9 billion SME, the third highest month on record. The goods were valued at $9.1 billion and contributed to the politically sensitive trade deficit, a key issue at high-level talks in Xianghe, China.

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