WASHINGTON — Fabric imports from China, India, Taiwan, Turkey and Indonesia all posted double-digit increases in January — a potential sign that a rebound in U.S. apparel manufacturing is taking hold.
The monthly trade report released by the Commerce Department Friday showed textile imports to the U.S. from the world, which includes fabrics, rose 14 percent to 2.9 billion square meter equivalents in January from a year earlier. Apparel imports, meanwhile, increased 3.4 percent to 2.1 billion SME. Combined textile and apparel shipments to the U.S. were up 9.2 percent in January to 5 billion square meter equivalents.
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