GENEVA — A United Nations report on global manufacturing for the first quarter shows production increased 5.1 percent for apparel and 4.5 percent for textiles compared with the same period last year, with the gains coming from developing economies, up 8.9 percent for apparel and 7.4 percent for textiles, while production in industrialized nations contracted 3.5 percent in apparel and 2.9 percent in textiles.
The report revealed that apparel production among developing countries in the January-to-March period saw increases of 10.2 percent in Turkey and 7.4 percent in China, but a 2.6 percent drop in Brazil. In the same period, apparel output fell 1.4 percent in the U.S. and was down 4.7 percent in Italy, 1.8 percent in Germany and 3.8 percent in France.
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