By  on August 12, 2008

WASHINGTON — A flagging U.S. economy and a precipitous decline in consumer demand triggered the largest drop of apparel and textile imports from China in June in more than seven years.

Imports of textiles and apparel to the U.S. from the entire world also fell in June, marking the fourth consecutive month of declines, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The overall U.S. trade deficit also narrowed in June to $56.8 billion from $59.2 billion in May.

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