WASHINGTON — Strikes, protests and political instability in Bangladesh and Cambodia appear to be sending producers back to China, which posted the largest increase in combined U.S. apparel and textile imports in November.
Retailers and brands have been diversifying their sourcing to become less dependent on China, particularly as wages rates nearly tripled in that country in recent years. But recent worker unrest in other supplier countries could once again change the sourcing paradigm and shift more production back to China.
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