By  on September 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — Retailers and apparel brands invested significantly in inventory for back-to-school, as evidenced by a year-over-year increase of 4.5 percent in textile and apparel imports to the U.S. in July following several months of declines, according to a report from the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel on Tuesday.


Combined apparel and textile imports to the U.S. rose to 5 billion square meter equivalents in July compared to a year earlier, with apparel imports up 3.7 percent to 2.3 billion SME and textile shipments increasing 5.3 percent to 2.7 billion SME.

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