By  on March 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — The deepening global recession drove down textile and apparel imports to the U.S. in January to the lowest level for that month in five years.

The Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel said Friday that textile and apparel shipments to the U.S. fell 8.9 percent to 3.7 billion square meters equivalent in January compared with the same month a year ago. Textile imports dropped 10.3 percent to 2.1 billion SME, and apparel imports fell 7 percent to 1.65 billion SME.

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