By  on February 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — Economic headwinds continued to take a toll on textile and apparel imports, driving shipments down in December and for the year.

Textile and apparel shipments to the U.S. declined 7.9 percent in December to 3.5 billion square meter equivalents compared with the year earlier, the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel said Wednesday. Apparel and textile shipments to the U.S. were down 5.2 percent to 50.4 billion SME in 2008 compared with the previous year.

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