By  on December 8, 2008

WASHINGTON — The number of apparel suppliers shipping goods to the U.S. dropped precipitously in the year ending Oct. 31, falling more than 85 percent in the 12-month period.

There were 6,262 apparel suppliers actively sending shipments to the U.S. at the end of October, down from 43,653 a year earlier, according to a report being released today by Panjiva Inc., a New York-based firm that helps brands evaluate factories.

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