WASHINGTON — Vietnam posted the largest increase in apparel imports to the U.S. in September compared with a year earlier, as it continued to take business away from other Asian countries such as Indonesia, which posted a double-digit decline, while Bangladesh showed signs of a slowdown in production, a report from the U.S. Commerce Department showed Thursday.
Apparel imports from Vietnam, the second-largest supplier to the U.S., rose 21.6 percent to 206 million square meter equivalents in September compared with September 2012. Indonesia, the fourth-largest apparel supplier to the U.S., posted a 17.1 percent decline in apparel imports to 73 million SME. China, the top supplier of apparel to the U.S., posted a 1.3 percent gain to 1.1 billion SME in the month.
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