NEW YORK — As the celebrations of the lunar new year in China and Chinese communities around the world draw to a close on Friday, sourcing managers are thinking less about the Year of the Ram, which started Feb. 1, and a little more about the Year of the Rooster, which begins on Feb. 9, 2005.

That year will also bring the first year of quota-free apparel trade among the 145 nations of the World Trade Organization. Sourcing managers around the country expect China’s share of the U.S. apparel market to skyrocket, as that nation’s low wages and highly efficient workforce are expected to give manufacturers in most other countries a tough run for their money.

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