NEW YORK — Last year was another tough one for the U.S. textile industry, though the nation’s mills managed, on a whole, to score improvements in sales and earnings.

According to the American Textile Manufacturers Institute’s yearend economic report, released Tuesday, the industry’s aftertax profits in 2002 came in at $1 billion, up fivefold from $200 million in 2001. Corporate sales for all classes of textile products, including those destined for home and industrial use, as well as apparel fabrics, rose 1.7 percent to $48 billion.

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