WASHINGTON — China is muscling out the competition.
In the second quarter China overtook Mexico as the number-one supplier of textiles and apparel to the U.S., and for the first half of the year China surpassed Canada as the number-two supplier of textile and apparel imports, a Commerce Department report revealed Tuesday.

On an annual basis, however, Mexico and Canada remain the number-one and number-two suppliers to the U.S., respectively. But at the rate China is growing, it could easily grab the top spot by the end of the year, according to Donald Foote, director of the agreements division at Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel.

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