By and  on July 13, 2007

WASHINGTON — Imports of Chinese apparel and textiles shot up 21.8 percent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

For the month, Chinese apparel and textile imports rose to 1.8 billion square meter equivalents, valued at $2.4 billion, as shipments from the rest of the world fell 5.6 percent, to 2.7 billion SME. Much of China's momentum came from apparel shipments that swelled 42.1 percent, to 588 million SME. The country showed particular strength in dresses and nightwear made with man-made fiber and cotton. Women's and girls' cotton trousers, one of the 34 types of goods still restrained by quotas, also had a strong showing.

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