On the last Tuesday of each month, WWD publishes the current, month-ago and year-ago fiber prices. Prices listed reflect the cost of one pound of fiber.



Fiber

Price on 12/20/02

Price on 11/22/02

Price on 12/28/01



Cotton

50.71 cents

44.76 cents

38.85 cents



Wool

$2.96

$3.00

$1.79



Polyester staple

51 cents

52 cents

66 cents



Polyester filament

64 cents

65 cents

53 cents



September Synthetic PPI

106.8

106.4

106.7



*The current cotton price is the November average on fiber being delivered to Southeastern region mills, according to Agricultural Marketing Services/USDA. The wool price is based on the average price for the week ended Dec. 20 of 11 thicknesses of fiber, ranging from 15 microns to 30 microns, according to The Woolmark Co. Information on polyester, pricing is provided by the consulting firm DeWitt & Co. The synthetic fiber producer index, or PPI, is compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflects the overall change in all synthetic fiber prices. It is not a price in dollars but a measurement in how prices have changed since 1982, which had a PPI of 100.

The fiber price sheet appears a week early this month because of the Christmas holiday.

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