NEW YORK — China isn’t the only country poised to gain market share in apparel manufacturing in 2005. India, the world’s second-most populous nation, also has tremendous growth potential, thanks to its large workforce and relatively low wages, as well as a hefty supply of cotton.

As sourcing managers prepare to consolidate manufacturing into a smaller group of strategic locations when quotas are lifted, industry observers and political leaders are pondering what will happen to the economies of small developing nations if they lose the jobs generated by the apparel business.

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