By  on January 13, 2012

MILAN — Despite a grim economic outlook at home, major Italian yarn players set to show their spring 2013 collections at the Pitti Filati trade show Jan. 25 to 27 said they saw improved full-year sales in 2011, thanks to a growing export business.

Stabilizing wool prices, the weaker euro against the dollar and improved sales in the U.S., China and emerging markets helped boost exports, offsetting a decline in sales in key markets such as Japan and Italy. On Friday, the euro was trading at $1.26, down from $1.42 last May.

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