By  on April 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. textile and apparel imports fell sharply in February as the recession stifled consumer demand.

The Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles & Apparel said Thursday apparel and textile imports declined 18.9 percent to 3.3 billion square meter equivalents compared with February 2008. Textiles declined at a sharper rate than apparel, falling 22.2 percent to 1.8 billion SME. Apparel imports dropped 14.8 percent to 1.5 billion SME.

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