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.

This story first appeared in the September 28, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Fiber
Price on
9/27/04*
Price on
8/30/04*
Price on
9/26/03*
Cotton
48.81 cents
50.07 cents
57.14 cents
Wool
$2.46
$2.50
$2.70
Polyester staple
60 cents
60 cents
56 cents
Polyester filament
60 cents
60 cents
55 cents
August Synthetic PPI
106.6
106.8
106.5
*The current cotton price is the August 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 Sept. 24 of 11 thicknesses of fiber, ranging from 15 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.