GENEVAGlobal apparel production in the third quarter increased 3.6 percent and grew 2.6 percent for textiles compared to the same period a year earlier, a United Nations report said.

The apparel gains were led by developed countries, which registered an increase of 5 percent, reflecting the overall stronger recovery, with the U.S. and Europe the “main drivers of this growth,” while output in developing and emerging economies increased only 3.1 percent, it said.

For global textile production, developing and emerging economies posted an increase of 4.1 percent, while output in industrialized nations contracted 1.5 percent, the report by the Vienna-based U.N. Industrial Development Organization said.

During July to September, apparel production among industrialized nations increased 8.8 percent in Italy, 7.8 percent in Canada and 0.4 percent in the U.S., and 9.4 percent in Mexico, but posted declines of 4.3 percent in Germany, 1 percent in France and 8.2 percent in Spain.

In the same quarter, apparel production among developing and emerging economies grew 7.3 percent in India, 4.7 percent in Turkey and 3.9 percent in China, but registered declines of 11.3 percent in Indonesia, 11.2 percent in recession-hit Brazil and 3.1 percent in Peru, UNIDO said.

Concerning textile production, the report said during the third-quarter production posted increases of 5.6 percent in China, and 2.3 percent in India, but witnessed contractions of 1.2 percent in Turkey, 1.5 percent in Indonesia, and 6.5 percent in Egypt.

Similarly, textile production among developed nations increased by 7.8 percent in Canada, 1.1 percent in the United States, and by 1.7 percent in Germany, UNIDO said, but a decline of 6.5 percent was registered in Italy and 2.2 percent in France.

Meanwhile, a U.N. report on the “World Economic Situation and Prospects for 2016,” forecast global growth next year to reach 2.9 percent, up on this year’s 2.4 percent, with growth in the U.S. and other rich nations, as well as in India, gaining momentum, but a further slowdown in China.

The U.S. is expected to grow 2.6 percent, up from this year’s 2.4 percent; China by 6.4 percent, a slowdown from 6.8 percent, and India to hit 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent. World trade in goods and services is forecast to expand 4 percent, up from 2.7 percent this year.

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