GENEVA — Buoyed by overall economic recovery and reindustrialization of the sector, U.S. apparel production increased 3.9 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, outperforming the average growth of 3.5 percent in global apparel production, a United Nations report said.
“The ongoing reindustrialization and renaissance of industry, especially in the United States, is reflected in positive growth dynamics,” said the report by the Vienna-based U.N. Industrial Development Organization.
Apparel output increased 4 percent in developing countries and 2 percent in industrialized nations, said the report.
Global textile output also delivered positive results, with world production up 5.2 percent, growing 6.4 percent in developing countries and 2.3 percent in industrialized countries.
Overall, global manufacturing increased 3.3 percent during the period from a year earlier, with output up 1.5 percent in industrialized countries and 6.5 percent in developing economies.
UNIDO said ongoing geopolitical tensions and reciprocal economic sanctions “have seriously affected” the recovery process in European countries. This has also had a negative impact on the growth of emerging economies, it said.
It is also reflected in the mixed results among apparel and textile producers. In the quarter, apparel production in China, the world’s largest producer, increased 8.2 percent, while Turkey posted a 1.2 percent gain. But UNIDO economists said India witnessed a 7.9 percent decline, with a 5 percent decrease in Mexico and a 10.2 percent dropoff in Egypt.
In the same period, apparel production grew 16.2 percent in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, but declined 3.7 percent in Italy and 0.2 percent in France.
In textiles, production in the quarter expanded 7.7 percent in China, 4.9 percent in India, 9.1 percent in Russia, 2.8 percent in Indonesia and 2.7 percent in Turkey, but posted declines in developing nations such as Brazil, with a dropoff of 7.9 percent, and in Mexico, falling 1.8 percent.
In industrialized economies, textiles production increased 4.9 percent in Germany, 4.1 percent in Italy, 2.3 percent in France and 0.2 percent in the U.S., but declined 0.8 percent in Canada.