The last Tuesday of every month, WWD publishes the current, month-ago and year-ago fiber prices. Prices listed reflect the cost of one pound of fiber.
Fiber: Price on 11/25/03; Price on 10/28/03; Price on 11/26/02
Cotton: 74.34 cents; 64.07 cents; 50.71 cents
Wool: $2.56; $2.59; $3.00
Polyester staple: 57 cents; 56 cents; 52 cents
Polyester filament: 55 cents; 56 cents; 65 cents
Sept. Synthetic PPI: 106.0; 106.4; 107.0
*The current cotton price is the October 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 Nov. 21 of 11 different thicknesses of fiber, ranging from 15 microns 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 of how prices have changed since 1982, which had a PPI of 100.