GENEVA — Global textile production in the second quarter increased by 3.8 percent, but grew by only 1.9 percent for apparel compared to the year-ago quarter, a United Nations report said.
The gains were led by developing and emerging countries, which registered an increase of 5.3 percent for textiles and 3.1 percent for apparel, while production in rich industrialized nations saw a contraction of 0.9 percent for textiles and a drop of 2.7 percent for apparel.
However, the results were mixed among producing nations in both emerging and rich economies in both segments, reflecting the fragile recovery process in industrialized economies and the significantly weakened prospects in developing and emerging ones, the U.N. said.
During April to June, textile production among developing and emerging economies expanded by 6.6 percent in China, 5.9 percent in Russia, 3.6 percent in Turkey, 3.2 percent in India and 2.6 percent in South Africa, but also notched a decline of 7.2 percent in recession-hit Brazil, contracted by 4.5 percent in Indonesia and by 1.7 percent in Mexico, the report by the Vienna-based U.N. Industrial Development Organization said.
In the same reporting period, textile production among industrialized nations delivered gains of 1.8 percent in Italy and 0.5 percent in Germany, but fell 7.7 percent in France, 9.2 percent in Canada and 0.25 percent in the U.S.
In a similar vein, apparel production during April to June among developing and emerging economies posted increases of nearly 9.3 percent in Turkey and Vietnam, respectively; 4.5 percent in China; 1.5 percent in India, and 0.7 percent in Mexico, but recorded falls of 4.4 percent in Peru and 2.5 percent in Egypt.
Among industrialized nations, UNIDO said, apparel production increased by 9.5 percent in Poland, and by 3 percent in Germany, but registered falls of 9.5 percent in the U.S., 8.2 percent in Canada and 7.8 percent in Italy.