GENEVA — U.S. textile production, which has seen a resurgence in recent years, increased 1.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year, bucking the contraction in textile output in industrialized economies, which averaged a 0.5 percent contraction, a United Nations report said Friday.
Textile output in developing and emerging industrial economies grew 4.1 percent, the report said, although the overall results were mixed, with some textile-producing nations such as Egypt posting double-digit gains, while other producers such as Brazil had sharp declines.
The quarterly report, “World Manufacturing Production,” by the Vienna-based U.N. Industrial Development Organization, shows textile production in the period in Mexico grew 4.5 percent, expanded 14 percent in Egypt, rose 5.1 percent in China and gained 1.3 percent in Turkey, but dropped 20.7 percent in recession-hit Brazil.
Output also witnessed a 10.6 percent contraction in the weak Russian economy feeling the impact of low world oil export prices.
Among other industrialized economies, textile production grew 7.6 percent in Spain and 1.1 percent in Germany, but fell 1.9 percent in France and 2.8 percent in Italy.
Overall, global textile output in the quarter grew 2.8 percent, the report said.
Global apparel output in the period averaged an increase of 1.8 percent, with developing and emerging economies posting a 2.2 percent gain and industrialized economies a 0.6 percent rise.
Apparel output during the final quarter increased 12.3 percent in Mexico, 8.9 percent in Turkey, 3.7 percent in China and 1.3 percent in India, but declined 12.9 percent in Brazil, 16.4 percent in Indonesia and 5.7 percent in Peru.
Among industrialized economies, apparel output increased 6.1 percent in France and by 5 percent in Spain, but saw declines of 4.9 percent in the U.S., 0.2 percent in Italy and 10.8 percent in Canada.
Total global manufacturing for all sectors, according to UNIDO, rose 1.9 percent during the quarter compared to the same period last year, with output up 0.2 percent in industrialized countries and 4.6 percent in developing economies.