5 April 2013
Unit prices of European clothing imports less rose in euro terms in fourth quarter, with sharp differences depending on origins and product categories. Our price comparison offers a comprehensive view of EU's clothing imports per HS 4-digit category with volume, value and unit price changes, while market shares are also calculated for each major supplying country. Full data are available for download.
Average prices began less sharply rising in fourth quarter last year, on EU's clothing import market.
Unit prices even fell for shipments from different origins in certain HS 4-digit categories.
Bangladeshi unit values for instance fell in a large number of knit clothing categories of chapter 61.
T-shirt average unit price was down 3.37% for instance, compared with a price stability for all EU T-shirt imports.
T-shirt prices also fell from India and Sri Lanka, probably thanks to the decline of the domestic currencies.
From significantly higher levels, Indian unit prices declined in most clothing categories in fourth quarter, from the same period in 2011.
Vietnam prices continued significantly rising in fourth quarter, in a large number of categories. This could reflect a higher percentage of more sophisticated products requiring more added value.
Price moderation also returned in key categories 6203 (woven suits and trousers for men and boys), with unit prices falling in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.
By contrast, prices mostly rose in 6204 (same products for women and girls), China and India excepted.
As usual, results strongly differ depending on origins and products.
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