13 February 2014
US cotton apparel imports began more declining in the fourth quarter last year, in line with a rebound in prices. By contrast, average price of man-made fiber apparel further fell, as reflected by our category analysis. Our series of statistical tables offers a comprehensive view of US apparel imports per category of products, with volume, value and unit value changes, compared with percentage change in previous quarters and previous years.
US cotton apparel imports stagnated in the fourth quarter this year, after slightly rising over the first three quarters, from the same period a year earlier.
By contrast, man-made fiber apparel imports surged 6.9% over the last quarter, with total apparel imports eventually up 3.4%.
US retailers continue accepting a larger share of polyester or other man-made fibers in low-cost products in order to limit the rise in prices.
After eventually declining a few quarters earlier, unit values of cotton apparel imports began again rising in the third and fourth quarter last year, respectively climbing by 1.7% and 2.3% from the same quarters a year earlier.
In most cotton apparel categories, unit prices rose 4-5% over the last quarter 2013, whereas they fell in a large number of man-made fiber categories.
This shift from cotton to man-made fiber apparel explains why Chinese product prices declined over the same period, with apparel prices rising from other origins.
U.S. Apparel Import Database:
Volume, value and unit value per Origin - Categories and Specific Products
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