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Chinese exports fall
The value of China's apparel and textile exports fell 8.5% on February 2007 - the first annual fall since THE SOURCE began publication. (story p2)
The fall was partly the result of the severe disruption the country suffered during the lunar New Year snowstorms: not only did the storms cause chaos, but year on year comparisons are always difficult in the first two months of each calendar year, since the timing of the holiday varies from years to year. The fall coincided with evidence of real volume decline in some Chinese apparel sales to the US this year, and of slow growth in sales to the EU -implying there was more than simple timing shifts to the fall
The fall also came as Chinese consumer price inflation hit its highest point in 12 years: although (story p2) factory-gate clothing prices grew more slowly than in January, the continuing RMB appreciation against the dollar and pound meant double-digit clothing inflation for US and UK customers. The RMB continued to fall against the euro and yen, making Chinese clothes cheaper in Japan and the Eurozone.
Chinese try to dampen "china flight" rumours
Chinese government officials tried to dampen fears of investor flight from Guangdong and the inflationary pressures of the new labour laws.(story p4) But, as China took more potentially tough action on pollution (also p 4), the worldwide belief that China was getting dearer and was about to get dearer still seized hold of almost everyone
Chinese investments from Yemen to Wigan
The serious political and economic magazines are currently concerned about China's investments in countries with scarce resources, like oil or copper. But the month saw a raft of apparel-related Chinese investment plans. Some (p10) were straightforward textile complexes. Others (p 14) seem more like pleasant central office bases for operations in relatively challenging countries. It is far from clear what Chinese investors expect to see happen at others, like Wigan (p12). And others still, like Yemen (p 16) seem more like wishful thinking in a host country. But Chinese interest in Bangladeshi investments extended even to Chinese manufacturers offering to help the Bangladeshis export clothes to China (p5)
What's in this issue:
China exports start falling
Inflation confusing forecasters
Chinese deny flight stories
Pollution law strengthened
Saipan closures go on
Chinese offer help to B'desh exporters
Koreans look to more in B'desh
B'desh migrant workers double
Indians turn to domestic market
Clean Clothes case dropped
Sri Lanka short of workers
South East Asia
Cambodians fret over unions
Vietnam: No 2 US supplier?
Vietnam inflation soars
As Vietnam interest rates rise
Chinese look at new Egyptian zone
First tenants in Turk-Egyptian zone
Dogi's seventh year of losses?
Sabanci eases out of Bossa
Legal challenge to Wigan textile park
Jordanians deny police brutality
Another Uzbek mill for Daewoo
Violence persists in Swazi strike
Ramatex quits Namibia
Mauritius back as Chinese invest
Asda exits stand-alone George stores
Third resignation in Hugo Boss row
Mixed results for UK investors
Costa Rica gets CAFTA extension
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