China’s textile, garment exports slightly down in January-May

BEIJING (XINHUA) – China’s textile and garment exports in the first five months of the year totalled USD96.16 billion, down 1.17 per cent year on year, official data showed.

The decrease narrowed by 8.8 percentage points from the figure in the January-April period, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

From January to May, the country’s textile exports climbed 21.3 per cent year on year to total USD57.95 billion, while garment exports dropped 22.8 per cent to USD38.21 billion.

In May alone, led by the export of face masks, textile exports came in at USD20.65 billion, up 77.3 per cent from a year ago, MIIT data showed.

China exported over 70.6 billion masks and 340 million protective suits from March to May, according to a white paper titled Fighting COVID-19: China in Action.