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Big apparel brands continue to grow
August 2018
Like previous quarters, the biggest brand group – giant brands are growing the most, outgrowing recessionary trends.
PTA to face price pressure on fresh supply?
August 2018
Supply of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in Asia is expected to lengthen in the second half of 2018 as new capacities will start up in the major markets of India and China, amid a slowdown in demand, according to ICIS, a leading petrochemicals market information provider.
Cotton price to rise 8-10%?
June 2018
The Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) has revised its cotton output estimate to 370 lakh bales (1bale= 170 kg) from the previous estimate of 377 lakh bales for cotton season 2018 beginning October 1, 2017.
Cotton output recovery continues
January 2018
Recovery continues in cotton production for 2017-18 with a projected 11 per cent growth due to increased area to a projected 25.4 million tonne (MT).
Apparel Index dips on GST impact
December 2017
Q2 is the first quarter post-GST. And much like other sectors, apparel brands and retailers too were busy putting GST processes in place and sales suffered a big blow. July was the first month when the industry emerged after clearing pre-GST inventories.
Uncertainty over cotton prices in 2017/18
August 2017
The International Cotton Advisory Committee’s Secretariat has forecast that the A Index in 2017-18 will range between 54 cts/lb and 87 cts/lb with a midpoint of 69 cts/lb. The midpoint would be 13 cts/lb lower than in 2016/17. This follows the large increase of 12 cts/lb from 2015-16 to 2016-17, which suggests that such a drop is not unreasonable.
Improved demand for PE/PP?
June 2017
PE and PP prices do not track crude prices closely and the global crude oil price fluctuations in Q3/Q4 2016 barely impacted PE and PP prices.
Apparel overall growth recovers
June 2017
After a slowdown in Q3 post-demonetisation business the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India’s (CMAI) Q4 Apparel lndex (January-March FY2016-17) reveals that the apparel industry is slowly and surely making a recovery. The Q4 Index shows growth has improved mildly with overall index value moving up to 2.25, compared to 1.4 points in Q3.
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