China to start clearing cotton stockpiles?
China will start selling its massive cotton stockpiles this year, in a move likely to depress demand as the country's mills hold off buying in anticipation of sales of discounted fibre. Market rumours have been hinting that China was preparing to release some of its holdings, which have swelled to around 10 million tons more than 40 per cent of world stocks.
Cotton output to fall, mill-use to rise
The projection for world production in 2015/16 is 111.3 million bales, which represents an 8 million bale decrease (-6.7%) relative to the 119.3 million bales harvested in 2014/15. The forecast for world mill-use in 2015/16 is 115.3 million bales
Cotton prices to remain subdued
Cotton prices in India are expected to remain subdued in the near future. Coming to the domestic scenario, prices are likely to trend in line with the international markets as domestic prices have plunged below the international levels offering no triggers for upside movement.
Call to speed up cotton sales
The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has placed the cotton crop for the season 2014-15 beginning on 1st October 2014 at 396.00 lakh bales of 170 kg each. The projected Balance Sheet drawn by the CAI for the year 2014-15 estimates total cotton supply at 465.90 lakh bales while domestic consumption is estimated at 310 lakh bales thus leaving an available surplus of 155.90 lakh bales.
Giant brands make big leap
The CMAI’s Apparel Index for the third quarter, FY2014-15 from October to December 2014, with overall Apparel Index value up at 5.01, once again revealed the low sentiment among small brands, those with turnovers of Rs 10 to 25 crore.
Cotton price decline continues
Cotton prices continue to decline in various parts of India, while the farmers are unhappy with the price ranging from Rs. 2,800 to Rs.3,200 per quintal. In 2013-14, the cotton fetched good price at Rs.5,500 to Rs.6,000 per quintal. Many farmers feel that unprecedented loss is incurred by them since the cotton cultivation cost has gone up.
Economy: US peaks, China moderate, EU lacklustre
In the global economy, diverging confidence indicators point to uneven expansion and producer confidence in manufacturing, says Edwin De Boeck, Chief Economist, KBC Group (a leading Belgian bank), while presenting his views in a Euratex convention in Brussels.