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TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS SET RECORD FOR NINTH MONTH

 TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS SET RECORD FOR NINTH MONTH
 WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Textile and apparel imports set


a record in May, the ninth consecutive month of record increases, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
 Textile and apparel imports in May were up 10.8 percent in square meters and 15.9 percent in dollars, continuing an unbroken string of double-digit increases that began in September 1991.
 Although textile and apparel exports increased in May, the textile and apparel trade deficit of $10.4 billion for the first five months of 1992 was 22.8 percent greater than the same period of 1991.
 "How long must these record increases continue?" asked M.L. Cates Jr., Arkwright Mills, Spartanburg, S.C., the president of ATMI. "Our government has ignored our repeated calls to negotiate new import restraints to stem the surge of imports. As a result, according to the Department of Labor, apparel employment is at 1,017,000 workers, its lowest point since September 1991.
 "We are again asking for the government to step in and take action before it's too late," Cates said. "China, India and Pakistan, who were responsible for one-third of the increase in imports during May, are symptomatic of the problem. Imports from these three countries rose 17.7 percent during May."
 Cates added: "What is truly chilling is that these record increases are despite the existence of a program designed to control the growth of imports. Can you imagine what would happen if all controls were lifted, as proposed in the Uruguay Round of trade talks?
 "The answer is that the big Far East textile and apparel suppliers would overwhelm the U.S. market and take the jobs of hundreds of thousands of American workers. That must not happen."
 A summary of Commerce Department figures follows:
 MAY 1992 FIGURES
 Released July 17, 1992
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS
 (million sme)
 May Pct (YTD) Jan.-May Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 TEXTILES 593.8 531.4 11.7 3,014.3 2,519.2 19.7
 APPAREL 496.1 452.3 9.7 2,758.1 2,337.1 18.0
 TOTAL 1,089.9 983.7 10.8 5,772.4 4,856.3 18.9
 BY PRODUCT (TEXTILES)
 Yarn 111.9 85.7 30.6 515.6 342.4 50.6
 Fabric 325.8 283.0 15.1 1,619.1 1,374.6 17.8
 Misc. 156.1 162.7 -4.1 879.7 802.2 9.7
 TOTAL 593.8 531.4 11.7 3,014.4 2,519.2 19.7
 BY FIBER
 Cotton 506.6 430.9 17.6 2,739.9 2,191.2 25.0
 Wool 12.6 10.3 22.3 50.7 39.6 28.0
 MMF 533.1 509.8 4.6 2,778.6 2,470.3 12.5
 Other 37.6 32.7 15.0 203.2 155.2 30.9
 TOTAL 1,089.9 983.7 10.8 5,772.4 4,856.3 18.9
 MAY 1992 FIGURES
 Released July 17, 1992
 U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL TRADE BALANCE
 (million customs $)
 IMPORTS MAY Pct. JAN.-MAY Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 Textiles 646 569 13.6 3,202 2,718 17.8
 Apparel 2,123 1,820 16.6 11,180 9,172 21.9
 TOTAL 2,769 2,389 15.9 14,382 11,890 21.0
 EXPORTS MAY Pct. JAN.-MAY Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 Textiles 495 482 2.7 2,420 2,231 8.4
 Apparel 343 277 23.9 1,597 1,221 30.8
 TOTAL 838 759 10.4 4,016 3,452 16.3
 BALANCE MAY Pct. JAN.-MAY Pct.
 1992 1991 Chg. 1992 1991 Chg.
 Textiles -151 -87 74.9 -782 -487 60.7
 Apparel -1,780 -1,544 15.3 -9,583 -7,951 20.5
 TOTAL -1,931 -1,630 18.5 -10,365 -8,438 22.8
 -0- 7/17/92
 /CONTACT: Christopher Bonner of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, 202-862-0553 (office) or 703-356-9594 (after hours)/ CO: American Textile Manufacturers Institute ST: District of Columbia IN: TEX SU:


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