Korean Businesspeople Abandon Guatemala

The impact of the economic crisis in the United States has had on the textile industry has forced 15 Korean businesses to shut down operations in the country.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Currently there are 158 factories in the country, of which 92 are Korean, 55 Guatemalan, 10 American, and 1 French, according to data from the Clothing and Textile Commission (Vestex).

Reporter Louisa Reynolds writes for Elperiodico.com.gt: “Between 2005 and 2008 127 companies have closed down and clothing exports have been reduced from $447 million in the first four months of 2008 to $305 million in the same period in 2009, for a contraction of 31.8%.”

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