Nicaraguan Textiles Lead in Central America

Between January and May sales grew by 25% compared to the same period in 2010.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The rise in sales to the U.S. was higher than to countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which increased by 19%, 17% and 13% respectively in the same period.

With the 25% increase, Nicaraguan exports went up from $381.1 million to $476.7 million. This increase in production is confirmation of a growth trend that has been seen for several months.

An article in states: "Dean Garcia, executive director of the Nicaraguan Association of Textiles and Apparel (Anitec), notes that the country is maintaining good momentum, and has emerged as a market leader due to an increase in production of new garments, like cotton jackets for boys and men, of 482% in the first five months of the year.

In addition, production has also increased in knitted textiles, cotton, man-made fibers, man-made synthetic fabrics, and garments such as dressing gowns, pajamas and underwear which saw growth in export volume of 6,914%, 5,700% and 4,215% respectively.

However, production of some products decreased, such as cotton knitted and crocheted shirts and blouses , brassieres, coats, dresses and skirts, and cotton and synthetic fiber jackets, among others. "

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