GLOBAL consumption of textiles is "continuing on its upwards trend," the latest World Commodity Survey from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has said. Consumption volume is predicted to rise from 48 million tonnes to between 56 and 58 million tonnes by 2005, said the report. However, the share of household income commanded by clothing is in decline, said UNCTAD, "as consumers spend increasing parts of their incomes on items such as cars, telephones, computers, health and leisure." The report also noted the trend towards ...

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