“The European clothing import market did not recover over the first quarter this year. A stabilisation in Chinese shipments did not benefit other Asian nations with Indonesia and Bangladesh most negatively affected. Suppliers of the high-end segment are back, especially Turkey and Tunisia .
“EU’s imports of cotton pullovers were very depressed over the first quarter, by contrast with the sharp increase of the last year. Prices heavily fell, reflecting the preference for cheapest products .
“EU’s imports of cotton bed linen began recovering over the first quarter of the year. Pakistan remained the largest supplier on both printed and non-printed segments while radical changes were experienced on largest European markets in terms of sourcing and prices .