Canada Year Book
Clothing and textile sales in decline
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Clothing and textiles are among many manufacturing industries that have seen sales dramatically decline recently. In 2010, manufacturing sales of clothing totalled $2.3 billion, a drop from their 2002 peak of $8.0 billion. Over that period, textile mills' sales fell from $4.3 billion to $1.5 billion, while textile product mills' sales dropped from $3.0 billion to $1.7 billion.
Since 2001, these industries have faced global competition, particularly from lower-priced manufacturers in Asia.
Competition increased after 2005, when quotas on imported textile and clothing products were lifted to meet new rules from the World Trade Organization.
Ontario has the highest manufacturing sales in Canada. From 2002 to 2010, clothing manufacturing sales in Ontario declined 72.4%, textile mills' sales fell 48.7% and textile product mills' sales fell 37.9%. Manufacturing sales declined 18.3%.
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