As we forecasted in our 2005 Trends report, exports of Chinese clothing items to Europe have surged. Some items have increased by more than 500% since an international quota system...

As we forecasted in our 2005 Trends report, exports of Chinese clothing items to Europe have surged. Some items have increased by more than 500% since an international quota system came to an end on 1 January. The EU can now considering bringing in import limits. The French industry minister Patrick Devedjian said some 7,000 French textile jobs could be at risk unless China limited its exports. "The situation is very serious … for our businesses which make these products, which have already been suffering for a number of years," said Mr Devedjian.

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