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China textile exports fall for first time in 6 years

Workers sew garments at a Japanese plant in Myanmar.

TOKYO -- China's textile exports fell for the first time in six years in 2015, dragged down by the sluggish economies of export destinations, rising labor costs in China as well as an increase in overseas investment.

     As change alters what is sometimes called the world's factory, it is also likely to affect the procurement and price strategies of Japan's textile industry.

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