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China textile and apparel makers clock off early for Lunar New Year

COVID pandemic dampens demand and disrupts supplies

A textile factory in Qingdao, China. 

Key Chinese textile, dyeing and clothing factories are shutting down for Lunar New Year weeks early due to a combination of sluggish orders and supply disruptions caused by strict measures to contain regional COVID-19 flare-ups.

Managers of several midsize textile enterprises in the provinces of Hebei, Shandong and Hubei said they would be starting the break weeks earlier than in previous years. New orders have languished since mid-December on weak overseas demand, and the supply of raw materials has been disrupted by the recent COVID-19 resurgence.

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