Indian apparel exports grew almost 13% during the six months from April to October, according to figures released this week. 

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) said the cumulative value of exports was US$179.38bn during the period, up 6.3% from $168.71bn the year before.

During the month of October, meanwhile, apparel exports rose 13.5% year-on-year to reach US$27.27bn. In rupee terms, exports were up 31.8%.

Commenting on the increase, AEPC chairman Dr A Sakthivel said: "With the stabilisation of [the] rupee and structural changes in the competing markets, India's garment exports has significantly improved. Our performance is reflected in the stronger order book visibility for this season."

Tapping into new markets such as the Middle East, Latin America, Japan, Russia and Australia also helped drive growth, with brands including Gap, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger and Wal-Mart Stores diverting orders to India.

With the current growth rate, Sakthivel added, the country's apparel industry can achieve its export target of US$17bn set by the government.