India's Apparel Export Promotion Council says the decline in exports of readymade garments is not as bad as first feared. They say the decline was only 18.45 per cent when viewed against the target of $6,500m. Figures just released reveal that exports of readymade garments during the period April -March 2000-01 accounted for 1,392.5 million pieces valued at $5,300.6m.