Indian garment exporters are beginning to feel the pressure of the cooling US economy as orders for ready-made garments have been hit with a substantial drop in consumer spending. For several years the US has been one of the major buyers of Indian ready-made garments but figures released by the Apparel Export Promotion Council for January and February 2001 have recorded a negative of 19.8 per cent in quantity ordered and a negative of 13.7 per cent in dollar value.