India's garment exports fell by more than 6% in July, according to the latest figures from the country's official body of apparel exporters.

AEPC data supplied to just-style shows exports tumbled 6.09% to US$879m, down from $936m in the same month last year.

Exports have taken a hit from the economic meltdown in the major export markets of Europe and the US, which has led to a substantial fall in orders.

In the four months from April to July, garment exports are down by an even higher 9.3% to $3.31bn, from $3.65bn in the same period last year.

According to AEPC estimates, shipments of Indian apparel to the US fell 7.7% in the first seven months of 2009, dropping in value to $1.83bn.

This compares with a rise of in imports from China and Bangladesh of 3.61% and 6.33% respectively.

India's clothing exports to the EU, meanwhile, rose 6.6% in euro terms to EUR2.02bn in the five months from January to May; but fell by 7.4% when calculated in dollar terms to $2.7bn.

During the same period the EU's total clothing imports fell 1.05% to EUR43.17bn, and imports from Bangladesh surged by 20.25% in Euro terms.