Higher shipments of clothing and textiles helped Bangladesh to a 26.8% jump in total exports in the five months to November 2008.

Figures published by the Export Promotion Bureau yesterday (12 January) show exports were up to $6.6bn in the July to November period, up from $5.2bn a year earlier.

Exports of woven garments - Bangladesh's largest export category - were up 24.8% to $2.3bn, the figures showed, while earnings from knit textiles climbed 34.6% to $2.7bn.