Vietnam's textile and garment exports turnover reached $6.16bn in first six months 2011, a year-on-year rise of 30% and the industry's strongest growth in four years.

According to the latest figures from the Vietnam National Textile and Garment group (Vinatex), shipments in June alone were $1.15bn, up 11% on the previous month.

Exports to key markets remained strong, with the US up 7.5% and accounting for 56% of total exports. Likewise, shipments to the EU rose 25% and to Japan climbed 23.2%.

Mr Le Tien Truong, deputy general director of Vinatex, believes the country is on track to hit its 2011 fiscal year export target of $13bn.

The textile and clothing industry spent $4.06bn in the first-half on importing materials for local production, with strong growth due to the escalating price of cotton.

In the next six months, Vinatex plans to focus on 52 new fibre manufacturing and apparel projects, Truong added.