Pakistan's textile exports have exceeded the country's annual target in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year according to official statistics.

The rise is partly due to the increase in various quota allocations by the European Union, as well as a shift in orders from western and American buyers seeking to avoid the SARS outbreak in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The figures show that textile exports came to US$6.42 billion in the period from July 2002 to May 2003, beating the annual target of US$6.3 billion and US$1.22 billion ahead of last year's figures.

In value terms, the textile products were worth Rs375.7 billion in the 11 months to May.