Production and sales for China's 45 biggest textile firms grew steadily in the first five months of the year.

But the news was not so good for their growth rate, sales production ratio and export and profits which dropped.

And the number of loss making firms and the amount of losses also rose, according to the State Economic and Trade Commission.

Latest figures released show that total industrial output value was 23.08 billion yuan in the first five months of this year.

By the end of May, finished products in stocks amounted to 8.28 billion yuan, rising 4.8 per cent from the previous year.

Major textile companies in China have been experiencing a tough time, due to an increase in the price of cotton and other raw materials.