The Vietnamese General Statistics Department has reported that textile and apparel exports reached US$6.7bn in the first nine months of 2009 - a drop of 2.07% on the same period 2008.

Shipments in September came to US$800m, which is down 6% on the previous month and a drop of 4% year-on-year.

Local experts now estimate that the total export turnover in 2009 will be US$9bn, a drop of 1% against 2008.