Taiwanese exports of textile goods by value plunged 8.9 per cent to $1.08 billion last month from $1.19bn in the year-ago period, the latest figures from the Taiwan Textile Federation revealed on Tuesday.

The statistics revealed yarn and fabric exports fell nine per cent to $828m in April, with garment exports slumping 18 per cent to $97.6m from 2001.

Those falls contributed to a 13.4 per cent year-on-year slide to $4.17bn in textile exports for the first four months of 2002. Garment exports fell 20.3 per cent in the period and yarn and fabric exports 14.4 per cent.