Global foreign direct investment inflows rose by 5% to $1.24 trillion in 2010, boosted by an increase in manufacturing projects in emerging countries - including many with significant apparel sectors - a UN report says.

"The share of manufacturing rose to almost half of all foreign direct investment projects," said James Zhan, chief for investment and enterprise at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The agency projects global FDI inflows to come in at around $1.4-1.6 trillion in 2011, or back to the pre-crisis average.

Zhan, lead author of UNCTAD's 'World Investment Report 2011,' said last year emerging economies absorbed $642bn or 52% of global FDI flows.

Inflows to China jumped 11% to $106bn in 2010, although due to rising wage and production costs the trend of off shoring labour-intensive manufacturing to the country has slowed and investments are now shifting to high-tech industries.

Inflows to Indonesia reached $13.3bn, up from $4.8bn the year before, Vietnam rose to $8.1bn ($7.6bn), Cambodia to $783m ($539m), and Bangladesh climbed to $913m ($700m). But India and Pakistan saw a fall in flows to $24.6bn ($35.6bn) and $2bn ($2.3bn) respectively.

The study also found non-equity modes (NEM) of international production such as contract manufacturing, services outsourcing, franchising, licensing and management contracts, generated at least $2 trillion in sales worldwide in 2010.

In apparel alone, NEM-related manufacturing employed 14.2m people worldwide and accounted for between $180bn to $190bn of apparel exports in 2010 - nearly a two-thirds share of total world apparel exports valued at $290.6bn.