Apparel and textile imports were down 1.8 per cent in May compared with last year, the Commerce Department reported. For the year-to-date, overall imports increased 2.7 per cent. Charles Bremmer of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute said the declines were caused by high levels of imports last year. He said that imports were up 19.2 per cent in the first half of 2000 and 11 per cent in the second half.