Garment exports from Sri Lanka are unlikely to show any growth this year due to increased low-cost competition from other manufacturing countries. Sales will stay flat at $2.5 billion after crashing 14 per cent last year, with the United States and the European Union accounting for about half the country's exports. Businesses saw a sharp drop in demand last year due to the retail slowdown in the United States, and were also hit by internal strife that included a rebel attack at the country's sole international airport.