Exports of ready-made garments climbed 9.2 per cent last month to $431 million compared to $394.7m in the year-ago period, India's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) revealed on Monday.

The council said garment exports by quantity climbed to 119.6 million pieces from 113.2 million pieces in 2001, while in the first five months of the year clothing exports rose 1.1 per cent to $1.8 billion, or in terms of quantity by eight per cent to 545 million pieces.

A breakdown of those figures showed exports to the US jumped by almost a third in May in quantity terms to 49.7 million pieces and by 13 per cent in value terms to $225.1 million.

However, that growth was offset by shrinkage in the exports to the EU and Canada, with falls in value terms of 9.5 per cent and 21.3 per cent, respectively, and 6.1 per cent and 18.4 per cent in quantity terms.