Double-digit growth has been booked for knitwear and woven garment exports from Bangladesh in the first five months of the current fiscal year - but both categories are short of the targets set for the period.

The latest government figures show Bangladesh exported knitwear worth $4.0bn during July-November, a rise of 13.14% on the same period last year. For woven garments, exports jumped 23.64% to $3.57bn.

While the figures are impressive, there are worries that exports are beginning to slow. In the months of July and August, for example, Bangladesh's knitwear exports soared 29.64%, while shipments of woven garments surged 33.57%.

In particular, the deepening debt crisis in Europe is a major concern, not least because Bangladesh is the third biggest exporter to the EU-27 countries. In 2010 it saw an 11.8% increase in the value of shipments to EUR5.7bn, up from EUR5.1bn in 2009.