The value of China's textiles and garment exports rose 2.2% in January, new data shows, with a drop in clothing exports offset by rising overseas fabric shipments.

According to the General Administration of Customs, total export value rose to $15.57bn in the first month of 2010 compared with the same period last year.

But while textile exports surged 18.2% to $5.58bn, garment and accessories shipments were down 5% to $9.99bn.

January’s figures also fell behind those posted in December, when exports of textiles and garments rose to $16.79bn – the first gain since April 2009.

For full-year 2009, the total value of textile and garment exports from China fell 10.1% to $167.02bn.

Analysts, however, are hopeful that demand for textiles and apparel in the EU and US markets will help Chinese exports return to growth this year.