China's textile chiefs have released further details of its 10-month textile and garment exports which have climbed more than 14 per cent year-on-year to $50.7 billion.

Official data showed textile exports jumped 20.6 per cent year-on-year to $16.7bn in the January to October period, with garment exports up 11.6 per cent to $34bn compared to the year-ago period.

Of the total export, $24.8bn came from state owned enterprises, up 5.9 per cent; $4.8bn from collective enterprises, up 33 per cent; and $18.1bn from foreign-funded enterprises, up 11.4 per cent.

The top five export destinations were Japan, Hong Kong, the US and EU and South Korea. Japan ordered soft goods worth $10.7bn, down six per cent; Hong Kong $10.6bn, up 21.4 per cent; the US $5.8bn, up 10.1 per cent; the EU $5.2bn, up 22.1 per cent; and Korea $2.8bn, up 21 per cent.

Industry chiefs also revealed China imported textiles and clothing valued at $11.8bn in the first 10 months of 2002, up 4.5 per cent year-on-year.