Exports of Taiwan-made textile products grew 13 per cent in the January-June period, the first growth in three years, the non-profit Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) told the China Economic News yesterday (27 July).

During the first half, locally made textile products ranging from fibre, yarn, garments, and apparel all fared well in export markets.

Based on the good export performance in the first half, the island's overall textile industry is expected to enjoy pre-tax profits in the second half, TTF officials said.

Statistics from TTF show that the island exported US$7.96bn textile products in the first half. Total exports will go up to US$15bn in 2000, a 15 per cent increase from the NT$14.1bn registered in 1999.

Yarn and cloth represented the largest sector among textile exports in the first half, reaching US$5.65bn, up 14 per cent from the same period in 1999. The garment sector came next with US$993m, up 6.2 per cent from last year.

Meanwhile, exports of other categories of textile products amounted to US$1.04bn in the first half, 16.9 per cent more than the same period a year ago, according to TTF statistics.