China's textile and garment sector rose above trade disputes to report a 38.3% increase in textile manufacturing profits and 31.9% in garment manufacturing profits between January and May.

Both industrial output and sales revenue were up 20%, Xinhua News Agency reported, referring to a report drafted by the Economic Forecast Department of the State Information Center.

The textile sector took profits of CNY16.56bn (US$2.08bn) during the first five months of the year, while the garment sector made profits of CNY8.48bn, the report said. These represent year-on-year increases of 38.3% and 31.9% respectively.

In addition, total export value of textiles and garments grew 24.55%, making up 14.6% of the country's total exports. Imports grew 6.47%, making up 2.3% of China's total.

Chin's top three export destinations during the five months were Japan, the US and Hong Kong, it was reported.