Statistics from the Textile Section of the Economic Operation Bureau of the State Economic and Trade Commission in China have shown that the production and sales of textile products from the country have continued to increase during the year 2000. The figure released by the commission showed that throughout 2000 chemical fibre production increased by 16.3 per cent to 6.9416 million tons; yarn production increased 16.2 per cent to 6.5747 million tons; fabrics was up 10.9 per cent to 19.105 billion metres; printed fabrics increased 3 per cent to 17.095 billion metres; woollen fabrics rose 9.09 per cent to 278 million metres; silk textiles increased 17.6 per cent to 3.743 billion metres; and finished garments rose 13.4 per cent to 7.179 billion pieces.