Textile and clothing exports from China’s Shenzhen province climbed 9.3 per cent in the first four months of this year after nearly two years of consecutive falls, customs chiefs revealed on Thursday.

Official figures showed fibre and apparel exports rose to $1.4 billion in the January-April period, with 70 per cent of those exports flowing through Hong Kong to other international markets.

Shenzhen’s garment and fabric exports have declined steadily for the past three years since reaching $5.1 billion in 1999. Last year, they totalled $4.2bn, but these latest figures have raised hopes that fall can be reversed this year.