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How is the Economy Affecting Apparel Shoppers?

Even though inflation has decreased steadily for six months, unemployment is at its lowest level in half a century and U.S. single-family housing starts increased by double digits in December,…

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Reaching Consumers In Spite of Inflation

It’s hard to say which is a bigger topic in the daily news: inflation or the blistering weather. One thing for sure is they both seem inescapable, with inflation now…

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Monthly Economic Letter
February 2021

The latest USDA report featured increases to world production (+1.3 million to 114.1 million) and consumption forecasts (+1.5 million bales to 117.2 million).  Due to revisions to mill-use figures in…

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Monthly Economic Letter
January 2021

RECENT PRICE MOVEMENT Global cotton prices continued to rise over the past month. The NY March futures contract climbed from 74 cents/lb to 82 cents/lb. The December futures contract, reflective…

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10 Facts About COVID-19 & Consumer Concerns

The response to COVID-19 is altering American life. Social distancing, working remotely, when possible, and the shift of education from public schools to the privacy of living rooms and kitchen…

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Monthly Economic Letter
February 2020

The latest USDA report featured an increase to the forecast for world production in 2019/20 (+850,000 bales to 121.3 million) and a decrease to the forecast for 2019/20 world mill-use…

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Monthly Economic Letter January 2020

RECENT PRICE MOVEMENT Indian and Pakistani prices were stable over the past month.  Other benchmark prices increased. The nearby March NY futures contract increased from 65 to 71 cents/lb. The…

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Monthly Economic Letter June 2019

This USDA’s May supply and demand report is the first to feature a complete set of forecasts for an upcoming crop year.  The figures for 2019/20 suggest growth in both…

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Monthly Economic Letter May 2019

This USDA’s May supply and demand report is the first to feature a complete set of forecasts for an upcoming crop year. The figures for 2019/20 suggest growth in both…

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Monthly Economic Letter March 2019

This month’s USDA report featured little change. The global harvest estimate for 2018/19 rose 440,000 bales (to 118.9 million). The global mill-use estimate decreased 50,000 bales (essentially unchanged at 123.6…

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