Soaring cost of cotton leads to price hike

Clothing prices are predicted to rise by 14 percent this autumn, due to the soaring price of cotton.

The increased cost of the fibre is a result both of the recent floods that have devastated Australian crops and of wage inflation in China.

Prices for SS11 collections are reportedly already up by eight percent on a year ago, with some analysts claiming that this could rise to 14 percent by autumn.

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It is thought likely that some retailers, such as Next and Debenhams, may have to switch to more man-made fibres or cheaper suppliers in an attempt to keep down costs.

However, boss Julian Dunkerton recently downplayed these claims to Sun City and said the forecast seemed far fetched.

Dunkerton said: "I can’t see it being near that."

A number of brands are now switching to countries other than China to manufacture their goods. Boux Avenue founder Theo Paphitis told Lingerie Insight last month that due to rising costs in China, he would be also be looking to manufacture in countries such as Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and India.



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