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China Sourcing Update: Energy Costs (Apr 2017)

19 May 2017

In line with the movement of global crude prices, China’s crude prices plummeted during mid-April to early May and picked up afterwards. For example, the Daqing2 crude price fell from US$ 49.3 per bar...Read More

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The Belt and Road Initiative: Seeking Deeper and Broader Cooperation

19 May 2017

With a joint communique signed by the attending government heads and an extensive list of 270 deliverables, the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) concluded fruitfully in Beijing on 15 May. Featuring the...Read More

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China Trade Quarterly (Issue 46)

17 May 2017

Retail sales of consumer goods reached 8,582.3 billion yuan in 1Q17, up nominally by 10.0% yoy. Online retail sales of goods, which accounted for 12.4% of total retail sales, rose strongly by 25.8% yo...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Major Price Indicators (Apr 2017)

12 May 2017

The year-on-year growth rate of China’s consumer price index (CPI) went up to 1.2% in April from 0.9% in March, higher than market expectations (see exhibits 1 & 2)....Read More

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Asia Sourcing Update (May 2017)

11 May 2017

HIGHLIGHTS CAMBODIA ▪ GDP to grow by 6.9% this year ▪ Investment falls by 21.7% yoy in 2016 ▪ Industrial sector diversifies beyond garment production INDONESIA ▪ Manufacturing PMI reaches 10-month hig...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Prices of Chemical Textile Materials (Apr 2017)

8 May 2017

The price indices of polyester went up during early to mid-April and fell afterwards (see exhibit 1). For example, after rising from 9,350 on 31 March to 9,700 on 18 April, the price index of polyeste...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Prices of Natural Textile (Apr 2017)

5 May 2017

The price indices of cotton dropped slightly during early to mid-April and rose afterwards. For example, after falling from 15,862 on 31 March to 15,846 on 13 April, the CC Index 3128B went up to 15,9...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Transportation Cost (Apr 2017)

4 May 2017

The China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) went up from 778.83 on 31 March to 818.99 on 28 April (see exhibit 1). The main reasons for the rise in the index in the month were that a number of carrie...Read More

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PMI Monthly Report on China Manufacturing (April 2017)

30 April 2017

PMI drops to 51.2 in April Output, New Orders, New Export Orders, Purchases of Inputs, Imports, Expanding. Stocks of Finished Goods, Stocks of Major Inputs, Backlogs of Orders, Contracting. Input Pric...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Price Index for US Imports from China (Mar 2017)

26 April 2017

Compiled by the US Department of Labor, the price index for US imports from China edged up to 100.2 in March from 100.0 (revised downward from the previously released figure of 100.1) in February (see...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Raw Material Prices Hard Goods (Mar 2017)

25 April 2017

Raw Material Prices: Hard Goods 1. Price index of ABS resin continues to soar in March The price index of ABS resin jumped by 7.8% mom in March, posting month-on-month gain for six consecutive months ...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Major Price Indicators (Mar 2017)

20 April 2017

The year-on-year growth rate of China’s consumer price index (CPI) inched up to 0.9% in March from a two-year low of 0.8% in February, lower than market expectations(see exhibits1 &2)....Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Energy Costs (Mar 2017)

20 April 2017

In line with the movement of global crude prices, China’s crude prices went up markedly during late March to mid-April. For example, the Daqing crude price rose from a four-month low of US$ 43.8per ba...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Prices of Natural Textile Materials (Mar 2017)

13 April 2017

The price indices of cotton edged up in early March and have dropped since then. For example, the CC Index 3128B rose from 15,963 on 28 February to 15,975 on 8 March, before falling to 15,862 on 31 Ma...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Prices of Chemical Textile Materials (Mar 2017)

13 April 2017

The price indices of polyester tumbled in March (see exhibit 1). For example, the price index of polyester DTY plunged from 10,400 on 28 February to a 9,350 on 31 March, the lowest level since Decembe...Read More

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Asia Sourcing Update (April 2017)

7 April 2017

▪ EU warns Bangladesh of GSP suspension over labour rights ▪ Report reveals hazardous working conditions and child labour in Bangladesh’s tanneries ▪ Bangladeshi companies invest in denim projects...Read More

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China Logistics Prosperity Index (April 2017)

6 April 2017

The business volume index of China Logistics Prosperity Index (LPI) came in at 55.4 in March, up from 53.2 in February.1 Except the logistics service charges index, all sub-indices were in the expansi...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Transportation Cost (Mar 2017)

5 April 2017

The China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) went down from 815.46 on 24 February to a three-month low of 778.15 on 24 March, before rebounding a bit to 778.83 on 31 March (see exhibit 1)....Read More

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PMI Report on China Manufacturing

31 March 2017

PMI rises to 51.8 in March Output, New Orders, New Export Orders, Purchases of Inputs, Imports, Expanding. Stocks of Finished Goods, Stocks of Major Inputs, Backlogs of Orders, Contracting. Input Pric...Read More

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China Sourcing Update: Labour Cost (Mar 2017)

31 March 2017

From January to March 2017, local governments in two provinces/ municipalities announced to raise the minimum wage levels in their jurisdictions. See below for details:...Read More

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