ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s textile exports increased by 8.55 per cent to $6.458 billion during July-December period of the current fiscal year (2012-13) as compared to $5.590 billion in the same period of last year.

According to the figures of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the textile exports registered handsome growth of over 12.48 per cent in December 2012 and were recorded at $1.058 billion compared with $1.009 billion of the same period last year.

According to figures, in textiles group, the product-wise details showed that raw cotton exports went down by 51.46 per cent in July-December period of the ongoing fiscal year, cotton yarn exports increased by 38 per cent, cotton cloth 12.31 per cent, cotton carded exports declined by 85.15 per cent, yarn exports went up by 53.94 per cent, knitwear exports reduced by 2.02 per cent, bed-wear exports decreased by 9.61 per cent, towels exports enhanced by 10.98 per cent, tents 25.39 per cent, readymade garments 13.29 per cent, art silk and synthetic textile exports reduced by 19.69 per cent, made-up articles were down by 6.89 per cent and other textile materials exports increased by 62.95 per cent in July-December period of 2012-13 against the July-December 2011-12 period, said the PBS data.

Meanwhile, the figures revealed that the country’s food exports also registered an increased of 4.82 per cent in July-December period of the year 2012-13.

The break-up of food group exports revealed that rice exports went down by 12.33 per cent in the period under review, fish exports went up by 2.64 per cent, fruits exports reduced by 1.77 per cent, vegetables 38.28 per cent, pulses exports reduced by 56.68 per cent, tobacco exports reduced by 40.91 per cent, wheat exports declined by 61.49 per cent, spices exports increased by 25.07 per cent, oil seeds export increased by 41.60 per cent, sugar 100 per cent, meat 43.74 per cent and all other food items exports reduced by 17.31 per cent in the period under review. Meanwhile, in other manufactures group, exports of carpets, rugs and mats decreased by 0.12 per cent, sports goods exports decreased by 0.15 per cent and leather exports went up by 4.48 per cent.

Similarly, the engineering goods exports declined by over 54 per cent in July-December period of the current fiscal year against the same period last year.