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Global Cotton Consumption Exceeding Output
USAgNet - 03/03/2017

Prior to the 2015-16 marketing year, global cotton production had exceeded consumption for 4 consecutive years. This led to increasing ending stocks and downward pressure on cotton prices, reports the USDA.

In addition to the negative production incentives from low prices and excess stocks, poor weather conditions further reduced global cotton production in 2015-16.

Consumption exceeded production in 2015/16 by 15 million bales and falling prices stabilized.

In 2016-17, projected production has remained below consumption and prices have increased.

The global cotton industry also continues to face price competition from synthetic fibers to maintain market share.

Consumption is only projected to grow by 1 percent in 2016/17 and is up only 4 percent over a 5-year period.

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