Global Cotton: Shifting Order To Create New Opportunities

The global cotton market is shifting from historical producers and consumers to new markets, which we believe will create new opportunities for retail companies and apparel manufacturers. We highlight below the main winners and losers of these changes.

Shifting Production Centres: From US/China To India/Pakistan

Out to the end of our forecast period in 2017/18, we forecast the combined share of global cotton production from the US and China, the world's largest producers, to decrease from 45.7% in 2012/13 to 40.6% in 2017/18. In contrast, India and Pakistan are forecast to increase their combined share of global production from 33.0% to 36.2% over the same period.

India Overtaking China
Select Countries - Cotton Production (as % of global)

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