Economic and Fiber Demand Outlook for 1990

J. Berrye Worsham


In contrast to 1989, economic and price factors influencing total fiber demand will be relatively negative in 1990. Total apparent fiber consumption (excluding carpet and glass) is expected to decline 6% in 1990. Cotton will fare better than man-made fibers due to continued consumer preferences for natural fibers and low cotton prices compared with polyester and rayon in 1989. Total mill consumption of cotton is likely to fall from 8.2 million bales in calendar year 1989 to 7.8 million bales in calendar year 1990.

Reprinted from 1990 Proceedings: Beltwide Cotton Production Research Conferences pp. 382 - 385
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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