Cotton fibre prices, production and consumption forecasts
World fibre consumption rose during 2014, reflecting continued global economic recovery. The rise was largely due to an increase in consumption of man-made fibres – although there was also an increase in consumption of natural fibres which was due primarily to a rise in consumption of cotton fibre. Consumption of cotton fibre is also expected to rise during 2015/16. At the same time, production of cotton fibre is expected to fall. As a result, consumption will exceed production and stocks will decline. However, stocks will remain at high levels and cover demand comfortably and so it is unlikely that cotton fibre prices will increase significantly. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of cotton fibre prices, production and consumption forecasts, and equips strategic planners with information which enables them to predict the extent to which future changes in the cotton fibre price are likely to affect their businesses. In addition, it contains a detailed analysis of trends in cotton fibre prices and trends in cotton fibre production and consumption.