Global Consumption Projected to Reach Record High in 2019/20

For Immediate Release 


Date Posted: 1 April 2019


Executive Summary

Highlightsfrom the April edition of Cotton This Month regarding the 2019/20 season:

  • Despite persistent challenges, global cotton consumption should reach an all-time high in 2019/20
  • World production should rise to 27.6 million tonnes, boosted in part by a 6% increase in global yields
  • Ending stocks are projected to increase slightly from 2018/19 to 17.7 million tonnes
  • ICAC’s price projection for the A Index at the end of 2019/20 is 81.25 cents per pound, with a forecast range between 60.71 to 94.23 cents per pound

GlobalConsumption Projected to Reach Record High in 2019/20


Whilethe global cotton industry continues to face a number of challenges — tradeuncertainties, slowing economic growth and weakening demand — consumption is stillexpected to set an all-time high in 2019/20, reaching 27.3 million tonnes.


Thatrecord-breaking number still won’t be enough to keep global ending stocks fromrising by the end of the 2019/20, however. Total production is projected toreach 27.6 million tonnes, a number boosted in part by a 6% increase in globalyields, which should leave 17.7 million tonnes in the world’s warehouses at theend of next season.


According to ICAC’s priceprojection, changes in market fundamentals — particularly thestocks-to-mill-use (SMU) ratio outside of China — will drive a decrease in theA Index, which is now expected to drop to 81.25 cents per pound in 2019/20. 

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