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High costs turn textile buyers back to Europe

Rise in China wages is outpacing the economy, now it is simply no longer cheap enough to compete just on price

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Tollegno 1900 is one of several producers which said that clients were returning. Workers at its Biella factory are pictured checking for quality control (above) while a machine pulls different threads of yarn together.

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Tollegno 1900 is one of several producers which said that clients were returning. Workers at its Biella factory are pictured checking for quality control while a machine pulls different threads of yarn together (above).

Biella, Italy

INTERNATIONAL textiles buyers are increasingly switching away from China - and turning back to Western suppliers - as rising labour, raw material and energy costs make the world's dominant producer more expensive.

In Biella, a small town in the foothills of the Alps

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