Apparel imports picked up in December, but continued to underperform after turning in a dismal performance in November due largely to the impact of the West Coast port slowdown.

According to data released last week by the U.S. Commerce Department, apparel imports increased by 3 percent in the month from December 2013, to over $6.8 billion. The increase was less than half the gain turned in by all U.S. goods and services imports, which grew by 7.3% to $197 billion.

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