Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Apparel exports grew by over 30 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of the current fiscal year against the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

The state-run Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data show $2.18 billion knit exports and $1.79 billion woven during the July-September period, which are 32 percent and 30 percent more than in the same period a year earlier.

During July-September period, Bangladesh exported home textiles of $55.21 million, raw jute $154.3 million, jute goods $45. 93 million, terry towels $76.98 million, footwear $142.60 million, frozen foods $121.91 million, shrimps $28.49 million, bicycles $16.73 million, vegetables $64.39 million, leather $12.67 million and leather products worth $10.13 million.

The overall exports stood at $5.02 billion in the period, registering a 30 percent growth over the same period a year ago, the EPB said.

BBN/SSR/SI-18Oct10-11:51 am (BST)