DHAKA, July 10 Bangladesh's exports in the
2013/14 financial year that ended in June rose 11.65 percent
from a year earlier to nearly $30.18 billion, boosted by
stronger clothing sales, the Export Promotion Bureau said on
Garments are a vital sector for the South Asian nation,
whose low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have
helped make it the world's largest apparel exporter after China.
Garment exports surged 14 percent to $24.5 billion in
2013/14 from a year earlier.
The garment industry, which supplies many Western brands
such as Wal-Mart WMT.N, Tesco TSCO.L and H&M HMb.ST, has been
under the spotlight after a string of fatal factory accidents,
including the collapse of a building housing factories in April
2013 that killed more than 1,130 people.
(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Kim Coghill)