PHNOM PENH, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia had exported garment and textile products in equivalent to 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in the first six months of 2012, up 9 percent from 1.93 billion U.S. dollars in the same period last year, a report from the Commerce Ministry showed on Monday.
The United States and European countries are the main buyers, other clients include Canada, Japan, South Korea, China and some other Asian countries.
During the same period, the country had imported garment and textile raw materials in equivalent to 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, a 23 percent rise from 1.22 billion U.S. dollars in the same period last year, said the report.
Those materials had been mainly imported from China, China's Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
Garment industry is the country's largest income earner. The sector consists of more than 300 factories, employing some 335,400 workers - 91 percent of them are female, according to the Commerce Ministry.
Last year, the sector had exported products in equivalent to 4. 24 billion U.S. dollars, up 25 percent from a year earlier.