Source:  ICAC

August 4, 2020

Executive Summary
Highlights from the August 2020 Cotton This Month include:

After reaching a high in January 2020, international cotton prices fell through February and March

This month, the price projection for the year-end 2020/21 average of the A Index is 62.8 cents per pound

Cotton consumption for the 2019/20 season is expected to decline 12% to 23 million tonnes

Cotton consumption should improve in 2020/21 if there’s a global economic recovery but price competition from synthetics continues

COVID-19 Pandemic Expected to Weigh on Cotton Prices into 2020/21 Season

Even plummeting prices aren’t enough to offset COVID-19’s impact on global cotton consumption — but the situation could improve quickly, assuming the world gets the pandemic under control. The price projection for the year-end 2020/21 average of the A Index is 62.8 cents per pound this month.

The current 2020/21 cotton consumption forecast is 23.9 million tonnes, representing a 5% increase from the previous season. Cotton production for 2020/21, on the other hand, is projected to move in the opposite direction, posting a 5% decrease to 24.8 million tonnes largely due to 2 million hectare decrease in global area.

Cotton consumption is expected to recover in 2020/21 if global economic growth recovers as consumer demand increases, but as always it will continue to face stiff competition from synthetic fibres.


Cotton This Month is published at the beginning of the month with the Cotton Update published mid-month. The Cotton Update, which is included in the Cotton This Month subscription, is a mid-month report with updated information on supply/demand estimates and prices. The next Cotton Update will be released on 17 August 2020. The next Cotton This Month will be released on 1 September 2020.  (Source: ICAC)