Global yarn production decreased by 23 per cent between Q3/17 and Q4/17. Output reductions in Brazil (23 per cent), Asia (14 per cent), and the US (4 per cent) have balanced out the increase in Africa (12 per cent) and Europe (15 per cent). All surveyed countries, apart from Brazil and Germany, expect a decrease in yarn output in Q1/2018. Global yarn stocks were stable between Q3/17 and Q4/17. A reduction in Brazil (11 per cent), Egypt (9 per cent), and Europe (4 per cent) was cancelled out by a 3 per cent increase in Asia. Altogether, yarn stocks reached 96 per cent of their previous year level for the same quarter. Yarn orders increased on average between Q3/17 and Q4/17 (7 per cent). The order contraction in Korea Rep. (8 per cent) has been compensated by positive trends in the other reporting countries.