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 USA (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.