What is going on with cotton prices?

Notwithstanding a pullback the past two days, cotton prices have been on a tear lately, recently surpassing $1 per pound for the first time since the 1990s. From various news reports, it appears that the surge is due to  recent floods in Pakistan coupled with unusually strong demand in China and elsewhere for cotton fiber and yarn. It will be interesting to see whether textile producers and clothing retailers can pass along higher prices to consumers.


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