A record-high global cotton mill use is forecast for 2019-20 season, according to the initial projections by the US department of agriculture (USDA). World cotton consumption in 2019-20 is expected to reach 125.9 mn bales, 3.2 mn (2.6 per cent) above 2018-19 and 1.7 mn bales above the previous record established in 2006-07.