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Dominique Patton

Articles by Dominique Patton

Textile investors are being urged to look westCHINA: Textile firms guided west by Government 28 July 2010

China has issued a new directive encouraging textile companies to move factories away from manufacturing hubs in the east to poorer provinces.


Chinese garment makers respond to currency hike 8 July 2010

A stronger yuan will combine with rising labour costs to make China an increasingly expensive manufacturing location, warn Chinese garment makers.


There has been a rise in industrial unrest at Chinese factoriesANALYSIS: Strikes impact on Chinese garment makers 7 July 2010

Chinese garment makers are closely watching the recent surge in strike activity across China but say sufficient wages should keep their workers from downing tools.


Chinese garment manufacturers are being squeezed by higher cotton pricesANALYSIS: Rising cotton prices in China hit summer orders 11 June 2010

Cotton prices in China are nearing their historical peak, squeezing garment manufacturers just as they head into the important summer buying season.


ANALYSIS: Chinese apparel firms face labour shortage 15 March 2010

A year after Chinese manufacturers laid off millions of workers to cope with declining exports, many are now reporting a shortage of labour to meet the pick-up in demand from Western retailers. And factories fear they will be forced to raise wages this year if they are to attract enough workers.


Wal-Mart will benefit from its new sourcing dealANALYSIS: Wal-Mart deal "tip of the iceberg" for Li & Fung 1 February 2010

Wal-Mart's new agreement with Hong Kong sourcing expert Li & Fung will bring benefits to both companies, each already a giant in its field. Not only will it help the retailer to cut costs and spread its global exposure, but it could also double Li & Fung's business, writes Dominique Patton.


ANALYSIS: China’s luxury market sees rapid growth 10 December 2009

China’s luxury goods market is defying the downturn, with increasing numbers of consumers prepared to pay for high-quality, designer brands. A new study predicts the country’s luxury sales will grow between 15% and 20% this year, but as Dominique Patton finds out, expanding in the Chinese market is far from easy.


CHINA: Wal-Mart factories accused of abusing worker rights 26 November 2009

Chinese workers making shoes and other products for Wal-Mart are working in “sweatshop conditions” because of the retailer’s pressure on suppliers’ prices, says a new report.


ANALYSIS: China’s shoe makers brace for EU dumping duties 4 November 2009

As the European Union considers extending anti-dumping duties on Chinese leather shoes, China’s shoe manufacturers are bracing for a further hit to exports. Many have already shifted business away from Europe, while others are turning towards the domestic market, as Dominique Patton reports.


CHINA: Garment makers eye recovery as orders pick up 13 October 2009

Chinese garment makers are seeing some signs of recovery in export markets but business remains tough after the financial crisis.


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