29 November 2013
Eleven people, including a six-year-old boy, are said to have died during this year's cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, according to a new report.
26 November 2013
More than 100 companies have now signed the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in April, which killed more than 1,100 people.
24 October 2013
Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.
17 October 2013
Faced with ongoing international criticism and a ban on the use of Uzbek cotton by more than 136 international apparel brands and retailers, the country's government is for the first time allowing the International Labor Organization (ILO) to carry out inspections during the 2013 cotton harvest.
17 October 2013
Carrefour has booked sales growth in the troubled markets of France and China, pushing shares in the French retailer up in morning trade today (17 October).
15 October 2013
The group representing more than 90 clothing retailers and brands sourcing from Bangladesh has publicly named the country's first garment factory considered to pose an "immediate risk" to workers.
9 October 2013
The safety of Bangladesh's textile and garment industry has been called into question again today (9 October) after at least seven people were killed in a fire at a fabric factory at Sreepur in the district of Gazipur, around 40km north of Dhaka.
8 October 2013
The CEO of Europe's largest retailer, Carrefour, has insisted the hypermarket format is "not dead", despite his conviction that "clicks and mortar are the future."
24 September 2013
Fashion retailer C&A leads two top 10 lists charting organic cotton use, drawn up by non-for-profit organisation Textile Exchange in its 2012 Market Report.
18 September 2013
As the focus in Bangladesh shifts to compensation payments for the victims and survivors of recent garment factory tragedies, an intriguing issue is coming to the fore: who, exactly, is culpable? While the factory owners and their current customers are obvious targets, what about retailers and brands who might have sourced there in the past? asks Petah Marian.
30 August 2013
French retail giant Carrefour has booked an increase in first-half profits, boosted by a strong rebound in profitability at its domestic business.
31 July 2013
Adidas, Nike and Armani are among the top 20 most powerful international brands in China, according to new research, having worked out how to connect with the new sophisticated, value-driven consumer.
18 July 2013
French retail giant Carrefour recorded an increase in sales in the second quarter and said business continued to improve at home.
11 July 2013
Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.
31 May 2013
A group of US based retailers and brands working towards a new programme to improve fire and safety regulations in Bangladeshi garment factories is unlikely to finalise its plans until early July.
30 May 2013
French retail giant Carrefour has formed a joint venture with consumer goods distributor CFAO to develop stores across eight African countries.
15 May 2013
More retailers and brands have joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh ahead of the midnight deadline (15 May).
14 May 2013
Marks & Spencer has become the latest retailer to join the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, which is intended to improve safety in the country's garment factories.
14 May 2013
US retailer Gap has said it will sign the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, if the agreement on how disputes are resolved is modified.
2 May 2013
Is Bangladesh is a place where workers are safe to make clothes sold by Western retailers and brands - and is the lure of low costs a risk worth taking? Last week's collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory complex has brought these concerns to the fore all over again.
1 May 2013
A group of Western clothing retailers and brands have agreed to a deadline later this month to finalise a fire and building safety plan aimed at preventing industrial disasters like the collapse last week of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh.
30 April 2013
UK fashion retailers Primark and Matalan, as well as Canadian brand Joe Fresh, have all agreed to pay compensation and offer emergency food aid to victims who worked for their suppliers in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building.
29 April 2013
British fashion retailer Primark and Canadian brand Joe Fresh have confirmed that their garments were being manufactured in one of the Bangladesh factories that collapsed on Wednesday (24 April), killing nearly 300 people.
29 April 2013
Labour rights groups and unions have stepped up their calls for urgent action to improve worker health and safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry, as the death toll from the collapsed Rana Plaza factory building soars to 381.
18 April 2013
French retail giant Carrefour has booked a decline in first-quarter sales after foreign exchange offset growth in emerging markets and a "resilient" domestic performance.
21 March 2013
Hong Kong-based fashion retailer Esprit has added three more former Inditex executives to its team to lead the company's new corporate strategy as well as develop and implement some of its major projects.
7 March 2013
Shares in Carrefour rose this morning (7 March) after the French retail giant reported underlying annual profits that beat analyst forecasts, amid an improved performance at home.
11 January 2013
Lacoste has named Jose Luis Duran as CEO, replacing Christophe Chenut who has held the post for the past five years.
14 December 2012
Textile-making countries came up against a range of labour, economic and environmental issues in 2012, including the worsening Eurozone crisis which dampened demand in key export markets. While some struggled to cope, others became increasingly competitive as exports rose.
5 December 2012
US brands and retailers were baling out of Bangladesh even before the fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory killed more than 110 people at the end of last month. And given the subsequent criticism aimed at Walmart for sourcing there, many other buyers must also be wondering whether the country continues to be worth the risk, according to Mike Flanagan.