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Fast fashion slowing down? 13 Jun 2008

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Despite posting a double-digit increase in first quarter profit this week, Zara operator Inditex dropped below its own average growth rate and the expectations of some analysts. Joe Ayling reports on how well-equipped fast fashion operators are to weather the economic storm.

Olympic sportswear winners 10 Jun 2008

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China’s home-grown sportswear brands will have their biggest opportunity yet to raise international visibility this year. But even as they vie for the best routes to Beijing’s Olympic Games coverage, most brands still remain closely focused on soaring domestic sales, as Dominique Patton reports.

Food, fuel and fashion 3 Jun 2008

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From the credit crunch in the West, to rising raw material and fuel costs, and even strikes caused by the soaring price of food, the apparel industry is being ravaged by a series of catastrophes beyond its control. Mike Flanagan looks at a tale of four crises – and asks why no-one had foreseen any of them.

Patagonia goes green 30 May 2008

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Rock climbing-inspired apparel and footwear brand Patagonia has pioneered the use of organic cotton and recycled polyester in its outdoor clothing and posted sales of US$330m last year. Joe Ayling interviews the company's UK sales and marketing manager, Jonathan Petty, to find out to what peaks an already ambitious sustainable business model can climb to next.

Digital printing in production 29 May 2008

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Despite all the hype about digital printing over the last few years, just 2% of the world’s printed fabric is produced using this method. One of the reasons for this slow uptake is that digital printing is far from straight-forward, as Niki Tait finds out at Digital Print Asia, one of the world’s largest digital print companies.

M&S heading for a fall? 22 May 2008

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UK retail giant Marks & Spencer has finally broken through the GBP1bn profit barrier for the first time in more than a decade. But instead of rejoicing at its turnaround under the guidance of CEO Sir Stuart Rose, industry observers are focusing instead on a tough year ahead amid falling sales, increased costs and what some believe is an ill-advised foray overseas. Leonie Barrie reports.

Ethiopia misses textile target 20 May 2008

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Ethiopia is trying to position itself as a sourcing destination for the textile and apparel industry. But ambitious government projections of a US$500m a-year turnover sector by 2008/2009 are lagging way behind, with exports of just US$12.6m achieved in 2007. Paul Cochrane reports from Addis Ababa.

Tough times for sportswear firms? 15 May 2008

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The choice between fight and flight is taking on a new meaning in the sporting goods sector. Brands are soaring by exploiting new opportunities in emerging markets, while a subsequent fight for remaining market share is taking shape closer to home, as Joe Ayling reports.

Kenya eyes export growth 13 May 2008

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Kenya’s apparel exports suffered a serious setback at the beginning of this year when ethnic violence erupted across the country. Orders are now returning, and garment makers are pinning their hopes on a new interim trade pact with the EU to kick-start their sales into Europe. Jozef De Coster reports from Nairobi.

Suppliers react to US downturn 6 May 2008

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A huge number of Chinese manufacturers are worried about the US retail downturn – even though the country accounts for less than a fifth of China’s apparel sales. One reason is that their businesses were set up to exploit the US’ relatively large orders, believes Mike Flanagan, and that learning to adapt to non-US markets is one of the biggest challenges facing Chinese suppliers today.

The anti-dumping debate 1 May 2008

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Some sense of normality was restored for retailers and importers when the European Commission (EC) abolished quotas on imports of Chinese clothing at the beginning of this year. But the silence that has followed doesn’t convince international trade expert Emma Ormond the matter is now closed. Anti-dumping complaints are a near certainty she tells Leonie Barrie.

Supermarket fashion surge 29 Apr 2008

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Supermarket fashions are a force to be reckoned with in the UK, and companies like Asda and Tesco have made no secret of their lofty ambitions to dominate the clothing sector. Convenience and keen prices might be good news for the consumer, but what do they mean for the clothing sector as a whole? asks Richard Woodard.

Green garment plants 25 Apr 2008

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Marks & Spencer CEO Sir Stuart Rose today (25 April) paid a one-day flying visit to Sri Lanka to open the world’s first ‘green’ garment manufacturing plants which will supply clothing to M&S stores.

Clothing and the credit crunch 22 Apr 2008

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The global credit crisis isn’t creating huge collapses in retail sales, says Mike Flanagan, despite numerous reports to the contrary. He believes retailers’ profits are under pressure because sales aren’t growing as fast as most business plans required. More significantly, though, emerging markets are transforming their manufacturing industries in response.

Prime Source Forum 2008 16 Apr 2008

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Apparel suppliers, retailers and importers face countless challenges in the months ahead, including political uncertainty on global trade, increasing costs in China, intensifying logistics pressures, and escalating environmental concerns. How they tackle these issues is likely to make the difference between success and failure, as Leonie Barrie heard at the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong earlier this month.

China sourcing concerns 14 Apr 2008

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Chaotic scenes followed the Olympic torch relay on the streets of London, Paris and San Francisco last week. But pro-Tibetan demonstrators not only raised consumer awareness of China’s human rights record, believes Mike Flanagan, they also increased the likelihood of customer boycotts of products made in China – including clothing.

World Retail Congress 2008 9 Apr 2008

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The Warnaco Group's chief has hailed the global awareness of its Calvin Klein businesses - billed as the company's driving force for growth.

The fashion for Fairtrade 8 Apr 2008

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UK sales of items made from Fairtrade cotton rose to 9.5m units in 2007 from just 0.5m in 2006. Ben Cooper looks at the factors behind this growth, and assesses the potential for further expansion of the Fairtrade cotton market in the UK and other countries.

Garments without Guilt 3 Apr 2008

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Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is pinning its hopes on its ‘Garments without Guilt’ initiative to give it a competitive edge as an ethical producer in a crowded international market. It’s a bold stance, but one the country believes will help enhance buyer loyalty and tap into consumer concerns over the conditions in which their clothes are made. Leonie Barrie reports.

Thailand's textile exports 1 Apr 2008

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Executives from two of Thailand’s leading trade associations are forecasting a 10% growth in the country’s garment exports this year, thanks largely to an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Japan. The industry is also looking to expand into ASEAN markets, but may be hampered by labour shortages and a lack of expertise in design and product development, as Niki Tait explains.

Children's Place ditches Disney 27 Mar 2008

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After struggling for more than three years to turn around the Disney Store retail chain in the US and Canada, The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc has now decided to cut its losses and hand control of the shops back to the Walt Disney Co. The move is widely seen as a positive one for both companies, and comes amid a strategic review designed to return Children’s Place to profit.

Inflationary issues 25 Mar 2008

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Inflation’s back, and for retailers with slowing sales it couldn’t have chosen a worse time to rear its head. Rising costs are hitting practically all apparel suppliers, and buyers will need to start adjusting their strategies if they’re going to find better value, believes Mike Flanagan.

Speaking with style: Asos 20 Mar 2008

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Online fashion retailer Asos seems to be coasting through the retail slump with two main selling points - Internet and celebrity. Joe Ayling interviews Asos CEO Nick Robertson to find out more.

South Asian exports 17 Mar 2008

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Time was when the Chinese clothing industry was all about exports. Nowadays, though, rising costs, savvy competitors, and growing domestic clothing sales mean low wage south Asian countries are eyeing Chinese market share. But will they be able to force their way in?

India eyes ambitious industry growth 13 Mar 2008

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Despite concerns from non-governmental organisations and trade unions in the West about India’s credentials when it comes to sweatshop labour and basic workers' rights, the country is eyeing ambitious growth plans for its textile and clothing industry over the next five years. But are the official targets realistic? asks Jozef De Coster.

China confronts pollution crisis 5 Mar 2008

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China last week amended its pollution laws so that managers of factories that pollute waterways face losing half of their annual salary. This is just one way in which garment makers are increasingly being held accountable for their impact on China’s environment as both government and local communities start to tackle the country’s huge pollution problem. Dominique Patton reports.

WTO trade round progress 29 Feb 2008

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The WTO’s seven-year-old Doha Development Round is planning the final phase of its negotiations, which would slash many import duties on clothing and textiles traded worldwide and maybe eliminate some altogether. Keith Nuthall reports.

US trade with China 26 Feb 2008

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What is likely to happen when restrictions on imports of Chinese textile and apparel products into the US expire on 31 December 2008? Action to seek new restraints is a near certainty – as the National Council of Textile Organizations hints in its year-end review.

Lingerie sector continues to entice 21 Feb 2008

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The lingerie industry is currently in a state of intense company turmoil, with international labels and private-label sellers re-assessing their market positions. But what does all this mean for manufacturers, retailers and brands? A new report from just-style takes a look.

Colombia hampered by trade delays 19 Feb 2008

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Despite rising exports, Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is in a state of flux. Preferential access to the US market under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act is due to end later this month, and the Colombia-US Free Trade Agreement has yet to be ratified. But could a strategic co-operation with China be the answer to Colombia’s woes? asks Jozef De Coster.