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Ethiopia’s production prospects 7 Mar 2007

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Ethiopia’s entire textile and clothing supply chain is ripe for development under an ambitious US$1,799bn government plan to make knitted and woven clothing and home furnishings account around 45% of the country’s total exports. Investment opportunities range from setting up new businesses to taking over government owned factories or sourcing direct from the industry, as Niki Tait reports.


Bluefly flies high 2 Mar 2007

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Bluefly, the online retailer of off-price designer fashion brands, has just announced strong growth in revenues and margin levels for the fourth quarter and full year 2006. As more and more apparel chains announce their intentions to start selling online, just-style’s Rebecca Danton talks to Melissa Payner, president and CEO of Bluefly, about how the business has set a precedent in online soft goods sales and the company’s ability to keep its competitive edge.


Capacity challenge 26 Feb 2007

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Promises to expand the textile and clothing industries in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been repeatedly thwarted by government miscalculation and delay. So anyone who thinks they can predict essential new garment producing capacity in a few years’ time is likely to be wrong, points out Mike Flanagan.


Export markets 23 Feb 2007

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Hong Kong’s clothing exporters managed to put in a commendable performance last year. Helped by the re-imposition of quotas on Chinese textile and clothing products by the USA and EU, Hong Kong has seen a resurgence in its re-export trade, with the US in particular accounting for 16% more business in 2006. Vicky Sung reports.


Product development 19 Feb 2007

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Delivering a fashion collection on time and to budget is an increasingly difficult challenge. Factor in a complex international environment, and sourcing the finished product has the potential to be a logistical nightmare. But help is at hand in the form of product lifecycle management (PLM) software to coordinate the flow of information in a collection from design onwards, helping retailers and brands to anticipate consumers’ demands.


Fashion online 13 Feb 2007

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Despite the limitations of selling fashion over the internet, online purchases appeared to buck the downward trend in festive retail sales. Rebecca Danton finds out why more and more retailers are turning to e-commerce, while new research suggests that online fashion sales could increase by GBP134m (US$264m) a year if websites address customer behaviour patterns and provide more product information.


Trade talk 7 Feb 2007

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What’s likely to happen when anti-China quotas lapse in the EU at the end of 2007 and in the US at the end of 2008? No-one knows for sure explains Mike Flanagan, and points out that trying to forecast how possible, but uncertain, measures will affect the flow of trade is a mug’s game.


Hong Kong upbeat 2 Feb 2007

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Even though Hong Kong’s textile and clothing manufacturing industry has been shrinking from year to year, the territory has still managed to remain an important player in the global textile and clothing trade, as Vicky Sung reports.


CAFTA-DR progress 30 Jan 2007

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A new customs cooperation agreement that should help the US and Mexican textile industries compete with cheap Asian exports has been signed by the US Trade Representative Susan C Schwab and the Mexican Secretary of Economy Eduardo Sojo at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Workwear in Europe 26 Jan 2007

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A conference on the procurement of textiles and clothing by Europe’s public service sector was organised this week in Brussels by the European Commission. It was accompanied by calls for a shake-up in the way public contracts are handled, with less emphasis on price and more on quality, delivery and working conditions, as Jozef De Coster reports.


Indonesia's industry 24 Jan 2007

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Indonesia’s textile and clothing industry hopes to be one of the main beneficiaries of an Economic Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated with Japan. As Baari La Inggi reports, market expansion is key if Indonesian companies are to survive the increasingly fierce global competition in the US and EU.


Festive findings 19 Jan 2007

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Despite gloomy predictions, UK retail sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2006 was consistently ahead of 2005. However, for many retailers growth has come at the expense of margin and, with 2007 set to be a much more challenging year, new research believes there are lessons to be learnt from the key trends that have emerged.


Gap off track 17 Jan 2007

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Earlier this month Gap Inc reported the latest in a series of same-store sales declines, sparking speculation about the departure of Paul Pressler as Gap CEO and even a possible sale of the company. Industry observers, however, believe Gap needs to re-engineer its business to drive sales growth, as Arnold J Karr reports.


Denim in demand 11 Jan 2007

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With more jeans today being made for fashion wear than work wear, the technology for decorating them is an increasingly important means of adding value. Here Niki Tait looks at some of the new equipment available to help with the making up of jeans and their embellishment.


M&S on the mend 9 Jan 2007

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Recovering retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is cautiously optimistic on future trading after posting higher organic sales for its sixth quarter in a row.


Japanese fashion fads 3 Jan 2007

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Japan’s consumers are giving a big thumbs-up to new clothing that gives the wearer a workout without the need for normal exercise. The garments promise to firm up muscles and change the shape of a person’s body – and not surprisingly sales are booming, as Michael Fitzpatrick reports.


Buying from Bangladesh 22 Dec 2006

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Bangladesh had a tough year in 2006, with clothing manufacturers hit by a spate of violence, transport and power strikes, and criticism over factory conditions. Despite all this, the Bangladeshi apparel industry managed to get garments out, more or less to time and budget. Mike Flanagan now suggests retailers, charities and the industry itself should adopt a more positive attitude to help Bangladesh through its difficult times.


Bulgaria 19 Dec 2006

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With Bulgaria poised to join the EU on 1 January 2007, the country is optimistic that its clothing exports will continue to climb. Production of textiles and clothing has doubled in the last five years, and the industry now believes it is well-placed as a fast fashion supplier of high quality orders. Niki Tait takes a look.


Egyptian exports 13 Dec 2006

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Apparel exports to the US from Egyptian qualified industrial zones are soaring, manufacturing investments are on the up, and retailers and importers are putting more business into the country. Jozef De Coster reports on one of the industry’s recent success stories.


Labour standards 11 Dec 2006

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Bangladeshi factories used by UK retailers Primark, Tesco and Asda are paying workers just 5 pence an hour, according to a new report by charity War on Want.


Plus-size growth 8 Dec 2006

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In contrast to the current gloomy outlook on the high street, the men’s plus-size clothing market (waist size 37” and above) is the fastest growing clothing sector in the UK according to new research.


Digital printing 6 Dec 2006

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Fast production, high quality, unlimited customisation options and ease of use are just some of the benefits of direct to garment digital printing. Here Niki Tait looks at a range of flexible systems and processes that are available to manufacturers of short clothing runs.


Competing with China 4 Dec 2006

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With China hamstrung by temporary quota restrictions for another year or two and expected to be less competitive afterwards, and the EU and US likely to be more protectionist against China than they were in early 2005, what does this mean for other apparel producing nations? Mike Flanagan takes a look.


Romania revival 29 Nov 2006

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Romania is set to join the European Union on 1 January 2007. The country is currently the largest East-European supplier of clothing to the EU, but how will its future performance be affected by the higher costs and potential labour shortages that will inevitably accompany EU accession? Jozef De Coster finds out.


Indian exports 24 Nov 2006

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Now that India is no longer constrained by quotas, its intrinsic competitiveness is being revealed. Even though China has made bigger gains in market share last year, India’s impressive performance means it now looks set to be one of the world’s biggest locations for outsourcing textiles and apparel in the future, according to a new report.


Nautica's regional style 22 Nov 2006

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The decision to push Nautica back into European women’s wear in autumn 2007 will be eagerly watched after failed attempts in the past. But observers will notice a significant difference between the products now being offered in North America and those on sale in Europe, as VF’s European chief, Karl Heinz Salzburger tells David Robertson.


Vietnam joins WTO 17 Nov 2006

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The US Congress this week threw out legislation to normalise trade relations with Vietnam, a move that means quotas limiting Vietnam's exports to the US will remain in the short term. But as far as the textile and clothing industry’s concerned, the problems surrounding Vietnam’s WTO membership probably sum up how the global apparel trade will develop over the next few years. Mike Flanagan reports.


China's five-year-plan 13 Nov 2006

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China's strategy on foreign investment, outlined in last week's 11th five-year-plan, gives priority to quality investments and schemes to restructure traditional industries such as textiles and clothing. A raft of other new regulations could also mean that China will never again be the cheapest place to find a T-shirt, as Mike Flanagan explains.


Japanese men's wear 8 Nov 2006

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Japan’s men’s wear sales are on the up as the economy shrugs off a 10-year slump and cultural changes stemming from fears of global warming help shape demand. Building on this momentum, retailers and apparel makers are forecasting even better performance in 2006 and 2007 writes Michael Fitzpatrick.


Apparel exports 6 Nov 2006

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US clothing imports from China were 14.6% lower in volume during the first six months of 2006 than in the corresponding period of the previous year. So does this mean the Chinese export boom may be over – at least in the US market?

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