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Bangladesh booked the largest drop in US imports in OctoberBangladesh slips as US imports decline in October 9 Dec 16

Michelle Russell

Despite expectations for a rise in imports as retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season, the volume of US apparel imports continued to slide in October. All but two of the top ten supplier countries posted declines, with Bangladesh booking the largest drop as its imports fell by nearly one-quarter on last year. China and Vietnam were the only countries to see a rise in shipments.


The Indian government decided almost without warning to phase out 500 and 1000 rupee notes to counter terrorism and the black market economyIndia cash demonetarisation hits clothing sector hard 9 Dec 16

Raghavendra Verma

India's domestic clothing industry has suffered a drastic slump in demand and production following the central government's sudden decision last month to withdraw high denomination currency notes accounting for around 86% of the total cash in the economy.


The "bilateral deals" Trump and his team say they want with former TPP partners are close to worthless for apparelWhy Trump has blown the case for Brexit out of the water 8 Dec 16

Mike Flanagan

US president-elect Trump's stated policies on international trade worry a lot of people. But the explanations given by his new business-friendly team worry Mike Flanagan a lot more. Here he explains why Trumponomics is not only bad for US apparel – but a blow for Brexiteers too.


In Ethiopia in particular trade is growing, thanks in part to a 2014 pledge from the World Bank to spend US$250m financing Ethiopian government plans to build seven industrial parks over the next five yearsDuty-free trade key to building Africa supply chains 8 Dec 16

Beth Wright

A group of ethical fashion producers and retailers, including German e-commerce giant Otto Group and shoemaking enterprise Soul of Africa, has called on the UK government to maintain duty-free access for imports from sub-Saharan Africa when negotiating new trade agreements with the region following the UK's eventual departure from the European Union. 


Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario explained how the company is greening its supply chain from design to productionHow to ensure sustainability is more than a slogan 6 Dec 16

Wang Fangqing

The annual Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group this year heard how brands such as Patagonia are making sustainability more than a slogan.


To ensure success, workers must be involved in a living wage pilot projectSteps to piloting living wages in garment factories 5 Dec 16

Leonie Barrie

While there is no single, simple solution to help garment brands and retailers progress from paying minimum wages to living wages to workers in their supply chains, feedback from those companies who have already made the move is a good place to start.


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