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The US imported $8.3bn of apparel from the DR-CAFTA region last yearWhy Central America must make better use of DR-CAFTA 27 May 16

Ivan Castano Freeman

Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) with the United States, and move to leverage the so-called staging categories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to boost its competitiveness, according to experts.


H&M has proved that compliance, CSR and sustainability go hand-in-hand with colossal financial successWhat's the difference between compliance and safety? 26 May 16

Emma Birnbaum and David Birnbaum

Swedish fashion retailer H&M is one of the leaders of the move to change compliance, and is at the forefront of sustainability. However, at the same time H&M appears to show no interest in the safety of workers making its products, write Emma Birnbaum and David Birnbaum. What is the difference between compliance and worker safety? they ask.


M&S chief executive Steve Rowe says turning around the retailerHow M&S plans to revamp its clothing business 25 May 16

Leonie Barrie

The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer has set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lowering prices and improving style, fit and quality – after the troubled unit saw like-for-like sales slump 2.9% over the past year.


There are opportunities for retailers to capitalise on the growth of UK manufacturingUK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth 24 May 16

Michelle Russell

With the value of the UK clothing market set to soar over the next five years, and consumers taking more of an interest in the origin and quality of the garments they buy, new opportunities are opening up for retailers to  play up to the strengths of sourcing closer to consumers. 


Sports and athletic footwear are among VietnamFootwear to see "significant" gains from TPP 23 May 16

Leonie Barrie

Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant gains seen in both US imports and exports.


Under a yarn-forward rule, apparel made with imported textile inputs from non-TPP countries would not qualify for duty-free treatmentYarn-forward rules may weigh on Vietnam's TPP potential 20 May 16

Leonie Barrie

While Vietnam is likely to see some of the biggest apparel export gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new report confirms industry concerns that its shortfall in yarn and fabric production, ability to meet yarn-forward rules of origin, capacity constraints and related price effects could all weigh on its potential.


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TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel importsTPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports

A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in US apparel imports – and that Vietnam would be the biggest beneficiary.

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Leonie BarrieLatest blog entry: The most valuable apparel brand in the world is… 19 May 2016

Leonie Barrie

…Nike, at least according to Forbes. Its annual ranking of the top 100 most valuable companies is not surprisingly dominated by technology brands – led by Apple in the number one slot. But plenty of clothing brands and retailers also made it onto the list.


US apparel import roundup US apparel import roundup

Monthly figures from the Department of Commerce's Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) highlight the rise and fall of global apparel imports into the US.


just-style research roundup just-style research roundup

A weekly roundup of the latest research reports available on just-style.


Global news roundup Global news roundup

just-style's summary of apparel and footwear news from the world’s local media.


Viewpoint Viewpoint

just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.


In the money In the money

A regular in-depth analysis prompted by what’s happening in the financial world and how it impacts on the apparel and footwear supply chain from manufacturing to retail.


The Flanarant The Flanarant

A forthright take on the follies the world’s apparel buying community has to deal with, from Mike Flanagan, CEO of Clothesource – and his suggestions for putting them right.


Speaking with style Speaking with style

Exclusive interviews with some of the apparel and footwear industry’s leading movers and shakers. Companies already featured include Marks & Spencer, H&M, Timberland, Adidas, New Look and Li & Fung.


Spotlight on... Spotlight on...

With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.


Research updates Research updates

Facts and figures taken from some of the research reports published on just-style. Much of this information is only available in the reports themselves, so these articles provide a valuable snapshot of the latest data and forecasts.


Top stories on just-style Top stories on just-style

If you’re short of time or haven’t managed to check in to all our daily newsletters, reading these articles will ensure you’re up-to-date on the top five most-read stories on just-style in any given week.


Retail roundup Retail roundup

A month-by-month overview of US apparel and shoe chains' sales results. Same-store sales figures help gauge how a specific retailer has performed, making this feature invaluable for evaluating your customers or competitors.

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