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Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts in Bangladesh 19 Sep 14

Leonie Barrie

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.


IndiaIndia's labour law reforms edge a step closer 18 Sep 14

Michelle Russell

The Indian government's promised reform of the country's labour laws has moved a step closer with the publication of a list of interim plans.


Retailers have voiced concerns about the impact of Scottish independence ANALYSIS: Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence 17 Sep 14

Katie Smith

Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term implications if the country decides to go independent, and the impact it will have on their businesses. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


JD Sports H1 trading update: What the analysts say 17 Sep 14

Michelle Russell

UK retailer JD Sports Fashion this morning (17 September) revealed a “record” set of first-half results that beat market expectations. But while the group saw momentum pick up at its Outdoor arm, and strong progress at its UK and European sports fascias, the retailer continues to experience difficulties at its fashion unit. Overall, analysts offered a positive view of the trading update.


Analysts have mixed views on N BrownN Brown H1 trading update: What the analysts say 16 Sep 14

Katie Smith

Home shopping group N Brown this morning (16 September) reported a "mellow" first-half performance, with sales slipping as it continues with a number of strategic changes. While some analysts described the results as "disappointing", others remained upbeat about the retailer's future growth, forecasting a "healthier" second-half.


Next booked a 18.6% increase in first-half net profit IN THE MONEY: Improved supplier capabilities benefit Next 11 Sep 14

Katie Smith

After booking a "stellar" first-half performance, UK fashion giant Next Plc has detailed the progress it has made in upgrading the quality and design of its product ranges, new and improved sources of supply and the introduction of premium priced merchandise.


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Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independenceRetailers voice concerns on Scottish independence

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Leonie Barrie

The explosive growth of the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry is more likely to be accompanied by accusations of sweatshop exploitation from labour rights activists than praise for the positive opportunities it brings the sector's largely-women workforce.


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