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Garment factories boost Bangladesh education 16 Sep 14

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...


Back-to-school buoys US imports 15 Sep 14

US retailers ramped up stocks for the start of the back-to-school season in July, pushing apparel imports for the month up by 13.4%, according to the latest data. But while China and Vietnam were the biggest beneficiaries of these gains, shipments from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia tumbled...


Responsible development a key requirement 9 Sep 14

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its decision to start sourcing garments from Myanmar/Burma...


Cottoning on to water shortages 1 Sep 14

To coincide with World Water Week, which kicked off in Stockholm yesterday, the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources has turned the spotlight on the global cotton industry - one of the largest and thirstiest crops produced...


Spotlight switches to African fashion designers 13 Aug 14

With the spotlight already shining brightly on African textile and apparel production and its future potential, it is perhaps not surprising that there's also an increasing focus on African fashion as well...


US sourcing patterns taking shape 11 Aug 14

Half-way through the year and US apparel import data is taking shape to give a broader view of the sourcing patterns so far...


China's competitiveness success 8 Aug 14

If evidence were needed as to how China's competitiveness is holding up, look no further than the latest US apparel import data...


EU in pole position on garment imports 4 Aug 14

Data on major garment exporting countries to the US and EU shows who's winning and losing in 2014 so far. The trends suggest the EU is now the world's largest garment importer, with shipments increasing at a rapid pace. In contrast, the US is only showing marginal gains...


Exporters back India's budget but seek more 21 Jul 14

Indian apparel exporters are seeking a series of favourable policy decisions from the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, including export subsidies to offset import duties imposed by the EU while talks continue towards an EU-India free trade agreement...


Scientists fashion blackest-ever material 18 Jul 14

The quest for deeper and deeper black dyes has long preoccupied the textile industry - but scientists in the UK now claim to have fashioned what may be the blackest material in the universe...

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