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October "a scary month" for US apparel retailers

Unseasonably warm weather has been one of the major drags on US apparel retailers in October, but analysts believe the month overall has bee...

Raising the minimum wage may also reduce employment

Minimum wages are among the most challenging - and divisive - issues in the apparel industry, yet very little is known about the impact that...

VF rolls out plan to eliminate harmful chemicals

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has launched its chemical management programme designed to identify and eliminate potentially harmful che...

Hazardous chemicals found in children's products

Toxic chemicals have been found in clothing and footwear sold by nine supermarkets and retailers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, includ...

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Jockey signs Dream Lounge licensing deal 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

US apparel maker Jockey International has signed a licensing deal with loungewear firm, the Dream Lounge, to launch a range of thermals for men and women.


Retailers react to India forced labour allegations 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

A number of retailers have responded to allegations of "forced labour" amongst female textile workers in mills in southern India, with H&M blacklisting one of the five named.


Twin acquisitions boost Hanesbrands Q3 30 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

Apparel group Hanesbrands enjoyed a strong third quarter thanks to good sales and profit contributions from new acquisitions DBApparel and Maidenform.


Fjällräven makes promise on down sustainability 30 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

Outdoor clothing business Fjällräven has made what it calls a “Down Promise” that its products will use only ethically produced down of the highest quality.


US hails Bangladesh factory progress 30 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

The US government has welcomed the progress made by Bangladesh in addressing concerns over worker safety in the country’s garment factories.


Turkey launches anti-dumping probe against US cotton 30 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

Turkey’s Ministry of the Economy has launched an anti-dumping investigation against imports of US cotton, the National Cotton Council has said.


Stockmann to cut jobs as it reveals Q2 loss 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Finnish department store retailer Stockmann Group is to cut around 380 jobs at its Seppala fashion chain, as it looks to ramp up efforts to improve group profitability.


UK clothing spend set to grow 3.5% this Christmas 30 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

Clothing and footwear is one of the categories set for the biggest growth in spending across the UK this Christmas, according to new research.


Tageos signs RFID licensing deal with Round Rock 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

RFID label maker Tageos has inked a patent licensing agreement with Round Rock Research in a bid to strengthen its position and support the adoption of UHF RFID for apparel retailers and brands.


Raymond shares tumble on Q2 profit decline 30 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Indian textile and clothing group Raymond Ltd saw its share price tumble 4.37% after revealing a drop in second-quarter earnings.


Africa's largest free trade area to launch 29 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Three trade blocs covering East and Southern Africa have agreed on the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in a bid to boost business and attract foreign investment.


Sympatex develops eco-friendly laminated materials 29 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

Functional materials supplier Sympatex Technologies is focusing its current development efforts on new laminates for fashion and leisurewear made from 100% recycled polyester and certified organic cotton.


Ralph Lauren cuts FY sales outlook 29 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

US apparel giant Ralph Lauren remains optimistic despite revealing lower second-quarter earnings and cutting its full-year sales outlook.


Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora 29 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


APDN provides Pima cotton authentication mark 29 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is to provide a DNA-based authentication mark for a textile manufacturer’s Extra Long Staple Pima cotton.


US retailers play safe with holiday deadlines 29 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

Retailers in the US are rolling back their deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to avoid a repeat of problems experienced last year.


India garment exports in 17.6% YTD rise 29 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

The value of garment exports from India rose 17.6% to top US$8bn in the first six months of the fiscal year, according to new figures.


Discounts forecast as UK retailers battle stock overhang 29 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

A potential stock overhang from unseasonably mild weather might result in retailers having to ramp up discounts in order to shift the excess before Christmas, KPMG has warned.


Levi Strauss and M&S join Canopy forest fibre initiative 29 Oct 2014

Richard Woodard

Leading fashion players including Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer are the latest names to sign up to non-profit organisation Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest sustainability initiative.


October "a scary month" for US apparel retailers 29 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Unseasonably warm weather has been one of the major drags on US apparel retailers in October, but analysts believe the month overall has been "scary" with "relatively weak" sales and headwinds that are likely to continue into the all-important fourth quarter.


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