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HONG KONG: Li & Fung reports "solid" H1 but warns on US

Global sourcing firm Li & Fung reported "solid" results in the first half, against a mixed economic landscape, with growth in both sales and...

UZBEKISTAN: Call to action to US Government over forced labour

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging the US Government to persuade the ruling regime in Uzbekistan to end the gove...

AFRICA: Union highlights job risks over AGOA uncertainty

Tens of thousands of jobs in the African garment sector dependent on exports to the US are at risk unless Congress addresses reauthorisation...

US: JC Penney turnaround taking hold as Q2 losses narrow

JC Penney's turnaround strategy appears to be paying off after the US department store retailer revealed a lower second-quarter net loss and...

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US: Express Q2 earnings and sales slide 27 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

US apparel retailer Express Inc has booked a drop in second-quarter earnings and sales but said the opportunity remains to drive improvements in both in the second half.

US: Dillard's CFO Freeman to step down 27 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Department store retailer Dillard's has announced its chief financial officer James Freeman is to step down.

BANGLADESH: Workers in “constructive” employer talks 27 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

A project is underway in Bangladesh designed to increase union membership and promote a constructive dialogue with employers.

CAMBODIA: Garment makers condemn strike protests 27 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has condemned strike action taken by garment workers, claiming that it contravenes labour laws.

US: Necessity drives men’s shoe purchasing, says study 27 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

Necessity is the main motivation behind men buying shoes in the US, according to a new study, but attitudes are beginning to evolve as men increasingly embrace fashion and newness in footwear.

GUATEMALA: US looking into labour law reforms 27 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

The US has allowed a dispute settlement process related to labour enforcement in Guatemala to remain suspended for four weeks while it reviews fresh reforms made by the country’s government.

FRANCE: Auchan donates US$1.5m to Rana Plaza fund 27 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

Supermarket giant Auchan Group is to contribute US$1.5m to the Rana Plaza Donor’s Trust Fund – but maintains that it had no business relationship with anyone based in the collapsed building.

US: Gap to upgrade and expand Hudson Valley DC 27 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

US apparel giant Gap Inc is to invest US$69m upgrading and expanding its Hudson Valley distribution centre.

AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands divests workwear unit amid FY loss 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Pacific Brands has moved to a net loss in its full-year and announced the divestment of its workwear business in a deal worth AUD18m.

PAKISTAN: Joint programme to promote factory compliance 27 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are joining forces to improve labour standards in the country's textile and garment industry.

CAMBODIA: Mass garment factory faintings soar in first-half 26 Aug 2014

Poorna Rodrigo

Mass worker faintings in Cambodia's garment factories have soared despite preventive measures, with 896 workers fainting at work in the first half of this year alone - including three deaths - officials have revealed.

RUSSIA: Threatens ban on western apparel and textile imports 26 Aug 2014

Eugene Vorotnikov

Officials at Russia's industry ministry have said that should additional US and European Union sanctions be imposed, Russia may retaliate with a complete ban on imports of clothing and textiles from the EU and the US.

US: Ralph Lauren unveils high-performance Polo Tech shirt 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Ralph Lauren Corp has developed a high-performance Polo Tech shirt that merges biometrics into active lifestyle apparel, and is designed to improve general wellness and increase personal fitness.

BANGLADESH: Tuba Group boss seeks loan to reopen factories 26 Aug 2014

Siddique Islam

The boss of the Tuba Group is seeking a BDT300m (US$3.88m) government loan to reopen his five apparel factories, which were forced to suspend production earlier this month after workers went on strike.

US: Ann Inc defends position as investor urges a sale 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Ann Inc has moved to defend its position after a letter from an investor urged the women's apparel group to sell itself, claiming the company is "deeply undervalued".

US: DSW encouraged by sales trend improvement in Q2 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Footwear retailer DSW has said it is encouraged by the sequential improvement in its sales trends in the second quarter as revenues increased 4.5%.

US: Children's Place lifts outlook and unveils India expansion 26 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

The Children's Place has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after narrowing its loss in the second quarter, and unveiled plans to expand into India through franchise stores.

US: Lower costs narrow New York & Co's Q2 loss 26 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

Specialty apparel chain New York & Co has managed to narrow its loss during the second quarter, thanks to lower costs and sales growth.

CHINA: Weiqiao H1 hit by lower sales volumes 26 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

Lower sales volumes of yarn and grey fabric resulted in a double-digit first-half profit decline for China's largest cotton textile producer Weiqiao Textile Company.

CAMBODIA: Garment industry hit with fresh strike action 22 Aug 2014

Poorna Rodrigo

A fresh wave of trade union action has hit Cambodia's garment industry, with as many as "25 separate strike actions having taken place within matter of 22 days in August alone", a union has said.

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