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Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US deman...

Esquel backs Chinese Sea Island cotton production

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the major vertically integrated cotton to shirt supplier, is making progress in a research programme to develo...

Cheap polyester contributes to cotton import shift

The ongoing drop in polyester prices is hurting cotton consumption in China, with Vietnam now poised to overtake China as the largest import...

Colombia calls for more FTAs and export financing

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to...

Latest Interviews

Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 2015

Wang Fangqing

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 

Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief 29 Jan 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

The global apparel industry is expected to grow 3.5% to over $500bn this year, matching a similar gain in 2014 and consolidating a three-year recovery, according to the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) new president Rahul Mehta.

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Invalid EU anti-dumping duties may lead to refunds 8 Feb 2016

Andrew Burnyeat

The European Commission has indicated that to just-style that it may accept a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling against "anti-dumping" duties imposed on leather footwear made in China and Vietnam imported into the European Union (EU). The decision means there may now be claims for refunds of duties paid by retailers.

Sporting goods sector welcomes EU-Vietnam FTA text 8 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

The European sporting goods industry has welcomed the release of the text of the region's trade deal with Vietnam, which is expected to help trigger a new wave of high quality investment in both directions.

Unions call for Indonesia minimum wage review 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Unions are urging the Indonesian government to return to the bargaining table to increase the country's minimum wage.

Southeast Asia – a strategic sourcing review 4 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases – and a new report from just-style aims to make it easier for retailers, brands and importers to evaluate the key advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing in each country.

Stable India cotton outlook but price crash risk 4 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a stable outlook for the country's cotton textiles sector in FY16/17 thanks to margin expansion led by lower cotton prices, but has warned of the risk of a potential price crash due to uncertainty in China.

China factory activity continues to deteriorate 3 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

The downturn in manufacturing activity in China has extended into 2016, with new data showing that operating conditions continued to deteriorate in January for the eleventh month in a row, albeit at a modest pace.

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