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Bangladesh slips as US imports decline in October

Despite expectations for a rise in imports as retailers gear up for the holiday shopping season, the volume of US apparel imports continued...

Trump blows the case for Brexit out of the water

US president-elect Trump's stated policies on international trade worry a lot of people. But the explanations given by his new business-frie...

US apparel retailers' November 2016 sales roundup

Comparable store sales proved to be somewhat disappointing for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their figures in November...

Mexico makers bullish on Trump's proposed tariffs

While Mexico’s apparel makers are outlining their concerns at US president-elect Donald Trump's proposal to tear up the North American Free...

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No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.

North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

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US Q3 in brief – Destination Maternity, Cherokee 9 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.

US group urges policy on fees for port disruptions 9 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

A group of associations representing US retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups has asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy to address fees charged when port disruptions delay the pickup of cargo containers.

The Limited notifies 248 HQ staff of layoffs? 9 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

US womenswear retailer The Limited is understood to have notified the 248 staff employed at its New Albany head office they could lose their jobs amid a potential closure of the facility. 

Gymboree adjusts guidance on widening Q1 loss 9 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

Children's apparel retailer Gymboree has adjusted its full-year outlook as it revealed a widening of its net loss in the first quarter and lower sales.

First ten chemicals listed for US investigation 9 Dec 2016

Michelle Russell

The US Environmental Protection Agency has named the first ten chemicals it will evaluate for potential risk to human health using new powers granted by Congress last spring.

World cotton price prospects lifted again 8 Dec 2016

Leonie Barrie

International cotton prices have remained elevated in the first four months of the season due to delays in the 2016/17 crop reaching the international market.

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