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INDIA: Retailers divided over FDI reform Raghavendra Verma | 1 Dec 11

Planned reforms by the Indian government to further open the country's retail sector and allow overseas companies to own higher stakes in domestic outlets, have divided politicians and business leaders.

INDIA: Prime minister defends FDI reform Sam Webb | 1 Dec 11

The Indian prime minister has defended the easing of rules on foreign ownership in the country's retail market, as politicians opposed to the move continue to cripple parliament.

US: Olah hires Mazur to lead new Canadian office Leonie Barrie | 30 Nov 11

New York-based fabric supplier Olah Inc has set up new Canadian headquarters which are being headed by fashion industry veteran Debbie Mazur.

HAITI: Apparel jobs key to new industrial park Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 11

Work has begun on one of the Caribbean's largest industrial parks, which is being built in Haiti as part of an international project designed to help the country recover from the devastating earthquake that hit nearly two years ago and will generate thousands of jobs for apparel workers.

Quote unquote: Indian retail reform special Sam Webb | 29 Nov 11

India's cabinet has relaxed rules on foreign direct investment in the country's retail sector. The move was lauded by global retailers but met with opposition from large sections of the parliament, as local operators are feeling threatened by the prospect of foreign companies, which can now own 51% of multi-brand retail stores. In this special quote unquote, just-style outlines the thoughts of those affected by the announcement.

INDIA: Government emphasises FDI local sourcing rules Petah Marian | 28 Nov 11

The Indian government has emphasised that some 30% of products sourced by foreign retailers will have to come from small Indian manufacturers under its new plans to allow foreign retailers to own 51% of multi-brand retail stores.

INDIA: Opens multi-brand retail to foreign investment Petah Marian | 25 Nov 11

An executive decision by India's cabinet to ease laws on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country's retail market has met with opposition from large sections of parliament.

INDIA: New Delhi to ease laws on foreign retail ownership Dean Best | 24 Nov 11

The Indian government has reportedly approved plans to further open up the country's retail industry, a decision that could see a wave of foreign investment into the sector.

ISRAEL: Tefron narrows Q3 loss on surge in seamless sales Leonie Barrie | 24 Nov 11

Manufacturer Tefron Ltd has narrowed its third quarter loss thanks to soaring sales of its seamless intimate apparel and performance activewear lines.

THE FLANARANT: Is own label about to collapse? Mike Flanagan | 16 Nov 11

With more and more own label apparel retailers eyeing growth in Asia and Latin America to make up for shortfalls in their domestic markets, Mike Flanagan asks whether a business formula that's running out of steam at home will now work abroad. Especially if it's fuelled by designers who have little connection to those foreign customers.

US: Wal-Mart Q3 profit falls as US gains traction Petah Marian | 15 Nov 11

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc today booked a 2.9% drop in third-quarter profit, but saw US same-store sales rise for the first time in ten quarters.

ISRAEL: Delta Galil books Q3 gains as Jones talks continue Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 11

Apparel and lingerie maker Delta Galil Industries Ltd yesterday (10 November) said talks to buy Jones Group's jeanswear division are taking longer than the initial one-month timeframe, but the deal is likely to be finalised by the end of this year.

Top stories on just-style Petah Marian | 4 Nov 11

This week's top stories took on a footwear theme, with the WTO backing a complaint by China over EU anti-dumping duties and Inditex planning to expand footwear sourcing in Mexico. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart announced plans to move its fashion offices back to Bentonville and Limited Brands spun off its Mast sourcing unit.

US: Wal-Mart to move fashion offices to Bentonville Petah Marian | 31 Oct 11

Wal-Mart is moving its fashion offices back to its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, according to reports.

Global news roundup Petah Marian | 31 Oct 11

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

THE FLANARANT: Local knowledge is key to retail success Mike Flanagan | 25 Oct 11

With western retailers increasingly optimistic about business in emerging markets, does it also hold true that the industry will soon "be sourcing everywhere and selling everywhere"? Not according to Mike Flanagan, who believes most developing markets will stay small for a long time, and that locally-owned retailers will be the long-term beneficiaries.

US: Wal-Mart outlines 2013 growth plans Richard Woodard | 13 Oct 11

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has committed to reduce operating expenses over the next five years and will freeze capital spending at current levels for the next fiscal year.

US: Jones mulls sale of jeanswear unit to Delta Galil Leonie Barrie | 11 Oct 11

Apparel and footwear company Jones Group Inc today (11 October) confirmed it is mulling the sale of its jeanswear division to Israeli apparel and lingerie maker Delta Galil Industries Ltd for up to $400m.

US: Cheesewright to lead Wal-Mart in Canada, EMEA Dean Best | 29 Sep 11

Wal-Mart Stores has set up a management team to develop its operations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

WRC 2011: Carrefour hails performance of Planet format Sam Webb | 28 Sep 11

Carrefour's hypermarket format Planet is performing "much better" than expected, given the economic turmoil in Europe, according to a senior executive at the French retail giant.

US: Wal-Mart vice chairman Castro-Wright to step down Katie Smith | 28 Sep 11

Eduardo Castro-Wright, the vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, is to retire from his position next year.

Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 16 Sep 11

Research that luxury fashion sales are being propelled by average consumers, brands boycotting Uzbek cotten harvested using forced child labour and ongoing talks around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact were among the most read stories on just-style this week.

US: Wal-Mart to buy more from women-run suppliers Petah Marian | 14 Sep 11

Wal-Mart plans to double the money it spends with businesses owned by women, train women around the world and encourage suppliers to employ more women and minorities.

WORLD: Apparel firms join Uzbek cotton ban Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 11

More than 60 of the world's best known apparel companies and brands, including Adidas, Burberry, C&A, Levi Strauss, Li & Fung, Liz Claiborne, PVH Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, have vowed not to source Uzbek cotton harvested using forced child labour.

Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 19 Aug 11

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read articles on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

In the money: Li & Fung sees growth in Asia sales and sourcing Leonie Barrie | 17 Aug 11

China not only continues to be key to the sourcing plans of Li & Fung, but is also seen as one of the main drivers of future growth for the consumer goods giant as it continues to face an uncertain environment in the US and Europe.

UPDATE: US: Wal-Mart "confident" of H2 apparel improvements Petah Marian | 16 Aug 11

Wal-Mart is hoping to turnaround its US apparel performance, saying today (16 August) that it is "confident" it will see ongoing improvement in apparel sales in the second-half of the year.

US: Wal-Mart US apparel business "improving" Petah Marian | 16 Aug 11

Wal-Mart Stores has confirmed that its US apparel business is "improving", despite today reporting another quarter of same-store sales declines in its US stores.

VIEWPOINT: Short-term contracts exploit Cambodia garment workers Leonie Barrie | 9 Aug 11

International apparel buyers and their suppliers are being urged to take steps to put an end to the widespread use of short-term employment contracts in the Cambodian garment industry amid concerns the practice not only threatens to erode the industry's competitiveness but also violates labour laws and could lead to widespread unrest.

CAMBODIA: Labour law change could increase strike risk Leonie Barrie | 9 Aug 11

New research has warned that possible changes to Cambodia's labour law could raise the risk of future strikes in the country and undermine the competitiveness of the garment industry.








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