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NICARAGUA: US government provides $2m labour boost just-style.com | 11 Oct 10

The US Department of Labor has agreed a $2m grant to implement the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Better Work program in Nicaragua, in a move designed to improve the country’s labour standards and competitiveness.

US: Wal-Mart names Holley as new CFO just-style.com | 30 Sep 10

Wal-Mart has appointed Charles Holley as CFO to succeed Tom Schoewe, who is retiring from the business.

SOUTH AFRICA: Wal-Mart makes US$4.2bn bid for Massmart just-style.com | 27 Sep 10

US retail giant Wal-Mart today (27 September) said it has made an offer to buy South Africa-based retailer Massmart Holdings, in a deal that could be worth around US$4.2bn and provide a platform for future growth in Africa.

US: Walmart, H&M to cut pollution at Chinese textile suppliers just-style.com | 23 Sep 10

Two of the world's largest clothing retailers - Walmart and H&M - have pledged to work with their Chinese textile suppliers to reduce water, energy, and chemical use in their supply chains.

HAITI: Garment factory deal set to employ 10,000 just-style.com | 21 Sep 10

A new agreement co-signed by the US and Haiti governments will pave the way for construction of new garment factories set to employ 10,000 people.

CANADA: Wal-Mart expands George apparel range just-style.com | 31 Aug 10

Retail giant Walmart Canada is expanding the reach of its George private label clothing range, part of a multi-million dollar investment in the brand.

New US boss confirms core apparel focus at Walmart Leonie Barrie | 19 Aug 10

The new boss of Wal-Mart Stores' US unit has again reiterated the need for improvement in the retail giant's apparel business after admitting that "overall apparel comps remain negative."

ISRAEL: Tefron narrows Q2 loss despite sales dip just-style.com | 19 Aug 10

Apparel maker Tefron has halved its second quarter loss, despite declining sales.

US: Wal-Mart lifts profit guidance despite weak US sales just-style.com | 17 Aug 10

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, today (17 August) raised its full-year profit target despite seeing US sales fall again during its second quarter.

The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 16 Aug 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

Global news roundup just-style.com | 12 Aug 10

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

US: Court upholds Wal-Mart workers judgement just-style.com | 11 Aug 10

An appeal against a proposed US$85m payout to Wal-Mart workers over allegations of unpaid wages has been dismissed by a US court.

VIEWPOINT: What’s the bottom line on Bangladesh? Leonie Barrie | 6 Aug 10

Far from quelling months of violent protests over pay and conditions, an 80% rise in the minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh has simply led to a fresh wave of violence over claims it still doesn't meet the high cost of living. And as the pay process has proved, there's no quick-fix to the cycle of unrest.

BANGLADESH: Labour groups urge end to worker repression just-style.com | 6 Aug 10

Labour and human rights groups in the US, Canada and Europe have accused the Bangladeshi government of repressing clothing workers after it tried to crack down on labour rights advocates leading public protests for better pay.

Continuing protests blight Bangladesh pay deal just-style.com | 2 Aug 10

Despite continuing unrest on the streets of Dhaka by garment workers unhappy with the new pay deal agreed last week, it seems the compromise wage hike will go some way towards placating calls by retailers in Europe and North America for better pay in the country's clothing industry.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 30 Jul 10

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

US: Wal-Mart confirms electronic tag reports Joe Ayling | 27 Jul 10

US retailer Wal-Mart has confirmed press reports that the company is to introduce electronic tags for individual garments in its stores.

US: Wal-Mart apparel chief resigns - report Joe Ayling | 23 Jul 10

An apparel boss at US retail giant Wal-Mart, Dottie Mattison, has reportedly resigned from her role at the firm.

Global news roundup just-style.com | 21 Jul 10

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

SOURCING: US labour “blacklisting” a wake-up call to India? Richard Woodard | 20 Jul 10

The inclusion of clothing from India on a US government list of products possibly manufactured using child labour is potentially disastrous for the country’s apparel industry – but the issue remains one of daunting complexity.

MEXICO: Walmex posts strong Q2 just-style.com | 20 Jul 10

Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico has posted a 24% jump in second-quarter profits as sales climbed on the integration of stores from Central America.

ISRAEL: Tefron hires North America marketing chief just-style.com | 16 Jul 10

Israeli intimate apparel firm Tefron has named Rebecca Zuber as its chief marketing officer for North America.

Top stories on just-style this week... Joe Ayling | 9 Jul 10

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

US: Wal-Mart merchandising chief to leave in exec reshuffle just-style.com | 5 Jul 10

Wal-Mart's chief merchandising officer John Fleming is leaving the retailer after ten years, as part of a number of changes to its US team following the appointment of Bill Simon as president and CEO of the division last week.

Bangladesh apparel industry pressured on wage issue just-style.com | 2 Jul 10

Pressure is mounting on stakeholders in the Bangladeshi garment industry to reach agreement in the latest round of pay talks which are due to conclude at the end of July.

US: Wal-Mart's Castro-Wright takes global sourcing role just-style.com | 30 Jun 10

Eduardo Castro-Wright, the head of Wal-Mart Stores' US unit, is to take over responsibility for the retail giant's global sourcing operations in a move that will allow him to relocate to California for family reasons.

SOURCING: Caution is key when buying from Bangladesh Leonie Barrie | 28 Jun 10

Western brands and retailers whose orders have been caught up in last week’s violent protests by garment workers in Bangladesh will no doubt take some comfort from news that hundreds of garment factories have now reopened for business. But their relief is likely to be short-lived unless the issues at the core of this long-term and simmering unrest – an increase in the national minimum wage and better working conditions – are addressed.

June 2010 management briefing: Mexico clothing and textile sector rides boom and bust just-style.com | 21 Jun 10

Mexico has experienced a tremendous boom and bust cycle in its textile and apparel industry over the last two decades.

Speaking with Style: Fazlul Hoque, president of the BKMEA Joe Ayling | 8 Jun 10

Bangladesh faces labour, cost and infrastructure challenges as it matures into a key global garment exporter. But as Fazlul Hoque, president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) tells just-style, "the game is just starting."

US: Wal-Mart reshuffles apparel executives Leonie Barrie | 7 Jun 10

Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc today (7 June) confirmed to just-style that it has reshuffled executive responsibilities in its struggling apparel business in an attempt to rejuvenate sales.








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