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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.

Wal-Mart goes back to basics in apparel Leonie Barrie | 7 Jun 10

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc is planning to create 500,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its international expansion strategy – but reiterated comments last month that its apparel business remains “a work in progress.”

US: Wal-Mart approves share buy-back programme just-style.com | 4 Jun 10

US retailer Wal-Mart is to repurchase US$15bn of its shares.

INDIA: Wal-Mart calls for relaxed FDI rules just-style.com | 2 Jun 10

US retail giant Wal-Mart is lobbying the Indian and US governments as it looks to persuade India to relax the rules prohibiting foreign investment in consumer-facing multi-brand retail channels.

ANALYSIS: Organic cotton shakes off recession Joe Ayling | 26 May 10

The global growth of organic cotton products appears resilient to the recent downturn, according to latest research.

INDIA: Bharti Retail names Andrew Levermore as COO just-style.com | 20 May 10

Bharti Retail, a unit of Indian conglomerate Bharti Enterprises, has hired Andrew Levermore from Woolworths in South Africa as its new chief operating officer.

Apparel remains a "work in progress" at Wal-Mart Leonie Barrie | 18 May 10

US retail giant Wal-Mart today (18 May) admitted that apparel has been one of its biggest underperformers in the first quarter, contributing to a drop in same-store sales at its US namesake stores.

UK: Asda reports "disappointing" Q1 sales just-style.com | 18 May 10

UK supermarket chain Asda says it expects tough market conditions to continue after it booked a "disappointing" 0.3% drop in first quarter same-store sales.

US: Wal-Mart cautious despite 10% Q1 profit hike just-style.com | 18 May 10

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc today (18 May) warned of a "continuing challenging sales environment" in the US after posting another fall in same-store sales in its domestic operations.

US: Wal-Mart appoints new Asda CEO Joe Ayling | 11 May 10

Andy Clarke has been appointed to the role of president and CEO of UK supermarket chain Asda.

MEXICO: Wal-Mart unveils wind power store plan just-style.com | 7 May 10

Wal-Mart's Mexican division has announced plans to use wind-powered energy for its self-service stores.

UK: Asda eyes being market leader in non-food just-style.com | 15 Apr 10

Asda, the UK subsidiary of global retailer Wal-Mart Stores, has announced ambitious plans to grow its UK operations in the next five years.

UK: Bond to step down as Asda CEO just-style.com | 12 Apr 10

Andy Bond is to step down as chief executive of UK supermarket giant Asda and move to a new role as part-time chairman of its executive committee, Wal-Mart announced today (12 April).

SRI LANKA: Brandix invests in more carbon footprint cuts just-style.com | 9 Apr 10

Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter, Brandix, is to invest another $2m over the next two years to cut its energy costs and carbon emissions as major customers in the US and EU move closer to requiring that suppliers disclose the carbon footprints of their products.

COMMENT: Sustainability - it takes a chain just-style.com | 24 Mar 10

The highest level apparel industry company committing to 'sustainability' is Wal-Mart. In fact, Wal-Mart admits "over 92%" of what needs to be done is down the chain. It may be a 'top down' program, but it will only work from the 'bottom up', believes Mike Todaro.








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