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The changing sourcing landscape 2 Mar 2009

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As long as the economic downturn continues, apparel businesses are going to be more motivated by short-term survival than by great long-term strategies believes Mike Flanagan. Here he asks whether recession is changing the rules – and takes a closer look at some of the sweeping generalisations doing the rounds.

Department store decline 27 Feb 2009

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Times are tough for US department stores, with Macy's, Saks Inc, Nordstrom, TJX, Kohl's and JC Penney all posting tumbling annual profits this week. And with a prolonged recessionary period predicted in the US, most department stores are bracing themselves for more of the same too, as Joe Ayling reports.

Swimwear makes a splash 23 Feb 2009

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What is the likely impact of the slowdown in consumer spending on sales of discretionary products like swimwear? This is one of the issues covered in a new report on the global swimwear and beachwear market, which also looks at technology, fit and styling, and competition between private-label retailers and brands.

Little cheer for India's textile sector 20 Feb 2009

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Tough times face the Indian textile and garment sector as foreign exchange losses, high input costs and a slowdown in orders from the US and Europe were this week exacerbated by what firms see as a lack of support from the government in its interim budget. Speaking to just-style, Darshan Lal Sharma, managing director of Vardhman Yarns & Threads and a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) national committee on textiles, calls for targeted support for Indian textile and clothing f

Product safety issues 17 Feb 2009

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A new and controversial law governing the amount of lead and chemicals in children's clothing on sale in the US came into force last week. But even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission has bowed to industry pressure for a one-year stay on the rule’s testing and certification requirements, it still has huge implications for retailers and their suppliers, as Leonie Barrie finds out.

Protectionism versus free trade 11 Feb 2009

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As the US House and Senate continue to thrash out details of a final version of the $800bn-plus economic stimulus package, there is relief from some of the country’s foreign trading partners that a ‘Buy American’ provision has been softened. However, as David Birnbaum points out, some protection is always necessary since free trade simply doesn't exist.

Chinese apparel industry shakeout 4 Feb 2009

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A massive shake-out is taking place in the Chinese apparel industry, as firms struggle to remain competitive against a backdrop of rising labour costs, the strengthening of the yuan, worker shortages and tighter pollution controls. However, as Jozef De Coster reports, some companies are re-positioning to get their businesses back on track.

Denim jeans market unravelling? 2 Feb 2009

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Sales of jeans in the US have been driven by the popularity of premium denim in the last few years, including the extension of premium denim brands onto kids' racks, but sales are expected to slide over the next few years a recent report says.

Hartmarx files for Chapter 11 30 Jan 2009

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The timing of Hartmarx' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is unfitting for a suit maker who dressed one of the US' all-time favourite presidents for his inauguration day in Washington DC last week.

Li & Fung forges ahead 25 Jan 2009

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As retailers across Europe and the US brace for more months of falling sales and thousands of factories in the east are forced to close, one company director is eyeing opportunities from the global recession fallout. Bruce Rockowitz, president of Li & Fung Trading, tells just-style how the world’s largest sourcing group is tapping into demand for lower prices.

US apparel import trends 23 Jan 2009

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The decline in US apparel import levels in the year to November 2008 comes as little surprise, and seems to confirm that the industry is in for a tough time in 2009. But look more closely, says David Birnbaum, and the numbers show the winners and losers are relatively unchanged, and that few have moved to translate hard times into opportunity.

US presidential trade talk 20 Jan 2009

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The election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States brought with it a mixed reaction from the US textile and apparel industries who, for the first time in eight years, must deal with the uncertainties of a new administration in Washington. But as Mike Flanagan explains here, protectionism is unlikely to be on the new president’s agenda.

The future's bright for Bangladesh 14 Jan 2009

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Bangladesh’s clothing and ready-made garment sector is undergoing unprecedented expansion, registering an average growth of 20% year-on-year, and has plans to be one of the top three exporters globally by 2013. Paul Cochrane reports from Dhaka.

Lingerie sales hit a snag 12 Jan 2009

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Faced with slowing sales in Western markets, lingerie firms are increasingly focusing on emerging markets like Russia and Asia for growth. According to new research, both China and India are likely to see a double digit hike in lingerie sales over the next three years.

New skills fit the bill 6 Jan 2009

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The global garment industry is changing quickly and radically, with the worldwide recession exacerbating this change. Old jobs are disappearing and new ones emerging. But, as David Birnbaum points out, the new jobs are invariably on the supplier side and they not only require the right skills but also the right people.

What lies ahead in 2009? 3 Jan 2009

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Amid the welter of articles looking ahead at trade and business prospects for 2009, three issues dominate the apparel industry. Will anyone stop the slowdown in Western clothing markets? Will the collapse of input prices mean cheaper clothes? And what about US and EU protectionism? Mike Flanagan wonders just how important they really are.

Christmas retail prospects 19 Dec 2008

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The week ahead will find US retailers at the eye of the Christmas trading storm, with seven out of the ten top grossing days of the holiday season all occurring in the eight-day period from 19-26 December. Richard Woodard looks at what lies in store.

Re-thinking the supply chain 16 Dec 2008

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The purpose of supply chain management is to deliver a product in the shortest period of time and at the lowest cost. In reality, however, it substantially increases both delivery time and product costs, says David Birnbaum, because the supply chain concept is deeply flawed. Here he proposes a new approach to garment sourcing.

Latvian textiles take a tumble 12 Dec 2008

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Latvia’s textile and clothing industry has been hit hard by the recent reversal of the country’s economic fortunes, as competitors in this labour intensive sector either close down or move production to cheaper locations. Monika Hanley reports from Riga.

The growing outsize market 8 Dec 2008

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Clothing that is specially made for petite, plus-sized and tall customers is one of the most dynamic segments of today’s apparel market, according to a new report from just-style. As such, it offers significant profit potential to manufacturers and marketers who can tailor their products to fit this outsize niche.

China's currency conundrum 2 Dec 2008

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Apparel makers around the world are profiting from the rising value of the Chinese currency. But this outbreak of optimism is totally misplaced believes Mike Flanagan, who says any shift in orders away from China is likely to be short-lived.

Holiday shopping season begins 28 Nov 2008

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The Black Friday shopping bonanza sets a precedent for holiday season sales in the US. But rarely has it been more important to fashion retailers as many try to manoeuvre their way out of the red after an all-round colourful third quarter. Joe Ayling reports.

The business case for ethical trade 25 Nov 2008

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The last decade was marked by huge gains in ethical trade and consumerism, as many retailers and brands put worker welfare at the heart of their global supply chains. But was this just a luxury of a booming economy? With the business agenda resetting, recession looming, and many firms fighting for survival, the challenge now is to make sure social responsibility isn’t just a matter of financial convenience. Leonie Barrie reports.

EU chemical rules 21 Nov 2008

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EU regulations that came into force last June require clothing manufacturers and importers to identify and quantify the chemicals used in their products. But companies only have until 1 December to complete the pre-registration process – and there are concerns that omissions will lead to delayed shipments and reduced productivity. Keith Nuthall reports.

Textiles in Taiwan 19 Nov 2008

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Thawing relations between Taiwan and China are set to generate closer trade ties between the two former political rivals – a move that should have a positive effect on Taiwan’s textile and apparel industry. Vicky Sung reports.

Retail sales continue to slide 14 Nov 2008

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Times might be tough for brand importers and retailers just now, but there are just two reasons why their goods are not moving believes David Birnbaum. Either “they are not buying what you are selling” or “you are not selling what they are buying.”

Nanotechnology in clothing 9 Nov 2008

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Nanotechnology can imbue textiles with eye-catching properties, but scientists and watchdogs are increasingly uncertain about the extent to which safety issues surrounding such developments have been explored. Mark Rowe reports.

Slowdown hits the supply chain 4 Nov 2008

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Hysterical headlines suggest clothing retailers’ sales are in meltdown, but the numbers behind them show the sector is suffering less than retail in general. Mike Flanagan believes the real victims are developing-world factories – and that Western buyers will see their supply chains seriously disrupted as a result of the way they have reacted to a simple sales slowdown.

IAF World Apparel Convention 30 Oct 2008

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US fashion brand group VF Corporation believes Asian manufacturers will continue their hold on the global apparel supply chain, despite reports of rising costs in China.

Adidas' winning streak 28 Oct 2008

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The battle for a share of the Chinese sportswear market is probably the most intense in the world. For Adidas, however, 2008 is the year the brand finally took pole position, buoyed by its sponsorship of the Olympic Games and the opening of hundreds of new stores. The challenge now is to retain its lead, as Wolfgang Bentheimer, managing director of Adidas Greater China, tells Dominique Patton.