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Excess inventory adds to apparel industry woes 12 May 20

With spring/summer now a write-off for most fashion retailers, the resulting flood of excess inventory is set to add to industry woes, with discounting and margin erosion likely to lead to widespread administrations for companies in the UK, Europe and the US...


Preparing fashion for a post-coronavirus world 14 Apr 20

While there are no playbooks to guide the apparel industry through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond, thoughts are turning to ways to prepare for a post-coronavirus world...


Coronavirus continues to disrupt retail and supply chains 18 Mar 20

It’s resilience – not re-shoring – that clothing buyers should be seeking from their supply chains in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak...


China coronavirus impact continues to evolve 10 Feb 20

Top stories on just-style last week were again dominated by the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, with a look at what it means for US apparel and retail, how it could impact China's polyester production, and concerns regarding cargo capacity and delays...


US apparel imports down four months in a row 13 Jan 20

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs...


Global apparel prices on the rise 23 Dec 19

One effect of the US-China trade war is the rising price of apparel imports – not just from China, but the rest of the world too...


Slowing economic growth weighs on 2020 sentiment 3 Dec 19

As we move into the final month of the year, it’s not surprising that anxiety and concern appears to be the prevailing mood across the fashion sector for 2020. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year...


New US trade trends taking shape? 14 Oct 19

In a reversal of trends seen in July, the three Central American countries that are the largest suppliers of clothing to the US – Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras – saw a dramatic fall in shipments in August...


Forced labour links to China raw materials 16 Sep 19

New research suggests all supply chains linked to China are at risk of having an association with forced labour, since raw materials such as cotton produced in the Xinjiang region – notorious for its links to ongoing human rights abuses – are being used in manufacturing in other countries...


US-China tariff turmoil continues 27 Aug 19

Ongoing US-China tariff turmoil continued to dominate just-style last week, culminating in President Trump tweeting that new tariffs due to take effect in September and December on Chinese imports – including all clothing and footwear – will now start at 15%...

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