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Vietnam minimum wage set to increase 6.5% in 2018

Vietnam's minimum wage is expected to rise by 6.5% next year – but the increase will be the lowest in 11 years....

VF Corporation to buy Williamson-Dickie Mfg for $820m

US apparel giant VF Corporation is expanding its growing workwear platform with the acquisition of Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co – owner of brand...

China garment workers motivated by more than money

Workers in China's garment and textile industry are increasingly attaching more value to "soft factors" such as skills training, job securit...

Elevate acquires Laborlink mobile worker survey platform

Business risk and sustainability solutions consultancy Elevate has acquired mobile worker survey platform Laborlink from US-based non-profit...

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US Q2 in brief – Target, TJX, Dick's Sporting Goods 17 Aug 2017


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, US department store giant Target booked an "encouraging" second-quarter as efforts to turn around its business appear to be paying off, while TJX Companies saw its net sales for the period increase 6%. Dick's Sporting Goods also reported increases in both sales and earnings in the second quarter, while Nordstrom saw an improvement in sales, beating company expectations. 

Target raises FY guidance amid "encouraging" Q2 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

US retail giant Target has raised its full year guidance after booking what it called "encouraging" second-quarter results as sales crept up and its work to improve the business starts to pay dividends, thanks in part to what one analyst says is the retailer's exclusive new brands – including Cat & Jack – and the overhaul of its stores.

Global brands urge Mexico to take steps to protect worker rights 16 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

14 clothing brands including Adidas, C&A, Inditex and Nike have called upon Mexico's government to improve the labour justice system and its guarantees for worker rights. 

US-based Trybus Group to open garment factory in Ethiopia 16 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

US-based men’s wear producer Trybus Group is expanding its supply chain into Ethiopia, becoming the latest company to set up a new factory in the country.

Athleisure to take UK sports clothing market to new heights 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

The UK sports clothing market is expected to reach new heights this year, climbing 8% on 2016 to reach GBP2.5bn (US$3.2bn) thanks to the continued growth of the athleisure category.

Researchers power wearable devices with printed batteries 16 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Researchers at the University of Manchester are a step closer to powering wearable technology devices without the need for cumbersome battery packs by printing flexible batteries directly on to fabric.

Dutch fashion brand Mexx brand sold to RNF Holding 16 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Global fashion brand Mexx is back in Dutch hands after being sold by Turkish company Eroglu Holding to RNF Holding, a Dutch-based sports and fashion business.

Chinese swimwear brand hailed for using Repreve 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Finch Designs, a swimwear brand that uses the Repreve recycled filament fibre, has become the first China-based brand to be awarded the Project JUST Seal of Approval for its commitment to transparency and building a sustainable supply chain.

Laura Ashley girls' dresses recalled on choking hazard 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

The American licensee for Laura Ashley brand girls' dresses has recalled a floral dress with flower petals that can detach, posing a potential choking hazard to children.

Gerber to unveil AutoMatch stripe and plaid matching tool 16 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Apparel software and systems supplier Gerber Technology is to unveil a new Gerbercutter Z1 with AutoMatch stripe and plaid matching solution next month.

Vietnam minimum wage set to increase 6.5% in 2018 15 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

Vietnam's minimum wage is expected to rise by 6.5% next year – but the increase will be the lowest in 11 years.

US approves AGOA textile and apparel visa for Togo 15 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

The US government has given the green light to a textile and apparel visa for Togo under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which will facilitate apparel and textile exports to the US.

Bestseller joins the Global Fashion Agenda 15 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Danish apparel company Bestseller has joined the likes of Swedish fashion giant H&M, US department store retailer Target Corp, and French luxury goods group Kering as a strategic partner in the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), a group working to set a common direction for industry efforts on sustainability in fashion.

Under Armour boss resigns from Trump manufacturing council 15 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

The boss of US apparel and footwear group, Under Armour, insists the company remains resolute in its "potential and ability to improve American manufacturing" following his resignation from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council - a move believed to be prompted by widespread disapproval of Trump's failure to condemn white nationalist groups, following violent clashes in Virginia over the weekend.

Target acquires Grand Junction to leverage local delivery 15 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Target Corp is to acquire Grand Junction, a transportation software startup, in a move designed to help the US department store retailer make faster and more efficient deliveries and boost ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain.

TrimTec leather label production line launches in Vietnam 15 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

Eco-friendly leather manufacturer ISA TanTec has set up its TrimTec production line in Saigon, becoming what is thought to be one of the first leather label manufacturers in Vietnam.

Union keeps up garment wage demands in Lesotho 15 Aug 2017

Leonie Barrie

More than 100 workers, organisers and shop stewards have taken part in a union-organised rally in Lesotho as part of an ongoing campaign for better wages in the country's garment and textile sector.

Coach books double-digit Q4 and FY profit hikes 15 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Accessories business Coach Inc has seen its net income soar by more than 86% in the fourth quarter, but shares fell as it reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales.

US and Cambodia to tackle trade facilitation and IPR 15 Aug 2017

Hannah Abdulla

The United States and Cambodia have agreed to establish a number of working group to tackle issues including intellectual property, after the Office of the US Trade Representative earlier this year expressed concerns over the wide availability of fake garments in Cambodia.

CanopyStyle founder among Fabric of Change winners 15 Aug 2017

Beth Wright

Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director of the CanopyStyle forest-friendly sourcing initiative, is among the first winners of a new fund launched to help bring innovative ideas to scale.

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