Burlington Coat Factory, the largest US seller of coats with $2.5 billion in sales and over 300 stores, has announced that it will no longer stock merchandise made in Burma.

The statement follows a two-month education campaign by human rights supporters and Burmese refugees the country's human rights situation.

Burlington had been stocking a significant quantity of products from Burma, including by brands like Karl Kani, Rocawear and Rafaella.

In a letter to the Free Burma Coalition on 22 November, Burlington stated: "This will confirm that all merchandise buyers at Burlington Coat Factory are being instructed not to purchase any goods manufactured in Myanmar."

Burlington joins 33 other companies in banning products from Burma, including retailers like The Children's Place, which has recently pledged to cease all production in Burma and Federated Department Stores, the largest upscale retailer in the US, which implemented a policy against stocking Burmese-made goods in September.

Members of the Free Burma Coalition, the American Anti-Slavery Group, Sacramentans for International Labor Rights, and other groups first wrote to Burlington in March after finding whole racks of products bearing "Made in Burma" tags.