just-styles ongoing coverage of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak looks at its effect on the global apparel and textile sector

just-style's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak looks at its effect on the global apparel and textile sector

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.

6 April - UK manufacturers take stock of Covid-19 fallout
UK-based clothing manufacturers are taking steps to shore up their businesses as orders slump amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic – including repurposing production, working from home where possible, and embracing digital technologies. But they are also optimistic the crisis might also lead to lasting change.

6 April - New Look halts supplier payments and new orders

New Look has suspended payments to its suppliers indefinitely as it works to navigate the Covid-19 crisis. New Look confirmed the decision in a statement sent to just-style. It also said it would not be placing new orders until further notice.

6 April - Covid-19 pandemic could put sustainability progress on hold

Sustainability was the buzzword of 2019 – but could be another of the casualties of the global outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19).

3 April - Guidelines for better buying amidst the coronavirus crisis
Amidst the chaos of order cancellations and payment delays experienced by clothing manufacturers around the world due to the coronavirus crisis, the good news is that some brands and retailers are continuing to offer support to their suppliers. 

3 April - Levi Strauss commits support to supply chain workers
Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co) is moving to help support workers in its apparel supply chains as part of a US$3m commitment to Covid-19 relief efforts.

3 April - How Better Work is helping factories respond to Covid-19
The Better Work initiative is ramping up its response to the global Covid-19 pandemic by offering advice and assistance to governments, garment factories and workers in the countries where it operates – including Vietnam, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Jordan.

3 April - World Bank fast-tracks $1.9bn coronavirus funds
The World Bank Group has fast-tracked $1.9bn in emergency funds to help 25 developing countries respond to the Covid-19 pandemic – including key garment producers Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Haiti, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Morocco.

2 April - Covid-19 – The worst-case scenarios for apparel sourcing
The fast spread of the coronavirus around the globe has created an unprecedented situation for the world economy. But how might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has analysed the worst case scenarios.

2 April - Help for brands and suppliers on coping with corona crisis

A new resource has been launched to help garment brands and their supply chains navigate the Covid-19 crisis – with advice on its impact on factory workers and guidance on specific production countries.

2 April - US footwear industry sees demand "totally evaporate"

US footwear brands are seeing a slump in consumer demand as the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak continues.

1 April - US planning three-month duty deferral for some apparel?
US apparel and footwear retailers and importers are cautiously optimistic at reports the Trump Administration is planning to stop collecting duties on imports for at least three months to help ease the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

1 April - China exports hit as coronavirus spreads across the globe
A textile trade body in China has said the number of firms cancelling export orders is growing by the day, leading to increasing pressure on upstream firms' supply chains.

1 April - Europe's textile & apparel sector facing 50% drop in sales
The European textile and clothing manufacturing industry is expecting a drop of more than 50% in sales and production this year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with the majority already laying off workers and suffering financial constraints, new figures show.

1 April - From Field to Shelf – Does coronavirus mark the end of globalisation?
Are we witnessing the end of globalisation? The simple answer is no. But there is a more nuanced response: globalisation will survive, but it will be different from what we've known, believes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

1 April - International Apparel Federation urges supply chain solidarity
The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is adding to calls for solidarity and collaboration by the apparel supply chain and its stakeholders – including governments and consumers – to reduce the damage to suppliers in the face of the coronavirus crisis. 

31 March - Tunisia garment sector adds concerns over Covid-19 impact
Tunisia's textile and garment sector is warning of major commercial and humanitarian damage because of production stoppages and order cancellations resulting from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

31 March - Inditex pays virus-hit factory workers in Spain – for now
Spanish fashion giant Inditex, which owns the Zara fashion chain, is to pay its Spanish workers their full salaries until 15 April, just-style has been told – including those in its domestic factories. 

31 March - H&M agrees payment to suppliers for cancelled orders
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has said it will pay and take delivery of goods already manufactured by its suppliers, as well as those in production.

31 March - Purchasing practices need reform in light of Covid-19 impact
The fashion industry needs to re-think how it does business, in light of the impact of Covid-19, and purchasing practices must be reformed for social and environmental sustainability, a new academic paper has suggested.

31 March - Vietnam textile sector anticipates $467m hit from coronavirus
The Vietnamese textile and garment sector could see a VND11trn (US$467m) hit from the fallout of coronavirus, one of the country's main textile groups has said. 

30 March - HSBC rolls out support measures for Bangla factories hit by Covid-19
The Bangladesh arm of HSBC bank has said it will roll out measures to provide "immediate assistance" to the suffering textile and garments sector that has been hit by Covid-19 and the related economic impact.

30 March - WTO forecasts "sharp" decline in global trade
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is predicting a "very sharp" decline in global trade, with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic expected to have an "enormous impact" on the economy and on jobs.

27 March - Full pay for South Africa clothing workers during virus lockdown
80,000 clothing and textile workers in South Africa are set to receive full pay for the next six weeks as part of a landmark package agreed as the country goes into lockdown to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

27 March - Bangladesh factories ordered to operate despite lockdown
Bangladesh has ordered thousands of clothing factories to continue production throughout a 10-day countrywide lockdown in force since Thursday (26 March) aimed at slowing the spread of new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
26 March - Central America factories shutter as virus dents demand
Mexican and Central American garment factories are shutting down as regional governments respond to the coronavirus outbreak and US demand slumps as retailers face widespread shutdowns to contain the global health emergency.

26 March - How Asia supplier countries are responding to coronavirus
Garment workers in global supply chains are especially exposed to risks linked to the global Covid-19 crisis, but how are the governments in key production countries in Asia responding?

26 March - Stretchline elastics meet demand for medical face masks Best-known as one of the world's leading suppliers of narrow fabrics and elastics for end-uses including lingerie, intimate apparel, sports and activewear, Stretchline is joining the fight against coronavirus by switching its production to elastics that can be used in medical face masks.

25 March - Bangladesh Accord suspends inspections amid pandemic
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says it has suspended all factory inspection and educational activities in order to protect the health of its employees amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

25 March - Myanmar Covid-19 fund unlikely to cushion garment jobs
The government of Myanmar has unveiled an initial US$70m stimulus package to cushion the blow of the coronavirus outbreak on the country's economy, but sources suggest it might not be enough to save "tens of thousands" of garment workers who are likely to find themselves out of a job in the near future.

25 March - Bangladesh garment sector needs global support Bangladesh's apparel industry is in gridlock, with millions of jobs at risk as orders are frozen or cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Brands do not want to lose their supply chains and factories do not want to lay off workers – but without short-term financial support, that is likely to be the next step.

25 March - Nike deploys Covid-19 "playbook" to US and Europe
Sportswear giant Nike Inc says it has a "playbook" to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including leveraging its diverse sourcing base and digital capabilities to manage the business with flexibility, and shifting inventory to serve consumer digital demand.

24 March - Gildan suspends production on Covid-19 fallout
Gildan Activewear is temporarily suspending production at all of its manufacturing facilities until mid-April amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

24 March - Covid-19 boosts demand for virtual sourcing shows The coronavirus pandemic is encouraging textile trade shows to consider virtual and other digital alternatives as it forces the cancellation of myriad events around the world. 
24 March - BGMEA chief urges buyers not to cancel orders   The president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged international brands not to delay shipments or cancel orders as it could result in factories failing to pay workers.

24 March - UK clothing and footwear sales to be hardest hit by Covid-19
Clothing and footwear is the UK retail sector likely to be worst hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19) this year, with spending expected to decline by one-fifth, according to preliminary forecasts.

23 March - Primark cancels all orders as UK stores close
UK value fashion retailer Primark has cancelled all orders with its suppliers and closed all of its stores – including the 189 it operates in the UK – as countries around the world go into lockdown to try to halt the spread of coronavirus.

23 March - US apparel supply chain switches to face mask production
A coalition of US apparel and textile firms has joined forces to build a supply chain to fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks for hospitals, health care workers and citizens battling the spread of Covid-19.

23 March - Amazon blocks "non-essential" goods from warehouses
Clothing suppliers selling via online retailer Amazon will see their shipments temporarily blocked as the group makes room in its warehouses for the most-needed items during the coronavirus outbreak.

20 March - M&S cuts clothing orders by GBP100m as Covid-19 hits sales
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has warned trading over the next nine to 12 months in its clothing and homewares business is likely to be severely impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and that it is "taking all possible steps" to defer supply ahead of what it expects to be a prolonged downturn in demand.

20 March - US textile groups say factories essential to tackle coronavirus
US textile and nonwoven associations are urging federal, state and local governments to deem these manufacturing facilities as "essential" to ensure workers are exempted from orders to stay at home during the Covid-19 crisis.

20 March - Retail doors closing globally to help curb coronavirus spread
A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including VF Corp, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and cutting opening hours as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

19 March - Next fears virus sales hit more than supply issues
UK fashion and homeware retailer Next Plc has warned it could lose up to GBP1bn (US$1.15bn) in sales as the coronavirus impacts demand – but says it is armed with various measures that could help control costs and conserve cash.

19 March - Brands urged to shield global garment workers from Covid-19
Labour rights groups are urging clothing brands and retailers to take steps to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on garment workers' health and livelihoods.

18 March - Inditex writes down inventory as virus impacts sales
Inditex, the owner of brands including Zara and Bershka, has recorded a EUR287m (US$316m) inventory charge on the back of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak which it says has hit its sales in the first two weeks of March.

18 March - Coronavirus adds to testing times for India apparel exporters
Subdued demand in key markets due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus is weighing on Indian apparel and cotton exporters, with concerns over working capital and liquidity as orders are postponed.

18 March - Coronavirus disruption – How will fashion companies emerge?
How retail and fashion companies and their supply chains might fare coming out of the coronavirus crisis – and possible longer-term impacts on social trends and behaviour.

17 March - Rise in payment delays weighs on Bangladesh factories
Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh are seeing an influx of requests for payment delays from buyers as a result of the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak.

17 March - Vietnam makers fear production hit from raw material shortage
Concerns are rising among Vietnamese garment producers about whether they have enough raw materials to be able to continue production into the second quarter. 

17 March - Supply chains face liquidity crunch as transactions tank
A slump in global trade transactions across the Tradeshift platform reveals the scale of disruption to supply chains globally as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak – and points to significant pressures on liquidity.

16 March – Italy's clothing sector grapples with fallout from Covid-19
While clothing manufacturers in Italy have not been told to close outright in the country's bid to fight the Covid-19 virus, many have been subject to major disruption during this health emergency.  

16 March - Trade groups want China tariffs scrapped to offset virus impact
A number of US trade bodies – including those that represent the clothing and footwear industries – have joined forces in urging the US government to scrap tariffs on Chinese goods as part of its "emergency response" in fighting the negative impact to the US economy of the coronavirus impact.

16 March - Global unions call for worker protection measures in the Covid-19 era
The Council of Global Unions (CGU), which represents some 200m workers worldwide, has issued a joint statement calling on governments to act together and through multilateral institutions to shore up the economy and keep people in work at a time when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning the Covid-19 outbreak could result in an economic crash similar to the 2008 recession.

13 March – Workers in Cambodia and Myanmar hit hard
Workers in Cambodia and Myanmar are among the hardest hit by fall-out from the global coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to unions who are urging measures to protect workers.

13 March – Colombia eyes US export boost as virus shuffles supply chains
Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is hoping its exports to the US will rise this year as brands rush to find sourcing alternatives away from China amid the fast-spreading coronavirus.

13 March – Gap expects coronavirus to hurt Q1 sales by $100m
Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc expects to take a first-quarter sales hit of about US$100m due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak – and says it is working on contingency plans to tackle falling demand and supply chain disruption. 

13 March – Bangladesh Denim Expo cancelled
The twelfth edition the Bangladesh Denim Expo, which had been due to take place next month, has been cancelled on the back of health and travel concerns linked to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

12 March – Make it British plans virtual event
The 'Make it British Live!' sourcing show has been postponed amid the health concerns and travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus, with organisers saying plans are now underway for a virtual event. 

12 March – China manufacturing slump could hit global exports by $50bn
The slowdown of manufacturing in China due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak could result in a US$50bn drop in global exports, the UN's trade and development agency says.

12 March – US textile sector welcomes coronavirus relief plans
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has welcomed proposals from the Trump administration on an economic stimulus package to gird the economy against the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, but urged officials to reject any attempts by importers to remove China 301 tariffs on finished products as part of any relief package.

12 March – US manufacturers brace for financial hit
A number of US manufacturers are anticipating a financial hit from the coronavirus outbreak currently gripping the world. 78.3% of companies polled by the National Association of Manufacturers said they anticipate a financial impact as a result of the outbreak.

11 March – Sourcing in an epidemic requires resilience not re-shoring
The media is currently awash with predictions that the Covid-19 outbreak marks the end of multinational sourcing. Clothing buyers certainly need to review how they source – but it's resilience, not re-shoring, they should be seeking.

11 March – Coronavirus impacting Puma sales not supply chain
Puma says its global supply chain is in the clear with regard to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, adding it is not currently at risk apart from minor delays.

11 March - Adidas warns of $1bn sales hit in China
German sportswear giant Adidas is expecting sales to drop by up to EUR1bn (US$1.13bn) in Greater China in the first quarter, due to coronavirus, with a negative impact also now being felt in Japan and South Korea.

10 March – Cambodia prepares for arrival of raw materials
Cambodia's garment factories are preparing for the arrival of raw materials from China, just a week after it was thought production in the Kingdom might slow due to shortages linked to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

10 March – Coronavirus to have "longer & larger" impact on US imports
The coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a larger and longer-lasting impact on imports at major US retail container ports than previously believed, as factory shutdowns and travel restrictions in China continue to affect production.

9 March – Central America garment exports under pressure
The growing coronavirus epidemic continues to cast a shadow on Central America's garment export and deliveries, with Nicaragua now forecasting a full-year export decline and Guatemala also acknowledging its apparel shipments face delays.

9 March – Supply chains in China see huge disruptions
Supply chains in China have seen significant disruption over the last month as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the latest data from supply chain tech company Tradeshift.

9 March – Kingpins axes Amsterdam show
Denim trade show Kingpins has confirmed it will be cancelling its upcoming Amsterdam event on the back of health concerns and travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19).

9 March – Coronavirus to cause stock gaps and delays at fashion retailers
UK clothing sales are set for further disruption over the coming months, with stock issues expected to appear, as China accounts for over one-fifth (21.4% in 2018, according to UN Comtrade trade data) of the country's apparel imports.

6 March – Copenhagen Fashion Summit postponed
Copenhagen Fashion Summit has been pushed back to October following the growing public health concerns around the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 

5 March – Sri Lanka sees orders slow as main export markets hit
Sri Lanka is dealing with a fall in apparel order volumes as the coronavirus outbreak causes uncertainty among retailers and consumers. The industry is already suffering, like many others, from a delay in raw materials supply from China, which is seeing many factories stand down operations.

5 March – Abercrombie & Fitch assesses supply chain impact
Abercrombie & Fitch says there is "significant uncertainty" across the industry resulting from coronavirus (Covid-19) as the US teen fashion retailer assesses the potential impact to its global supply chain.

4 March – UK retailers report supply chain disruption
New research has revealed a number of UK retailers are experiencing supply chain disruption as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, which began in China at the tail end of 2019.

4 March – Myanmar factory closes on raw material shortage
A garment factory in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar has closed due to a shortfall of raw materials from China, leaving over 1,000 employees out of work.

3 March – Vietnam turns to India for raw materials supply?
Vietnam is considering India as a supplier for raw materials to its garment and textile sector amid a shortage linked to the coronavirus outbreak that began in China at the tail end of last year.

3 March – Production to slow at 200 Cambodia factories
Cambodian officials have warned production will slow at 200 garment factories due to a lack of raw materials linked to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in China.

3 March – US firms in China facing "significant" impact
A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) has found the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on its members has been "significant", with travel disruptions and reduced staff productivity presenting the biggest challenges.

2 March – Turkey textile makers see orders spike
Turkish textile manufacturers are reportedly dealing with an influx of orders on the back of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak.

28 February – Central America makers face delays due to coronavirus
Central American garment suppliers are fretting over delays of up to a month in essential Chinese fabric supplies as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

28 February – UK buyers look closer to home
UK fashion and textiles manufacturers are reporting an increase in new business enquiries linked to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, a new survey suggests.

27 February – China garment factories slowly resume production
A shortage of workers and higher costs and shortfalls on the raw material side are among the top challenges facing China's garment industry as the coronavirus disrupts their supply chains, according to a survey of almost 300 apparel companies.

25 February – Virus a challenge for Myanmar's garment sector
The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is presenting a challenge for Myanmar's garment sector, an industry body for the country has said, as its garment factories tackle supply issues, logistical challenges, and the possibility of factory closures.

24 February – Coronavirus could risk supply shortages at Primark
The owner of value fashion retailer Primark has warned that prolonged delays to factory production in China as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak could lead to supply shortages on some lines later in its financial year.

24 February – Italy's Filo trade show latest to cancel
Milan trade show Filo has become the latest to cancel as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of people infected with Covid-19 jumps to over 200 in Italy, where five people have died.

21 February – Question mark over Phase One trade deal
The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is slowing economic activity in China and raising concerns about potential US supply chain vulnerabilities in a range of sectors, including strategic raw materials, a new report warns – and also casts a question over the Phase One trade deal between the two countries.

20 February – Adidas China sales tumble 85%
Sportswear firm Adidas says its sales in Greater China have slumped 85% since Chinese New Year amid the coronavirus outbreak, with a significant number of stores closed and a reduction in footfall at its locations that do remain open.

20 February – China clothing factories struggling to get back on track
China's clothing and textile makers are struggling to get back on track amid the continuing novel coronavirus epidemic – telling just-style that quarantined workers, travel restrictions and material delays are disrupting production and causing ongoing uncertainty.

18 February – New uncertainties to cotton outlook
The potential impacts of the coronavirus represent a significant wildcard in the outlook for the world cotton market in the 2020 crop year, new data shows.

14 February – Ralph Lauren warns coronavirus could cut sales by $70m
Fashion company Ralph Lauren Corporation expects to take a hit of up to US$70m on its fourth-quarter sales due to the coronavirus outbreak – and has warned of supply chain disruptions in China on a "small portion" of the company's orders globally.

13 February – PVH closes majority of China stores
Apparel giant PVH Corp has temporarily closed the majority of its Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger stores in China amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement, the company says the stores that remain open are operating for limited hours and are experiencing significantly lower than planned traffic and sales trends.

13 February – Denimsandjeans Japan shares rescheduled dates
Trade show Denimsandjeans has announced revised dates for the first edition of its Japan event after postponing the show over concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak, and its impact on the safety and travel plans of global buyers, visitors, and exhibitors.

12 February – Protecting workers' rights key during coronavirus outbreak
Brands and retailers need to be aware of the financial strain on suppliers and the delays from manufacturing as a result of the coronavirus, a labour rights group has said, with communication key to mitigating the challenges the outbreak has presented.

12 February – Under Armour monitoring supply chain
Under Armour is assessing the potential impact of the coronavirus outbreak on its supply chain as the US sportswear brand expects a hit of up to US$60m on first-quarter sales in the APAC region – and says it is looking at a potential 2020 restructuring plan.

11 February – Kingpins cancels Hong Kong fair
Denim trade show Kingpins has cancelled its upcoming Hong Kong show on the back of health concerns and travel restrictions surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in China.

11 February – Cambodia factories may close as virus hits supplies
Four textile factories in Cambodia may be forced to stand down operations due to raw material supply interruptions from China related to the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the country's Labour Ministry.

11 February – Coronavirus shaking up China's apparel supply chain
China based analysts are raising concerns that the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak will disrupt supplies of apparel to major international fashion brands.

11 February – US February retail imports seen falling
With the coronavirus causing longer Lunar New Year factory shut-downs in China, imports at major US retail container ports are expected to see a sharper-than-usual drop in February, a new forecast suggests.

7 February – 60% of VF Corp China stores closed
US apparel giant VF Corp says about 60% of its owned and partner stores in China have been temporarily closed due to efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus – but notes it is not yet possible to gauge the impact on its supply chain.

7 February – More textile trade fairs postponed
More textile trade fairs have been postponed over concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak, and its impact on the safety and travel plans of global buyers, visitors, and exhibitors.

6 February – Tapestry revises FY view
Accessories business Tapestry says its second-half results could be negatively impacted by up to US$250m in sales amid the outbreak of the coronavirus in China which has seen the group close the majority of its stores on the Mainland.

6 February – Coronavirus to cost Michael Kors owner US$100m in lost sales
Capri Holdings, owner of the Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo brands, has sounded a warning on its full-year results in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

5 February – Coronavirus to have "material impact" on Nike in Greater China
US sporting goods giant Nike expects the novel coronavirus outbreak to have a "material impact" on its operations in Greater China in the short term as the company has shuttered half of its stores in the region. 

5 February – China clothing buyers turning to Turkey?
Turkish clothing factories can expect a jump in orders as Chinese production declines following the coronavirus outbreak, according to Turkey's apparel trade body.

4 February – Cargo capacity and delays add to concerns
Concerns around the impact of China's coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains suggests the continued production stoppage will create a backlog of shipments and cargo delays once restrictions lift.

3 February – What does the coronavirus mean for US apparel and retail?
In this China update for just-style, Rick Helfenbein looks at some of the concerns surrounding the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, and asks: "What does Wuhan mean for our industry?"

3 February – Coronavirus could impact China polyester production
China's polyester, textile and apparel industries could be under pressure as a result of the new coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic disruption, new comments suggest.

3 February – Upcoming Shanghai textile fairs postponed
Apparel and textile trade fair organisers in China have postponed upcoming events as a precautionary measure around the novel coronavirus outbreak.

31 January – Levi Strauss closes half China stores over coronavirus
Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co expects the coronavirus outbreak in China to knock revenues in the first quarter of 2020 and has shuttered about half of its stores in the country amid the epidemic.

30 January – Is coronavirus a threat to the clothing industry?
Concerns are beginning to rise over the coronavirus outbreak in China – but what is its potential impact on global fashion retailers and their supply chains? 
30 January – Are commentators overreacting to coronavirus?
The first mention of the coronavirus on just-style was in a comment article by Mike Flanagan, CEO of apparel industry consultancy Clothesource. The world economy in general, and the apparel industry in particular, depend on hugely complex, globalised, supply chains. He considers some of the consequences of the new 'Wuhan novel coronavirus'.