Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 

Myanmar garment sector experiencing rapid growth
Myanmar's garment sector is in the midst of significant growth and exciting changes - and a brand new and exclusive report produced by the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) offers essential reading for retailers, brands and importers looking to source from the country.

TPP impact on Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Vietnam's apparel sector is set to receive a major boost from the signing of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, although the extent and immediacy of any benefits will depend on the fine print of the agreement. But the negative effects on other apparel manufacturing countries could reverberate well beyond Asia.

UK textile and clothing industry poised for growth?
The UK textile and clothing industry is worth nearly GBP9bn (US$13.71bn) to the country's economy and is experiencing year-on-year export and domestic growth, according to a new report.

Five key trends in world textile and apparel trade
According to statistics released in September by the World Trade Organization (WTO), five important patterns emerged in world textile and apparel trade from 2013 to 2014. Dr Sheng Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a closer look.

Textile investments flow into Vietnam ahead of TPP
Foreign direct investment is flowing into Vietnam in anticipation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which is expected to open up huge opportunities for the country's textile and garment industry.

C&A building brand loyalty through consistent fit
If proof was needed of the link between consistent garment size and fit and its impact on top-line growth, then look no further than European value fashion retailer C&A – where a ten-month overhaul of fit and product development processes is already paying dividends. Involving the supply base as early as possible has also been one of the keys to success.

All eyes on Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub
There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years – yet disappointingly small exports of just US$112m in 2014. But that could finally be set to change, as Jozef De Coster reports from last week's 'Origin Africa' event in Addis Ababa.

How Primark's cut-price clothing could shake up US retail
With its up-to-the-minute fashions at rock-bottom prices, Primark sells more clothes than any other retailer in the UK. As the chain makes its first foray into the US, analysts are not surprisingly taking a close look at its potential, and asking which of its rivals is most at risk from this apparel retail disruptor.

3D printing gears up for fashion industry change
The organiser of a 3D print fashion show in New York has told just-style there will be major changes in fashion industry supply chain because of this new technology.

Apparel working conditions linked to profit
If proof was ever needed of the commercial benefits of better working conditions in garment factories, a recent study from Better Work Vietnam suggests both productivity and profitability improve.

Can robotics redefine the future of apparel manufacturing?
As Wal-Mart ramps up its efforts to reshore more US clothing production, the recipient of a $2m grant from the retailer's Innovation Fund talks about progress in developing systems to automate apparel-making.

New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear
New eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that not only offer more sustainable choices for sportswear and outdoor apparel, but in many cases give improved functionality too, were on show at this month's ISPO Münich trade fair. The natural performance of wool, plant-based laminates, ultra lightweight insulation and advanced temperature regulation were among the highlights.

Yuan devaluation offers mixed fortunes for garment firms
Apparel industry executives are playing down the potential impact of the decision by China's central bank to reduce the value of the yuan to its lowest rate against the US dollar in almost three years.

The Fit Factor: Tesco's F&F cuts costs and lead times with 3D fit
Supermarket retailer Tesco has calculated that cutting lead times by one to two weeks on around one-third of the styles in its F&F clothing range adds 4-8% to net margin and generates savings of between GBP20m and GBP40m (US$30-60m). And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of 3D virtual fit and prototyping technology.

Water pollution crackdown hits China textile firms
Upstream textile and finishing suppliers to China's mighty clothing industry may face a struggle to survive following the release of the government's 'Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan.'

Low pricing to sustain growth for Primark in 2015
Value fashion giant Primark will use its low selling price to help sustain significant growth in 2015, increasing sales through further expansion into continental Europe and the Northeast US, analysts believe.

Ethiopia textile and apparel investments accelerate
From fast-growing textile hub Mekele to expansion plans by several international groups to expand their production capabilities in Ethiopia, the scale of current and planned investments in the country appears to be accelerating. Jozef De Coster reports from last week's 'Origin Africa' event in Addis Ababa.

Crystal Group eyes "mega-capacity" in Vietnam
Garment maker Crystal Group sees Vietnam as its "new star", with expansion projects under way that the company hopes will increase sweater production seven-fold over the next four years, and T-shirt production three-fold.

Will Vietnam struggle to exploit impending trade deals?
Clothing and textile industry specialists have warned just-style that the Vietnam-European Union (EU) free-trade deal struck earlier this month may ease exports, imports and investment - but that Vietnam will be a tough base from which to operate in the impending duty-free era.

Common themes unite Inditex and H&M supply chains
As the world's two largest fast fashion retailers, it's no surprise that Inditex and H&M continue to outperform their peers with their market-leading supply chains - or that common themes unite all the top European supply chain companies.