UK retail garnered much interest this week with stories about concerns over minimum wages, M&S calls for suppliers to contribute to store revamps and Tesco's strategy to source more products from Europe and Egypt garnered much attention.

UK: Minimum wage rises threaten retail jobs - BRC
An increase in the National Minimum Wage will make it harder for UK retailers to maintain and create jobs in the current climate, the British Retail Consortium has said.

UK: M&S asks suppliers to contribute to store revamps
Marks and Spencer has confirmed that it is seeking a contribution from its clothing suppliers towards the cost of its store revamp programme and a step-up in advertising.

SOUTH AFRICA: Clothing factories raided for labour violations
A number of clothing factories in Newcastle, South Africa, have been raided after allegations surfaced of serious violations of workers' human and labour rights, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) has revealed.

Tesco increases European apparel sourcing
The CEO of Tesco has revealed the retailer is shifting more of its apparel sourcing to Europe and Egypt as part of moves to shorten lead times on clothing.

WORLD: Child and forced labour still an industry problem
Garment, footwear and cotton producers continue to be among the worst offenders when it comes to the use of forced and child labour, according to a new report published by the US Labor Department.