This week's top stories took on a footwear theme, with the WTO backing a complaint by China over EU anti-dumping duties and Inditex planning to expand footwear sourcing in Mexico. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart announced plans to move its fashion offices back to Bentonville and Limited Brands spun off its Mast sourcing unit.

EU: WTO rules on China shoe dumping dispute
A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel has largely backed a complaint by China that anti-dumping duties imposed by the European Union (EU) on certain leather footwear imports breached global rules.

US: Wal-Mart to move fashion offices to Bentonville
Wal-Mart is moving its fashion offices back to its headquarters in Bentonville Arkansas, according to reports.

Mexican shoe makers lifted by Inditex expansion
Tempe Grupo Inditex, the shoe-making franchise of Spanish fashion giant Inditex, plans to triple its footwear production in Mexico. Meanwhile, other international brands such as Nike, Steve Madden and Puma are also mulling boosting their output in the Aztec country, whose Guanajuato region has become well-known for making high-quality leather shoes.

US: Limited Brands spins off Mast apparel sourcing unit
Mast Global Fashions, the third-party apparel sourcing division of Limited Brands, is to be spun off as a standalone company after the US retailer sold a controlling stake in the business to New York based private equity firm Sycamore Partners.

just-style management briefing: High-tech materials get more functional
Between T-shirts that incorporate technology allowing people to chat up someone from across the dance floor to vests that can monitor the wearer's health, the past decade has seen some extraordinary developments in high-tech smart fibres and fabrics.