The most-read stories on just-style this week include a roundup of US apparel retailers' comparable store sales in April, Nike pledging to expand its US manufacturing operations if the TPP agreement is finalised, and Puma promising tougher supplier audits.
UPDATE: US apparel retailers' April 2015 retail roundup A shift in the timing of Easter, coupled with the lingering adverse effects of the West Coast port delays, as well as an economic soft patch in the first quarter, led to the majority of US apparel retailers recording comparable store sales declines in April.
Nike pledges US production and jobs if TPP passed Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has pledged to expand its advanced manufacturing operations in the US – with the creation of around 10,000 domestic jobs – if "fast-track" powers are passed and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is finalised.
SUSTAINABILITY: Puma promises tougher supplier audits Tougher and more regular supplier audits and the phasing out of hazardous chemicals form part of Puma’s new sustainability strategy – but the company admits it still has to work to do on the use of recycled materials.
Bangladesh garment makers seek tax break before budget Bangladesh garment manufacturers are pushing for a tax break – urging the government to collect a levy from just 10% of their export profits, instead of their overall profits as is currently the case.
VF Corp testing new fabric finishing technology VF Corporation is exploring potential apparel and footwear uses for an innovative new technology that adds high performance finishes to fabrics without the use of water or heat.