Top stories this week on just-style include news that US-based men's wear producer Trybus Group is expanding its supply chain into Ethiopia, a look at why the German sustainable textiles scheme is losing members, Vietnam's minimum wage is expected to rise by 6.5% next year, and US apparel giant VF Corp is to buy workwear major Williamson-Dickie for US$820m.

US-based Trybus Group to open garment factory in Ethiopia
US-based men's wear producer Trybus Group is expanding its supply chain into Ethiopia, becoming the latest company to set up a new factory in the country.

Why is the German sustainable textiles scheme losing members?
A German initiative designed to boost sustainability in the clothing and textile sector has been losing members, but a senior manager has told just-style it will continue working hard to extend its influence and fix operational problems.

Vietnam minimum wage set to increase 6.5% in 2018
Vietnam's minimum wage is expected to rise by 6.5% next year – but the increase will be the lowest in 11 years.

Vietnam again leads US apparel import growth in June
Apparel imports into the US in June have risen as merchants stocked up for summer and prepare for the back-to-school season, climbing on the previous month but down on the year before. Exports from Vietnam continue to surge, but Bangladesh has swung back into negative territory.

VF Corporation to buy Williamson-Dickie Mfg for $820m
US apparel giant VF Corporation is expanding its growing workwear platform with the acquisition of Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co – owner of brands including Dickies – in a deal worth around $820m.