Top stories this week on just-style continue to be dominated by the punitive 10% tariff soon to be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China – including all textiles, apparel and footwear. We take a look at how some brands are mitigating the potential impact of the new tariffs, and how China's upstream fibre, yarn and fabric producers are ramping up production ahead of a possible slowdown. Primark has also suspended sourcing with several suppliers in Bangladesh after discovering breaches to its Code of Conduct.

China textile production hikes up ahead of US tariffs
Chinese upstream fibre, yarn and fabric producers are ramping up production as fears grow that the trade war with the US will hurt exports of apparel and other textile products. 

Some brands are mitigating the potential impact of new China tariffs. Here's how
US apparel brands and retailers may be caught between higher costs and raising prices when it comes to navigating an extra 10% tariff on clothing and footwear imported from China from the beginning of next month – but analysts suggest some are managing to mitigate the potential impacts.

China vows retaliatory action on Trump tariffs
China has reportedly vowed to retaliate with countermeasures if the US follows through with plans for fresh tariffs on US$300bn worth of goods from the beginning of September.

Does latest US trade data point to China's fall from grace?
At the halfway point of 2019, the fallout of the China-US trade spat on US apparel imports is starting to surface. Growth in shipment volumes from Vietnam and Bangladesh outpaced that of China in the first six months of the year – but imports from China are still edging up and the country's share of the market is virtually unchanged.

Primark probe suspends several Bangladesh factories
Primark has confirmed it is suspending sourcing with several of its supplier factories in Bangladesh following allegations that workers' contracts were terminated unfairly.