Top stories this week on just-style were again dominated by the coronavirus outbreak in China, with a look at what it means for US apparel and retail, how it could impact China's polyester, textile and apparel industries, and concerns regarding cargo capacity and delays. Elsewhere, an ongoing legal case in London could provide the impetus for significant reforms to improve human rights protections for workers in the garment industry.

What does the coronavirus mean for US apparel and retail?
In this China update for just-style, Rick Helfenbein looks at some of the concerns surrounding the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, and asks: "What does Wuhan mean for our industry?"

Coronavirus could impact China polyester production
China's polyester, textile and apparel industries could be under pressure as a result of the new coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic disruption, new comments suggest.

Cargo capacity and delays add to coronavirus concerns
Latest concerns around the impact of China's coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains suggests the continued production stoppage will create a backlog of shipments and cargo delays once restrictions lift.

US currency ruling could hit China and Vietnam
The US has finalised a rule that allows it to impose countervailing duties on products that benefit from countries it has determined undervalue their currencies against the dollar – including key garment producers China and Vietnam.

UK legal case a wake-up call for garment companies
An ongoing legal case in London could provide the impetus for significant reforms to improve human rights protections for workers in the garment industry. While not related directly to clothing companies, it sounds a warning that brands and retailers should be prepared to demonstrate effective human rights due diligence.