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Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m 2 Sep 2015

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit since 2011 – and has now set its sights on yet more savings from supply chain improvements.

IN THE MONEY: Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments 14 Oct 2014

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.

“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution 10 Dec 2013

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske.

Focus: Australasia key for apparel brands going global 5 Sep 2013

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilience to the financial turmoil which has plagued much of the northern hemisphere has proved to be a key attraction for international retailers, according to Euromonitor International.

In the money: Worthless Billabong still in choppy waters 28 Aug 2013

Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong is attempting to move beyond recent turbulence and onto its turnaround plans, but uncertainty still remains.

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Dry weather hits Australia cotton and wool production 12 Dec 2018

Dry weather conditions are expected to impact wool and cotton output in Australia for the 2018-19 period, a report from the Australian government has revealed.

Australia passes Modern Slavery Act 30 Nov 2018

Large companies in Australia will be under obligation to report their efforts to identify and mitigate human rights risks such as human trafficking and child labour in their global operations after the government passed the world’s second Modern Slavery Act.

Forever 21 under fire over wool cruelty claims 20 Nov 2018

Forever 21 has come under fire from animal rights group PETA over a video exposé that shows sheep being mistreated on farms in Australia that reportedly supply to the US teen apparel retailer.

CPTPP trade pact to take effect on 30 December 2 Nov 2018

Australia this week became the latest country ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – or TPP-11 – meaning the trade pact will enter into force on 30 December 2018.

Nanollose makes first garment from tree-free rayon 1 Nov 2018

Australian biotechnology company Nanollose says it has successfully created its first test-garment made from Nullarbor fibre, a sustainable alternative to rayon and cotton.

Australia's Cotton On shares ethical sourcing efforts 29 Oct 2018

Cotton On Group, one of Australia's largest global apparel retailers, has launched new platform to share the work it has been doing on ethics and sustainability over the course of its 27-year history.

Visitor numbers up 20% at Australia sourcing show 5 Oct 2018

More fashion and footwear buyers than ever before are expected to attend next month's apparel sourcing shows in Australia, with pre-registrations for the International Sourcing Expo Australia and co-located Footwear & Leather Show Australia said to be 20% higher than the same time last year.

Cotton Australia welcomes findings of water resource study 6 Sep 2018

Cotton Australia has welcomed the findings of a study into the potential of northern Australia’s water resources and its potential to significantly boost the viability of irrigated cropping industries such as cotton.

India footwear and leather suppliers firm up footprint in Australia 4 Sep 2018

A large delegation of Indian footwear and leather suppliers will be present at this year’s three-day Footwear and Leather Show in Melbourne.

Research underway to develop non-creasing cotton 16 Aug 2018

A team of scientists in Australia is working on a project to develop the next generation cotton fibre – which could feature many of the properties of synthetics, such as being stretchy, non-creasing and even waterproof, while retaining its natural fibre feel.