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Brazil's textile and apparel recovery shifts into gear 11 May 2017

Brazil's textile and apparel sector expects to generate 10,000 jobs this year and lift revenues by 1% to BRL123bn ($39bn) as Latin America's largest economy begins to emerge from its worst recession in history. 

Wal-Mart focuses on better international returns 16 Apr 2012

Retail giant Wal-Mart is focused on improving returns from international markets where it already has a presence, rather than entering new countries, according to Doug McMillon, CEO of the retailer's operations outside the US, as he met analysts in Canada last week.

Economic growth boosts Brazil's textile and clothing industry 17 Jan 2012

Brazil's fast growing economy and the population's buoyant spending have resulted in a large increase in textile and clothing consumption per head in the country - and a knock-on boost to production, new research shows.

FOCUS: Zara grows in Brazil while Gap and H&M dither 7 Oct 2011

Over the past five years, retail sales of apparel generated stronger incremental growth in Brazil than anywhere else in the world except China. Yet while Inditex is reaping the rewards of double-digit growth, H&M and Gap Inc have yet to grab a piece of the action. Has the best of the opportunity slipped away? asks Magdalena Kondej, head of apparel research at Euromonitor International.

Zara defends stance in Brazil sweatshop row 26 Aug 2011

Spanish fashion giant Zara has told just-style it will consider appealing some $700,000 in possible fines stemming from a Brazilian Labour Ministry investigation into "slave labour" conditions at one of its suppliers, after insisting it wasn't aware of the violations.

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Indorama strengthens PET position with Brazil buy 19 Mar 2018

Thailand based chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures Group Ltd (IVL) is to acquire the assets of M&G Polimeros Brazil, strengthening its position in the Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin (PET) market.

Ideas sought on transparency for Brazil fashion industry 12 Feb 2018

The C&A Foundation has launched a call for proposals to find innovative ways to use information and data to bring about systematic changes in working conditions in Brazil’s fashion industry.

Apparel groups welcome EU-Mercosur FTA talks 11 Dec 2017

Groups representing European and Brazilian textile and apparel firms have welcomed negotiations for a EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that could be concluded before the close of 2017.

Adidas adds Parley Ocean Plastic to Originals line 15 Nov 2017

As part of its long-standing partnership with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans, German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled a shoe from its Originals range made with Parley Ocean Plastic.

Retail majors set to disrupt Brazil supply chains 31 Aug 2017

The arrival of major retailers such as Amazon in Brazil could enhance the country's supply chains by forcing local firms to think smarter, according to new research.

Compliance and technology focus for IAF Convention 28 Jul 2017

Compliance and technology as the key drivers for industry and retail will be the theme for this year’s International Apparel Federation (IAF).

São Paulo project backs decent work for migrant labour 8 May 2017

A new partnership has been launched in Brazil's São Paulo state to promote decent work in the region's textile and apparel sector, with a particular focus on migrant workers.

Sequential Brands enters Brazil through license deal 10 Mar 2017

Brand management company Sequential Brands has signed a long-term license agreement with SPR Indústria de Confecção Ltda to bring its basketball brand AND1, active lifestyle brand AVIA, and skate brand DVS to Brazil.

Brazil’s Riachuelo cuts China sourcing to buck recession 15 Feb 2017

Lojas Riachuelo, Brazil's largest apparel department store chain, has achieved huge savings from gradually reducing its Chinese sourcing to 25% from 40% and investing BRL200m (US$64m) in a new distribution centre.

C&A partners on Brazil sustainable fashion project 16 Dec 2016

Value retailer C&A has joined forces with Brazilian sustainable fashion project Malha to find new ways to produce and consume fashion more sustainably and collaboratively.