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BULGARIA SNAPSHOT: Textile and apparel industry in brief 19 Oct 2010

Bulgaria, with its population of 7.6m, joined the EU on 1 January 2007, together with Romania. From 2000-2007 it looked as if Bulgaria would take over Romania's role as the biggest eastern European apparel supplier to markets in Western Europe. But exports have fallen since the last quarter of 2008.

EU reality bites for Bulgaria’s clothing industry 1 Nov 2007

Joining the EU on 1 January 2007 has been a double-edged sword for Bulgaria. Quicker customs clearance has brought new business to the country, but the rising cost of living and the migration of workers to better paid jobs in other industries or in other EU countries, as Niki Tait reports.

Bulgaria gears up for further expansion 1 Aug 2007

Bulgaria, one of the two newest members of the EU, is also the fastest growing textile and clothing producer in Europe. However, its future hangs on a knife edge, with more investment needed to boost productivity and generate higher value exports according to a report by Textiles Intelligence.

Bulgaria: Europe’s quick response solution? 19 Dec 2006

With Bulgaria poised to join the EU on 1 January 2007, the country is optimistic that its clothing exports will continue to climb. Production of textiles and clothing has doubled in the last five years, and the industry now believes it is well-placed as a fast fashion supplier of high quality orders. Niki Tait takes a look.

Italy’s Miroglio steps up investment in Bulgaria 7 Dec 2006

Italy’s Miroglio Group is one of the leading international companies in the textile and clothing sector – and a major investor in Bulgaria, where this summer it ploughed EUR25m (US$33m) into a new weaving plant. Niki Tait takes a look.

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Inditex supports meeting on Bulgaria GFAs 16 Apr 2018

A meeting led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Sofia, Bulgaria, has underlined the importance of freedom of association and workplace cooperation in global supply chains, as well as emphasising the benefits of genuine social dialogue and the implementation of Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) in the country's garment sector.

BULGARIA: Miroglio to invest $39m in Bulgaria facilities 7 Mar 2014

Textile and apparel giant Miroglio Group has confirmed plans to invest BGN55m (US$39m) in its textile facilities in Bulgaria's cities of Sliven, Yambol and Svishtov this year.

BULGARIA: Oxylane to open first Decathlon store 6 Dec 2012

Oxylane, which owns the Decathlon sportswear brand, is to open its first store in Bulgaria next year.

BULGARIA: Debenhams expands with first store 24 Oct 2012

Department store group Debenhams has confirmed it will open its first store in Bulgaria with franchise partner Canopus Investments.

BULGARIA: H&M to enter country 5 Sep 2011

Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz today (5 September) revealed plans to open its first store in Bulgaria during March 2012.

BULGARIA: Apparel industry unsure about its future 19 Oct 2010

Even though Bulgaria hosts the largest textile and apparel industry in the Balkans, local executives are wary about its future, amid falling exports and a shortage of workers.

BULGARIA: Apparel producers return strong growth 6 Oct 2010

Bulgarian apparel and textile producers have shown strong signs of a recovery from the global economic crisis, which hit the sector hard.

BULGARIA: Clothing sourcing show set for September 6 Jul 2010

Bulgaria’s largest sourcing exhibition for textiles and clothing is gearing up for its ninth event in September.

BULGARIA: Edoardo Miroglio to invest EUR20m in viscose plant 30 Apr 2007

Italian businessman Edoardo Miroglio has bought Bulgarian viscose producer Svilosa ZIK to add to his investments in the country.

BULGARIA: Dunavska Koprina pilots European silk project 6 Dec 2006

Dunavska Koprina (or Dunav Silk), Bulgaria’s only silk fabric producer, is piloting a major new project to help re-establish the country’s silk industry.