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How much do global garment workers really earn?

11 August 2016 | Michelle Russell

The legal minimum wage and purchasing power of average monthly pay in some of Bangladesh's factories falls below World Bank poverty lines, a new report has found.... read more

Huntsman Corp positive amid Q4 earnings growth

20 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corporation has offered a positive outlook as it revealed higher earnings and sales in its fourth-quarter, with a solid performance from its advanced materials and textile effects business.... read more

Cambodia's economy could contract by nearly 3% in 2020

2 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s economy could contract by nearly 3% this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found, with the collapse of growth drivers such as manufacturing exports.... read more

Hugo Boss says labour rights claims inaccurate

9 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Hugo Boss has denied claims made by union activists over its treatment of workers at a factory in Turkey, labelling them inaccurate and factually incorrect.... read more

FTAs boost Vietnam's textile and garment exports

5 January 2015 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam's textile and garment exports amounted to over US$24bn in 2014, an increase of 19% on the prior year, with apparel accounting for the lion's share.... read more

Bangladesh textile sector issued “green” funding

6 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

The Central Bank of Bangladesh has earmarked US$500m of low-cost “green” funding to aid textile factories in adopting eco-friendly technologies and practices.... read more

UK: Former Claremont Garments execs to open UK factory

5 March 2014 | Michelle Russell

A clothing manufacturer is hoping to capitalise on signs of an apparel trade revival in the UK with the opening of a state-of-the-art textile facility in the north of the country.... read more

UK: Mulberry cautious on outlook for year ahead

12 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

British luxury company Mulberry Group says it is taking steps to restore the business to growth but offered a cautious outlook for the current financial year and said sales improvements will be progressive.... read more

UK: Documentary investigates aftermath of Rana Plaza

21 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Over a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, a BBC Two documentary aims to investigate the story of "the worst industrial disaster of the 21st-century".... read more

Cambodia growth to slow on competition and cost

13 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia's economic growth is expected to slow over the next three years on the back of increasing headwinds including rising production costs and stronger garment export competition, data shows.... read more

Cambodia to begin 2016 apparel wage talks

15 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia is to begin discussions next month for a 2016 increase in the minimum wage for the country's garment and footwear sector, just-style has learnt.... read more

Brands urged to intervene in strike talks at Uniqlo supplier

14 July 2015 | Michelle Russell

A group of unions and human rights organisations have called on clients of the Shenzhen Artigas garment factory - subject to prolonged strike action over a relocation decision - to intervene in negotiations with workers over severance pay.... read more

Cotton policy and prices hit Weiqiao Textile FY

23 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

China’s Weiqiao Textile Company said it was affected by a persistent decline in cotton price, rising labour costs, shrinking downstream demand and the declining sales price of products in its last fiscal as earnings and sales fell.... read more

M&S Asia head quits as China stores to close

3 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to close five of its stores in Shanghai and has confirmed its head of Asia is to step down.... read more

Sourcing key to capturing growth in lingerie market

22 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

The global lingerie market is set to grow over the next five years and the focus for brands will not be on where they source but how they source if they are to reap the benefits.... read more

Bangladesh wage board finalises proposal, despite objections

7 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

The wage board for Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector has finalised its proposed minimum monthly wage, despite objections from trade unions and factory owners.... read more

Bangladesh needs to diversify exports to boost growth

12 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Bangladesh's economy continues to perform well, with robust and stable growth led by the ready-made garment sector – but the country needs to address infrastructure bottlenecks and expand export opportunities, according to a new report.... read more

GMAC concern at amended Cambodia labour policy

21 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has called on the country’s Labour Ministry to reconsider its intent to amend article 89 of the labour law concerning worker protection and severance pay.... read more

Aquascutum sold to Shandong Ruyi in US$117m deal

3 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong-listed YGM Trading has signed an agreement to sell its UK luxury brand Aquascutum to Chinese textiles major Shandong Ruyi Technology Group in a deal worth US$117m.... read more

German brands targeted over Indonesia compensation

5 April 2017 | Michelle Russell

Gerry Weber and s.Oliver were the target of protests in the Indonesian capital Jakarta last week, with the German fashion brands being urged to pay compensation following the collapse of a supplier two years ago.... read more

Delta Galil Industries Q4 earnings and sales soar

23 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Israel-based lingerie, underwear and activewear manufacturer Delta Galil Industries saw both sales and earnings increase in its fourth-quarter thanks to the success of a number of growth initiatives.... read more

Delta Galil reaffirms FY despite Q1 profit decline

17 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

Israel-based lingerie, underwear and activewear manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has booked mixed results in its first-quarter as earnings fell and sales grew, but reaffirmed its outlook for the full year.... read more

India's AEPC urges continuation of rebate scheme  

2 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

India's apparel sector is calling for a continuation of the Rebate of State Levies (ROSL) after the incentive contributed to export growth of 31.7% in April.... read more

Myanmar forms new minimum wage committee

27 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Myanmar's garment industry will have its say on new proposals to revise the country's minimum wage through the formation of a new committee set up by the country's government.... read more

UK textile wages lowest of all manufacturing sectors

20 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

Productivity in the UK textile, clothing and leather goods sector is lagging that of other manufacturing industries, new figures suggest, as it struggles to recover the strong growth seen prior to the economic downturn.... read more

Mulberry issues profit warning as H1 sales slide

14 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

British luxury company Mulberry Group has issued another profit warning as it revealed a slump in first-half sales due to continuing headwinds and declining footfall.... read more

LVMH to end Hermes share dispute December

3 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

French luxury goods companies LVMH has outlined plans to redistribute the shares it holds in Hermès International on 17 December to end a long-running legal dispute between the two firms.... read more

FRANCE: Bel Maille goes into administration ahead of takeover

5 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

French textile company Bel Maille has been placed in judicial administration for an initial period of six months after filing for bankruptcy earlier this week.... read more

US: Yarn firm CS Carolina to expand Burlington plant

29 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Yarn manufacturer CS Carolina is to invest US$7.3m in the expansion of its Burlington operations.... read more

US: Kellwood buys Parker contemporary apparel brand

25 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

US clothing giant Kellwood Company has acquired Parker, a distinctive player in contemporary apparel.... read more

US: Iconix ups FY earnings guidance

29 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Iconix Brand Group has upped its earnings guidance for the full year, despite booking a drop in second-quarter profit.... read more

US: Robert Graham signs underwear licensing deal

22 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

High-end casual wear brand Robert Graham is to enter the underwear and loungewear categories through a licensing deal with Majestic International.... read more

US: Innovation and versatility drives swimwear growth

22 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Swimwear sales in the US grew 6% in the last 12 months thanks to the launch of more innovative products offering health benefits and enhanced comfort, new figures reveal.... read more

US: Superior Uniform Q2 earnings and sales climb

24 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Career and workwear manufacturer Superior Uniform Group saw both earning and sales climb in its second-quarter.... read more

US: Sequential Brands doubles portfolio with $100m Galaxy buy

26 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Brand management company Sequential Brands Group has acquired Galaxy Brand Holdings for US$100m in cash.... read more