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  • Korea’s Sae-A now employs 10,000 in Haiti

    Sae-A, the Korea-headquartered global rival to China’s Dishang Group as the world’s largest independent apparel exporter, revealed in a press release about its philanthropy that it now has 10,000 employees in Haiti, where it first opened in 2012.

  • Better Factories Cambodia releases 2015 “Baseline research”

    Better Factories Cambodia released a report on February 22 summarising research carried out during 2015 among 50 managers and 1,500 workers in 73 Cambodian apparel factories.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • Are apparel prices really rising?

    Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?

  • US September imports continue growth trend

    US apparel imports in September, measured in square metres of apparel, grew 4.8%, bringing growth in the moving annual total (MAT)  to September to 6.1%. As in most Septembers, China’s share was around 50%.

  • Chinese apparel exports hit hard as Eurozone and Japanese apparel imports tumble

    The US dollar value of Chinese apparel exports continued to fall in June. But, with exports to the UK and US remaining healthy, the fall seems mostly the result of the collapsing euro and yen.

  • Rich country imports from Bangladesh continue slide in November as Vietnam looks 2014’s big success story

    Rich country garment imports from Bangladesh fell year on year in November for the third time in four months, as Bangladesh’s sales to the EU continued to fall – though far less than its rate of sales decline to the US. Rich country apparel imports, measured in square metres of fabric, grew 3% on November 2013, bringing import growth for the 11 months to 6.7%

  • Nicaraguans get upset over 18-month old article by US trade official

    Nicaraguan garment makers reportedly claimed the US  had thrown cold water over their aspirations on December 3 after a local website reproduced an 18-month old article by a trade official opposing the country’s unique rights to American duty free access for garments made from Chinese fabric.

  • August trade slowdown creates first Bangladesh import fall since 2012

    With slowing growth in the volume of garments the rich world imported in August, imports from Bangladesh showed the first year on year fall since before the Rana Plaza collapse.

  • Nicaraguan trade association plans for loss of duty preferences

    With no reported progress on renewing its US Tariff Preference Levels (due to expire on Dec 31, 2014) Nicaragua’s trade association, ANITEC, are working on a Plan B.

  • Nicaraguans appear to be overclaiming on textile exports. Or revealing real change

    “Central Bank forecasts 15.2% export growth in Q1 2014” at odds with know rich-country apparel import data. Possibly revealing that Pride Denim (formerly Cone Denim, but mothballed when it was called that) is exporting significant quantities of fabric or yarn

  • Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

    Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.

  • Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

    Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.

  • US apparel October

    US October garment imports up 4.8% on 2012: prices nudge up.

    America’s rate of year on year garment import growth in October was 4.8%, after 2.1 % in September and 5.4% growth in the nine months to September. As in September, average import prices rose slightly – the first two consecutive months’ price growth since 2011.

  • Karim’s emerges as Cone Denim buyer

    Honduras-based Grupo Karim’s emerged on October 7 as the Central American buyer of ITG’s closed Cone Denim in Nicaragua.