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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.

  • Burma best-performing major 2016 supplier: Cambodia, India, Philippines and Morocco do worst

    Burma showed the strongest growth among apparel suppliers to developed countries in 2016, as the total volume shipped worldwide fell for the first time in five years .

  • 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.

  • Fast Retailing publishes “core supplier list” and Sustainability Report

    Fast Retailing published its “core supplier list” on February 28. The list includes 146 suppliers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but no indication of how the company defines “core”, or what kind of supplier relations have not been disclosed.

  • Seventeenth round of RCEP talks starts as China tries promoting alternative to TPP

    The seventeenth round of talks between the sixteen countries currently interested in developing the Pacific-based Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) began in Kobe, Japan on February 27.

  • 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.

  • Activists turn fire on Walmart over Asian factories

    Detailed analysis of Walmart suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia, with details of how activists think they should be better run.

  • Cambodians dispute child labour incidence in garment industry

    So few underage workers in Cambodia’s garment industry that “we can count them on our fingers,” said a minster on June 16.

  • Cambodian unions push for 38% wage rise in talks on 2016 minimum wages

    Ambitions is to take minimum to $177 from current $128

  • China almost hardest hit as April rich-country garment imports drop.

    Rich-country apparel imports from China fell particularly fast in April, as rich country imports overall were hit by sharp declines in the EU and Japan.

  • Cambodian strikes

    Cambodian days lost to strikes fall 80%. But owners still find something to whine about.

    The number of days lost for strikes in Cambodia’s garment industry fell 80% between Jan-April 2014 and Jan-April 2015, to the second lowest number since 2005.

  • Striking Cambodian workers blame rival union leader for attack: 4 arrested

    Four people were arrested on May 21 over an attack on protesting workers in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district, who say a rival union leader was responsible for ordering the attack, officials and worker representatives said.