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Pakistan’s Punjab province has about twice the population of the UK – and once was the cotton-growing and textile manufacturing powerhouse of South Asia. Five years of spurious “democracy”, and vanity projects have almost destroyed it
The value of India’s clothing production fell 11% year on year in the latest month for which data is available (January 2018), while the value of its exports was static in the year to April 2017, and fell slightly in the following eight months.
In spite of obstructions from factory owners, registered unions in Bangladesh have grown fivefold since 2013, said the US-based Workers’ Solidarity Centre on April 5.
Cotton Made in Africa announced that the number of textile items made from cotton conforming to its standards grew 79% to 90 million in 2017. Around a million African smallholders produced half a million tonnes of conforming cotton during the year
Fast Retailing sales grew 17% year on year to Y1.12 trn ($11 bn) in the six months ending February, yielding $1.6 bn in pre-tax profit. Internet sales accounted for 7.5% of sales
A Bangldeshi intelligence agent is convicted for killing a clothing union activist while a Pakistani government minister parties after burning 252 clothing workers alive.
Activists call for “immediate release” of Bangladeshi union members “held on false charges”. Days after they got bail
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) called on April 7 for the “immediate release” of union members charged with attempted murder on January 31. The members had all been granted bail on April 5.
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The volume of clothing shipped into the main developed countries in 2017 fell 3.1% over 2016, says the 2017 edition of Clothesource Tradetrak.
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