Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

5th February 2015

Chinese apparel exports growth slows. But exports to EU growing faster than domestic market.

Chinese apparel exports to the West grew faster in 2014 than other apparel exports and than domestic sales. Measured in US dollars, they fell 2.2% in December over December 2013,...

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5th February 2015

US apparel imports pick up in December

US apparel imports, measured in square metres of fabric, grew 4.7% in December, bringing growth for the whole year to 3%. The average price of imported clothing per square metre...

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3rd February 2015

China’s textile anti-pollution programme “economically profitable”: Oerlikon

As businesses throughout China continue to resist central pressure to close polluting factories, a report from Oerlikon argues that upgrading to non-polluting technology can increase profitability. "Outdated filament spinning technologies...

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1st February 2015

China’s cotton policy: a self-inflicted wound?

However glad I am I don't live in China, I really do believe China's government gets its political and economic judgements about what's right for the people of China a...

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1st February 2015

In Xinjiang, containing disorder might risk creating even more.

China sees Xinjiang as a political problem and a commercial opportunity, especially for its textile and clothing industry. It may be messing both up. Developing China’s far Western (and largest...

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1st February 2015

China’s global logistics plans take a series of knocks

Chinese involvement is central to most – but not all – of the new wave of strategic transport initiatives unveiled or nearing completion in the second half of 2014. The...

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1st February 2015

Chinese industry seems to survive financial crises

Some of the concerns Western media expressed about Chinese vulnerability did show themselves. So far, though, almost always in regional pockets, in ways that have not spread elsewhere In Hangzhou,...

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1st February 2015

Chinese officially adopts a “new normal” economy. Whatever that means

China’s rulers have started describing the way they see China developing as the “new normal.” Many Westerners – usually, we believe, mistakenly – see this as code for changes that...

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31st January 2015

Australia adds deals with China to Korea and Japan – and eyes India

China and Australia announced  in mid-November that a free trade agreement  had been initialled. Negotiations started in May 2005. The Australian Prime Minster’s office said it expected the two countries’...

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31st January 2015

2014 Trade agreements: Korea strikes deals with China, Australia, Vietnam and Canada

In addition to its deal with Australia, in early November, Korea announced it had initialled an FTA with China, though said it would not release details until a provisional signature...

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30th January 2015

2014’s Next Big Things that weren’t.3, Part 2: China’s wage rises and garment competitiveness

The central misguided predictions in 2014 were that wage rises would make Chinese garments uncompetitive. Why didn’t they? 1. The Forecasts For years, every annual forecast was clear that rising...

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28th January 2015

2014’s Next Big Things that weren’t.3, Part 1: China’s supposedly falling competitiveness

2014's commonest missed prediction was that China’s rising wages, by making its garments pricier, meant its factories would lose share of the world garment market. Neither forecast materialised. Understanding why...

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