Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

7th February 2017

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%. Average prices per square metre...

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12th February 2016

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? In the year to...

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28th July 2015

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...

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28th February 2015

US government “concerned” over Honduras labour law enforcement

The US Department of Labor (DoL) raised serious concerns on February 27 about the effective enforcement of labour laws in Honduras  under the CAFTA-DR labour chapter. This adds to a number of labour rights...

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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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26th January 2015

Hanesbrands adds 120 US knitting jobs

Hanesbrands announced on January 26 it was adding 120 jobs to the 450 at its Clarksville, Arkansas, sheer hosiery plant in a $1.5mn expansion. A decade ago, the plant employed 480....

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21st January 2015

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...

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3rd December 2014

Government corruption “worsening” in major garment exporting countries

Public perception of government and public-sector corruption has recently worsened in virtually all major garment-making countries, according to the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. The Index scores public perceptions in...

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20th October 2014

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....

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10th June 2014

Texas cotton growers sell off the former Koramsa as Delta Apparel moves fabric production from US to Honduras

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), a US cotton growers’ cooperative said on June 9 it “looked forward to refocusing our efforts on our core businesses of cotton marketing, warehousing and software...

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15th January 2014

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....

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14th January 2014

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....

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