Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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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27th December 2014

Two reactions to changes in China produce surprising results

A standard Chinese "garment industry's slowing down" story made a surprising contrast in mid-December. As an example of a Chinese business successfully manufacturing overseas, it quoted the Yuemai Group, based...

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21st August 2013

Why Ethiopia isn’t Morocco. Especially if you’re making clothes

However off the mark trade associations and political activists usually are about the garment industry, they rarely get things so spectacularly wrong as investment analysts. To take home their spectacular...

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5th June 2013

Mauritius exploits strengths on South African market

Factories in Mauritius, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest garment exporter, have generally been able to exploit South Africa’s growing appetite for other countries’ clothes. Its $147 mn of exports to South Africa...

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12th February 2013

Mauritians see new jobs created

The New Island Clothing division of Mauritius' CIEL Textile Group reportedly needs to recruit around an additional 300 workers. Local papers report factories expect to increase their current 42,000 garment...

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19th October 2008

Mauritius gets the best of both worlds

The US President signed the Bill on October 16 allowing garments to be imported from Mauritius duty-free, wherever its raw materials originate. The Bill brings Mauritius into line with most...

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27th March 2008

How migration is transforming our business

There used to be a simple theory.Poor countries had lots of people desperate for jobs. Move manufacturing there and they'd be queuing outside the factory before it'd even got built....

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17th March 2008

It’s not just the clothes getting globalised

We all think clothing production is about going where there are most workers.It's amazing how often the workers go to where the clothes are. A few stories from the February...

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21st May 2007

Mauritius Closures: Beginning of the End?

Mauritius Closures: Beginning of the End?The current closures in Mauritius involve fewer job losses than the island suffered last year, when employment in the industry fell from 90,000 to 80,000....

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17th May 2007

New knitwear plant in Mauritius

Star Knitwear, has opened a new factory in Flacq, Mauritius, and intends starting work on a further extension to its Coromandel site in early 2007. The new factory, Starline, has...

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20th March 2007

US offers retroactive benefits to Mauritius

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has issued a notice designating Mauritius as a lesser developed country (LDC) under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for the...

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20th March 2007

Smaller export countries hard hit

Five of the smallest exporting countries received serious blows. The biggest exporting companies in Saipan and Nepal closed, reducing their factory base substantially. Uganda’s sole serious exporter was reported to...

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