23rd October 2018
Confusion over Amazon’s share of US clothing market
Estimating how Amazon ranks in the US clothing market is tricky - and often leads to real overstatements. With their Q3 results about to be announced, it's worth looking at...
9th December 2014
Honduras, India, Vietnam, and Haiti star in US October imports
US apparel imports in October 2014, measured by volume, grew 6.4% on October 2013: a decline from their September growth rate of 9.4%, bringing imports for the year to date...
22nd June 2014
China apparel imports’ 20% growth in 2013 is worth less than a sixth the value of EU import growth.
The dollar value of China's apparel imports grew 21% in 2013 to $4.2 bn, or slightly more than Saudi Arabia and a lot less than Switzerland. The cash value of...
20th June 2014
Major retail markets show converging apparel growth
The four major world apparel retail markets showed converging growth rates in the first quarter, with European growth accelerating while Chinese growth in the first quarter fell to a third...
24th January 2014
Clothing inflation hits all markets in December – but clothes still getting relatively cheaper
For the first time this century, retail apparel prices rose in 2013 in the world's four main apparel markets. But in all four, apparel inflation was lower than for consumer...
6th November 2013
Weston family apparel sales now neck and neck with M&S
An extraordinary year at Primark, while like for like sales at M&S fell in the first half, mean apparel sales in businesses controlled by Weston family closed companies now appear...
10th October 2013
US garment traders still unaffected by government slowdown. For now
After ten days of "slowdown" in US government activities, routine activities in garment trading remain largely unaffected - though worries about a possible default from October 17 are beginning to...
6th October 2013
US government slowdown disrupts life for garment traders, but effects on sales unclear
The US government slowdown has hit progress on major trade deals - but evidence for damage to garment sales to the US is less clear. On October 3, the US...
2nd September 2013
US apparel cost changes continue to bely predictions
Though commentators continue to insist that US domestic manufacturing is getting cheaper compared to developing countries, government price indexes keep on showing the opposite. The US government makes five relevant...