17th May 2018
UK Prime Minister uses Royal Wedding to disguise Single Market confirmation
Theresa May confirmed on May 16 that Britain would remain in Europe's Single Market - using the news chaos around the Royal Wedding to ensure media would overlook it. The...
22nd April 2018
Chinese “waiting for Pakistani textile mills to die”
A year ago, Pakistani companies were leaking to news agencies that Chinese firms were using Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” project to invest heavily in Pakistan's spinning and weaving industry. Six...
20th April 2018
ETI and Better Buying launch “suppliers rate buyers” programme – in Bangladesh
US-based Better Buying and the UK-based Ethical Trade Initiative have launched a 360 degree appraisal programme - in Bangladesh. The initiative - as far as we are aware, unprecedented in...
17th April 2018
Primark becomes first British retailer to make over $1bn from selling clothes
Primark's H1 results, announced on April 17, make it the first British retailer to achieve over a billion dollars' annual profit from selling clothes. A disappointing performance from its parent...
15th April 2018
Trump U-turns again on TPP. EU just presses on with TPP’s key members
The Trump administration's stances on the TPP in April probably established an all-time record for policy U-turns. The TPP's major members, though, made real progress with the EU Trump's wobbles...
1st April 2018
Top 20 clothing exporters remain unchanged as world clothing trade falls
The volume of the $255 bn worth of clothing (measured in numbers of garments) imported in 2017 into the key developed countries (Japan, the US and EU - JUSEU) fell...
21st March 2018
Bangladesh crosses first hurdle for leaving “Least Developed Nation” category
On March 15, the UN's Committee for Development Policy announced that Bangladesh had met all three criteria for graduating from the group of least-developed countries (LDC). The achievement - probably...
2nd February 2018
Losses at Amazon’s non-US retail almost treble to $3.1 billion
Losses in the Amazon retail business outside North America soared in 2017 to $3.1 billion - possibly the largest retail loss ever recorded. Sales and income ($bn) have been: The...