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20th March 2007

Overseas investors losing interest in India?

Indian official statistics imply a sharp fall of foreign investment in the country's textile industry: in 2005, 17 investment proposals for $22.2 million were dealt with, while during April-December 2005-06...

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20th March 2007

Mulliez tries Indian designers…

The Orsay division of Groupe Mulliez has announced its first recorded use of Indian designers. Bangalore-based Munch Design has been retained to prepare garment designs to briefs from Orsay, with...

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20th March 2007

China retail expansion

Armani speeds up Chinese expansion…Giorgio Armani, which operates 30 of its own stores in Greater China, with concessions in 28 department stores, announced plans to open a further 50 owned...

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20th March 2007

Is China’s edge slipping?

Chinese businesses' move out of China is often attributed to quota problems. But the move is also partly due to a relatively recent change in Beijing’s economic policy. For most...

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20th March 2007

Chinese government to subsidise poor-country sales.

Chinese textile firms will receive government help in establishing sales centres abroad, especially in developing countries, trade co-operation zones overseas, the country’s Minister of Commerce, Bo Xilai, announced at a...

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20th March 2007

Wal-Mart to increase surprise plant checks

Wal-Mart expects unannounced inspections to make up 30% of all inspections this year, up from 20% last year and 8% in 2004, said Beth Keck, the company's director of international...

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20th March 2007

Asian countries target Africa

SUMMARY OF THIS MONTH'S STORIESUS import data for the first two months of 2006 shows that the countries worst hit by quota abolition are now turning out to be those...

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20th March 2007

Bye bye Thai…

According to Reuters, Thailand has postponed further discussions on an FTA with the US and delayed signing a deal with Japan pending the outcome of special elections on April 2....

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20th March 2007

Malaysia FTA Talks2

On March 8, US Trade Representative (USTR) Rob Portman announced the Administration’s intent to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with Malaysia. The negotiations will begin after the expiration of...

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20th March 2007

UK fashion stores turn eco friendly…

Following the Marks & Spencer launch of a limited Fairtrade and organic apparel range, UK chains Top Shop and Oasis are also to launch ranges of environmentally-friendly clothing. Tops Shop...

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20th March 2007

Uganda’s Tristar Apparel plans weaving jv

Uganda has moved a step ahead in beating the September 2007 expiry of third party fabric sourcing with the announcement of a $20mn spinning, weaving and dyeing mill by ISIS...

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20th March 2007

Mauritius most resilient

Share Growth2004 2005 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4Mauritius 0.5% 0.4% -7% -9% -26% -13%Lesotho 0.4% 0.3% 6% -5% -19% -20%Madagascar 0.2% 0.2% 3% 15% 38% -11%Kenya 0.2% 0.2% -6% -8% -1%...

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