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Monday, April 24, 2017
UK clothing retail sales growth strong in March  (2017-04-21)
  The value of UK retail sales excluding fuel rose 5.1% year-on-year in March, with clothing and footwear among the sectors to see a rise in spending.
Human rights group calls for further action in Bangladesh   (2017-04-21)
  In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is outlining a set of key actions required from governments, brands and employers it says will drive "fundamental changes" in the aftermath of the disaster.
US textile industry applauds Trump "buy American" executive order  (2017-04-21)
  The US textile industry has applauded the signing by President Donald Trump of an executive order aimed at promoting American industry and protecting it from "unfair competition".
Pentland Brands reveals Berghaus factory list   (2017-04-21)
  Pentland Brands, one of the world's largest sports, outdoor and fashion companies, has published the names and locations of the direct factories that manufacture garments for its Berghaus brand, in a bid to increase transparency across its supply chain.
US Q1 in brief -Skechers, Rocky Brands, Kate Spade & Co  (2017-04-12)
  In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Levi Strauss & Co saw sales increase but profits slip, while Hanesbrands is expecting sales of around US$1.38bn. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines.
Target kids' line helps recycle 250m plastic bottles with Repreve  (2017-04-21)
  US department store retailer Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing, having helped recycle about 250m plastic bottles by using the Repreve recycled filament fibre across its apparel collections since July 2016.
Top stories this week on just-style...  (2017-04-21)
  Top stories this week on just-style include a warning from Myanmar apparel makers that a ban on moving lorries through Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's clothing sector, the latest efforts by Amazon to embed itself deeper into the apparel industry, 12 start-ups chosen under a new global initiative to find more sustainable ways of producing fashion, and Walmart eyeing US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.
Global news roundup   (2017-04-12)
  The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
Levi Strauss urged to help end "exploitation" of Madagascan dockworkers  (2017-04-20)
  Global denim giant Levi Strauss & Co has been called on by unions to extend its policies on improving workers' rights in its factories to those of transport workers in Madagascar.
Europe cautions on China manufacturing policy  (2017-04-19)
  While China's focus on upgrading its industrial base is a necessary undertaking, stoking tensions with international trade partners through the implementation of a carefully orchestrated industrial strategy could be highly problematic, a report has warned.
Debenhams considers store closures under turnaround strategy  (2017-04-20)
  Debenhams is to review ten stores and a warehouse for closure as part of a new turnaround strategy unveiled by the department store retailer aimed at making it more digitally-driven and more of a "destination" shop.
MEPs assess Sri Lanka progress on human rights  (2017-04-20)
  Sri Lanka must ensure its workers have the effective right to organise and bargain collectively, MEPs have said, if the country is to deliver on its promise of guaranteeing employee rights as the country looks to regain its GSP+ status.
Inditex, Adidas and Patagonia top ethical report  (2017-04-20)
  Spanish clothing giant Inditex, German sportswear giant Adidas and US outdoor brand Patagonia have topped a new report ranking the efforts companies are taking to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation in their supply chains.
Human rights groups call for supply chain transparency standard  (2017-04-20)
  In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, a cohort of unions and human rights groups are calling for more apparel and footwear companies to join the likes of Nike, Adidas, H&M and C&A in pledging their commitment to supply chain transparency.
Walmart project to slash supply chain emissions   (2017-04-20)
  As part of its commitment to sustainability US retail giant Walmart is inviting suppliers to join a new platform, designed to help guide companies on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and supply chains.