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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Back-to-school shoppers taking longer to buy clothing   (2017-08-23)
  Even though more parents started back-to-school shopping early this year, the average US family with children in grades K-12 had completed only 45% of their shopping as of early August, the lowest level since 40% in 2012.
South Korea declines trade pact renegotiation with US  (2017-08-23)
  The US has said it is still focused on "amending or modifying" its Free Trade Agreement with Korea (KORUS) in a way that will benefit American workers and businesses, even though Korea has refused to renegotiate its terms.
Nearly half of Kohl's stores to be "operationally smaller" by 2017  (2017-08-23)
  As part of its efforts to enhance store profitability and improve customer experience, US department store retailer Kohl's will continue its efforts to "rightsize" its stores and says by the end of 2017, nearly half of its locations will be "operationally smaller".
China waste ban could hit global textile recycling  (2017-08-23)
  The US-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has filed comments with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to China's proposed ban on scrap imports, which it says would have a negative impact on the global textile recycling progress.
SGS develops holistic zero discharge solution   (2017-08-23)
  Testing and inspection company SGS has developed a new solution it says can help textile and footwear brands and retailers move a step closer to their zero discharge goal.
Unions eye new garment wage fixing mechanism  (2017-08-23)
  Unions say they must look beyond the minimum wage for the global garment industry and push for a new wage fixing mechanism that takes account of the way brands contract with suppliers and the prices they pay.
ThreadSol to host tech seminar in Bangladesh  (2017-08-23)
  Following the success of its events in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Dhaka, ThreadSol is to hold a technology seminar in Chittagong, Bangladesh, later this week in which leading garment manufacturers and technology providers will discuss how the apparel industry can find its footing in a "landscape of constant change".
New Cambodia worker benefits package worries industry  (2017-08-22)
  Cambodian garment and footwear manufacturers are worried a new benefits package pledged for factory workers could hurt the industry long-term, as the cost for factories will increase.
Lindex CEO Larsson steps down  (2017-08-22)
  Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has appointed Elisabeth Peregi as interim chief executive officer following the resignation of Ingvar Larsson.
Sports Direct raises stake in Debenhams to over 21%  (2017-08-22)
  UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct International has once again increased its stake in British department store group Debenhams in the latest of a series made since 2014.
Target develops sensory-friendly apparel under Cat & Jack  (2017-08-22)
  US department store retailer Target Corp has revealed a selection of sensory-friendly apparel for children under its largest ever private label apparel brand, Cat & Jack.
Pakistan and China sign 38 trade cooperation deals  (2017-08-22)
  Pakistan and China are understood to have signed over three dozen trade cooperation agreements worth US$325m in a move designed to promote bilateral trade between the two countries.
Vietnam to re-start Dinh Vu polyester fibre plant?   (2017-08-22)
  Vietnam is mulling re-starting production at the Dinh Vu Polyester Fiber Plant to meet growing domestic demand for the fibre.
New initiative supports maternity rights in Bangladesh RMG sector  (2017-08-22)
  The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with the Government of Bangladesh to develop a national initiative to support maternity rights and promote breastfeeding at workplaces, with a particular focus on the country's readymade garments sector, which has the largest concentration of female workers.
Macy's restructures merchandising unit to focus on speed   (2017-08-22)
  US retail giant Macy's has revealed a number of changes aimed at boosting speed and responsiveness, including hiring former eBay executive Hal Lawton as president and restructuring its merchandising operations with the loss of 100 jobs.

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