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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 2:
2nd Quarter 2008

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Talking strategy: how will green manufacturing policies, high fuel prices and a slowing economy affect the global apparel industry? (4 pages)
Going green: policies to promote environmentally sound activities in apparel (23 pages)
Developments and innovations in the apparel sector, 2nd quarter 2008 (9 pages)
Trade and trade policy: leading clothing suppliers to the USA (28 pages)
Is China losing its competitive edge in clothing?
Apparel business update, 2nd quarter 2008 (32 pages)

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  • Indiaís Ministry of Finance has eased restrictions on Indian imports of apparel from Sri Lanka
  • Turkish sock manufacturers exported 1.5 bn pairs of socks in 2007
  • Vietnamís apparel exports to the USA in 2008 are expected to be worth US$6.1 bn
  • Brazil is the most attractive emerging market for apparel retailers investing abroad
  • Fast Retailing plans to consolidate three of its subsidiaries
  • Adidas and Vulcabras have set up two joint venture companies for the distribution of Reebok products in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay
  • American & Efird and Vardhman Textiles have completed the establishment of a joint venture company in India
  • Benetton Group and Sears Mexico have entered into a partnership to sell Benetton products in Mexico
  • C&A is hiring staff in preparation for the opening of its first stores in Bulgaria
  • Fast Retailing and Wing Tai Retail have joined forces to open Singaporeís first Uniqlo store
  • Fujitsu will expand its sales of ultra-high frequency (UHF) band radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for garments to companies in China, Europe and North America
  • Gap and Fiba Holding will expand their franchise partnership to Russia
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S) has entered into two joint ventures to aid expansion in Eastern Europe and India
  • Tagsys has launched a new line of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for the textile service industry
  • The government of Uganda has acquired a 50% share in a textile processing company to help the firm to gain a foothold in the international organic cotton market
  • The government of Vietnam wants to attract US$31 bn worth of investment to the domestic apparel sector by 2020
  • Zara has opened its first stores in South Korea and has started to expand into Bulgaria
  • Zerostock Retail plans to have 30 exclusive outlets in India for its Cornerstone menís wear brand by the end of 2008
  • Brandix Group has opened Sri Lankaís first converted "eco-factory" in support of Marks & Spencerís "Plan A" initiative to reduce its carbon footprint
  • Bureau Veritas has opened a new textile testing laboratory in China
  • Keehwa Hitech has completed the construction of a new manufacturing centre for the production of laser cutters
  • Nilit has opened a new nylon yarn production facility in China
  • Toray has invested US$1 mn in Binh Thuan-Nha Be Garment
  • Van de Velde has selected a Lectra automated cutting system to improve its lingerie production
  • DSW has filed a lawsuit against Zappos
  • Quiksilver has won a trademark dispute against Kymsta six years after the original lawsuit was filed
  • Inditex has demanded the closure of a manufacturing plant in Bangladesh following reports of poor working conditions
  • Invista has filed a lawsuit against DuPont for safety and environmental violations
  • The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has criticised the working conditions of some major sportswear manufacturers
  • Abercrombie & Fitch has reported an 8% increase in total net sales during the first quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • Gildan Activewear has reported a 26.5% increase in sales during the second quarter of its 2007/08 financial year
  • H&M has reported an 18% increase in total sales excluding value added tax during the first quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • JC Penney has reported a 5.1% fall in total sales during the first quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported a 20.5% increase in its profit before tax for the whole of its 2007/08 financial year
  • Perry Ellis International has reported a 6.5% increase in its total revenues during the first quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • PPR has reported a 20% increase in revenues from continuing operations during the first quarter of 2008
  • TJX Companies has reported a 6% increase in net sales during the first quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • Denim by PremiŤre Vision is becoming a leading event for jeanswear and denim firms
  • The first Bridges of Fashion conference took place in Istanbul in June 2008 to draw attention to the advantages of the Turkish textile and clothing industry
  • The first ever combined ITMA Asia and CITME exhibition has attracted strong participation from European textile machinery manufacturers

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