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  • Pentland Brands reveals Berghaus factory list
    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. Read more »
  • US textile industry applauds Trump "buy American" executive order
    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". Read more »
  • Human rights group calls for further action in Bangladesh
    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. Read more »
  • UK clothing retail sales growth strong in March
    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. Read more »
  • Target kids' line helps recycle 250m plastic bottles with Repreve
    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. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    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. Read more »
  • Inditex, Adidas and Patagonia top ethical report
    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. Read more »
  • Levi Strauss urged to help end "exploitation" of Madagascan dockworkers
    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. Read more »
  • Human rights groups call for supply chain transparency standard
    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. Read more »
  • MEPs assess Sri Lanka progress on human rights
    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. Read more »
  • Walmart project to slash supply chain emissions
    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. Read more »
  • Debenhams considers store closures under turnaround strategy
    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. Read more »
  • Target unveils sustainable packaging goals
    Target Corp is stepping up its commitment to responsible sourcing with a pledge to provide sustainable packaging, including promises to eliminate expanded polystyrene and to source from sustainably managed forests. Read more »
  • Europe cautions on China manufacturing policy
    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. Read more »
  • Trump bolsters "buy American" with executive order
    Bolstering his pledge to "buy American and hire American", President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at promoting American industry and protecting it from "unfair competition". Read more »
  • Primark H1 trading boosted by expansion
    Value clothing retailer Primark has increased earnings in its first-half thanks to higher sales, particularly in the UK, and a "substantial" increase in selling space. Read more »
  • Driving ban intensifies Myanmar logistics hurdles
    Myanmar apparel makers have warned that a ban on moving lorries and trucks to seaport terminals through the busy streets of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's growing clothing sector. Read more »
  • Global news roundup
    The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. Read more »
  • US Q1 in brief -Skechers, Rocky Brands, Kate Spade & Co
    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 and while Skechers' first-quarter net sales represent a new quarterly record, earnings slipped.  Read more »
  • Lindex makes "great" sustainability progress in 2016
    Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has hailed 2016 as a "great year of progress" with 51% of its garments made from sustainable materials last year, but admits there is still work to be done if the company is to achieve its 80% target by 2020. Read more »