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  • Research to release global estimate on modern slavery
    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Australian non-governmental organisation Walk Free Foundation are partnering to research the scale of modern slavery around the world. Read more »
  • Gennette takes the helm at Macy's
    Jeff Gennette has officially taken the reins at US department store retailer Macy's after a unanimous election by the company's board of directors yesterday (23 March). Read more »
  • Li & Fung to create "supply chain of the future" for PVH
    Hong Kong-based global sourcing specialist Li & Fung has inked a new deal to create the "supply chain of the future" for PVH Corp, owner of the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands. Read more »
  • Brantano collapse puts over 1,000 jobs on line
    Staff working at UK value footwear group Brantano are facing redundancy after the company was placed into administration, despite sustained efforts by management to make the business more commercially viable or to find a buyer. Read more »
  • Nilit America Fibers promotes Ferree to president
    Nylon yarn specialist Nilit has named Robert Ferree as president of its Nilit America Fibers division following the retirement of Basil "Sonny" Walker. Read more »
  • UK clothing retail sales growth strong in February
    The value of UK retail sales excluding fuel rose 5.2% year-on-year in February, with clothing and footwear among the sectors to see a rise in spending. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories this week on just-style include a look at what the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership might mean for the US and EU textile and apparel industries, updates on the future fashion sourcing landscape from the Prime Source Forum conference in Hong Kong, and Walmart snapping up online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth. Read more »
  • Levi Strauss and ILO investigate Cambodia factory death
    Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia Programme have launched an investigation into an explosion at a factory in Cambodia this week, which saw one worker killed and several others injured. Read more »
  • UK retail sales volumes growing at steady pace
    UK retail sales volumes grew at a steady pace in the year to March, and slightly faster than expected, new figures show. Read more »
  • Citi Trends appoints CFO Smith as acting CEO
    US value fashion retailer Citi Trends has named Bruce Smith, the company's chief financial officer, as acting CEO, following the resignation of Jason Mazzola. Read more »
  • US clothing spend to hit decade high this Easter
    US spending on clothing is expected to hit its highest level in a decade this Easter, with its later timing this year giving consumers almost an entire extra month to shop. Read more »
  • Italian fabric firm Alcantara to double production
    The Italian maker of the suede-like Alcantara material is to invest EUR300m (US$323.6m) in doubling the capacity of its production facilities in Umbria over the next five years. Read more »
  • Brand appeal drives Ted Baker FY sales up 16.4%
    UK lifestyle brand Ted Baker hailed another "good year of progress", driven by the strength and appeal of its brand and despite what it called on-going external challenges. Read more »
  • South Korea's Samil Spinning to buy Buhler Quality Yarns
    South Korean textile firm Samil Spinning has signed a deal to acquire US speciality yarn maker Buhler Quality Yarns amid fears of trade protectionism in America. Read more »
  • Stahl to acquire BASF's Leather Chemicals business
    Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has inked an agreement with German chemical group BASF to acquire its Leather Chemicals assets, in move it claims accelerates the process of creating a more transparent supply chain. Read more »
  • Next books first FY profit fall in eight years
    UK clothing retailer Next Plc has booked its first fall in annual profits in eight years and issued a caution on the year ahead amid the threat of price inflation and a shift away from spend on clothing. Read more »
  • Bebe Stores exploring options amid Q2 loss
    US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores has revealed it is exploring "strategic alternatives" on the back of a US$5.2m loss and a slump in sales in its second-quarter. Read more »
  • New molecular tagging platform tackles transparency
    Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has unveiled a new supply chain platform to help certify the authenticity and origin of textile, apparel and footwear items. Read more »
  • Hela Clothing adds new IT to improve productivity
    As part of its digital transformation, Sri Lankan manufacturer Hela Clothing has invested in Microsoft's Hyper-V and Office 365 platforms in a bid to "invigorate the apparel industry". Read more »
  • US Q4 in brief - The Finish Line, Oxford Industries, Shoe Carnival
    In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions.  Read more »