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  • New initiative to improve textile wastewater management
    German fashion retailers and brands including Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd, Brands Fashion, KiK and Takko Fashion have joined a two-year initiative to improve wastewater management in the textile supply chain. Read more »
  • Organisers revise plans for Copenhagen Fashion Summit
    The organisers of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit have cancelled the physical event amid the challenges and uncertainty imposed by Covid-19, and will instead host a new digital concept.  Read more »
  • China manufacturing activity rises to six-month high
    Manufacturing activity in China surged to a six-month high in June as the country continued to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic - but overseas demand remained subdued due to ongoing uncertainty in export markets. Read more »
  • US care labelling requirements could be repealed
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mulling an end to the 50-year-old care labelling requirements for clothing sold in the United States. Read more »
  • UK retailers collaborate on climate change roadmap
    Marks & Spencer, Missguided and Next are among 20 UK retailers that have joined a new commitment to tackle the causes of climate change - including their supply chains - to try to accelerate progress to a Net Zero UK ahead of the government's 2050 target. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories this week on just-style include a look at why digital trade shows are unlikely to replace physical shows post-pandemic, why manufactures are confident of a return to 'business as usual' by autumn, and the potential loss of 25,000 apparel industry jobs in El Salvador this year. Read more »
  • Online going strong despite store openings
    The online channel continues to prove a force to be reckoned with, with shoppers still using it as a main source for apparel shopping, despite many US stores now opening up. Read more »
  • John Lewis unlikely to ever reopen all stores
    UK department store retailer John Lewis & Partners is planning to close some stores permanently, in addition to one of its London headquarters, in response to the coronavirus crisis. Read more »
  • Dutch retail group HEMA to be taken over by bondholders
    Dutch retail group HEMA is to be taken over by its senior secured noteholders (SSNs) through a debt-for-equity swap. Read more »
  • Brazil sees jump in share of China's cotton import market
    Brazil has been the prime beneficiary of the US's losses in China, as the South American country saw its share of the Chinese cotton import market jump by 170% in 2018/19, new data shows. Read more »
  • LA Apparel forced to close as 100 test positive for Covid
    US garment manufacturer LA Apparel has reportedly been ordered to halt operations after public health authorities found more than 100 workers tested positive for Covid-19. Read more »
  • India apparel exporters hit by China supply chain delays
    Indian apparel exporters are fearing missed deadlines, with key inputs from China having either been stuck at Indian customs for the past 10 days or not shipped at all following military tensions between the two neighbours. Read more »
  • US pandemic recession could already be easing
    The economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has officially been declared a recession, but the key question is how long it will last, an economist has warned. Read more »
  • Covid safety hub launched for Bangladesh RMG sector
    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BKMEA) to launch a virtual training package aimed at preparing and maintaining safer working conditions for garment workers in the South Asian country both during and post-pandemic. Read more »
  • Karl Mayer completes Stoll acquisition
    Textile machinery group Karl Mayer has completed its acquisition of flat-knit machine technology firm Stoll Group in a move that lays the foundation for new machine-based solutions, textile products, and digital offerings. Read more »
  • Primark places GBP1bn in new orders as stores reopen
    Primark is pressing ahead with new store openings and is placing GBP1bn (US$1.25bn) worth of orders for the autumn/winter season after reporting an "encouraging" start to post-lockdown trading. Read more »
  • Cambodia reiterates call for EU review on trade benefit withdrawal
    A coalition of Cambodian clothing and footwear industry representatives has again urged the EU Commission to reconsider a decision to withdraw the country's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. Read more »
  • Leicester clothing suppliers in spotlight for lockdown breaches
    Reports have emerged of "shocking" working conditions at clothing factories in the UK city of Leicester, which are said to have continued to operate at full capacity during lockdown primarily to sustain orders from their biggest customer, Boohoo. Read more »
  • US Q1 in brief - Macy's, Stein Mart, Francesca's
    In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and widespread store closures can be clearly seen. Macy's, Inc has posted a US$3.58bn loss, while Stein Mart reported a 57% tumble in sales. Elsewhere, PVH Corp has reported an "unprecedented" decline in revenue and earnings and sales at Zumiez have fallen by more than a third. Read more »
  • Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages - Update
    Eurofins Softlines & Leather, Epic Ethiopia, and Ciel Textile are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  Read more »