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  • Relief as US takes China textile machinery off new tariff list
    The Trump administration today (15 June) released a list of products imported from China that will be hit with an additional 25% tariff - but to the relief of US industry has removed most of the equipment and machinery used in domestic textile, apparel, and footwear manufacturing that had been originally proposed. Read more »
  • Filippa K debuts water repellent technology for clothing
    Swedish fashion retailer Filippa K has partnered with cleantech company OrganoClick to use its water repellent technology in a range of clothing items. Read more »
  • Nike under fire over World Cup supply deal for Iran
    Nike has come under fire again over its role in the FIFA World Cup after the Iranian national team accused the US sporting giant of failing to provide them with football boots just days before the tournament started. Read more »
  • Macy's to drive Market concept with B8ta acquisition
    US department store retailer Macy's has taken a minority stake in software-powered retailer B8ta in a move aimed at scaling its Market@Macy's pop-up concept. Read more »
  • Timberland aggressively pursues patent infringements
    Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has put what it says are "aggressive measures" into place to prevent its footwear designs and technologies from being copied. Read more »
  • Tesco clothing sales climb 1.7% in Q1
    UK supermarket group Tesco saw clothing sales climb in its first-quarter, as the company said it was on-track to deliver on its growth plans. Read more »
  • Gerry Weber to rebuild business model and cut jobs
    German fashion house Gerry Weber has initiated a new performance programme to focus on digitisation and building a leaner businesses structure that will result in up to 150 job cuts. Read more »
  • H&M books second straight quarter of flat sales
    Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has booked its second straight quarter of flat sales growth as the Swedish fashion retailer battles with slowing store traffic. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the level of supply chain risk faced by European retail companies with international suppliers increased in the first quarter, accusations against Nike and Adidas for paying poverty wages to those making kit for the World Cup, and how e-commerce companies like Amazon are redefining global shipping. Read more »
  • Adopting automation key for Vietnam manufacturers
    Vietnam-based garment-makers should embrace technology-driven automation to address the new realities of accelerating wage growth and the global shift towards placing smaller orders. Read more »
  • Canada sourcing event to showcase smart apparel
    The new Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) show is returning for a second event in August, with organisers promising the unveiling of many breakthrough technologies. Read more »
  • Clothing helps boost US retail sales in May
    A rise in sales at US clothing retailers in May has helped US retail sales build on improvement seen in April, new figures show. Read more »
  • N Brown mulls shuttering all stores
    Online, catalogue and stores retailer N Brown Group is considering closing all of its bricks and mortar stores following what it called "continued very disappointing footfall". Read more »
  • US cotton exports to Vietnam, Turkey and China up
    Global cotton trade is up for the 2017/18 season thanks to higher exports from the US and India accompanied by higher imports by Vietnam, Turkey, and China, new figures show. Read more »
  • Apparel firms urged to do more for Bangladesh workers
    Despite years of efforts to strengthen the voices of workers in the Bangladeshi garment sector through social dialogue, real improvements remain to be seen, a new report has found. Read more »
  • Dassault takes majority stake in Centric Software
    Software giant Dassault Systèmes is to take a majority stake in PLM specialist Centric Software in a move aimed at driving end-to-end digital transformation, speed-to-market and innovation for the global apparel sector. Read more »
  • Used clothes trade "suffocates" Africa's textile sector
    African unions are calling for governments to develop sustainable policies that promote the development of the continent's garment and textile sector after condemning the US$3.7bn global trade in used clothes which they claim "suffocate" the industry. Read more »
  • Denim Expert latest to join Sustainable Apparel Coalition
    Denim Expert Ltd has become what is understood to be the first Bangladeshi manufacturer to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Read more »
  • Former Billabong CEO Fiske to lead Gap brand
    US speciality clothing retailer Gap Inc has named former Billabong CEO, Neil Fiske, as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of its Gap brand. Read more »
  • MAS Holdings ramps up chemical management efforts
    Sri Lankan apparel and fabric manufacturing conglomerate MAS Holdings is ramping up its efforts to eliminate hazardous chemicals throughout its global operations with the roll-out of an online chemical information management system to more countries. Read more »