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  • New LA TukaCenter to help smaller garment makers
    Fashion technology provider Tukatech has partnered with Los Angeles-based manufacturer Lefty Production Co. to open a new TUKEcenter in the city's downtown district.  Read more »
  • Trade weakness seen extending into first quarter of 2019
    Trade weakness is likely to extend into the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest WTO trade indicator, which also warns of the potential for a sharper slowdown should current trade tensions remain unresolved. Read more »
  • Microbiome analytics brings transparency to supply chains
    An innovation that uses microbe analytics to provide detailed information into global supply chains, in the hope of countering issues such as labour violations, has received a US$14m cash boost which will be used to fuel its expansion. Read more »
  • Watchdog delivers "hammer blow" to Sainsbury's-Asda merger
    The early findings of an in-depth investigation by UK Government watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the proposed merger of supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's has raised extensive competition concerns over the potential tie-up. Read more »
  • Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute names new CEO
    Non-profit sustainability organisation Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has named Peter Templeton as its new president and CEO. Read more »
  • Pakistan trade body rejects factory worker abuse claims
    The Pakistan Readymade Garments Exporters Association has rejected a Human Rights Watch report claiming labour abuses in garment factories is rife, adding it "totally disagrees" with the findings. Read more »
  • US-China trade talks to resume in Washington
    Talks between the US and China have resumed again this week, with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer welcoming an official delegation from China for a series of meetings to discuss the trade relationship between the two countries. Read more »
  • Inditex launches Pull&Bear brand online in the US
    Spanish clothing giant Inditex is to launch its Pull&Bear brand online in the US today (20 February) as part of its bid to sell in every country in the world by 2020. Read more »
  • Delta Galil hails "record" FY thanks to Q4 boost
    Israeli apparel major Delta Galil Industries has hailed record full-year sales for 2018, booking double-digit increases in both earnings and revenue for the period.  Read more »
  • India plans WTO-compliant measures to boost textile exports
    India is reportedly set to announce World Trade Organisation (WTO) compliant measures to boost its export of apparel and textiles and bring its exporters to a level playing field with those in Bangladesh and Vietnam. Read more »
  • Payless ShoeSource to close all US stores amid second bankruptcy
    US footwear giant Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection for the second time in less than two years, in a move that will see it liquidate all 2,100 of its stores in the United States. Read more »
  • NatureWorks Ingeo feedstock to be 100% sustainable by 2020
    NatureWorks has launched a new initiative to ensure that by 2020 100% of the agricultural feedstock for its Ingeo biopolymers - which are currently derived from renewable sources such as corn and used in a range of products including apparel fibres - will be certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC) PLUS standard of best practices in agricultural production. Read more »
  • Survey suggests fast fashion is slowing down
    A new report from the Fashion Retail Academy in London has indicated consumers are choosing "expensive, long-lasting" clothing items over the cheaper on-trend options, suggesting the fast-fashion movement is slowing down. Read more »
  • Sympatex uses recycled textiles in new footwear material
    Fabric specialist Sympatex has developed a new line of functional materials for footwear in which polyurethane (PU) foams commonly used in the lining of the laminate are completely replaced by a fleece-like compound made from recycled clothing fibres.  Read more »
  • Brandix to "aggressively" grow business with PLM
    Leading Sri Lankan garment exporter Brandix has successfully implemented a new PLM system to improve processes, products, and decision-making. Read more »
  • UK gets new fashion apprenticeship
    A new fashion studio assistant apprenticeship has been launched in the UK as part of a bid to offer better career paths throughout the industry, not just in design talent. Read more »
  • Bangladesh Accord ruling pushed back for sixth time
    A decision on the future of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been pushed back once again, with a hearing on the pact's continued operation now due to take place on 7 April. Read more »
  • Uzbekistan eyes US$7bn in annual textile exports by 2025
    Uzbekistan is eyeing garment and textile export growth to US$7bn a year by 2025 under a new plan being developed by the country's government. Read more »
  • Bangladesh factories dismiss workers after pay protests - Update
    A number of Bangladesh textile workers that are affiliated with trade unions have allegedly been imprisoned following protests over pay that broke out at the end of December. Read more »
  • US Q4 in brief - Wolverine Worldwide, Walmart, Under Armour
    In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, HanesBrands booked its sixth consecutive quarter of revenue growth, Skechers booked record fourth-quarter sales, and US sportswear brand Under Armour moved to a profit. Read more »