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Saturday, January 19, 2019
Clarks to close cutting-edge UK footwear factory   (2019-01-18)
  Less than two years after setting up a new facility to restart its UK footwear production, Clarks is to close the unit after failing to meet production and cost targets.
New Look to wind down Belgium operations   (2019-01-18)
  The Belgium division of New Look has filed for insolvency as the UK fast fashion retailer continues to review its performance in international markets.
Giving Trump greater tariff authority would be "missguided"  (2019-01-18)
  US retailers say proposed legislation that would expand President Donald Trump's ability to increase import tariffs in response to foreign trade barriers is the "exact opposite" of what Congress should be focusing on.
New Kornit Atlas direct-to-garment printing platform  (2019-01-17)
  Digital textile printing specialist Kornit Digital has unveiled its latest direct-to-garment printing platform designed for high-volume production and productivity.
Vinatex focusing on further growth in 2019  (2019-01-17)
  The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) is eyeing a 6-8% rise in exports and a 12% growth in annual profit for the year ahead on the back of strong growth in 2018 and the expected shift in business away from neighbouring China.
Turkey sets out US$570m support package for exporters  (2019-01-17)
  Turkey's Trade Minister, Rukhsar Pekcan, has outlined a TRY3.1bn (US$570m) package to help the country's exporters grow added-value product sales.
N Brown in Q3 sales slip, re-evaluating JD Williams business  (2019-01-17)
  'Robust' online growth from its three so-called 'Power Brands' and a stable margin performance failed to prevent a slip in overall sales at N Brown Group in the third quarter as the retailer says it is currently re-evaluating its proposition for the JD Williams business.
Primark Q1 sales jump as Christmas surpasses expectations   (2019-01-17)
  Increased retail selling space and better than expected sales over the Christmas trading period helped drive a 4% sales rise at Primark in the first quarter, with the value fashion retailer significantly increasing its share of the total UK clothing market in the period.
Warmer winter hits Q1 profits at Fast Retailing  (2019-01-17)
  Tumbling sales at Uniqlo Japan have impacted first-quarter profits at parent company Fast Retailing.
Retailers could face legal action over faux fur claims  (2019-01-17)
  The UK advertising watchdog has announced a crackdown on retailers and brands that misleadingly claim to sell fake fur products.
Cambodia garment industry welcomes policy to cut reliance on EU, US trade  (2019-01-17)
  The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has welcomed the introduction of a new policy to safeguard the country's traders should the EU and US follow through with threats to pull the country's access to preferential trade terms. 
New HeiQ textile technology for warmth without weight  (2019-01-16)
  Swiss speciality textile effects company HeiQ has launched a new radiant barrier technology on high performance fabrics that allows outerwear to offer high levels of warmth while reducing bulk by as much as 50%.
Sears avoids liquidation but remains a "broken business"  (2019-01-16)
  Edward Lampert, chairman of Sears Holdings, has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for the troubled department store retailer, having sweetened his takeover bid to US$5.2bn. But while the move means about 400 stores will remain open, one analyst warns Sears is still a "broken business that is surrounded by gloom".
Teijin Frontier launches new "Sensing Wear" range  (2019-01-16)
  Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Japanese conglomerate Teijin Group, has launched a new line of sportswear and other clothing incorporating what it calls 'wearable solutions'.
Beyond Proper selects PLM for product development  (2019-01-16)
  Women's contemporary clothing brand Beyond Proper by Boston Proper has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) system to streamline its product development process.

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