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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
US-China trade talks progress but more work to be done  (2019-02-18)
  The United States says it has made progress in ongoing trade talks with China, but acknowledged "much work remains" as the two parties are set to continue their discussions in Washington this week.
Boohoo reverses decision to ban wool   (2019-02-18)
  Online fashion retailer Boohoo appears to have gone back on its decision to ban wool, a day after announcing it would omit wool from its product range later this year.
Boohoo first fashion retailer to ban wool   (2019-02-15)
  Boohoo has become the first major fashion retailer to ban wool, committing to no longer using the fibre in its products from the autumn/winter season onwards. 
BCI to release updated Claims Framework   (2019-02-15)
  As the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) enters its tenth year, CEO Alan McClay has outlined a series of actions the organisation will take in 2019, including the launch of an updated Better Cotton Claims Framework.
Bangladesh Accord calls for talks on transition plan   (2019-02-15)
  The Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is calling on the country's government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to negotiate with its steering committee on a "responsible and sustainable" transition plan as a decision on the Accord's future looms next week.
Amazon scraps plans for New York headquarters   (2019-02-15)
  E-commerce giant Amazon has ditched its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City and will instead proceed solely with the development of its new Northern Virginia facility. 
Top stories this week on just-style...  (2019-02-15)
  Top stories on just-style this week include a four-point guide to help brands source responsibly from Myanmar, the European Union starts the process that could temporarily suspend Cambodia's duty-free trade benefits, the United Nations calls for a fast resolution of the trade dispute between the US and China, and Debenhams is to develop a new strategic sourcing partnership with global sourcing giant Li & Fung.
Trade tensions impact US holiday spending  (2019-02-15)
  Despite a rise in sales at US clothing retailers over the key Christmas trading period, holiday season sales grew at a lower-than-expected rate in 2018 as worries over the trade war and turmoil in the stock markets impacted consumer behaviour more than expected, new figures show. 
New pilot will safeguard Egyptian Cotton supply chain workers   (2019-02-14)
  Cotton Egypt Association has announced a collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - The Egyptian Cotton Project - which it says will boost sustainability efforts and improve conditions for supply chain workers of the Egyptian Cotton brand.
Digital map of Bangladesh garment factories will facilitate sector growth  (2019-02-14)
  A new digital map that charts Dhaka's garment factories, helping buyers know more about the suppliers they are involved with, will strengthen and facilitate the growth of Bangladesh's readymade garment industry, experts say.
Lenzing to open Tencel Studio in Singapore   (2019-02-14)
  Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is to partner with the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore (TaFF) as part of a bid to make its Tencel brand more accessible to consumers.
Odlo praised for efforts to improve working conditions   (2019-02-14)
  Functional sportswear firm Odlo has been awarded 'leader' status for the fourth consecutive year in recognition of its efforts to continuously improve working conditions in its supply chain.
Huntsman rolls out five new footwear technologies   (2019-02-14)
  Global chemicals company Huntsman has rolled out five new footwear technologies ahead of the upcoming SIMAC 2019 show in Milan, Italy.
Workers at US production sites strike over "unfair labour practices"  (2019-02-14)
  Garment manufacturers at two US factories are striking over what they claim are unfair labour practices.
Skechers takes control of Indian joint venture  (2019-02-14)
  Casual footwear brand Skechers USA has purchased the minority share of its joint venture in India, transitioning the business to a new wholly-owned subsidiary.

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