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A major activist group pressed the European Commission on January 22 to make buyers legally accountable in European courts for offshore suppliers failing to meet European standards of union rights and compensation payments.
India’s Textiles Ministry has put better spinning and weaving capacity – especially in man-made fibres – top of its priorities for the country’s manufacturing development, press reports claimed on January 22.
Rich country imports from Bangladesh continue slide in November as Vietnam looks 2014′s big success story
Rich country garment imports from Bangladesh fell year on year in November for the third time in four months, as Bangladesh’s sales to the EU continued to fall – though far less than its rate of sales decline to the US. Rich country apparel imports, measured in square metres of fabric, grew 3% on November 2013, bringing import growth for the 11 months to 6.7%
The frequent journalists’ repetition that “there’s a lot of onshoring going on” has never led to any serious, specific, forecasting of a growth in rich-country garment production.
We’re now twenty years from the launch of internet retailing. But it’s had nothing like the effect on apparel buying the big 20th century revolutions did. Accident, problem – or an indication that transactional apparel websites might go the way of Concorde and the hovercraft?
In 2014, almost every prediction of gloom about the garment industry, globally or in specific countries, failed to materialise. My first Blogs of the New Year will look at why they didn’t. I’ll also look at what this tells us about the industry, and about those commentating on it. As well as the likelihood those gloomy predictions might happen later.