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  • India’s Textile Parks “have failed to meet their objectives”

    India’s programme of Textile Parks “has failed to meet its objectives”, a December study from consultants Wazir Associates now revealed in early February.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • India quadruples Federal textile infrastructure subsidies

    From $68 mn to $256 mn. But reduces equipment upgrading budget by almost the same amount.

  • Indan textile firms “failing to investigate sexual abuse”

    Women facing sexual harassment in India’s garment industry have nowhere to turn as companies are shirking their legal duty to investigate abuse allegations, India’s Rights Education and Development Centre said on February 2

  • Vietnam pessimism won’t stand up to scrutiny

    Foreign media and Vietnamese businesses almost unanimous in complaining about effect on Vietnamese apparel industry of US abandoning TPP negotiations. But even the Vietnamese admit that its apparel industry exports grew 5.2% in 2016. This, they believe, compares with:

  • India unmoved by UK trade pitches

    …and no-one in India seems interested in duty-free access to the world’s second largest garment importer.

  • No other country’s going to step into China’s shoes

    In the first three months of this year, we saw a massive drop in Chinese apparel exports to the US. It doesn’t mean the end of China’s dominance.

  • Are apparel prices really rising?

    Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?

  • Activists turn fire on Walmart over Asian factories

    Detailed analysis of Walmart suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia, with details of how activists think they should be better run.

  • “8,000 children in Delhi garment industry”: Delhi government

    Over 8,000 children are working in Delhi’s garment industry, the territory’s Minister for Women and Child Development announced on June 19.

  • India launches $300 mn investment fund for Vietnam

    The Indian Government has officially kicked off a preferential credit package of $300 million to promote factory construction in Vietnam, it was reported on June 19.

  • Indian state claims Chinese “have decided to set up textile estate” in Gujarat: press

    The Gujarat state government reportedly claimed on June 16 that  a Chinese trade association had “decided to set up a textile industrial park in the state in near future.”

  • Is India really going to increase textile job creation twentyfold?

    India constantly comes out with predictions for extraordinary growth in garment exports and the jobs that growth will create. In a June 8 Souring Journal article, I looked at what grounds there might be for believing predictions – which include a twentyfold growth in annual job creation. I couldn’t find any.

  • US media call Modi’s “Made in India” programme “mostly hype”

    With critics including Orient Craft’s Vimarsh Razdan attacking lack of substance or progress

  • India misses export target again

    India missed its textile export target again in 2014/15, its Textiles Secretary S K Panda announced on May 25. The country’s textile and garment exports grew just 5.3%, against a target of 14.5%.