The US government is mulling an investigation into Chinese exports of ammonium sulfate - a key input in the textile and leather sectors - in a move that could lead to a hike in import tariffs on the chemical.
The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how M&S plans to revamp its clothing business amid falling sales, criticism of Gap Inc for labour abuses at supplier factories, and a report on how yarn-forward rules of origin may weigh on Vietnam's potential under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
The group working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the apparel and footwear supply chain is launching a new online portal later this year to provide a simple way to assess products against its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL).
As the largest consumer generation alive today, millennials account for over $1 trillion in consumer spending in the US - and around $10 trillion globally - so it's not surprising their purchasing priorities merit close scrutiny.
Lingering headwinds including unseasonably warm weather have promped Ugg boot owner Deckers Brands to book a softer-than expected full-year and first-quarter outlook - as the apparel and footwear group also announced the retirement of its CEO.