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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 3:
3rd Quarter 2008

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Talking strategy: corporate social responsibility at Tommy Hilfiger (5 pages)
Textiles and clothing: opportunities for recycling (20 pages)
Developments and innovations in the apparel sector, 3rd quarter 2008 (10 pages)
Trade and trade policy: leading clothing suppliers to the EU (27 pages)
Introduction to radio frequency identification (RFID) in apparel (6 pages)
Apparel business update, 3rd quarter 2008 (32 pages)

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Table of Contents
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
  • Four US industry associations have criticised US government plans to monitor imports of clothing from China
  • Growth in China’s textile and clothing exports slowed during January-July 2008
  • Key Indonesian garment manufacturers enjoyed record levels of business with large international brands during January-July 2008
  • The signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and Sri Lanka has been postponed
  • Vietnam was the second largest supplier of clothing to the USA during the 12 months to May 31, 2008

MARKETS
  • Global sales of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and systems for apparel are forecast to increase almost 15-fold by 2013
  • Japan’s annual domestic sales of men’s wear have fallen for the first time in three years

ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
  • Onward Holdings has entered into an agreement to buy the luxury fashion house Jil Sander Redcats USA has completed the sale of its Missy apparel division to Monomoy Capital Partners CWC, a yarn manufacturer, has acquired Natural Colour Cotton
  • STRATEGIC VENTURES
  • Benetton will open a Sisley store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Berghaus has signed a licensing agreement with Symphony Resources, a Hong Kong-based brand management and retail distribution company, and will open 200 stores in China
  • Camuto Group and G-III Apparel have agreed licensing rights for a Jessica Simpson clothing range C&A has signed an agreement with ProLogis to build a distribution facility in France Elmec Sport has secured distribution rights for Kitson LA and Rerock products in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Romania Fast Retailing has completed the consolidation of three of its subsidiaries H&M has opened its first store in Japan Iconix has launched a Chinese joint venture company called Iconix China J.Lindeberg has formed a joint venture in the USA with People’s Liberation Lectra has opened a subsidiary in India OptiTex has joined forces with a high performance graphics company to add complexity to its design software Orka Group will open new stores in Asia in 2009 Shikibo will relocate its Chinese shirt-making factory to Vietnam
  • Singapore’s Textile and Fashion Federation (TAFF) has launched a national apparel brand to help to boost clothing exports
  • The Thai beer producer Singha has expanded into the apparel sector Zara has opened a flagship store in South Korea
  • INVESTMENTS
  • Wal-Mart plans to invest more than US$100 mn in Argentina in 2009
  • Wal-Mart will open 90 new stores in Brazil

TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT
  • American Eagle Outfitters has won a trademark infringement lawsuit against Payless ShoeSource

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • La Maison Simons, a Canadian fashion retailer, has withdrawn its catalogue following complaints that the models were too thin
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Oxfam have raised £1 mn (US$1.89 mn) for charity
  • Nike has confirmed that it has found serious breaches of its code of conduct at a Malaysian factory
  • The president of the Garment Manufacturers’ Association of Cambodia (GMAC) has warned that factory strikes are damaging the country’s apparel industry

FINANCIAL RESULTS
  • Abercrombie & Fitch has reported a 5% increase in total net sales during the second quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • Benetton Group has reported a 2.9% increase in net revenues during the first half of 2008
  • Gildan Activewear has reported a 31% increase in sales during the third quarter of its 2007/08 financial year
  • H&M has posted an 8% increase in total sales excluding value added tax (VAT) during the second quarter of its 2007/08 financial year
  • JC Penney has reported a 2.5% decline in sales during the second quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • Levi Strauss & Co has reported an 8% fall in net revenues and a 98% decline in its net income during the second quarter of its 2007/08 financial year
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported a slight rise in total sales during the first quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • Perry Ellis has reported a 0.8% drop in total revenues for the second quarter of its 2008/09 financial year
  • PPR has reported a 4.5% increase in sales during the second quarter of 2008
  • TJX Companies has reported a 7% rise in net sales during the second quarter of its 2008/09 financial year

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION
  • Suzhou Deylon Textiles has become the first company in Asia to be certified under the environmental standard Öko-tex Standard 1000

ANTI-COUNTERFEITING
  • Columbia Sportswear has announced that its anti-counterfeiting programme has been successful
  • eBay has been fined Euro38.87 mn (US$58.2 mn) for allowing fake luxury goods to be sold on its online auction site

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