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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 4:
4th Quarter 2008

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Talking strategy: global sourcing of premium brands (8 pages)
Prospects for the textile and garment industry in Hong Kong
Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 4th quarter 2008 (11 pages)
Trade and trade policy: five key emerging apparel import markets (13 pages)
Global apparel markets: business update, 4th quarter 2008 (23 pages)

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Global apparel markets: business update, 4th quarter 2008
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Table of Contents
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
  • Indonesia’s textile exports are forecast to rise by 2.6% in volume terms during 2009
  • Vietnam’s textile and apparel industry has been set an export target of US$25 bn by 2020

MARKETS
  • Demand for organic cotton is forecast to increase by 54% during the 2008/09 crop year

ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
  • BankInvest has signed an agreement to acquire a 20% stake in Son Kim Fashion (SKF)
  • Gap has completed the acquisition of Athleta
  • Li & Fung has completed the acquisition of Miles Fashion Group
  • Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere has agreed to acquire Todd & Duncan

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • Garment workers in Bangladesh are on "poverty wages", claims a UK charity

COMPANY RESTRUCTURING AND REORGANISATION
  • La Redoute plans to refocus its efforts towards Internet sales

STRATEGIC VENTURES
  • Aeffe Group has signed a franchise agreement in South Korea with SE International
  • Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Reliance Industries are planning to collaborate in order to develop a new fabric for men’s wear
  • Cherokee has launched its Cherokee brand in Peru
  • Gap has expanded its Outlet business to Canada
  • H&M has entered into a franchise agreement with Match Retail to open H&M stores in Israel
  • Iconix Brand Group has entered into a licensing agreement with US sportswear firm ECI
  • Marc Jacobs International and Sumitomo have entered into an agreement to set up a
  • joint venture distribution company in Japan
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S) has opened its first store in mainland China
  • Moschino and Altana have signed a licensing agreement relating to Moschino children’s wear
  • UPM Raflatac has opened a manufacturing site in Guangzhou, China, for the production of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags
  • Wacoal Holdings is planning to open 20 retail stores in Vietnam by 2011

INVESTMENTS
  • Carvico Jersey Lomellina Group has invested US$27 mn in a new knitting plant in Vietnam

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