Talks between the US and China have resumed again this week, with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer welcoming an official delegation from China for a series of meetings to discuss the trade relationship between the two countries.
The early findings of an in-depth investigation by UK Government watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the proposed merger of supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's has raised extensive competition concerns over the potential tie-up.
Trade weakness is likely to extend into the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest WTO trade indicator, which also warns of the potential for a sharper slowdown should current trade tensions remain unresolved.
An innovation that uses microbe analytics to provide detailed information into global supply chains, in the hope of countering issues such as labour violations, has received a US$14m cash boost which will be used to fuel its expansion.
Bamboo Rose has announced the latest release of its multi-enterprise platform, offering deepened cost visibility during the materials management process, expanded digital collaboration capabilities in the mobile app, and increased ability to collaborate on 3D designs.
India is reportedly set to announce World Trade Organisation (WTO) compliant measures to boost its export of apparel and textiles and bring its exporters to a level playing field with those in Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Fabric specialist Sympatex has developed a new line of functional materials for footwear in which polyurethane (PU) foams commonly used in the lining of the laminate are completely replaced by a fleece-like compound made from recycled clothing fibres.
A new report from the Fashion Retail Academy in London has indicated consumers are choosing "expensive, long-lasting" clothing items over the cheaper on-trend options, suggesting the fast-fashion movement is slowing down.