New Issue of Textile Outlook International

Posted on March 30, 2011

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Issue 149 of Textile Outlook International has now been published and contains the following reports::

  • Editorial: After the Earthquakes: Impact on the Textile and Clothing Industry
  • UK Apparel Retailing: Profiles of Arcadia Group, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next and Primark
  • Comparisons of Spinning, Texturing, Weaving and Knitting Costs in Eight Countries
  • Prospects for the Apparel Industry in Haiti
  • Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2012
  • World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: the EU

This journal can be found in the Statistics section of the library, on the 2nd floor.  Please ask a member of staff if you have any difficulty locating it.

Editorial: After the Earthquakes: Impact on the Textile and Clothing Industry
On January 12, 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti, and on March 11, 2011, an earthquake hit the north-east of Japan resulting in a catastrophic tsunami. The Haitian earthquake caused widespread devastation but, remarkably, the apparel industry was hardly affected. The Japanese earthquake will have a more far reaching effect on the global textile and apparel industry as the Japanese textile industry remains a major force in world terms in certain sectors. This report assesses the wider economic and industrial impact of the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, and comments on recent investments and measures to improve the welfare of Haitian apparel workers.

UK Apparel Retailing: Profiles of Arcadia Group, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next and Primark
The UK apparel retailing sector — which comprises large retail chains, factory and designer outlet retailers, Internet retailers, value apparel retailers and discount retailers — is highly competitive and dominated by big players. In recent years, value apparel retailers have been gaining a larger share of this market as consumers have been trading down in response to tough economic conditions and government spending cuts. This report analyses key issues and developments in the UK apparel retailing sector and market trends by retail segment. Also, it identifies the key challenges facing the sector in the light of an ageing population and changing consumer buying patterns. It provides an analysis of the sector’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), and features profiles of Arcadia Group, Marks & Spencer (M&S), New Look, Next and Primark.

Comparisons of Spinning, Texturing, Weaving and Knitting Costs in Eight Countries
This report examines and compares textile production costs in the spinning, texturing, weaving and knitting sectors in eight countries — namely Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Italy, South Korea, Turkey and the USA. Costs examined include raw material and manufacturing costs, as well as the costs of producing ring spun yarn, rotor spun yarn, textured yarn, and woven and knitted fabric made from each of these yarn types.

Prospects for the Apparel Industry in Haiti
The apparel industry in Haiti is the biggest contributor to the country’s total exports and has established a competitive advantage in supplying nearby apparel markets. In the USA, Haiti benefits from trade preferences and relatively relaxed rules of origin. However, one of the biggest threats to the industry is an increase in labour costs as a result of efforts to raise the minimum wage. Nevertheless, the USA’s HOPE II legislation is playing a positive role in the industry’s revival. This report analyses the Haitian apparel industry and includes information on labour costs and productivity, energy and factory costs, products, customers, competitors, legislation, investment incentives, and human resources. It also analyses the effects and implications of the 2010 earthquake, the benefits of locating in free zones and industrial zones in Haiti, and the competitiveness of the apparel industry in the country.

Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2012
This edition in our flagship series of reports contains statistical data, information and insight into the textile and apparel industries in the EU. The report identifies important trends and includes information on: production of textiles and clothing, textile and clothing imports by supplying country, textile and clothing exports by destination country, and textile and clothing trade balances. It also analyses the trade activities of each EU member state and provides an outlook.

World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: the EU
This edition in our flagship series of reports contains statistical data, information and insight into the textile and apparel industries in the EU. The report identifies important trends and includes information on: production of textiles and clothing, textile and clothing imports by supplying country, textile and clothing exports by destination country, and textile and clothing trade balances. It also analyses the trade activities of each EU member state and provides an outlook.

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