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Holiday Spending Tops   
Pre-recession Levels
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New Intimate Payments Clients 
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Africa & China Strengthen 
Cotton Trade Ties
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Eldorado Takes a Bite 
Out of Holiday Hunger
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Model Submission
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The International Lingerie
Show Videos - Tia Lyn, Holiday Products, 
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The International Lingerie Show
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Fräulein Annie A/W 2012
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Male Power to Debut 
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Fab Foundations:
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Creating A Lingerie Description Template Part 2
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The International Lingerie
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January 1, 2012         
                    Issue #304

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                              Intimate Apparel

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Holiday Spending Tops   
  Pre-recession Levels
US spending over the holiday period is set to top pre-recession 2007 demand levels, according to research from consultancy firm Consumer Growth Partners.
CGP said that average spending per adult will total US$2330 for the November-December holiday period, up from $2212 in 2010 and topping the record of $2223 set in 2007.
The group said that US consumers have completed a "great reset" in their spending and saving patterns and have now resumed the historic 4-to-5% spending growth "we saw earlier last decade," the group said.
CGP said that unlike the mid-200s, they are doing this without the housing bubble, and without tapping home equity or credit. "Consumers are spending out of current income and cash flow-a much healthier foundation for sound, sustained growth," said CGP president Craig Johnson.
The rebound is being led by traditional "old retail" including department stores, sporting goods, toys and apparel, "including the first real return of excitement and newness in fashion since before the recession," said Johnson.
"Over the past couple years we've seen one of the great turnarounds in retail memory in the department store sector-led by two of the grand old names in the sector, Macy's and Nordstrom, each founded over a century ago. Both have reinvented themselves since the Recession, and have made 
themselves relevant to a new generation of shoppers-and they are each hitting the ball out of the park," he said.
However, Johnson emphasized that the rebound is not sector-wide. 
"Sears-which stood like a colossus over the retail landscape as recently as the 1950's, larger than its three biggest competitors combined-shrinking under poor, non-retailer, management. And JC Penney, also lagging for several years, has a whole new team on board, including Apple's Ron Johnson and Target's Mike Francis-but their turnaround will not come until 2012."
Johnson argued that the big surprise this year may be the day after Christmas. "England calls it 'Boxing Day', but it will be a boffo day for American retailers, since the 26th is a Monday, with most offices closed for the three day weekend. Shoppers will still be looking for ‘self-gifting' bargains, but armed with gift cards, consumers are much more likely to pay full price for the new merchandise that smart retailers will put on the floor for the post-Christmas crowds. For apparel and department stores that stay open until Midnight, December 26th may even be bigger than Black Friday."

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Africa & China Strengthen   
   Cotton Trade Ties
The Chinese government's plans to make China itself an outsourcer - to utilize cotton production in sub-Saharan Africa - have been strengthened by an agreement with the region's four leading producers: Benin, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso.
Announcing the program at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming said it represented an "aid-for-trade" exchange inspired by the WTO's Doha Development Agenda.
China will provide machinery, materials and training programs to these four impoverished west African countries, who lobby together on cotton issues as the 'C4'. The move will help the group combat hefty cotton subsidies adopted in wealthier producer countries such as the US, which have been a major hurdle in completing the WTO Doha round.
Chen stated greater trade ties could follow, with sections of the Chinese textiles manufacturing industry being relocated abroad. "In [the] longer term, we may relocate some of the textile and apparel industry into Africa," he said.


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Eldorado Takes a Bite 
Out of Holiday Hunger
Distributor's annual food drive a success
Eldorado Trading Company's proud participation in the 2011 Community Food Share will provide meals for thousands of Colorado families in need.
Eldorado raised 806 lbs. of food and $1928 for the Boulder and Broomfield Counties Food Share program for Thanksgiving, resulting in 8522 meals for hungry Coloradans that will carry through the holiday season.
With the difficult economy, hunger and food insecurity is an unfortunate reality in Colorado today with an estimated 50,000 people living at 130% of poverty or$27,500 per year for a family of four. 
"Helping others -- this is what the holidays are all about," says Eldorado Founder and CEO Larry Garland. "It's a privilege for the Eldorado team to be involved with Community Food Share and the important work they've been doing in Colorado for the last 30 years."
Community Food Share, the food bank for Boulder and Broomfield Counties, has been providing service to the community since 1981 and has distributed over 5 million nutritious meals. For more information about Community Food Share, please visit www.communityfoodshare.org.  

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An award-winning distributor of adult toys and novelties, Eldorado is committed to providing products that enhance special occasions for adults everywhere. Eldorado prides itself on sensational service, outstanding product selection, and unsurpassed delivery to and for its customers. For more information please contact Eldorado's sales department at 800-525-0848, or sales@eldorado.net  or visit www.Eldorado.net  or www.EldoradoParty.com

Unions Threaten Strikes 
       in Cambodia
Union leaders have been meeting in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to look at ways to curb the garment industry's widespread use of temporary or short-term contracts for hiring workers - and have warned they could resort to strike action if changes aren't made.
The unions are uniting to put pressure on the government, factory owners and buyers to take steps to put an end to the practice, which they say is illegal.
The short-term, temporary contracts - referred to in Cambodia as 'fixed-duration contracts' - are repeatedly renewed. However, their use can lead to increased worker insecurity, denies workers benefits to which they are entitled, including maternity leave, and can coerce workers into forced overtime.
However while the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which represents employers, confirmed that temporary contract are used, it warned foreign investors' interest would be harmed if the government backs the unions' requests.
Of major concern for the unions is the face that fixed-duration contracts are being used to avoid paying maternity leave to female staff, who make up the overwhelming majority of a workforce that produces about 85% of the Kingdom's exports.
"Women on fixed-duration contracts often have to choose between keeping their jobs and having children," said Chheng Kim Lang, a representative of the Cambodia Labor Confederation. She said that because the labor law requires employers to provide maternity leave to employees who have worked for them for one year, factory managers were using six-month contracts to avoid this.
Short-term contracts also hurt "labor productivity and corporate competitiveness by discouraging human resource development and jeopardizing industrial relations", a statement from the union leaders said.
At some garment and footwear factories, up to 90% of staff are on short-term contracts, they said, adding that the use of such contracts is far less prevalent in countries whose garment industries compete with Cambodia's.
Although the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia says the labor ministry has interpreted the law to allow for the indefinite use of fixed-duration contracts, not all of its members use them.
Kevin Plenty, a member of GMAC's executive committee, said his company, Quantum Clothing (Cambodia) Ltd, uses long-term contracts "because they allow us to increase productivity and efficiency."
A study the sector's recruitment practices earlier this year warned the use of short-term employment contracts in Cambodia not only threatens to erode the industry's competitiveness but also violates labor laws and could lead to widespread unrest.


 
US Retail Sales Top Last
        Year's Numbers
December retail figures in the US are set to top last year’s total 
thanks to a late surge in spending by consumers, according to research business ShopperTrak.
Sales for the week ending December 17, were up 21.7% on the previous week and 1.3% year-on-year, leaving month-to-date figures up 0.5% on December 2010.
However, the weekend of December 16-18, showed a slight decline in sales on last year, including a 0.7% decrease for “Super Saturday” – the last Saturday with regular shopping hours before Christmas.
ShopperTrak, which analyses data from more than 25,000 locations across the US, believes that the extra Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas may have tempted shoppers into delaying their purchases.
“December’s retail gains will likely continue all the way through 
Christmas and the end of Hanukkah,” said ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin. “As the weather gets colder and these important days get closer, retailers should be ready to service customers looking to buy.”

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             Limited Brands 
Investigates Child Labor
         Allegations
US retailer Limited Brands has confirmed that it is investigating a series of allegations of child labor on farms in Burkina Faso that grow Fairtrade and organic cotton used in its Victoria's Secret apparel.
The company said that after it learned of the allegation it began working with internal stakeholders to fully investigate the matter.
"Depending on the findings, we are prepared to take swift action to prevent the illegal use of child labor in the fields where we source Fairtrade-certified organic cotton in Burkina Faso," the company said in a statement.
The statement follows a Bloomberg report which describes the life of a 13-year-old-girl who is beaten by the farmer she works for on a cotton field in Burkina Faso. The cotton picked by the girl went to factories in other countries where it was made into Victoria's Secret underwear, the report said.
The report notes that the lucrative premiums paid for organic and fair trade cotton have "perversely - created fresh incentives for exploitation". The program has attracted subsistence farmers who say they don't have the resources to grow fair trade cotton without forcing other people's children into their fields, "violating a key principle of the movement".
Limited Brands established a pilot program to purchase Fairtrade-certified organic cotton, mainly from women farmers in Burkina Faso, back in 2007. "We were committed to this initiative because of its potential to generate life-changing opportunities for some of the world's poorest women," it said.
Swiss NGO Helvetas and certification body Fairtrade International, who were both mentioned in the article, also say they are conducting full and immediate investigations into the matter.
"We take this allegation on the violation of human rights of the child very seriously and have put in place appropriate actions," a statement from Fairtrade International said. But it added it is not yet able to confirm whether the child labor cases are on Fairtrade certified farms.
"UNPCB is the national organization for cotton farmers in Burkina Faso comprising hundreds of thousands of farmers, of which only a fraction belong to Fairtrade certified community-level cooperatives," it noted.
While Fairtrade prohibits child labor as defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO) minimum age and the Worst Forms of Child Labor conventions, "no person or product certification system can provide a 100% guarantee that a product is free of child labor," the group says.
It adds that "simply paying more for cotton is not enough to ensure children are not abused, neglected and/or exploited."
"Fairtrade provides a rigorous certification and audit system designed to detect and remediate cases of child labor. We guarantee that if breaches of our requirements on child labor are found, we take immediate action to protect children, prevent the farms using child labor from selling into the Fairtrade system, and then support the producer organization to strengthen its own systems and develop child protection policies and procedures adapted to their specific context."
The body, which coordinates Fairtrade labeling and sets Fairtrade standards around the world, adds that while "this important human rights issue" is prevalent in West Africa and in cotton production more generally it is concerned the allegations may discourage companies from sourcing cotton from Burkina Faso or other impoverished areas.
This which would have a devastating negative impact on cotton producing communities and their families, including girls and boys," it explains.

Pakistan Faces Falling
          Exports 
The ongoing gas and electricity crisis in Pakistan has worsened as winter looms in the northern part of the country - with textile plants operating on gas now remaining closed for three-and-a-half days per week in Punjab province, while in Sindh province the industry will see a gas cut every Sunday.
In addition, electricity supply companies have also announced 4-6 hour daily power cuts for the textile industry due to annual maintenance work at the country's hydro-electric power stations.
Dr Asim Hussain, federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, said the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) will get additional gas supplies from the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in the next three to four months. This will help reduce power cuts for industrial consumers in Karachi, he said.
However, Mohsin Aziz, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), points out that about 40% of textile capacity is idle due to gas shortages - translating into falling exports and job losses.
The government is being urged to draw up a plan to provide gas and electricity to industrial consumers in the peak seasons to meet global shipment deadlines and avoid cancellation of export orders.

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