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January 15, 2011                                            Issue #281
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

ATPA Gets Temporary
A trade preference program that gives duty-free access to exports from Andean countries has been extended by just six weeks - but some other trade preferences will now lapse after their renewal was blocked by a US lawmaker.
The Andean Trade Preferences Act, which was set to expire on December 31, 2010, has been extended until February 12, 2011. This means US apparel imports from Andean countries Ecuador, Colombia and Peru will continue to enter the US duty-free if they use US cotton, yarns, and fabrics.
Also given a six-week extension was the Trade Adjustment Assistance, which helps workers who lose their jobs as a result of increased imports.
But the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides duty-free treatment for goods produced in developing countries, lapsed on December 31, 2010 after being excluded from a trade bill set up to renew several programs.
Congress also failed to suspend certain tariffs under a miscellaneous trade bill, or to make technical fixes to the wool and cotton trust funds, which supports domestic production of tailored clothing and wool textiles.
The changes and extensions were included in an Omnibus Trade Act that headed to the Senate on December 23.
But their progress was blocked by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions in protest at a GSP duty waiver Bangladesh receives for sleeping bags.
The failure to renew the trade preferences for 18 months will hurt the US apparel and footwear industry by causing uncertainty and unpredictability, retailers and importers say.
The new Congress "must work to renew the Andean Trade Preferences Act and Generalized System of Preferences, pass the pending package of carefully vetted tariff suspensions included in the miscellaneous trade bill, and make technical corrections to the wool and cotton trust funds," urges Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. 
"We look forward to the opportunity to pass these renewals and add back in the more than 50 non-controversial footwear, apparel, and textile 
provisions unnecessarily removed from the miscellaneous tariff bill."

France's Annual Lingerie 
           Sales Up 4%
French lingerie sales were up 4% during 2010 to EUR2.7bn ($3.52bn), compared to the prior year period.
The rise, according to a study carried out by France’s Fashion Institute on behalf of the Salon International de la Lingerie, exceeded a forecast pointing to zero growth in comparison with 2009.
The better than expected results are largely attributed to a strong increase in sales of indoor wear, up 22.5% on 2009, stability in volume sales and a recovery in prices despite relatively high stock levels.
French consumers’ average annual budget devoted to lingerie surpassed the EUR100-mark again last year. 
For the second successive year, the 45-54 age bracket were the most-free spending with average purchases of EUR121.

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Macy's Expansion to Add 
            3500 Jobs
The expansion of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s online retail business will generate nearly 3,500 jobs over the next two years, including about 725 full-time positions.
Among the full-time jobs, Macy’s expects to expand its merchandising and marketing organizations in New York by about 260 positions, also adding about 200 new jobs to its site development and operations organization in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Bloomingdale’s expects to recruit about 115 people to its merchandising, marketing and operations organizations in New York.
Finally, Macy’s Systems and Technology organization expects to add about 150 positions at its base in Atlanta.
In total, the company expects the number of new full-time, part-time and seasonal holiday posts to reach nearly 3,500 over the next two years.
“This is a business that thrives on unrelenting creativity and innovation,” said Macy’s chairman, president and CEO Terry Lundgren.
“Having the right talent in the right place is vital as we seek to sustain and accelerate our sales growth online, as well as in the stores.” 
During the first ten months of fiscal 2010, Macy’s online sales grew by about 29%.

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Allport & CS Logistics 
      Holdings to Merge
UK freight forwarding and logistics company Allport is to merge with CS Logistics Holdings, parent company of Hong Kong-based Cargo Services Far East.
The two companies have been working together for 20 years in the Far East, as well as in joint ventures in countries including South Africa, Singapore, Thailand and Korea.
Allport founders Will Toye and John Clayton retain a minority stake in the business, along with new managing director Chris Cargill and deputy managing director Jerry Gray.
“We greatly value the strong partnership we have built with John Lau and his team, and believe this is the best way to continue growing the company and the business we have developed together,” said Toye.
“We share the same values, business ethos and vision for the future, so it is very much a natural progression to merge the two companies.”

Ethical Clothing Sales Soar
Sales of ethical clothing jumped 72% during the height of the economic downturn, a new survey has revealed.
The Co-operative Bank’s annual Ethical Consumerism Report shows sales of ethical clothing rose to GBP177m (US$275m) in the two years from 2007 to 2009.
Overall, expenditure on green goods and services grew 18% over the past two years, says the report, which analyses sales data for various sectors including food, household goods, eco-travel and ethical finance.
The overall ethical market in the UK was worth GBP43.2bn in 2009 compared to GBP36.5bn in 2007. The growth was despite a two per cent fall in overall household expenditure in 2009.
However, ethical spend still remains a small proportion of the total annual consumer spend of some GBP700bn.

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              Cotton Shortage
This season's cotton supply is almost sold out Cotton prices are likely to remain volatile, sector experts have warned, after the latest figures show this season's cotton supply is almost sold out.
According to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), only about 10% of projected world trade of 8.3m tons is still available for purchase at this relatively early stage of the season.
And while countries like Australia and Brazil have responded to the global shortages and record prices by expanding their production substantially, this cotton will not become physically available until April 2011.
Which means the current scarce uncommitted supply may provide strong pressure on prices and cause increased volatility through the rest of the season, the ICAC cautions.
The latest data from the inter-governmental group shows that cotton prices as measured by the Cotlook A index surged from 86 cents per pound on August 2, 2010 to a record 186 cents per pound on December 
The Cotlook A Index retreated to 172 cents per pound on December 31, 2010 - but the season average reached 129 cents per pound, 66% higher than the 2009/10 average of 77.5 cents per pound.
Similar trends were recorded at the ICE exchange in New York trading the cotton futures contract.
The surge in prices in 2010/11 was due to relatively low world stocks of cotton, limited supply, robust demand and a very low level of uncommitted cotton.
It is estimated that as of end-December 2010, US export commitments exceeded 3.1m tons, or 90% of projected exports for the season.
The US is the largest exporter of cotton, accounting for an estimated 41% of world exports in 2010/11. 
Exports by India, the world's second largest exporter, were capped by the government below 1m tons, all of which have been committed.
Central Asian commitments are estimated at over 1m tons, or 85% of projected exports.
Meanwhile, cotton growers in Australia are still waiting to count the cost of the extensive floods which have devastated many cotton-growing areas in central and southern Queensland.
Farm operator PrimeAg Australia said that 13% of its 15,200-hectare cotton crop had been inundated by flood water.
While some of this will be lost, other areas may recover if the period of inundation is less than two to three days, the company said adding: "It will be at least a week before the damage levels become clear."

DNA Textile Authentication
Applied DNA Sciences has opened a new DNA textile authentication laboratory and European office in the UK to support the roll-out of its 
anti-counterfeiting technology around the world.
The venture with the Textile Center of Excellence (TCE) in Yorkshire, tracks botanical DNA in fibers to guarantee the provenance of finished textiles and apparel.
“The Yorkshire 'Signature' protection is now available as an affordable and foolproof way of guaranteeing that products produced in this region are authentic,” explains Bill Macbeth, managing director of the Textile Center of Excellence. “The next stage will see leading brands using the 
technology to 'audit' their distribution chains and identify where product substitution is taking place.”
He adds: “There is massive worldwide market potential for this approach, with forensic testing now available at the new laboratory in Huddersfield.”
Applied DNA Sciences says its FiberTyping business enables retailers, yarn manufacturers, and even growers of fibers like cotton to verify the original fiber used to make an end product. It is also useful for ensuring compliance with textile labeling laws.
SigNature DNA taggants can also be attached to designer labels to provide brand security and counterfeit protection.

Fire Destroys Pakistani
    Garment Factory
A four-story garment factory in Pakistan was gutted by fire at the weekend, reducing millions of rupees worth of garments to ashes and injuring two security guards.
The blaze erupted in a garment plant located on Main Ferozepur Road near Awan Market, Lahore. Flames engulfed three floors of the factory within a few minutes, and the heavy smoke left three security guards unconscious.
Fire brigade and rescue officials managed to bring the blaze under control after about three hours.
Factory owner, Muhammad Tahir, blamed the fire on a short circuit in electricity wires, which ignited flammable items lying on the second floor of the building.

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