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US, Colombia Trade Pact
Take Effect 
Page 1

EU Suspends Most of Sanctions Against Burma
Page 1

California Exotic Novelties   
Presents a Social Media   
Page 1

Textile Sector Exempt 
from Power Cuts
Page 1

Bra La Mode presents “A Celebration of Women” in Honour of 
Mother’s Day
Page 2

The New York Intimate Apparel Boutique Show
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Intimate Graphics: 
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Business and Technology: Peak your Pinterest!
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Target Launches Sizing
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Fab Foundations: N Natori Embraces Full-Busted Bras
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Esty Lingerie Launches Louise Ferdinand Lingerie
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Male Power Dominates 
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The Addict Expose -
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May 1, 2012                                        Issue # 312

                              Intimate Apparel

US, Colombia Trade Pact
           Take Effect 
The free trade agreement between the US and Colombia is due to take effect in the middle of May, after the two countries this week completed the necessary legal requirements for the pact to come into force.
In particular, they have "successfully implemented" the key elements of an action plan on labor rights that was deemed necessary before the trade deal could come into force.
"[This] agreement is a win for both our countries," said President Barack Obama. "It's a win for the United States by increasing our exports by more than $1bn, supporting thousands of US jobs and helping to achieve my goal of doubling US exports.
"It's a win for Colombia by giving you even greater access to the largest market for your exports - the United States of America. And I'd add that this agreement is a win for our workers and the environment because of the strong protections it has for both - commitments we are going to fulfill."
However opponents, including Representative Mike Michaud, chairman of the House Trade Working Group, believe "the fight to improve workers rights in Colombia - which has the highest rate of violence against unionists in the world - is a long-term effort and should have been prioritized over implementation of the agreement."
Once the free trade agreement with Colombia goes into effect on May 15, over 80% of US exports will become duty free immediately, with remaining tariffs phased out over 10 years. Colombia will immediately eliminate duties on products including cotton.

"A Celebration of Women"
Intimate Apparel resource site is hosting “A Celebration of Women” in honour of Mother’s Day, an in-store bra fit and shopping event from Noon to 4:00pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the upscale, intimate apparel boutique, Bra Smyth, 2177 Broadway (at 77th Street,) NYC. Bra Smyth’s dedicated, professional bra fitters offer over 100 years of combined experience and each boutique has seamstresses on staff to make custom alterations which provides legendary personal service to their loyal clients. Go to page 2 of the McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter to read the full article

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EU Suspends Most of Sanctions Against Burma
The European Union (EU) is to suspend most of its sanctions against Burma/Myanmar for the next year in recognition of what it says are the "historic changes" that have taken place in the country over the past 12 months and in a bid to encourage the reforms to continue.
The decision announced April 23 by the European Council, will take effect later this week and include trade and economic sanctions, but will not include the embargo on arms sales, which will be retained.
The Council also said it would continue to "monitor closely the situation on the ground, keep its measures under constant review and respond positively to progress on ongoing reforms."
Noting the "vital contribution" the private sector has to make to the development of Burma, the EU said it would welcome European companies exploring trade and investment opportunities in the country.
The Council also voiced its support for reinstating the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for Burma "as soon as possible" once the International Labor Organization (ILO) has assessed its labor standards.
If GSP tariff preferences were reinstated, products such as clothing made in Burma would be eligible for duty-free access to the EU.
However, while acknowledging that progress has been made in Burma, the EU still acknowledged the need for further reforms, including freeing remaining political prisoners and removing restrictions on those already released. There are also ongoing concerns about human rights abuses.
It is also worth noting that the EU has suspended - rather than ended - sanctions, which suggests they could be re-imposed if reforms stall.
While by-elections held in Burma on April 1, were overwhelmingly won by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy party, they have refused to take up seats in the parliament in a dispute over a parliamentary oath. Instead of promising to "safeguard" the constitution, they want to change the oath of office to "respect" the constitution.
The US, meanwhile, is moving more slowly than the EU in lifting sanctions. Earlier this month Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said some travel restrictions would be relaxed, and that there would be "a targeted easing of our ban on the export of US financial services and investment as part of a broader effort to help accelerate economic modernization and political reform" in the country.

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Dreamgirl Launches New
Encore Line
Dreamgirl International is launching a totally new concept catalog, Encore, a line that features five colors that create an exciting palette. The sensational “Hot Brights” are trimmed in black for a modern and sexy edge, as the fashion-forward palette includes Lime, Fuchsia, Coral, Iris and Black.
Go to The Hot Products Section by STOREROTICA on page 3 of the McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter to read the full article

Fake Primark Store Opens
              in Dubai
UK based value fashion retailer Primark is considering its legal options after a fake Primark store opened in the United Arab Emirates this week.
The store has two floors and sells Primark counterfeit clothing, including T-shirts, socks and underwear, according to a report on The National's website. Primark, however, says it has not opened the store in Dubai.
"We are aware that there is a store in Dubai that purports to be part of our group," a Primark spokesperson said in a statement.
"Primark does not operate any stores there and this is not therefore a legitimate Primark store. The company is considering its legal options."
Primark has continued to record robust growth, with sales up 15% in the first half of the year. It also expects profit growth to accelerate as cotton prices ease.
The company has 235 stores across Europe, including Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Belgium.

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EPA Releases New Rules Against Harmful Chemicals
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked all US-based clothing and apparel manufacturers to report the new use of possibly harmful chemicals found in textile pigments and dyes.
The chemicals, which also have other industrial applications, include polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), benzidine dyes and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD).
"Although a number of these chemicals are no longer manufactured or used in the US, they can still be imported in consumer goods or for use in products," said EPA spokesperson, Jim Jones.
The new rules are outlined under the USA's Toxic Substances Control Act. They require any person or company to notify the EPA 90 days before they manufacture, import or process any of the chemicals specified, so that the EPA can evaluate the chemicals and decide if they are safe.
And if the action is warranted, the EPA retains the right to prohibit certain new uses of the named chemicals.


         Wal-Mart Bribery
Two US Congressmen have launched an investigation into allegations of bribery at Wal-Mart's Mexican operations, after reports emerged that it covered up some US$24m in payoffs to clear the way for store openings.
Wal-Mart's Mexican operations have come under increasing scrutiny after the New York Times reported that investigators appointed by the retailer found a paper trail of "hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24m" used to bribe Mexican officials to speed up store openings.
The report said the investigators also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico's top executives not only knew about the payments but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
In a letter to the retailer, Elijah Cummings, from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Henry Waxman, from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said they were launching an investigation into the allegations.
The congressmen said the report "raises serious questions about potential violations of United States law, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act".
They added that it "also raises significant questions about the actions of top company officials in the United States who reportedly tried to disregard substantial evidence of abuse".
They are seeking an investigation and a meeting in-person with company officials no later than April 27.

California Exotic Novelties   
  Presents a Social Media   
Industry Professionals Invited to Register for Free
California Exotic Novelties, the world’s most innovative pleasure product manufacturer, presents the CalExotics Social Media Webinar, May 15, 2012. It is free for industry professionals who want to collaborate with California Exotic Novelties on social media initiatives and who are eager to discover the benefits of incorporating social media into their marketing mix. 
“Social media is an important part of CalExotics marketing strategy,” explains Susan Colvin, President and CEO of California Exotic Novelties. “The key aspect of it is the ‘social’ part. By
collaborating on social media initiatives, working together to create and share compelling content, and by extending our collective networks through one another, we create a social media environment where everyone wins.”
Attendees will learn how social media is changing the way the world does business. They will also be given easy-to-use social media ideas and tricks to stay ahead of the competition. 
Jackie White, Vice President and CEO of California Exotic Novelties, says, “This is a great opportunity for our customers to learn about social media and how they can use it to increase business. I hope everyone attends!”
The webinar will also provide an overview of CalExotics’ new online community, Club CalExotics. Retailers, distributors, and party planners can learn how to utilize this social media platform to their full advantage.
Al Bloom, Director of Marketing for California Exotic Novelties, says, “Club CalExotics bridges the gap between manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers. It’s a great way for everyone to network and connect with one another.”
The webinar is presented by the California Exotic Novelties Marketing and Public Relations department. Al Bloom, Director of Marketing; Desiree Duffie, Director of Public Relations; and Nichole Grossmann, Social Media Coordinator, will deliver the presentation.
Grossmann says, “We’re planning a fun and informative webinar. To make things even more exciting we’re giving away a CalExotics gift basket stuffed with samples of some of our newest products to one lucky attendee. It has a retail value of $300!”
The CalExotics Social Media Webinar will be presented live at 11am PDT on Tuesday, May 15. Space is limited and registrants are encouraged to promptly login at their registration time to ensure a space. A recording of the webinar will also be available a week after the live webinar. Visit to register for the Social Media Webinar. 
About California Exotic Novelties
California Exotic Novelties is the nation's leading manufacturer of adult toys and novelties. Since 1994, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of products to enhance the sexual experiences of women, men and couples. From its 200,000 square foot operations center in Chino, California, CalExotics maintains a network of manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide. Its products are available online and from retailers throughout the world. 

   Betsey Johnson Files
           Chapter 11

US women's wear brand Betsey Johnson has entered Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.
In a filing to the US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, the company said it made attempts to find new equity investors or sell the brand, but despite negotiations with two interested parties, no deal materialized.
The company operates some 63 stores, employing 350 people. Reports suggest these stores will close over the next few weeks and the employees will be laid off.
The company's largest unsecured creditors include Haskell Jewels, BC America, Parawin Industries and American Express.

Textile Sector Exempt 
    from Power Cuts
Authorities in Pakistan have announced an end to the power cuts that have plagued the country's textile and garment industry.
The decision, which is said to have been effective since April 10, follows an order from the country's president.
However, Ahsan Bashir, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association Punjab region, claims that instead of implementing the decision, authorities are forcing textile firms to reduce their energy consumption by 25%.
He is urging the Federal Minister for Water and Power to intervene and ensure uniform distribution across the country, especially for the textile industry.
The energy crisis has hit a sector where Foreign Direct Investment dropped by 65% in the nine months from July-March. Imports of textile machinery are down 12%, and exports of textiles and clothing have fallen by 9.4%, the latest figures show.

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