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May 15, 2011                                            Issue #289    The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

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Cotton Prices Decline
Cotton prices fell in April for the first time in seven months, according to the latest figures from an inter-governmental group, thanks to a slowdown in demand and a switch to man-made fibers.
Cotton prices as measured by the Cotlook A Index reached a record of $2.44/lb on March 8, but were down to $1.73/lb on April 28, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) says. But the group also points out that prices continue to remain very high by historical standards.
The main reason explaining the recent drop of cotton prices seems to be a significant slowing in demand, it notes. Very high cotton prices, problems of credit access, and the fact that cotton yarn prices did not increase as fast as cotton prices, are all affecting mill use.
Global cotton use is expected to reach 25.1m tons in 2010/11, almost unchanged from 2009/10. A slowing of spinning operations and an increased switch to chemical fibers are curtailing demand for cotton and are reducing its share of world fiber use.
Production, meanwhile, is expected to increase by 11% to a record of 27.6m tons in 2011/12. Increased cotton supplies will feed demand in 2011/12, but high prices and competition from chemical fibers are expected to limit growth in mill use to 3%.
World cotton production is projected to exceed mill use in 2011/12, which would result in ending stocks recovering to 10.1m tons.
The world ending stocks-to-use ratio, forecast to reach an all-time low of 33% this season, could rebound to 39% in 2011/12 although this would remain lower than the 10-year average of 49% prevailing before 2009/10.
The Cotlook A Index is expected to average around $1.65 per pound in 2010/11. Its season-average is expected to decline significantly in 2011/12, but will probably remain higher than the $0.60/lb average during the last decade.

India and Bangladesh Sign
The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have signed a pact to promote bilateral trade and commerce between the two countries.
Under the agreement, the organizations will work together "to promote cooperation for strengthening the textile and garment industries of the two countries", a statement said.
It also said that the CII and BGMEA would take up issues of policies with respective governments, "with a view to addressing problems and bottlenecks, tariff, para-tariff and non-tariff barriers in the textile and garment trade".
CII team leader Syamal Gupta said the deal would better showcase Bangladesh's products and skills in India.

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New Labeling Rules
Garments sold in the European Union will need to be labeled with details of all animal inputs such as fur, leather or feather after new textile labeling rules were approved by the European Parliament on May 11.
The new rules are intended to ensure that consumers no longer risk inadvertently buying textiles that contain real fur or leather. They will also help allergy sufferers, for whom fur is a potential health hazard.
Any animal-derived materials will have to be clearly stated on textile product labels with the words "contains non-textile parts of animal origin."
Fur is often used to trim relatively inexpensive garments and it is often hard for consumers to distinguish between real fur and good quality fake fur.
Although approved by Parliament, the new labeling rules must still be formally signed by the Member States before it comes into force.
"We are delighted that this legislation has finally been adopted," Says Joanna Swabe PhD, director of the Humane Society International/ Europe.
"Many consumers can't tell the difference between fake and real animal fur and therefore assume an inexpensive item of clothing is so cheap it cannot possibly include an animal's fur.
"Quite understandably, many people presume that animal fur will be automatically listed on a garment's label, but up until now there has been no legal obligation in the EU for manufacturers to do this."
The news comes on the heels of the United States recently passing The Truth in Fur Labeling Act.

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US Retail Sales Rise 
Signs that the US economic recovery is gaining momentum have come from the latest Commerce Department figures which show retail sales increased for the tenth month in a row in April.
According to the data, total sales were 0.5% than in March at $389.4bn, and were 7.8% higher than April last year. Retail trade sales were up 0.6% on March, and 7.9% above last year.
Sales at clothing and clothing accessory stores edged up 0.3% month-on-month and were up 8.6% year-over-year, helped by this year's late Easter holiday. But sales at department stores slipped by 0.2% from March, and were flat with last April.
Despite the overall gains, observers warn the numbers are modest compared with previous months - and that this is evidence some consumers are beginning to feel the strain of high food and gas prices.
"With ten consecutive months of growth, retailers are on the front lines of economic recovery, though higher commodity prices are beginning to weigh on some consumers," noted Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation (NRF).
"Positive economic indicators such as increases in job openings and wage growth are certainly helping boost consumers' confidence, and support spending," added NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz.
"While there are reasons to be optimistic, plenty of other concerns exist which could very easily shift consumers' spending habits, including decreasing home prices, high unemployment levels and rising costs at the pump."

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Unifi Opens Recycling Center
Yarn maker Unifi Inc has opened an $8m recycling center in a move that will allow the company to expand production capacities of its Repreve recycled fiber.
The 50,000 square foot Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina, enables Unifi to recycle post-industrial and post-consumer polyester waste, and in the future, fabrics and garments.
Its goal is to expand production capacities and capabilities, improve fiber color and drive volume growth.
"The Repreve Recycling Center was built using the latest state-of-the-art recycling technology providing us with flexibility to further expand the Repreve brand in new and innovative directions," said Roger Berrier, president and COO of Unifi, at the opening ceremony on May 4.
Repreve recycled polyester and nylon fibers can be used in a wide range of applications, including apparel, automotive, seating and paneling fabrics.
In the last two years alone, over 247m post-consumer PET bottles have been recycled into the fibers, and Unifi expects the new recycling center will recycle more than 400m bottles in 2012.

    'Made in' Labels
Long-debated proposals to introduce compulsory 'Made in' labels for all textile, clothing and footwear products imported into the European Union have hit a stumbling block after members of the European Parliament and European Council of Ministers this week failed to agree on the plans.
Instead, the Council has asked the European Commission to present a study by September 30, 2013 on the feasibility of an origin labeling scheme to give consumers "accurate information on the country of origin and additional information ensuring full trace-ability of textile products."
It also wants the Commission to look into the feasibility of harmonizing care labeling requirements, an EU-wide uniform size labeling system for clothes, and the indication of allergenic substances.
And it believes there is also a need to assess how new technologies, such as micro-chips or radio-frequency identification (RFID), could in future be used instead of traditional labels to convey information to consumers.
The proposed law was originally mooted six years ago to protect EU manufacturers from cheaper third country imports and allow consumers to make informed choices. The 'made in' labels were also seen as having a role to play in protecting customers and manufacturers from counterfeiting and unfair competition.
The planned regulation would have required the words 'Made in,' together with the country of origin, written in the local language of sales (or in English) on all goods and packaging, with penalties for those that failed to comply.
But not all member states have been enthusiastic about it. The Commission originally submitted a draft regulation in 2005 for mandatory origin labels, but the procedure was put on hold, having been blocked by some governments.
Countries that primarily import and distribute foreign clothing and textile products have, in the past, been vocal about wanting optional labeling to remain in place to avoid losses in sales and profits for retailers.
But those with large manufacturing bases, such as Italy and Spain, have long advocated mandatory labeling to help cut down on growing low-cost imports from third countries.
The actual use of declarations of origin is also seen as questionable. For example, a shoe may be labeled as 'Made in Italy' even if its sole is produced in Albania and its upper parts are made in India, so long as the components are combined mechanically in Italy. This is arguably even more a deceptive to consumers.
Compulsory origin labeling entails additional costs to producers and retailers too. And controls to prevent misuse and false labeling would cause additional costs and place a higher administrative burden on firms.
Separately, however, the European Parliament this week agreed to combine three EU labeling laws into one unified piece of legislation make it easier for companies to launch new fibers.
And it has backed a regulation that means animal inputs such as leather and fur must now be mentioned on labels for textile products sold in the EU.

The 10 Commandments 
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother," she asked, "is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" 
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family of seven) answered, "Thou shall not kill!" 

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