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September 1, 2010
The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
Another New Addition to
Yes, you read the header right - ANOTHER addition.
We've been busy over here at McPete Sez with the Classified Section (pg 5), the
McPete Sez Facebook page,
The Addict Expose (pg 4) and now weíve added Lipgloss &
Lipgloss and Lace can be found on page 4 and is written by Mandie Mutchie - a model and makeup artist, not to
mention a Math and English teacher. Talk about a well-rounded career!
Mandie started modeling nearly ten years ago and while modeling she managed to learn the secrets to become a
makeup artist. She recently launched FaceScape Artistry and has a lot of tips and information
to share with the McPete Sez readers.
As always if you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at
High Yen Boosts Japanese
Importers & Retailers
Japanese exporters may be suffering from the historically high yen - which traded at a record JPY84
to the dollar this week - but for Japanese apparel importers and retailers it is a boom time.
Around 35% of major apparel makers in Japan said they will shift their production or development
centers overseas if the US dollar remains at the JPY85 level, a survey by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
showed Friday, while near 60% said that they will expand their overseas production ratio.
Following the hollowing out of the textile and apparel industry, much of Japanís manufacturing has gone
abroad, and particularly to China and SE Asia.
The finance ministry's latest figures showed that imports in July rose 15.7% to JPY5.18trn yen ($61.5bn),
resulting in a trade surplus of JPY804.2bn ($9.5bn). No recent figures were available for apparel alone but
Japan has been transformed in recent decades from a major exporter of textiles and clothing to a major
Although there arenít sufficient reports on Japanís investment value in Chinaís textile industry, over
US$5bn out of US$10.2bn of Japanís cumulative investment value in the overseas textile sector has been invested
in China, according to Parfields Research.
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Floods Continue to Disrupt
Garment exports from Pakistan are likely to be down by nearly one-third as orders for the Christmas season
shift to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka over fears that supply will be disrupted as a result of the recent floods.
Ejaz Khokhar, chief coordinator and former chairman of the Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and
Exporters Association (PRGMEA), said that the floods have destroyed around 3m bales (500m
kg) of cotton.
This, he said, which would result in a 20% rise in production costs, while the total losses in terms of
garment exports could reach around 30%.
He said that floods could affect the garment business in Pakistan in two ways. Firstly, increases in production
costs would lead to closures in the small-scale sector, and secondly, buyers would try to divert their orders to
Ejaz said that due to supply chain disruptions, garment shipments from the country are already down by around
And garment buyers are worried about their shipments for the Christmas season and are trying to divert their
orders to Bangladesh and other countries.
He said Pakistan's economic conditions have fallen to the level of Least Developed Country (LDC), and is
calling on the government to pursue GSP+ status in the EU market and special market access into the US. This,
he said, would help generate employment and improve economic conditions for those people affected by the
Gohar Ejaz, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab, also urged the government to
make immediate efforts to import at least 2m bales of cotton from the US on a deferred payment basis through
the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to keep the industry running.
In relief efforts, APTMA Punjab has sent 20 trucks of food items and one truck of tents to the flood affected
area of Muzaffargarh district.
Van de Velde Boosts Profits
Lingerie maker Van de Velde has boosted profits 39.3% during the first half of the year, and predicted further
turnover growth for the rest of the year.
A statement by the company said: "Organic growth in the first half of 2010 was 8.2% (excluding Intimacy). Given
the low economic growth in Europe and the USA, Van de Velde is very satisfied with that development and thanks
its customers and consumers for their trust.
"Every country worldwide posted growth. Growth in the USA and Canada was most impressive, but the European
core markets also posted strong growth figures."
Turnover growth was mainly driven by a strong rise in volume. Exchange rates had a positive impact of a little
The company said that turnover will continue to grow in the second half of 2010, albeit at a slightly slower
pace than in the first half of the year. Management expects that year-on-year turnover growth (excluding
Intimacy) to exceed 5%.
Waterless Fabric Dyeing
Knit fabric and sportswear maker The Yeh Group is launching a new range of fabrics that use a waterless
dyeing process and should save the company millions of
liters of fresh water use each year.
The Bangkok-based company plans to introduce the DryDye fabrics later this year and believes it will be the
first textile mill to implement a new process developed by DyeCoo Textile Systems.
Instead of current aqueous dyeing systems, DryDye fabrics will be dyed using supercritical carbon dioxide
in a stainless steel chamber developed and tested by DyeCoo.
Already use in extraction processes in the food industry and apparel dry cleaning, supercritical fluid CO2
enables polyester and other synthetics to be dyed with modified disperse dyes. It causes the polymer
fiber to swell, allowing the disperse dye to diffuse and penetrate the pore and capillary structure of the
The viscosity of the dye solution is lower, making the circulation of the dye solutions easier and less energy
intensive. This deep penetration also provides effective
coloration of polymers. Furthermore, dyeing and removing excess dye can be done in the same vessel; and residue
dye is minimal and may be extracted and recycled.
The Yeh Group says DryDye fabrics have the same dye qualities and durability as conventionally-dyed fabrics.
Conventional textile dyeing is very water and energy intensive in all stages from pre-treatment, to dyeing
and post-treatment (drying). The supercritical CO2 process uses less energy than conventional processes
during last two stages; while the pre-treatment process is essentially the same for both.
The textile industry is believed to be one of the biggest consumers of water, using large amounts of fresh
water which then is disposed as waste water containing dyestuff chemicals.
On average, an estimated 100-150 liters of water are needed to process 1kg of textile material. Water is also
used as a solvent in many pre-treatment and finishing processes, such as washing, scouring, bleaching, dyeing,
rinsing and finishing.
The contaminated water must then be handled and treated prior to disposal or recycling.
The Yeh Group makes performance fabrics and garments for sportswear and intimate apparel customers such as
Adidas, The North Face, Puma, Mizuno and Victoria's Secret . It has sales offices in Europe and North
July Retailers' Sales Review
Abercrombie & Fitch reported net sales
of $236.0m, down 22% on the same month last year. July same-store sales tumbled 28%.
At Aeropostale, total net sales for the four-week period increased 13% to
$156.8m. Same-store sales were up 6% for the month, compared to an increase of 13% a year ago.
American Apparel saw total sales fall 13% in July over the year-ago period. However, same-store sales
increased 25% in the month, when it opened five new stores.
American Eagle Outfitters saw an 8% drop in its total sales for the four week period, falling to
$215.0m from $232.8m last time. Same-store sales fell 11% for the month, compared to a 7% decrease last year.
The Bon-Ton Stores said same-store sales fell 9.8% compared with the prior year
period. Total sales for the four weeks were down 9.6% to $178.8m.
The Buckle posted a 2.8% rise in same-store net sales for the four-week period, while net
sales climbed 7.9% to $61.5m.
The Cato Corporation posted sales of $60.4m, down 3% year-on-year. Same-store sales
Destination Maternity Corporation said its July sales fell 8.4% to $38.5m. Same-store sales for the month were
down 8.3% on a reported basis.
Dillard's said merchandise sales for the four weeks ended August
1 were $439m - a 15% drop. Same-store sales fell 12% during the month.
Gap Inc reported net sales of $924m for the four-weeks to August
1, a 7% decrease over last year. The company's same-store sales for July were down
8%, following an 11% drop in July 2008.
Hot Topic said sales for July fell 6.9% to $52.3m. Same-store sales were down 8.5% during
JC Penney Company reported same-store sales down 12.3% for the month. Total company sales in July
Kohl's Corporation saw total sales for July rise by 5.2% from last year. On a
same-store basis, sales increased 0.4%.
Victoria's Secret operator Limited Brands reported a 7% fall in same-store sales for the four weeks to
August 1, compared to the same month last year. Net sales were $556.2m.
Macy's reported total sales of $1.377bn for the four week period, a decrease of 10.7%. On a same-store basis,
Macy's sales also were down 10.7% in July.
Nordstrom saw its same-store sales for July fall 6.9% compared with the same period last year. Its
total retail sales were down 4.1% to $806m.
July sales at Ross Stores increased 8% to $538m from $499m in the same month last year. Same-store sales rose
4% on top of a 4% gain in the prior year.
Saks said owned sales totaled $159.7m for the four weeks, compared to $187.7m a year
ago - a drop of 14.9%. Same-store sales fell 16.3% for the month.
Stage Stores reported a 10.1% drop in total sales, to $97m. Same-store sales were down 11.9%
this year versus a decrease of 6.2% last year.
Stein Mart reported total sales of $73.3m, down 9%, and same-store sales down 5.5%.
Target Corporation posted a 3.2% drop in its net retail sales for the four weeks to August
1, 2009, down to $4,418m. July same-store sales dropped 6.5%, it said.
July sales at The TJX Companies were $1.42bn, up 5% over the $1.36bn achieved in the same
month last year. Same-store sales rose 4%.
The Wet Seal Inc, a specialty retailer to young women, saw net sales down 8% to $42.7m, and same-store sales
down 12.1% for the month of July.
Zumiez announced that total net sales for the month of July fell 5.6% to $29.9m. The
company's same-store sales decreased 16.8% for the four-week period.
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