By  on March 27, 2012

Mexico’s apparel industry hopes to save some $400 million by 2017 as a result of a study to identify the country’s ideal clothing sizes, paving the way for a sharp reduction in high merchandise-return rates.

“We hope to reduce the industry’s return costs by 2 percent a year,” Alejandro Faes, a board member of leading Mexican apparel industry chamber Canaive, told WWD. Faes, who helped oversee the study, said Mexican clothing manufacturers lose $4 billion, or 18 percent, of some $22 billion in domestic annual sales to merchandise returns.

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