EXPO POSTPONED: The initial edition of Denim Expo, Italy's first trade exhibition entirely dedicated to denim, will be held in January instead of later this month. Organizer Rimini Fiera said in a statement that the shift was made to "diversify its launch strategies," and to redefine a "new format and time slot" to "meet the demands of big international fashion companies" that have expressed interest in the fair. Fiera also said ready-to-wear and accessories fair First Alternative would be scheduled on a yearly basis. The launch edition of First Alternative was held last January in Rimini, on Italy's Adriatic Coast, and was scheduled to run June 30 to July 2. The next edition is now slated for winter 2008.

TOUGH TARIFF TALK: European and American textile industry groups on Wednesday jointly called for the U.S. and European Union to oppose deep tariff cuts for the sector in the global trade talks because such cuts would boost China's market dominance. Eurocoton and the National Council of Textile Organizations said substantial tariff cutting would "slash existing real market access and put at risk the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of U.S. and EU textile workers." The organizations said they wanted the U.S. and EU to support a sectorial solution that would provide "for tariff reciprocity at levels that would still preserve attractiveness to existing preferential tariff rates, rather than to slash them."

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