TRADE APPEAL: International aid group Oxfam has launched a three-year “Make Trade Fair” campaign to revamp the global trading system, which it claims is dominated by industrialized nations that trap millions of people in poverty by keeping goods from developing countries out of rich markets. The group targeted textiles in a 270-page report and called for duty-free and quota-free access for all low-income countries, a general reduction in tariff peaks, so that no tariffs applied against developing country exports exceed 5 percent, and an acceleration of phaseout of quotas on apparel and textiles set to expire on Dec. 31, 2004. The average duty on apparel and textile imports is 17 percent and can range as high as 30 percent.
BALLY SHUFFLE: Changes are afoot at Bally. Michael Bush, the president and chief executive of Bally’s U.S. division, has resigned. “Michael came to Bally to help in the restructuring of operations and that job has been largely completed,” said a spokesman. “He had a short contract term, and he decided to leave when it was up.” The Swiss company was bought by Texas Pacific Group, the American leveraged buyout fund, in 1999. TPG set out to reposition the brand and hired a new creative director, Scott Fellows, and also closed more than 100 outmoded stores.
MARTINEZ TO MEN’S JOURNAL: Kevin Martinez has been named publisher of Men’s Journal, succeeding Dave Kupiec, who resigned. Martinez was senior vice president at Primedia in the Brill Media/Media Central division since 2000. He was publisher of Esquire from 1996 to 2000.