NEW MEMBERS FOR FLA: The Fair Labor Association has named eight new companies to its roster of apparel and footwear firms and universities that participate in its monitoring program. Among those companies fully participating in the program are Charles River Apparel, an outerwear manufacturer based in Boston; Jostens Inc., an athletic champions’ manufacturer of class rings and graduation products based in Minneapolis, and Joy Athletic, an apparel manufacturer producing for over 60 universities and colleges, based in Hialeah, Fla. The five other companies submit to the FLA’s monitoring process only those facilities that manufacture products under license from FLA-affiliated schools. They include VF Corp.’s VF Activewear and Imagewear and Jansport Inc. units, Beiderlack of America Corp., Agron Inc., MBI Inc. and Whirley Industries.
GLOBAL LOPS LOSSES: E-commerce services provider Global Sports said Wednesday it cut its third-quarter loss from continuing operations, before non-cash charges, to $5.3 million from a year-ago loss of $9.7 million, as sales doubled to $18.1 million from $9 million. The gains were fueled by 10 partnerships struck in the period ended Sept. 30 and a 57 percent increase in sales at the firm’s existing clients. Still, its stock slid 61 cents to $15 in Nasdaq trading Wednesday as the market had anticipated an operating profit — which Global is now projecting for the fourth quarter. It closed at $16.02 on Thursday