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Traffic makes it's way past the Macy's flagship store, in New York. The company reported its second straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year funk. Its shares surged nearly 9 percent Wednesday, and the stocks of other department store chains rose as wellEarns Macys, New York, USA - 16 May 2018

Government and Trade

U.S. Saw Rise in Jobs but Mixed Bag in Retail Sector

Clothing and accessories stores added jobs in June, but department stores shed them.

clock July 6, 2018Kathryn Hopkins

Demonstrators outside of H&M's Herald Square store Wednesday.

Fashion Scoops

H&M Responds to Union Rally Outside of Herald Square Flagship in New York

About 100 people demonstrated outside of the H&M flagship in Herald Square Wednesday, calling for a fair contract.

clock June 27, 2018Rosemary Feitelberg

Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24, 2013.

Fashion Scoops

Five Years After Rana Plaza, Leaders Emphasize Need for Brands to Sign Accord Renewal

Attendees emphasized the need for companies to support the renewal of The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

clock April 10, 2018Rosemary Feitelberg

Walmart employee Kenneth White, left, is coached by Shabazz Bonner while using an inventory app during a class at the Walmart Academy at the store in North Bergen, N.J. The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than the 16 million Americans working as shelf stockers, salespeople and cashiersFuture of Work-Changing Retail, North Bergen, USA - 08 Nov 2017

Government and Trade

Retail’s February Hiring Surge Gets Jobs Back to Year-Ago Level

The industry is hiring again after last year’s widespread layoffs and store closures.

clock March 9, 2018Kali Hays

Shoppers at Aventura shopping mall in Miami.

Financial

Retailers See October Sales Boost as Prices Rise

Even with slightly higher prices, specialty, department and online stores saw sales improve as they head into holiday.

clock November 15, 2017Kali Hays

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by, in MiamiHurricane Irma, Miami, USA - 10 Sep 2017

Retail

Retail Jobs Hit Hard by Record Hurricane Season

The national employment rate dropped for the first time in seven years.

clock October 6, 2017Kali Hays

The U.S. State Department had listed Guatemala as among countries using forced or child labor in its apparel industry.

Fashion Scoops

Research: Ethical Brands Criticized More for Child Labor Abuses

More than 168 million children are forced into child labor, according to the nonprofit GoodWeave that aims to end child labor.

clock June 23, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

JC Penney

Retail

Retail Still Losing Jobs as Other Industries See Pickup

The industry cut thousands of jobs during March, with struggling department stores hit hardest.

clock April 7, 2017Kali Hays

Donald Trump

Government and Trade

Trump Eyes Defense Spending Boost Through Cuts to Other Agencies

By cutting $54 billion from the collective budgets of government agencies dealing with trade, the economy and nonviolent crime, President Trump plans to increase defense spending to one of the highest levels in history.

clock March 16, 2017Kali Hays

Fashion Scoops

U.S. College Students Team Up to Challenge Nike About Access to Factories

Students at dozens of universities are banding together through United Students Against Sweatshops to rally against Nike for allegedly refusing unrestricted access for the Worker Rights Consortium.

clock March 15, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

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Government and Trade

Sweatshops Persist in U.S. Garment Industry

Sweatshop conditions are still found in garment factories in California 20 years after investigators uncovered one of the most egregious examples in El Monte, Calif.

clock December 5, 2016Kristi Ellis and Khanh T.L. Tran

Government and Trade

Department of Labor: “We Have Sweatshops in America”

The Wage and Hour Division found violations at factories making clothes for retailers including Ross, Forever 21, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom.

clock November 16, 2016Khanh T.L. Tran

The key to slashing jobs to achieve
a leaner organization is empowerment.

Retail

Retailers See Empowerment as Key to Achieving Leaner Organization

The key to slashing jobs to achieve a leaner organization is empowerment.

clock September 1, 2016Debra Borchardt

Government and Trade

DOL’s New Rule Requiring More Disclosure Draws Retailers Ire

The National Retail Federation said the new DOL rule could have a “chilling effect” on employers.

clock March 23, 2016Kristi Ellis

Apparel is assembled in Lives production room in Lima, Peru.

Government and Trade

U.S. Labor Department Cites Labor Concerns in Peru’s Textile, Apparel Sectors

The report raised concerns about the right to freedom of association in those sectors, as well as inadequate labor law enforcement in Peru, which has a free trade agreement with the U.S.

clock March 21, 2016Kristi Ellis

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