Ivan Castano

Real Estate

Chile’s Cencosud, Other Mall Operators Eye IPOs

The company operates 25 malls in Chile, 22 in Argentina, four in Peru and two in Colombia.

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Brazilian Footwear Group Arezzo Steps Up U.S. Expansion

Arezzo already operates six stores in the U.S., mainly for its Schutz and Alexandre Birman labels.

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Brazil’s Embattled Victor Hugo ‘Not Another Daslu’

The luxury retailer has had its assets blocked by the government for allegedly not paying its taxes.

clock January 17, 2019Ivan Castano


Falabella Earmarks $4.2 Billion for Digital Push, Expansion

The funds will go toward IT, logistics and store openings.

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Government and Trade

Honduran Apparel Workers Welcome New Wage Pact

The agreement sets an 8 percent wage increase and also sets a 7.5 percentage average annual wage jump from 2020 to 2023.

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Brazil’s Restoque Emerges From Recession        

The high-end fashion chain is benefiting from a restructuring program as, in Mexico, retailers search for possible M&A targets.

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Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro watches a aerial performance by the private pilots' group "Esquadrilha do Ceu" or "Sky Squadron", at Barra beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, . Bolsonaro appeared in public Tuesday for the first time as president-elect. He visited a church led by ultraconservative pastor Silas Malafaia and spoke briefly to the faithful on stage. "I am sure that I am not the most capable, but God capacitates the chosen ones," he saidBolsonaro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 31 Oct 2018

Business Features

What Bolsonaro’s Win Might Mean for Brazilian Retail, Fashion

Analysts believe the victory could boost the economy — and thus help retailers — but designers worry the new president’s far-right policies could impact creative freedom.

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Central American migrants walking to the U.S. start their day departing Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, . Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern MexicoCentral America Migrant Caravan, Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico - 21 Oct 2018

Government and Trade

Honduras’ 2020 Development Plan Questioned as Migrant Caravan Swells

President Trump on Monday renewed threats to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the 7,000-strong caravan.

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Sears Mexico Enjoying Growth While U.S. Peer Collapses

The Sears banner accounts for the lion’s share of Grupo Sanborns’ sales, with 47 percent. Its 95 stores operate in 837,000 square meters, or a total of 9 million square feet.

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Government and Trade

USMCA Seen Having Neutral Impact for Canadian Apparel

The deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement is expected to have little impact on the U.S.’ northern neighbor.

clock October 17, 2018Ivan Castano

Government and Trade

USMCA May Help Shield U.S. Brands from Mexican Copycats

The proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact sets tougher intellectual property protection rules, which would help fashion brands protect their trademarks in Mexico.

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Parfums Christian Dior Bucks Mexico’s Slump With Flagship Opening

The market is struggling as a result of the election of a new president and uncertainty over NAFTA.

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Government and Trade

Bilateral Trade Deal Largely Positive for Mexican Textiles, Says Negotiator

Perhaps the biggest triumph of the bilateral agreement is a separate enforcement chapter to tame a ballooning contraband and subvaluation trade.

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Iguatemi has 17 high-end shopping centers around Brazil.


Latin American Retailers Coppel, Iguatemi Seek $2B Amid Uncertainty

Both companies aim to boost their working capital amid political uncertainties in Mexico and Brazil.

clock September 12, 2018Ivan Castano

President-elect of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arrives for a meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of China in Mexico Qiu Xiaoqi (out of frame), in Mexico City, Mexico, 02 August 2018. Obrador will seek the adjustment of the trade balance with China, for which a Mexican delegation will travel to the Asian countryLopez Obrador will seek adjustment of trade balance with China, Mexico City - 02 Aug 2018

Government and Trade

Mexican Textiles Pin Recovery on Incoming President Obrador

The president-elect’s anti-corruption pledge and promise to fund training programs gives Mexican apparel and textile firms hope they can turn around their fortunes.

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