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Government and Trade

Twin Storms Seen Denting Central America’s Apparel Exports

Estimates are that tropical storms Iota and Eta could cost the region $200 million in lost apparel exports to the U.S.

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Fashion Scoops

SPFW Fetes 25 Years With Digital Show on City’s Buildings, Monuments

The 11 clips commemorated key moments in the event’s 25-year history.

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Curvilinear shops create an easy flow and sense of discovery at El Palacio de Hierro.


Mexico’s El Palacio Moves to Limit Pandemic Losses With Online Push

The bulk of the strategy aims to correct snafus linked to online orders and delivery timelines, reconcile existing inventory with what the web site shows and improve the retailer’s ability to predict customer demand.

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Coronavirus Hits Latin American Luxury Sales

Luxury goods sales are seen declining by 30 percent or more in the region as Mexico and Brazil continue to see soaring cases of the virus.

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Fashion Scoops

Zara Pulls Mexican Clutch Amid Claims of Cultural Appropriation

Critics on social media said the bag is similar to the work of Mexican artisans.

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A general view showing the Mexico City skyline shrouded in air pollution, in Mexico City, Mexico, 17 May 2017. The first phase of environmental continence by ozone continues in the capital because of the high pollution rates recorded. Given this scenario, it has been decided to maintain phase one of environmental contingency by ozone in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico, integrated by Mexico City and municipalities of the States of Mexico and Hidalgo.Environmental pollution in Mexico City - 17 May 2017


Mexican Retailers See Big Losses, Discounts in Virus Aftermath

Sales are expected to gradually increase this month as the government allowed some retailers to resume operations, but the pandemic has resulted in a sharp drop in revenues.

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JK Iguatemi in São Paulo.


Brazilian Retailers Eye $4B in Aid to Survive Pandemic

São Paulo’s big malls, such as shopping JK Iguatemi, sprung back to life last week, alongside other retailers and high-street boutiques after the government decided to reopen Latin America’s largest economy.

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Central American Unions Demand Payment

Government and Trade

EXCLUSIVE: Central American Workers Demand $1.7B in Back Pay From U.S. Firms

Central American unions are launching a campaign to pressure U.S. companies sourcing apparel in the region to pay factories for canceled orders and provide a living wage until COVID-19 abates.

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COVID-19 Seen Wiping Out 50 Percent of Brazil’s Fashion Sales

Analysts are expecting steep declines at top retailers, which are rushing to boost e-commerce offerings to offset plunging brick-and-mortar traffic.

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Zara store


Inditex Ramps Up Logistic Hubs for Fashion ‘Demand Spike’

The retailer has three main logistic hubs in Spain, located in Madrid, Zaragoza and Arteixo, A Coruña, where it has its global headquarters.

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Police officers force close main streets of the downtown to cancel non-essential activities due to the COVID-19 health contingencyCoronavirus outbreak, Mexico City, Mexico - 01 Apr 2020

Government and Trade

Mexican Industry Sales Plunge 70 Percent Due to Pandemic

Nearly 320,000 jobs and 8,815 companies are in jeopardy.

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Mexican trucks that mainly transport automotive products await their turn to access the United States through the Ignacio Zaragoza International Bridge, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 31 May 2019. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador maintained the offer of dialogue before the announcement by US President Donald J. Trump to impose taxes on all Mexican products if it does not control the migratory flow.Mexico maintains diplomacy with the United States despite the fear of a trade war, Matamoros - 31 May 2019


Mexican Retailers, Maquilas Face Losses Amid Shutdowns, Lootings

Companies in Latin America are being hit by canceled orders and closures related to the virus as infections begin to grow.

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Spanish Fashion Retailers Face 7B Euros in Losses From Virus

Most shops, including those run by large chains such as Zara, Primark and H&M, shuttered over the weekend as the country imposed a 15-day curfew.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fashion Scoops

Sao Paulo Fashion Week Canceled

The October event, to mark Sao Paulo Fashion Week’s 25 anniversary, is still expected to take place.

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Government and Trade

Central America Manufacturers Eye Apparel Delays as Colombia, Brazil Rush to Replace China

Up to 70 percent of apparel shipments could be postponed in the next 30 days amid a shortage of cotton and synthetic yarn and thread to make apparel for U.S. sale.

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