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Government and Trade

Blockchain-Driven Sustainability Platform Unveiled by U.N. Agency

The U.N. Economic Commission of Europe has launched a platform that provides traceability and transparency solutions for tracking any garment or item of footwear.  

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Government and Trade

Shiseido Surges in Trademark Applications, L’Oreal Slides

The latest application metrics by the Geneva-based WIPO show that fashion and beauty companies worldwide were active filers.

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Government and Trade

Retail Global Foreign Direct Investment Plunges Due to COVID

Foreign direct investment in the retail/apparel sector fell by more than 50 percent and is expected to decline again in 2021, a U.N. study said.

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Asian Garment Sector Struggles in COVID-19’s Wake

An ILO report found massive declines in exports from 10 key producing countries.

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Government and Trade

Retail, Wholesale Job Losses Worsened in Second Quarter

An ILO report warns a second wave of the coronavirus could derail an economic recovery in the second half of 2020.

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Government and Trade

Textile, Apparel Trade Plunges 12 Percent, Study Says

A U.N. agency projects global trade overall in value terms will contract by 27 percent in the second quarter.

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Few shoppers are seen inside a shopping mall amid a new virus outbreak in New Delhi, India, . For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illnessVirus Outbreak, New Delhi, India - 17 Mar 2020


232 Million Retailers, Wholesalers Imperiled by Pandemic, ILO Says

The retail and wholesale sector has been the hardest hit globally, according to the International Labour Organization.

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Government and Trade

COVID-19 Crisis Triggering Huge Losses in Textile, Apparel Sector

Quarantine measures and factory and retail store closures have significantly suppressed consumer demand, leading to sharp cutbacks in orders.


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A container ships sails in the East Lamma Channel on his way to Hong Kong in Hong Kong, 11 July 2018. According to reports, Hong Kong's finance minister Paul Chan said the short-term impact on the city of China's escalating trade war with the United States would be limited to a dip in growth of just 0.1 or 0.2 of a percentage point. According to reports, US President Donald Trump announced on 10 July that US is preparing to impose 10 percent tariffs worth 200 billion US dollars on imported goods from China.A container ships sails the East lamma Channel, Hong Kong, China - 11 Jul 2018

Government and Trade

WTO Warns Apparel Trade to Plummet in 2020

The World Trade Organization said overall global trade could drop between 13 and 32 percent due to the crisis.

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L’Oréal Tops Trademark Applications

Shiseido, Abercrombie & Fitch Europe and Louis Vuitton were second, third and fourth, respectively, in the number of trademark applications made last year, a study found.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, informs the media about updates regarding the novel coronavirus during a new press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, March 9, 2020. World Health Organization (WHO) press conference on coronavirus,m COVID-19, Geneva, Switzerland - 09 Mar 2020

Government and Trade

Global FDI Seen Plummeting by Up to 40 Percent

The demand shock will be the biggest factor pushing down investment in all sectors, including services, as earnings plummet.

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Government and Trade

25 Million Jobs Under Threat From Pandemic, ILO Says

The retail, travel and tourism sectors are seen as especially vulnerable to job losses as a result of the crisis.

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A Chinese factory worker in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia province.


Global Textile, Apparel Sector Seen Taking $1.5B Hit From Coronavirus

A U.N. report estimated that the total impact on exports in global value chains from the virus will be up to $50 billion.

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Pedestrians wait to cross a traffic intersection at the Central Business District in Beijing, . China's 2018 trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion but exports contracted in December as the delayed impact of President Donald Trump's tariff hikes started to depress demand. Global exports shrank 4.5 percent in December, reflecting weak consumer demandTrade, Beijing, China - 14 Jan 2019

Government and Trade

China Exports Plunge After U.S. Tariffs

Shipments from China fell 25 percent in the first half of 2019, including a steep decline in textile and apparel exports.

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Government and Trade

Fashion Trademark Applications Leap, China Drives IP Activity

The increase in fashion applications worldwide stems from companies’ desire to protect their trademarks, officials at the World Intellectual Property Organization said.

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