27 January 2015 - The ongoing TPP negotiations are expected to offer Vietnam's apparel exports a duty-free access to the US market. Depending on rules of origin which will be eventually decided, impact will be different for the global clothing market and for textile exporters in Asia, as reflected by a just released study by Standard Chartered Research. The fate of Bangladesh apparel industry is also depending on these negotiations, as Vietnam has become its strongest and direct rival on the global market. Standard Chartered has released its statistical forecast for the coming 10 years, with two scenarios, depending on the more or less flexible rules of origins.
23 January 2015 - Inflation rates could further retreat to even lower levels in apparel exporting countries in 2015, partly due to the decline of crude oil and gas prices. Our monthly report offers a comparison of inflation rates in low-cost countries, with historical data available back to June 2007. Impact of currency changes is calculated to assess real consequences for exports of higher or lower inflation rates.
20 January 2015 - Textile production prices have more sharply declined in December in China, whereas clothing production prices were more clearly increasing. Our monthly report offers a statistical view of production costs and consumer prices in China, including in textile and clothing sectors. Labor costs in major provinces are also being followed.
2 January 2015 - Most currencies of leading apparel exporting countries remained very stable against the US dollar in 2014. By contrast, the dramatic fall of the euro and the decline of the Sterling may negatively affect the European clothing import market in 2015. Our monthly statistical report displays a comprehensive view of currency values against the US dollar but also v. the euro, the British pound, the Indian and Pak rupees, and the Chinese renminbi.
18 December 2014 - Inflation rates clearly fell to lower levels in India and Pakistan in November, whereas they rebounded in Indonesia and Turkey, by contrast. Our monthly report offers a comparison of inflation rates in low-cost countries, with historical data available back to June 2007. Impact of currency changes is calculated to assess real consequences for exports of higher or lower inflation rates.
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