24 September 2014 - Minimum wages are being further raised in Asia, but actual impact strongly differs, depending on low-cost countries. Our newly updated statistical report offers a comparative view of minimum wages in a large number of apparel manufacturing countries on all continents. Minimum salaries are available in US$ per month, including latest increases compared with their level on January 1st.
23 September 2014 - Inflation rates remain under control in low-cost countries with the rebound of the US dollar possibly boosting consumer price indices, however. 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.
19 September 2014 - US retail sales have recovered in August, with July data revised upward, in addition. A good sign for the back-to-school period. Our monthly report covers latest comparable sales data released by a series of US apparel chains and department stores. It also includes official monthly data for clothing stores and other sectors, consumer confidence index, and unemployment rate. Historical data are available for download.
18 September 2014 - Exporting and importing countries are more or less dependent on a small -or large- number of destinations and origins. They are also more or less far away from customers and suppliers. We have extracted concentration indexes and distances from the statistical database of the International Trade Commission (ITC) in order to rank the first hundred apparel exporting and importing countries in both knit and woven categories, offering a comprehensive view of the global clothing market.
3 September 2014 - Retail sales are now decelerating on the three largest European markets, reflecting a fall in prices. Our monthly report covers textile and clothing retail sales on the three largest markets in the European Union (Germany, U.K. and France), with historical data available for download.
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