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Japanese Retailers Trumpet August Gains

Sales increased slightly, with cooler weather spurring apparel purchases.

Another Factory Fire in Dhaka

Fire authorities told WWD that some workers who escaped in panic were injured, but there were no fatalities, and that they were able to control the fire.

Gap Files Report on Myanmar Factories

The factories selected to produce clothing for Gap Inc., the first U.S. retailer to reenter Myanmar since sanctions were eased, experienced early problems.

Brazil Economy Enters Recession in Blow to Rousseff

Latin America's largest economy last saw comparable contraction during global financial crisis.

U.S. Sets Key Accords With Myanmar

The Aug. 25 report, titled “Responsible Sourcing in Myanmar,” was released on Thursday by the U.S. Embassy.

Accord Readies to Complete Factory Inspections

There is an increasing level of urgency for the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to complete its inspections by the September deadline.

Bangladesh Accord Decision on Inspections Stirs Concern

Duplication of factory inspections was one of the major worries of apparel manufacturers when the two groups were formed last year.

West Coast Ports Talks Near Contract

After more than three months of negotiations, a key labor contract covering the West Coast ports is one step closer to completion

Homeland Security Warns of Expanded Data Breaches

The department estimates that more than 1,000 U.S. businesses have been infiltrated by malicious point-of-sale software.

WTO Rules Against Argentina in Import Dispute

The U.S. claimed victory Friday in the dispute, which challenged widespread licensing restrictions maintained by Argentina on the importation of U.S. goods.

ITC Patent Case Reflects Tech's New Role

As new technologies come into play, so do new legal woes, as evidenced by the patent infringement case aimed at 17 U.S. and European brands and retailers.

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