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Women Unleash Their Pent Up Demands (For Better Wardrobes)

American retailers rejoiced over the uptick in women’s apparel sales last year—up 3%, after only 1.5% growth in 2011. As reported by Sourcing Journal, the increasingly casual U.S. workplace* spurred a rush for dresses and denim, but The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch reports that a colorful trend, and demand for quality over quantity also motivated spending….

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“Growing” Population is Harder to Size, Say UK and U.S. Retailers

By 2025, 40% of the U.S. and 35% of the UK is likely to be obese—a startling statistic that will affect not only our health, but the size of our clothes. The fashion industry has struggled to ensure sizing consistency since the 1940s, when tailored clothing was largely replaced by ready-to-wear, but the rapidly growing size of the population has thrown yet another wrench in the works….

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