February US Job Growth Strong, but Retail Employment Shrinks

In the last edition of this column we predicted that the new retail jobs created in late 2016 would likely not last based on early readings of fourth quarter store financials. Unfortunately, our predictions are coming true a little earlier than we thought.

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Despite TPP’s Bleak Future, US Gets “Intimate” with Vietnam

Vietnam has been the number three intimate apparel trading partner of the U.S. for the past several years, and in 2016 it was the fastest growing of any top ten trading partners in the category.

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Apparel Spending Sputters in Late 2016

Consumer spending has been rising faster than incomes, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Commerce data, but apparel has not benefitted from the increase.

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