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Retail Employment is Shrinking—or Is It?

In the nine months ending September 2017, U.S. employers added a total of 1.3 million jobs, pushing unemployment down to 4.2%, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. During this same period, the retail industry suffered a net decrease of 72,000 jobs,……...

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Market DataCotton Data

Harvey Drives Up Cotton Prices in Last Days of August

Cotton prices rose sharply in the last few days of August, ending the month at 70.96 cents, almost 4 cents per pound, or about 5.6%, higher than at the end of July, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Uncertainty over the……...

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Apparel Imports Drop for Second Consecutive Month

Stubborn price deflation and shifting consumer tastes in favor of experiences like travel and dining over shopping, have been pressuring demand despite healthy job growth and strong economic indicators.

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