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Trade Groups Applaud As Obama Signs 3 Free Trade Agreements

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Washington–President Barack Obama signed off today on three long-standing free trade agreements, deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that retail and manufacturer trade associations claim could be worth billions to U.S. exporters. The three deals, which were originally launched during the Bush administration, will bring to 20 the countries …

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Study: Rising Salaries, Career Moves Ahead for Fashion, Retail Professionals

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New York–Higher salaries, job mobility, and a strong emphasis on “quality of life” benefits are redefining the job market in retail and fashion, according to the Fifth Annual Retail Salary Survey released today. Conducted in collaboration with the 24 Seven Inc. and  the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the …

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Industry Associations Back Bill to Protect Fashion Design

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New York–Amended legislation that will provide three years of copyright protection to “unique and original” fashion designs has finally garnered the support of U.S. apparel, accessories and footwear manufacturers who had previously vowed to fight it. The “Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act” was introduced last week by U.S. …