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WTO Fails to Implement Trade Accord

World Trade Organization members failed to finalize implementation of a Trade Facilitation Agreement by the Friday deadline.

Addis Ababa Doubling in Size Gives Africa Another Hub: Cities

Planners predict the population of Addis Ababa and five satellite towns will more than double by 2040 to 8.1 million.

Hong Kong Retail Hinges on Welcoming Mainlanders, Hang Lung Says

Hong Kong’s retail sales dropped for five straight months since February amid a slowdown in visitor arrivals from the mainland.

Specialty Retailers, Discounters Boost Workforce

Apparel and accessories stores added a seasonally adjusted 6,900 jobs to employ 1.4 million in July.

China Manufacturing Hits Two-Year High

Manufacturing expanded in July at the fastest pace in more than two years, signaling a pickup in economic growth is strengthening.

President Obama to Host U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

A delegation of international apparel and textile companies and industry trade associations plan to participate.

German Jobless, Retail Data Point to Strong Domestic Economy

German unemployment dropped more than expected in July and retail sales climbed in June.

U.S. Government Warns Retailers About Malicious Software

The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security warned retailers about a type of malicious software attacking point-of-sales systems, dubbed "Backoff."

Amazon to Invest Additional $2B in India

Investment comes as e-commerce race heats up.

Obama Steps Up Sanctions Against Russia

The new round of U.S. sanctions targets key banks and a defense technology firm.

NLRB Rules for Bergdorf Goodman in Union Case

The decision indicated that the board is taking decisions about union bargaining units within stores on a case-by-case basis.

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