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Sonya Dowsett

Patchy demand at stores spells more pain for garment suppliers

06 Jul 2020

MADRID/DHAKA Fashion brands and retailers re-opening around the world to patchy demand, and carrying unsold stock from spring have cut fall orders by as much as two-thirds in moves spelling more pain for Asian suppliers.

Generation COVID: The Spanish learners lost to lockdown

23 Jun 2020

MADRID Out of 31 pupils in one of Madrid teacher Clara Mijares' online classes last month, eight were missing. Two had not been seen for some time, she said, adding that this is a fairly typical ratio these days for her lockdown sessions for 12 to 16-year-olds.

Zara owner Inditex books first loss, shifts to big stores and online

10 Jun 2020

MADRID Zara owner Inditex booked its first loss as the coronavirus crisis forced it to shut most shops but its shares rose after it unveiled a 2.7 billion euro (£2.4 billion) plan to accelerate its focus on large stores and online sales. | Video

Ocean shipping shrinks as pandemic pummels retailers

05 Jun 2020

LONDON/LOS ANGELES/MADRID The $1 trillion container shipping industry is in a slowdown. Literally. | Video

Sell, stow or dump? Retailers wrestle with mountain of unsold stock

02 Jun 2020

MADRID/LOS ANGELES Forget fast or slow fashion, now it's ground to a halt. | Video

Trouble in paradise: Spanish holiday island reels from coronavirus

28 Apr 2020

MADRID On the tourism-dependent Spanish island of Mallorca, a total shutdown of hotels due to the coronavirus outbreak has destroyed livelihoods across the sector, from reception staff to farmers who provide food for restaurants.

Fashion giant Inditex working at reduced capacity despite loosened Spanish lockdown

13 Apr 2020

MADRID Employees at global fashion giant Inditex's 10 logistics centres in Spain - from where it sends garments to its stores worldwide - returned to work on Monday but only to less than half their normal levels of activity, workers said.

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