Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review

Apparel employment picked up this year—as did port traffic. China remains the No. 1 supplier for U.S. imports, but Vietnam is rapidly catching up.

On the retail front, upscale major emporiums fared well, while results were mixed for specialty chains. And some new stores opened up in some of Los Angeles’ prime retail destinations, while traditional regional malls continued to struggle.

In this issue, the editors of California Apparel News take a look back at 2011 by the numbers.

Major Retailers Rebound

Drama and Solid Sales at Specialty Stores

Jobs Market Showed Signs of Picking Up

Vacancy Rates Down in Many Areas in 2011

U.S. Textile and Apparel Shipments Show Healthy Gains

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