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Latest Wool Trading News - January 2020

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All of us at welcome you to the first edition of 2020. We wish you a safe and prosperous year ahead. Victor Chesky, Editor

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John Dawson, CEO NZWSI

It is with great sadness we acknowledge the passing of John Dawson, CEO of New Zealand Wool Services International and Chair of the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests. John passed way on Saturday, January 4, 2020, peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife Kathy and children Anna and Sam and his extended family. John worked at Mair Group from 1978 to 1992 and was appointed a director of Mair Wool in 1989....

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Stock losses from Australian bush fires

The Australian Federal Agriculture Minister, Bridget McKenzie, said they were working with State Governments to understand the level of catastrophe. It is feared that stock losses from the recent Australian bushfires will exceed 100,000, as farmers around the country begin to assess the fires’ impacts to their properties and livestock. Nine per cent of the national cattle herd and 12 per cent of the national sheep fl...

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AWI-Australian wool market review (17 January 2020)

Australian wool auctions returned after recess and some formidable gains were made from the outset of selling. Initial concerns regarding the very large quantity on offer proved unfounded as several buyers attacked the catalogues from the opening lot of selling. Three digit gains in values of mainly the Merino fleece sector were commonplace by the first hour. The three week break had obviously created some pent up de...

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New Zealand Wool Market Report (16 January 2020)

The first South Island sale of the year opened out on a fairly subdued note with buyers being cautious with their purchases. New seasons’ Lamb’s wool attracted a mixed response with buyers being more selective towards low VM, well grown styles. A limited offering of mid-micron wool saw keen bidding with buyers wanting to secure volumes on the back of very strong opening wool sales from across the Tasman this week. Co...

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Ruyi receives government investment

Ruyi Group Received $495 Million State-owned Investment. The investment provided a much-needed cash injection as Ruyi is facing a near 10 billion renminbi debt payable by 2020. City Urban Construction, a government state enterprise acquired 26% of Ruyi to become its second biggest shareholder.   In recent times, Shandong Ruyi acquired luxury fashion brands including Swiss shoe retailer Bally and French fashion group ...

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AWI reflects on past 3 months

AWI looks back at the last three months of trading in 2019 with the context of factors affecting the trade then, and now. The wool market had shown relative stability when compared to the extreme volatility that greeted the resumption of sales after the three-week winter break. In this, October monthly market intelligence report. Australian wool auction sales resumed in early August from the annual three-week Winter ...

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The year ahead: key points to watch in 2020 picks keys points and discusses the evolution of the international fashion industry over the next year. is a leading newspaper in economic information on the fashion business in Spain. The article below discusses the fashion business and where it is heading in a decade even crazier than the former, according to In 2020, the global fashion industry must continue with the transformation t...

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We’ve just had the best decade in human history

This article caught my attention. It was written by Matt Ridley, published in The Spectator and reprinted in The Australian. While I do not share many of his political views, in the current climate of so much gloom and doom it is good to reflect on some of the good things that have occurred.   So says Matt Riley – Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living throug...

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US and China sign deal to ease trade war

The US and China have signed an agreement aimed at easing a trade war that has rattled markets and weighed on the global economy. Speaking in Washington, US President Donald Trump said the pact would be “transformative” for the US economy. Chinese leaders called it a “win-win” deal that would help foster better relations between the two countries. China has pledged to boost US imports by $200bn above 2017 levels and ...

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Next lifts profit forecast

High Street retailer Next has increased its profit forecast after enjoying better than expected sales over the Christmas trading period. The company’s full-price sales rose by 5.2% from 27 October to 28 December, 1.1% ahead of its own expectations. It said that colder weather this November might have helped its sales performance. The firm now expects an annual profit of £727m, up by £2m – and an increase of 0.6% on t...

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Key Test Data Summary for December 2019

The monthly comparisons of Total Lots, Bales and Weight for December 2019 compared with the same period last season are: +13.0%, +16.5% and +16.8% respectively. The progressive comparison of Total Lots, Bales and Weight for July 2019 to December 2019 compared with the same period last season are: -6.8%, -5.5% and -5.1% respectively. AWTA Ltd has tested 153.1 mkg (million kilograms) this season compared with 161.3 mkg...

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Bank of America – global economy to bottom out next spring

Bank of America puts an end to the economic slowdown. The institution expects the global economy to bottom out next spring. The economic perspectives of the entity consider a progressive acceleration of the economy in the second half of 2020.   According to the bank, the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow above 3% in 2020, behind the growth rate of 3.8% of 2018. However, “several conditions have to be met,...

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in NZ

On his recent visit to New Zealand His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Campaign for Wool Patron, made a short visit during his busy schedule to meet some of the key people involved in the New Zealand wool industry.   HRH inspected and handled the fineness and softness of local wool and spoke at length with the Minister of Agriculture to understand the issues facing the wool industry, especially with strong wo...

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China Exports Plunge After U.S. Tariffs

Shipments from China fell 25 % in the first half of 2019, including a steep decline in textile and apparel exports. Punitive tariffs by the U.S. on Chinese imports are hurting American consumers, who are bearing the brunt of these measures in higher prices, and are also adversely affecting Chinese exporters, with shipments down by 25%, or $35 billion, in the first half of 2019, a U.N. report said. The study which exa...

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