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James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

Retailers Have Textile Trade On Their 2005 Agenda

By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced an agenda for 2005 that includes textile and apparel trade as one of its top issues. The NRF game plan for 2005 says retailers are strongly opposed to the US government's use of the safeguard mechanism in the Chinese WTO agreement to impose new quotas. And it calls for passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which is awaiting congressional action. NRF has filed responses to pending safeguards proposal and says it will continue to fight any other trade cases that restrict retailers ability to import merchandise from foreign sources.

NRF also says it will support efforts to address soaring health insurance costs, and it will fight a potentially devastating national retail sales tax.

NRF is the world's largest retail trade association with 1.4 million US retail establishments including department stores, specialty and discount stores and catalog companies. It also represents more than 100 state, national and international retail organizations.

January 2005