January 11, 1999
News Release 99-007


Restructuring in the Russian minerals and metals sector, the growth of nonstore retailing, and competitive strategies in the U.S. apparel industry are among the topics explored in the current issue of Industry Trade and Technology Review (ITTR), a quarterly publication of the U.S. International Trade Commission's Office of Industries.

Industry, Trade, and Technology Review (ITTR) contains articles originating from research and analysis conducted by International Trade Commission (ITC) staff as part of its responsibilities to provide advice and technical information on industry and trade issues. The ITTR provides analysis of important issues and insights into the global position of U.S. industries, the technological competitiveness of the United States, and implications of trade and policy developments.

The ITTR is a publication of the Office of Industries. The opinions and conclusions it contains are those of the authors and are not the views of the Commission or of any individual Commissioner.

The current issue (December 1998) includes the following articles:

Impediments to Competitiveness In Russia's Minerals and Metals Sector -- Although Russia has a number of high quality mineral deposits and an experienced mining workforce, the sector faces impediments to restructuring its production facilities. The minerals and metals sector is important to the Russian economy because it accounts for an estimated 25 percent of exports and employs over 1.5 million people. This article examines some impediments facing the sector, focusing on current conditions and restraints on imports from Russia in foreign markets.

Nonstore Retailing: Alternative Retailers Attracting Customers -- Nonstore retailing, which includes catalog mail order, television home shopping, Internet retailing, vending machines sales, and direct sales, is growing in popularity. This article examines factors contributing to the rapid growth of domestic and international nonstore retailing, advantages and challenges associated with this emerging trend, and the degree of global adoption of these new retailing methods.

Apparel Sourcing Strategies for Competing in the U.S. Market -- In response to consumer demands for quality products at competitive prices, apparel retailers and producers are changing their production and marketing strategies. This article discusses the changing U.S. apparel retail market, the growing role of foreign sourcing by U.S. retailers and apparel producers, and the importance of such sourcing trends in the men's dress shirt market.

In addition, the publication includes an appendix charting key performance indicators for the steel, automobile, aluminum, flat glass, and services industries.

Industry Trade and Technology Review (USITC Publication 3153, December 1998) will be posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov. A cumulative list of articles published in the report series is also posted. The ITTR will also be available at regional federal depository libraries in the United States. To request a printed copy of the ITTR or to be added to the mailing list, contact the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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