Europe, U.S. retailers divided on Bangladesh reform plan
STOCKHOLM/CHICAGO - Major U.S. retailers including Gap Inc declined to endorse an accord on Bangladesh building and fire safety backed by Europe's two biggest fashion chains, a trans-Atlantic divide that may dilute garment industry reform efforts.
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