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Stock destroyed after Bangladesh clothing factory blaze

Retailers are facing major delays after a fire destroyed a Bangladesh clothing factory that supplies garments to a number of big-name brands.

Zara, Uniqlo, Marks & Spencer and Gap are among the retailers supplied by the factory, as well as American Eagle Outfitters and Wal-Mart.

The blaze, which was allegedly started on purpose after a worker at the factory was killed in police custody, tore through the ten storey building in Gazipur, 25 miles north of Dhaka.

Owned by Standard Group of Companies, the factory is one of the largest in Bangladesh and the country’s biggest supplier to Gap, employing some 18,000 people.

The fire is the latest in a string of high-profile incidents from Bangladesh’s manufacturing business, where millions of workers are employed in an industry estimated to be worth around $22 billion and accounts for 80% of the country’s exports.

In April this year a clothing factory collapsed in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, killing more than 1,100 people.

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