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Factory safety plan may stall in Bangladesh

Most US firms balk, though Europeans join

NEW YORK — Foreign clothing chains on Tuesday agreed to a historic pact to improve factory conditions in Bangladesh, but US retailers were scrambling to come up with their own safety plans.

More than a dozen brands plan to sign a five-year contract that requires they help pay for fire safety and building improvements. Missing were US companies, except for PVH, the New York parent of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.

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