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Trade group slams safety pact for Bangladesh

NEW YORK — The largest US retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry, saying it was a ‘‘one-size-fits-all’’ approach promoted by special interests.

The National Retail Federation’s statement came as more global retailers signed on to the pact backed by about 30 brands including Swedish retailer H&M and French retailer Carrefour. The five-year, legally binding contract requires them to help pay for fire safety and building improvements in Bangladesh.

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