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Retail groups split on factories in Bangladesh

NEW YORK — The nation’s largest retail industry organization fired back Friday, outlining reasons why a legally binding global pact to make Bangladesh clothing factories safer would subject merchants to undue legal exposure. The move came as US retailers face increasing pressure from a large coalition of religious groups and investors to work together to develop a plan.

‘‘It is a very complex set of issues and there is no simple solution,’’ said Bill Thorne, a spokesman for the retail trade group, in a media call with reporters Friday. ‘‘There is not one answer.’’ The National Retail Federation is leading a coalition of North American retail and apparel groups to develop an alternative broader proposal.

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