August 29, 2012

Financial · Leadership

Gildan’s President and Chief Executive Officer Initiates 10b5-1 Plan

Montréal, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) today announced that Glenn J. Chamandy, President and CEO, has entered into a pre-arranged share disposition plan, under which he has authorized and directed a U.S. financial institution to sell up to 2.75 million of his total of 9.8 million common shares of Gildan, over a maximum 24-month period beginning on December 17, 2012. Accordingly, no disposition of shares will take place before the Company has reported its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and full year results and initiated its sales and earnings guidance for fiscal 2013.

This share disposition plan was adopted in accordance with the guidelines under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and guidelines for Automatic Securities Disposition Plans under applicable Canadian securities laws. Plans established pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 permit insiders of a corporation to sell shares over a predetermined period of time, subject to predetermined volume and price parameters. A plan can only be established when the insider participating in the plan is not in possession of material non-public information. Once a plan is established, the insider retains no discretion over sales under the plan. Mr. Chamandy will disclose publicly the sales under this plan through Form 144 filings as required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and through insider reports filed on SEDI as required under Canadian securities laws.

Subsequent to the sale of shares under the 10b5-1 plan, Mr. Chamandy will remain one of the largest investors in Gildan, with approximately 5.7% of the outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis. Mr. Chamandy’s investment in Gildan will continue to comprise the majority of his personal net worth and he has reiterated his personal commitment to continuing to lead Gildan’s growth strategy, as well as his confidence in the future prospects for the Company. Mr. Chamandy also noted that he had increased his shareholdings in Gildan by an aggregate of 2.6 million shares in December 2008 and February 2009 and that he currently views the position he will hold in Gildan subsequent to implementing the 10b5-1 plan as a core shareholding position.

About Gildan

Gildan is a marketer and globally low-cost vertically-integrated manufacturer of quality branded basic family apparel. Gildan® is the leading activewear brand in the printwear market in the U.S. and Canada, and is increasing its penetration in international markets, such as Europe, Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region. We are also one of the largest suppliers of athletic, casual and dress socks sold to a broad spectrum of retailers in the U.S. The Company markets its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including Gildan®, Anvil®, Gold Toe®, PowerSox®, SilverToe®, Auro®, All Pro® and GT®. We are also the exclusive U.S. sock licensee for the Under Armour® and New Balance® brands. The Company is now pursuing a strategy to become a major supplier of basic branded activewear and underwear for U.S. retailers. In addition to supplying retailers, Gildan also manufactures select activewear programs for leading consumer brands. With over 30,000 employees worldwide, Gildan owns and operates highly efficient, large-scale, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing facilities in Central America and the Caribbean Basin and has taken initial steps towards the potential development of a manufacturing hub in Asia to support its planned growth in Asia and Europe. More information on the Company can be found on Gildan’s website at and more information on its corporate citizenship practices can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements

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