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China, the world's top cotton consumer, has announced a significant reduction to its 2015 cotton import quota to boost demand for domestical...
The second day of the annual World Retail Congress in Paris has shifted its focus onto cohesive supply chains, sustainable consumption, and...
A positive change in retail sales is expected over the next 12 months, with growth in North America, the Middle East, China and Africa offse...
The great and the good of the retail industry have converged on Paris for three days for the annual World Retail Congress. New technologies,...
Not content with dominating the global exporting landscape, China is now switching its focus to growth in domestic consumption. And according to Li & Fung chairman William Fung, this is likely to lead to “a rather bumpy ride” for the apparel industry.
It's no wonder sporting goods giant Nike is feeling bullish about its long-term growth opportunities, after booking what has been described as a "flawless" performance in the first quarter. And what's more, the company is looking to raise the bar even higher in the future.
After reporting its return to a full-year profit earlier this week, Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit Holdings has outlined the next stage in its 'transformation strategy', aimed at helping the company become faster and more efficient in its business processes.
A long-standing investment between two Hong Kong based companies - Crystal Group and Pacific Textiles Holdings - to set up a new fabric mill in Vietnam is nearing completion. Add in Crystal Group's new garment manufacturing facilities, and the site is expected to be the largest vertical textile and garment operation in the country.
Long touted as "the next big thing", wearable technology has until now been held back by concerns ranging from cost to style, comfort and privacy issues - and of course the limitations of the devices themselves. But the sector may finally be reaching the tipping point that moves it into the mainstream.
Urban Outfitters has set out ambitious plans to double its topline sales by 2020 through an expanded product offering, enhanced customer experience, and wider distribution. The news has been met with a mixed reaction from analysts.
3D body scanners were first used to generate detailed size and shape data back in the late 1990s, and have since had a key role to play in helping retailers and brands create better-fitting garments. But as the technology improves, costs come down and the systems get smaller, the door is opening on a myriad of new opportunities, as Size Stream vice president David Bruner explains.
China is to slash its cotton import quotas in 2015 to the mandatory WTO-approved import quota of 894,000 tonnes, in a bid to boost demand for domestic cotton and cut its huge stockpiles of the fibre.
Tesco today (22 September) revealed a GBP250m (U$408.1m) profit overstatement in its first-half accounts, pushing shares down nearly 8% in early trading. The “serious issue” has resulted in the reported suspension of four senior executives. Tesco has now launched an independent review. Analysts offer their thoughts on the news.
A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.
The Indian government's promised reform of the country's labour laws has moved a step closer with the publication of a list of interim plans.
Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term implications if the country decides to go independent, and the impact it will have on their businesses. Katie Smith takes a closer look.
UK retailer JD Sports Fashion this morning (17 September) revealed a “record” set of first-half results that beat market expectations. But while the group saw momentum pick up at its Outdoor arm, and strong progress at its UK and European sports fascias, the retailer continues to experience difficulties at its fashion unit. Overall, analysts offered a positive view of the trading update.
Home shopping group N Brown this morning (16 September) reported a "mellow" first-half performance, with sales slipping as it continues with a number of strategic changes. While some analysts described the results as "disappointing", others remained upbeat about the retailer's future growth, forecasting a "healthier" second-half.
After booking a "stellar" first-half performance, UK fashion giant Next Plc has detailed the progress it has made in upgrading the quality and design of its product ranges, new and improved sources of supply and the introduction of premium priced merchandise.
Against an improving economic backdrop, and its strongest first-half sales increase for many years, Next Plc continues to excel. Although analysts have applauded the latest set of results, questions remain over how long the UK apparel retailer can maintain double-digit earnings growth for.
US retailers ramped up stocks for the start of the back-to-school season in July, pushing apparel imports for the month up by 13.4%, according to the latest data. But while China and Vietnam were the biggest beneficiaries of these gains, shipments from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Cambodia tumbled.
Against an improving economic backdrop and a highly promotional retail environment, back-to-school shopping helped to push comparable store sales up for most US apparel chains in August.
Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co is aiming to remove the logos from its garments on sale in North America by next spring as it focuses instead on more on-trend merchandise.
The Chinese government faces a number of serious challenges if it is to maintain the country’s recent rapid economic growth in the longer term, says a new report.
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