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Asos FY profit drop: What the analysts say

Online apparel retailer Asos this morning (21 October) booked a mixed set of full-year results as sales soared but profits fell due to a com...

Marks & Spencer to extend mobile phone monitoring

Retailer Marks & Spencer is planning to extend a programme that allows it to survey workers in its clothing supplier factories on their mobi...

Outdoor industry's future must be more inclusive

"The outdoors is not just for the hardcore outdoorsman," declared NPD's chief industry analyst for sports and leisure trends, Marshal Cohen,...

China tightens on corporate social responsibility

Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environm...


Colombia trade minister vows to aid struggling exporters 21 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Colombia's Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Cecilia Alvarez-Correa has pledged to support the country's beleaguered textile exporters at a time when imports outpace exports three-to-one.


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 20 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

More than 180 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people last year.


ANALYSIS: Factoring - a lifeline for apparel suppliers? 15 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

The role played by factoring in the apparel supply chain came under the spotlight last week with reports suggesting that factoring companies have scaled back on coverage to vendors supplying department store retailer Sears Holdings. However, the transaction offers a lifeline to many apparel makers, and is seeing a resurgence as a major source of capital for the industry.


Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc 14 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.


Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments 14 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.


Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork 14 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.


Potential operational paralysis ahead for Tesco 13 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

The audit report of Tesco's commercial teams could, analysts believe, create operational paralysis for Tesco ahead of the very busy Christmas build-up.


Vietnam surges ahead in US apparel import gains 10 Oct 2014

Leonie Barrie

Spurred on by the back-to-school season and fears of potential disruption to shipments of holiday merchandise amid the dockworkers contract dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports in August reached their highest level in more than a year.


US apparel retailers' September 2014 sales roundup 10 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

As back-to-school shopping tailed off in the first part of September, so too did sales for many US apparel retailers. Negative surprises from the likes of Gap, outweighed better-than-expected results from retailers such as L Brands & Zumiez.


European suppliers see investment key to new business 10 Oct 2014

Katie Smith

High prices, lack of government investment and an ageing workforce are among the challenges faced by European textile and garment producers. But exhibitors at the annual Fashion SVP sourcing event in London are choosing to invest in new machinery and people in the hope of opening up new opportunities. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


IAF convention calls for innovation and fashion inclusion 9 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Global apparel brands must boost innovation and put customers at the centre of their growth strategies in order to survive an increasingly challenging market, industry executives said at the International Apparel Federation's 30th Fashion Convention in Colombia last week.


ANALYSIS: Gap leadership change marks new digital direction 9 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant, look no further than the company's new leadership change.


N Brown H1 profit drop: What the analysts say 9 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group saw its share price slump 12.9% this morning (9 October) after it revealed a decline in first-half earnings as a result of a number of business changes. Analysts offered a mixed view of the results.


WRC 2014: 10 'disruptors' of concern for global retailers 2 Oct 2014

Michelle Russell

Disruption was the central theme at this year's World Retail Congress in Paris, covering everything from the innovation of new businesses to the latest generation of millennial shoppers. Indeed, it's an issue of key concern for global retailers, as Steve Sadove, chairman of the National Retail Federation and former Saks CEO, explains.


Clothing concerns raised over EU-Canada trade pact 2 Oct 2014

Poorna Rodrigo

Euratex, the Brussels-based European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has hailed the completion of negotiations for a European Union - Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) - but says it regrets that origin rules have been weakened for 15 clothing products under the deal.


Opinion divided on impact of China cotton import cuts 30 Sep 2014

Jens Kastner

China, the world's top cotton consumer, has announced a significant reduction to its 2015 cotton import quota to boost demand for domestically-produced fibre. But experts disagree on whether the policy could pose risks for textile and clothing manufacturers.


World Retail Congress 2014 Day Two: Quote/unquote 30 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

The second day of the annual World Retail Congress in Paris has shifted its focus onto cohesive supply chains, sustainable consumption, and how new design and R&D models are shaping the industry.


WRC 2014: Retail confidence up despite economic uncertainty 30 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

A positive change in retail sales is expected over the next 12 months, with growth in North America, the Middle East, China and Africa offsetting a slowdown in some global regions, according to findings from research revealed at the World Retail Congress by Monash University. Most notably, Western Europe is seen as offering the worst prospects for retail growth.


World Retail Congress 2014 Day One: Quote/unquote 30 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

The great and the good of the retail industry have converged on Paris for three days for the annual World Retail Congress. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and new business models are all on the agenda, and the 'disruptive consumer' is a key talking point.


Li & Fung: China consumption growth to bring major change 29 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

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.


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