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India's labour law reforms edge a step closer

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...

Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence

Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term...

N Brown H1 trading update: What the analysts say

Home shopping group N Brown this morning (16 September) reported a "mellow" first-half performance, with sales slipping as it continues with...

Improved supplier capabilities benefit Next

After booking a "stellar" first-half performance, UK fashion giant Next Plc has detailed the progress it has made in upgrading the quality a...

Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts in Bangladesh 19 Sep 2014

Leonie Barrie

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.

JD Sports H1 trading update: What the analysts say 17 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

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.

Next H1: What the analysts say 11 Sep 2014

Katie Smith

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.

ANALYSIS: China and Vietnam lead US apparel imports in July 8 Sep 2014

Leonie Barrie

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.

US apparel retailers' August 2014 sales roundup 5 Sep 2014

Katie Smith

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.

IN THE MONEY: Abercrombie & Fitch to lose logos in fashion focus 2 Sep 2014

Leonie Barrie

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.

Major economic reforms needed in China: US report 2 Sep 2014

Richard Woodard

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.

Gap audits reveal compliance issues at Myanmar factories 1 Sep 2014

Leonie Barrie

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its decision to start sourcing garments from Myanmar/Burma. And the extent of these challenges has now been revealed.

RESEARCH: Wool makes a comeback as a 21st century fibre 1 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

While global wool production for the 2014/2015 year is forecast to be at its lowest level for 70 years, its prospects for future growth are positive, according to a new report from just-style.

SOURCING: Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains 29 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight. And with water scarcity posing a potential risk to the global cotton industry, the apparel supply chain is being urged to do more to tackle the fibre's huge water footprint.

ANALYSIS: Back-to-school spending a waiting game 29 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

The second biggest shopping season of the year is drawing to a close, but it appears many people have yet to wrap up their back-to-school buying. With consumers continuing to remain cautious about their spending, promotions and bargains are set to drive sales for clothing and footwear retailers this year - with those offering on-trend product likely to fare best.

SOURCING: Worldwide changes in cost competitiveness 28 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

Decisions on where to focus supply chains involve a complicated mix of wages, productivity, energy costs, currency values and other factors - all of which are quietly but dramatically redrawing the map of global manufacturing cost competitiveness, new research suggests.

IN THE MONEY: More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands 27 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the firm's strategy as it heads into the second half. Its focus will include more licensing deals and fewer acquisitions.

SOURCING: Li & Fung looks to new frontiers for growth 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Li & Fung has outlined a number of new frontiers the global sourcing giant is looking to explore as it works through its three-year roadmap, which it hopes will capture new customers in new categories and countries, and increase the group's cross-selling activities.

ANALYSIS: Better Work programme poised to expand 26 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

The Better Work programme is set to expand its activities and influence over the next few years in an effort to drive up working conditions across the global garment industry.

IN THE MONEY: Gap impressed with supply chain platforming progress 22 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Apparel giant Gap Inc has said it is impressed with how much progress it has made on its supply chain fabric platforming as it shifts its relationships from vendor-based to mill-based.

SOURCING: Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain 20 Aug 2014

Thomas Maresca

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh over the weekend.

ANALYSIS: Hazardous chemical removal a key industry issue 19 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Since Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report in 2011, revealing toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China, the environmental pressure group has been calling on apparel firms to remove these from their supply chains. While a number of companies have signed up to the group's Detox campaign, it appears there is still much more work to be done. just-style takes a look at the challenges of committing and the need for industry collaboration.

Who has signed up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign 19 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

In 2011, Greenpeace published its Dirty Laundry report, which found toxic chemicals in waste water discharges from two textile processing facilities in China supplying global apparel firms. Since then, the environmental pressure group has been calling on clothing brands to remove hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020 as part of its Detox challenge.

ANALYSIS: The potential impact of TPP on the US textile industry 18 Aug 2014

Leonie Barrie

There's no doubt the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has the potential to be a game-changer for both the US textile and apparel industries. For the US textile sector in particular, the inclusion of Vietnam in the pact is seen as a major threat - but new research suggests there may be more to fear from Japan.

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