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Katie Smith

Katie SmithBiography

Katie Smith is a reporter for just-style and the newest member of the editorial team. Since she joined parent company Aroq Ltd she has written for both just-style and its sister site just-food, as well as completing a post-graduate training course in magazine journalism.

As part of her current role, Katie is building on her knowledge of the global apparel and footwear industry by generating, researching and writing news stories and insights.

Articles by Katie Smith

Gap is looking to grow its operating margin beyond 13% ANALYSIS: Responsive supply chain key to Gap's growth plans 23 April 2014

US clothing giant Gap Inc has set its sights on growing operating margin beyond 13%, as it looks to gain a larger share of the US$1.4 trillion global apparel market. Key to this is building a more responsive supply chain, seamless inventory, international expansion, and omni-channel capabilities.

UK: Sports Direct on track to hit full-year profit target 23 April 2014

UK retailer Sports Direct International says it is confident it will meet its full-year profit target, after booking a double-digit hike in fourth-quarter sales.

Like-for-like sales were up 4% during the first half UK: Primark hails "excellent" H1 performance 23 April 2014

UK value fashion retailer Primark has hailed what it described as an "excellent performance by any standard" during the first half, after booking a 26% hike in profit.

US: Bebe Stores forecasts wider Q3 loss 23 April 2014

Women's wear retailer Bebe Stores says it expects a wider third-quarter loss than first forecast, after winter storms and the late timing of Easter led to lower sales.

MEXICO: Walmex Q1 profit falls on higher costs 23 April 2014

Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, has blamed higher expenses and a shift in the timing of Easter for a 4.5% drop in first-quarter profit.

US: Skechers Q1 profit soars on higher sales 23 April 2014

Skechers USA has seen its first-quarter profit increase more than four-fold, on the back of double-digit sales growth and higher margins.

FRANCE: Etam sees 53% hike full-year profit 22 April 2014

Women's wear, lingerie and accessories retailer Etam Group has reported a 53% hike in annual net profit, despite a slight decline in sales.

Mulberry says it will introduce "more affordable new product"UK: Mulberry profit warning "underpins struggle" 17 April 2014

Mulberry has issued its second profit warning since Christmas, with one analyst saying it underpins the struggle it has had trying to transition itself from a luxury brand to an uber luxury label.

US: Gap to grow China sales to $1bn in three years 17 April 2014

Gap Inc says it expects sales in China to grow to US$1bn in three years to become the US retail giant's second-biggest market.

Sales of womenUS: Winter boosts women's apparel sales growth 17 April 2014

Double-digit growth in sales of outerwear and tailored clothing helped drive a 4% increase in women's apparel sales in the US last year.

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