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In her role as news editor at just-style, Katie Smith oversees the site's daily news feed, researching and writing news and analyses, tracking down exclusive stories, and interviewing industry executives for their insight into the key stories.
With a post-graduate qualification in magazine journalism, Katie honed her business knowledge on just-style's sister titles just-food and just-auto.
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The most-read stories on just-style last week included the possible sale of Adidas's Reebok brand, figures that suggest UK textile sector wages and productivity are the lowest of all the country's manufacturing industries, and reports that structural issues may have been to blame for the collapse of a Cambodian garment factory.
An initial risk inspection on a Cambodia clothing factory which collapsed earlier this week injuring eight people suggests structural issues may have been to blame.
In an unsurprising announcement this-morning (23 October), troubled UK retail behemoth Tesco posted a 92% decline in first-half profits, weighed down by its higher-than-expected accounting error. While many analysts believe Tesco can now draw a line under its darkest days, views are mixed on how fast a turnaround, if any, is likely for the business.
The latest evidence that unseasonably mild weather in the UK is having an adverse impact on retailers came today (23 October) as new figures showed a drop in clothing sales during September.
Textile and apparel brands, manufacturers and retailers assembled in London this week to discuss the prospects for Britain's fashion industry. Domestic manufacturing, sector skills, and wearable technology were among the main points discussed. Here is a selection of comments made at the keynote seminar, organised by the Westminster Media Forum.
Private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners has acquired a majority stake in luxury men's footwear and accessories business Harrys of London in a move that is expected to launch the brand into its next growth phase.
Yarn manufacturer Unifi has revealed plans to increase its texturing capacity in the US and Central America next year to meet growing demand for synthetic yarns in the CAFTA region.
An increase in wholesale sales has resulted in a 6.9% third-quarter net profit growth for US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands.
Industry veteran Steve Barker has been appointed to run the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) on an interim basis, while a search for a permanent leader is underway.
Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent has stepped down in light of the accounting error that has resulted in a 92% decline in first-half profit for the troubled UK retail giant.
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