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Katie Smith

Katie SmithBiography

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.

Articles by Katie Smith

Hanesbrands Q4 performance "disappoints" 5 February 2016

US apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands delivered a somewhat disappointing fourth-quarter performance, as warmer weather hurt sales, and provided "conservative" guidance for fiscal 2016. 


Comparable store sales were subdued for US apparel retailers in January US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup 5 February 2016

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the holiday period, it's no surprise US apparel retailers suffered in January, with the majority reporting comparable store sales declines.


Analysts foresee no change at Ralph Lauren until May No catalyst for change forecast at Ralph Lauren until May 5 February 2016

Analysts have said there will be "no catalyst for sentiment change" at Ralph Lauren until May, after the US apparel giant lowered its full-year outlook and posted a double-digit decline in third-quarter net profit. 


Top stories this week on just-style... 5 February 2016

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a new report which found Syrian refugee workers in Turkish clothing factories that supply the likes of Next and H&M, renewed fears for worker safety after the latest garment factory fire in Bangladesh, and an update from Under Armour on its competitive positioning.


Hengstmann will work on Hugo Boss taps Hengstmann as sustainability chief 5 February 2016

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has appointed former Puma executive Reiner Hengstmann as senior head of global sustainability. 


Extended discounts helped UK fashion sales to grow in January UK fashion bounces back with "strong" sales in January  5 February 2016

UK retail sales bounced back in January from their worst Christmas since 2008, with fashion being the strongest performer, thanks to extended discounts during the month. 


Bangladesh fire highlights race to make factories safe 4 February 2016

A fire that broke out at a garment factory in Bangladesh that was supposedly "on track" with remedial action highlights the race against time to make Bangladesh's garment factories safe, according to one industry trade union. 


Sympatex extends seamless technology to occupational safety 4 February 2016

Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies is extending its innovative footwear laminate for use in the occupational safety sector.


The protective arc-flash rated rainwear fabric is durable, windproof and breathableGore engineers new protective rainwear fabrics 4 February 2016

Outdoor fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates has introduced what it describes as the "next generation" of protective arc-flash rated rainwear fabric.


Michael Kors "pleased" with Q3 despite profit drop  4 February 2016

Luxury lifestyle brand Michael Kors has said it is "pleased" with its third-quarter trading performance after sales were bolstered by strong growth in Japan, but profit slipped 3%. 


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