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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.
Articles by Katie Smith
UK retail sales grew at their fastest pace for almost 26 years in December, thanks, in part, to robust growth at clothing retailers.
Sales of athletic footwear, especially basketball shoes, are faring well in the US this holiday season, and its the premium price points that continue to drive the market.
US athletic apparel and footwear retailer The Finish Line has lowered its full-year earnings guidance, citing margin pressure, despite booking a 56% hike in third-quarter profit.
The most-read stories on just-style this week include updates from the Dhaka Apparel Summit, a look at the sourcing winners and losers of 2014, and Bangladeshi garment workers to trial an electronic wage system.
The two parties negotiating a new labour contract for US west coast dockworkers "remain far apart on several issues" amid continued disruption to the movement of cargo.
Scandinavian retail business RNB Retail and Brands has seen its first-quarter profit more than triple, thanks to improved sales and margins.
Confidence among UK consumers in December fell to its lowest level since March, according to the latest figures.
Promotions over the Black Friday weekend helped lift the volume of UK retail sales to a ten-year high in November, with clothing and footwear retailers among the main beneficiaries.
Apparel prices in the US fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, registering a deeper decline than the prior month, according to the latest figures.
Apparel licensee ICER Brands has chosen to implement Simparel's Enterprise software solution to help streamline operations, improve process controls and support its expansion.
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