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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

Sales volumes are expected to grow again next month, but at a slower pace UK retail sales see strongest growth in 26 years 19 December 2014

UK retail sales grew at their fastest pace for almost 26 years in December, thanks, in part, to robust growth at clothing retailers.


Basketball sales grew 24% in the five weeks to 6 DecemberBasketball shoes fare well this holiday season 19 December 2014

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.


Gross margin fell 140 basis points during the third quarter Finish Line cuts outlook despite Q3 profit growth 19 December 2014

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.


Top stories this week on just-style... 19 December 2014

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 "remain far apart on several issues"US port talks stagnate as parties "remain far apart" 19 December 2014

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.


RNB Retail and Brands triples Q1 profit 19 December 2014

Scandinavian retail business RNB Retail and Brands has seen its first-quarter profit more than triple, thanks to improved sales and margins.


UK consumer confidence falls to nine-month low 19 December 2014

Confidence among UK consumers in December fell to its lowest level since March, according to the latest figures.


The volume of sales at textile, clothing and footwear stores increased 4.9%Black Friday boosts UK clothing retail sales 18 December 2014

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 fell 1.1% month-on-month  in November US apparel prices drop even further 18 December 2014

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.


Icer Brands selects ERP to support expansion 18 December 2014

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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