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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

Top stories last week on just-style... 24 October 2014

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.

Structural issues found at collapsed Cambodia factory 23 October 2014

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.

Analysts believe Tesco can now draw a line under its "darkest hours" Tesco's H1 profit plunge: What the analysts say 23 October 2014

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.

Unseasonably warm weather weighed on clothing sales for UK retailers last month UK clothing sales fall in warm September 23 October 2014

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.

John Miln, CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), was speaking at the seminar Prospects for the British fashion industry: Quote/unquote 23 October 2014

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 invests in Harrys of London 23 October 2014

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.

Unifi plans to grow its texturing capacity in the US and Central America Unifi to grow texturing capacity in CAFTA region 23 October 2014

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.

Wholesale sales boost Rocky Brands Q3 profit 23 October 2014

An increase in wholesale sales has resulted in a 6.9% third-quarter net profit growth for US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands.

Barker named interim leader of Outdoor Industry Association 23 October 2014

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.

TecoTesco chairman resigns as H1 profits plunge 92% 23 October 2014

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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