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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

The 25 garment workers and labour activists were freed earlier this year. Photo credit: LICADHOLong-running SL Garment dispute settled 21 November 2014

A long-running dispute at Cambodian clothing factory SL Garment, which resulted in the death of one person after violent clashes broke out between workers and armed forces, has been settled.

GapGap unveils management changes as Q3 profit rises 21 November 2014

US clothing giant Gap Inc has shaken up its management team by promoting two executives to lead its namesake and Banana Republic brands globally, after booking an increase in third-quarter net profit.

The companyDestination XL Group Q3 loss deepens 21 November 2014

Big and tall men's wear retailer Destination XL Group has seen its third-quarter loss widen, despite booking an increase in sales.

Comparable store sales increased 6.9% in the third quarter Foot Locker books "solid" Q3 profit 21 November 2014

US speciality athletic retailer Foot Locker has delivered a "solid" performance in the third-quarter, thanks to better than expected comparable store sales.

Top stories this week on just-style... 21 November 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the revelation that adults in Uzbekistan have been forced to pick cotton during this year's harvest, new scenarios are driving sustainability in textiles, and Archroma launches eco-friendly dyes.

Perry Ellis said it remains committed to driving value for its shareholders Perry Ellis defends position after narrowing Q3 loss 21 November 2014

US apparel business Perry Ellis has moved to defend its position amid shareholder pressure after narrowing its loss in the third-quarter, helped by improved margins.

Apparel prices fell 0.2 month-on-monthUS apparel prices continue to fall 21 November 2014

Apparel prices in the US continued on their downward trajectory in October, falling for the third consecutive month, according to new figures.

Fewer consumers are expected to shop over Thanksgiving weekend this year Fewer US consumers to shop over Thanksgiving 21 November 2014

Although fewer US consumers are expected to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend this year, there will be a "sea change" with the ones that do as they will rely on deep discounts from retailers to get them spending.

From left to right: Mariel Brown, Seymourpowell; Simon Bennett, Fox Williams; Lord Stone of Blackheath, International Trade Council; Amy Winters, Rainbow Winters; Lasse Wassermann, Google X UK fashion sector prospects depend on partnerships 20 November 2014

Another industry event looking at prospects for the British fashion industry has homed in on the need for partnership and collaboration if the sector is to thrive once more. Industry experts suggest working together on domestic manufacturing, rebuilding sector skills and technology trends, reports Katie Smith.

Mothercare said it remains "committed" to fixing the UK business Mothercare making progress as moves to H1 profit 20 November 2014

Mothercare still has to achieve a "significant" recovery in sales densities, an analyst has said, despite the UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer returning to profit in the first half.

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