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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 bars blocking exit through the windows (IndustriAll/Kentex fire fact-finding mission)Calls for investigation into Philippines factory fire 22 May 2015

The Philippine government is being urged to carry out a "full and detailed" investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fire at a footwear factory in the country earlier this month, which killed 72 workers.


One analyst believes a turnaround at the Gap brand may not take hold until mid 2016Gap brand sales continue to fall short 22 May 2015

US retail giant Gap Inc has seen first-quarter sales at its namesake brand fall at a faster pace than analysts had predicted, meaning that a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016.


Sales volumes at UK clothing retailers grew 8.7% in April Warmer weather sends UK clothing sales soaring 22 May 2015

Warmer weather and an early Easter helped to boost demand for clothing in April, with sales at UK retailers soared compared to the prior month.


Top stories this week on just-style... 22 May 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at where 3D design and prototyping is heading for textiles and apparel, Brandix being named PVH's global supplier of the year, and an insight on why broad-based policies are essential to improve working conditions in the garment industry.


L Brands lifts outlook after Q1 profit hike 21 May 2015

Victoria’s Secret and La Senza owner L Brands has raised its full-year earnings guidance after booking a near 60% hike in first-quarter net profit.


Soccer footwear and apparel sales were up a respective 14% and 57%Soccer apparel and footwear sales up in US 21 May 2015

With athletic apparel and footwear sales on the rise in the US, soccer is outperforming sports including baseball and American football, new research shows.


Mixed UK factory gate prices for apparel 21 May 2015

The output price index for all goods produced by UK manufacturers - also known as factory gate prices – continued to fall in April, with mixed results for apparel.


Ascena Retail to buy Ann Taylor owner for $2bn 18 May 2015

Ascena Retail Group, operator of Lane Bryant and Justice, brands, is to acquire Ann Inc in a deal valued at around US$2.16bn - making Ascena one of North America’s largest apparel retailers.


Esprit expects to post a "substantial" full-year loss Esprit warns of “substantial” FY loss 18 May 2015

Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit has said it expects to record a “substantial” loss for the year ending 30 June, blaming one-off costs, weaker sales and a forecast operating loss.


The Alliance identified structural damage at three Bangladeshi factoriesEarthquake damage at Bangladesh garment factories 18 May 2015

Structural damage has been identified at three garment factories in Bangladesh following the powerful earthquake that shook neighbouring Nepal last month.


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