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Michelle Russell

Michelle RussellBiography

Starting out as a PA many moons ago, Michelle tired of the secretarial work and tried her hand at positions in marketing and production before moving to the Green Isle and taking up a role with a Dublin drinks distributor.

Three years later and Michelle decided to put her shorthand training and English degree to good use and return to the UK to train as a journalist.

She gained a grounding writing local news, moving on to become a features writer for a glossy consumer magazine before making the move into online journalism with Aroq.

As part of her role as news and insights editor on just-style, Michelle provides news, comment and features on all the latest apparel industry issues.

Articles by Michelle Russell

Tesco already has an international presence with its F&F clothing brandAnalysis: Tesco takes second stab at US market with F&F 17 April 2014

Retail behemoth Tesco this week revealed plans to open a chain of F&F clothing franchise stores in the US, marking the group's return to the States following the sale of its Fresh & Easy chain seven months ago. The announcement was shadowed somewhat by the group's second year of falling profits, published a day later. Nonetheless, industry observers believe the move appears to be a logical one, despite the failure of its food venture.

FINLAND: Stockmann to cut 330 jobs as restructuring continues 17 April 2014

Finnish fashion and department store retailer Stockmann Group is pressing on with restructuring measures, which it hopes will reverse falling profits, resulting in 330 job losses.

S AFRICA: Union welcomes agreement on clothing industry wages 17 April 2014

South Africa's textile workers union has welcomed a new agreement by the country's government that sets a minimum wage for workers and imposes penalties for non-compliance.

GERMANY: Adidas promotes King to head up North America unit 17 April 2014

German sportswear giant Adidas has promoted Mark King to the role of president of the group's North America division.

US: DSW appoints Meixelsperger as finance chief 17 April 2014

Branded footwear and accessories retailer DSW has appointed Mary Meixelsperger as its chief financial officer.

US: American Apparel resolves listing deficiency 17 April 2014

Basic clothing retailer American Apparel Inc has said it is back in compliance with the New York Stock Exchange's listing requirements.

Global news roundup 17 April 2014

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

UPDATE: CHINA: Adidas supplier in Government discussions over strike 16 April 2014

Adidas has said it is closely monitoring the Yue Yuen shoe factory strike in China and that the supplier is in talks with the country's Government in a bid to address worker's concerns.

Analysts offered a mixed view of TescoTesco FY results: What the analysts say 16 April 2014

UK retail giant Tesco this morning (16 April) proved it remains under pressure after it revealed its second consecutive annual drop in profits. Nonetheless, the beleaguered behemoth, which has seen its share price and market share struggle at near-decade lows, said clothing online continues to perform strongly. Analysts offered a mixed view of the results.

GERMANY: Adidas beats sustainable performance footwear target 16 April 2014

German sporting goods giant Adidas says its target of incorporating sustainable components into all newly-created performance footwear has been achieved two years ahead of schedule.

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