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Global news roundup 17 Apr 2014

Column: Global news roundup

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.


Top stories this week on just-style... 17 Apr 2014

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include warmer weather a welcome boost for UK fashion sales, an analysis on why no one strategy fits all in apparel sourcing, and Tesco to open a chain of F&F clothing stores in the US.


just-style's research roundup 17 Apr 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include a look at specialist apparel and footwear retailers in Sweden, a profile of value fashion retailer Primark, and an overview of women's and girls' apparel manufacturing in the US.


Interview: SuperGroup supply chain realignment to support growth 15 Apr 2014

Column: Speaking with style

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has had a somewhat buoyant year to date, with strong bottom line growth in its last three quarters, and ambitious plans to extend its international presence. To support this growth, the company has been busy re-aligning its supply chain. COO Susanne Given talks to Michelle Russell about the challenges international expansion brings and the group's position in the competitive youth apparel marketplace.


Top stories this week on just-style... 11 Apr 2014

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include data that reveals cotton's share of the US clothing market has fallen, a ban by Walt Disney on Pakistan and Bangladesh production, VF Corp's new China hub, and the high tariffs imposed by the Bangladesh government on building and safety equipment for the country's factories.


US retailers' March 2014 sales roundup 11 Apr 2014

Column: Retail roundup

US apparel retailers recorded mixed comparable store sales in March, but overall managed to beat very modest expectations resulting from the Easter holiday shift and continued cool weather.


just-style's research roundup 11 Apr 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include a look at specialist apparel and footwear retailers in China, a profile of online clothing retailer Asos, and a round-up of developments in waterless textile and garment dyeing.


Top stories this week on just-style... 4 Apr 2014

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a detailed analysis of a report which suggests more progress is needed on a living wage for supply chain workers, price hikes continue to loom over the leather industry, and China to invest in Xinjiang's textile industry.


just-style research roundup 4 Apr 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include an in-depth look at specialist apparel and footwear retailers in Mexico, hosiery in France, and a profile of fashion giant H&M in the UK.


Global news roundup 2 Apr 2014

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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.


just-style research roundup 28 Mar 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include an in-depth look at antimicrobials for textile and apparel applications, the footwear market in Italy, bridal wear in the UK, and a profile of outdoor apparel company Jack Wolfskin.


Top stories this week on just-style... 28 Mar 2014

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include reports of a drop in UK clothing sales last month, an insight into Uniqlo's multi-pronged attack on the US market, and a new Calvin Klein licensing deal in India agreed between PVH Corp and Arvind.


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

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The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at why Hanesbrands is optimistic about the year head, the launch of a new worker safety project in Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka setting its sights on game-changing ethical solutions for the apparel and textile sectors.


In the money: Currency pressures and China weigh on Nike outlook 21 Mar 2014

Column: In the money

Shares in Nike Inc fell 3.7% yesterday (20 March), after the sporting goods giant forecast slower-than-expected earnings growth in its first-quarter and next fiscal due to weaker currencies in key emerging markets.


Global news roundup 21 Mar 2014

Column: Global news roundup

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.


just-style's research roundup 17 Mar 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include a roundup of recent developments in the global technical textiles sector, a look at why Ethiopia is becoming a rising star for sourcing garments, and an in-depth analysis into China's textile industry.


Top stories this week on just-style... 14 Mar 2014

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Among the most-read stories on just-style this week were the strong growth in UK online clothing sales in February, the unveiling of knitted football boots from Adidas and Nike, and the prospects of a minimum wage for Burma's garment workers.


Global news roundup 11 Mar 2014

Column: Global news roundup

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.


just-style's most-read stories this week... 7 Mar 2014

Column: Top stories on just-style

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a report on mass faintings at two garment factories in Cambodia, a look at why Ethiopia is becoming a rising star for sourcing clothes, and a spotlight on the reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK.


US retailers' February 2014 sales roundup 7 Mar 2014

Column: Retail roundup

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, with some severely impacted by adverse weather conditions but others benefiting from a pick-up in traffic in the latter part of the month.


Ethiopia prepares to meet apparel sourcing demand 5 Mar 2014

Column: Research updates

Often referred to as ‘the lion economy', the potential of Africa as a new apparel sourcing destination is becoming more evident. A new report from just-style suggests that as investment increases, more and more international brands will be keen to secure a share of the pie - with countries such as Ethiopia already equipping themselves to meet this increasing demand.


Spotlight on...The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK 3 Mar 2014

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The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But according to industry experts speaking at last week's ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?', there are still challenges to overcome if the 'Made in Britain' movement is to be successful once again. Katie Smith reports.


just-style's research roundup 3 Mar 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include a look at the prospects for the textile and clothing industry in the Philippines, a country report on Cameroon, and a profile of US apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.


just-style's most read stories this week... 28 Feb 2014

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Among the most-read stories on just-style this week were hopes that Ethiopia will become a Chinese textile hub, the results of a survey that suggests Bangladesh garment workers see fire drills and safety training taking up too much time, and a list of China's top ten apparel brands.


In the money: Fifth & Pacific eyes initiatives to grow top line 26 Feb 2014

Column: In the money

Fifth & Pacific Companies, which today (26 February) begins trading as Kate Spade & Co, says it has a number of operational initiatives in place that it hopes will accelerate margin expansion and top line growth in 2014.


Spotlight on... Mothercare CEO departure comes as no surprise 24 Feb 2014

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In what comes as another blow for UK clothing retailer Mothercare, chief executive Simon Calver stepped down today (24 February) in a move analysts view as inevitable given the group's recent struggles.


just-style's research roundup 24 Feb 2014

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The latest reports from just-style's research store include global industry almanacs on menswear and womenswear, a look at prospects for the textile and clothing industry in South Africa, and a profile of Swedish clothing retailer H&M.


just-style's most read stories this week... 21 Feb 2014

Column: Top stories on just-style

Among the most-read stories on just-style this week were claims that hazardous chemicals have been found in luxury children's clothing and footwear, calls by Cambodian labour unions for a mid-March strike, and a comment on new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while improving wages and working conditions.


In the money: Forever Faster strategy to drive Puma turnaround 21 Feb 2014

Column: In the money

Despite delivering a disappointing fourth-quarter and full-year performance, German sporting goods firm Puma believes it has laid down the foundations that will return the company to its sportswear focus, with a new brand campaign dubbed 'Forever Faster' designed to put it back on track.


Spotlight on...Jos A Bank adds to armour with Eddie Bauer buy 19 Feb 2014

Column: Spotlight on...

Jos A Bank Clothiers last week revealed its plans to acquire outdoor wear brand Eddie Bauer in deal worth $825m. Coming amid an onging buyout battle with rival Men's Wearhouse, some industry observers suggest the move was made to ensure the US men's apparel and footwear business remains independent. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.

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