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Spotlight on...Global cotton stocks seen piling even higher 14 Sep 2012

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The latest projections from the US government suggest global cotton stockpiles in the current season will be even higher than forecast just last month - with the expected rise putting even more downward pressure on world prices.


Spotlight on...City sees rationale in M&S takeover talk 29 Aug 2012

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Marks & Spencer might have indicated there is nothing to announce, but reports of private equity interest in the UK's largest clothing retailer have got the industry talking.


Spotlight on...Has Chinese retail lost its lustre? 3 Aug 2012

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China's reputation as one of the most attractive emerging consumer markets has come under pressure in recent months, with jitters around its slowing retail growth combined with a series of profit warnings from local brands. However, reports that China is loosing its lustre may be premature, as Petah Marian reports.


Spotlight on...Trinity reveals ambitions for Gieves & Hawkes 18 Jul 2012

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Following the acquisition of UK tailoring brand Gieves & Hawkes in April this year, Hong Kong-based Trinity today (18 July) outlined its aspirations for the British heritage brand.


Spotlight on...Rising costs in China create opportunities elsewhere 18 Jun 2012

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While China's position as the world's leading clothing manufacturing country remains unassailable, the increasing cost of doing business there means the rapid growth of its apparel industry may be on the wane. New research highlights Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco as attractive sourcing alternatives.


Spotlight on...Asos tightens focus on 20-something consumers 25 May 2012

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As Asos booked yet another year of stellar growth yesterday (24 May) the online fashion retailer's CEO Nick Robertson also revealed the company is tightening its focus on the 20-something consumer. He also stressed that while growth across the business is likely to slow, it has by no means matured.


Spotlight on... M&S bolsters design and merchandise teams 23 May 2012

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After Marks & Spencer admitted to being caught short in women's wear during the fourth-quarter, it has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams as well as ramping up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis. M&S executive director of general merchandise, Kate Bostock, spoke to journalists about its clothing strategy yesterday on the sidelines of the retailer's annual results.


Spotlight on... Collective Brands' search for steady footing 4 May 2012

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Footwear firm Collective Brands has spent the last five years trying to find a stable footing following the company's formation following Payless ShoeSource's acquisition of Stride Rite in 2007. Here just-style charts some of the key themes and events in the company's tumultuous history.


Spotlight on...Wal-Mart hit by Mexican shock-waves 26 Apr 2012

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Shares in Wal-Mart de Mexico y Centroamerica plummeted this week as allegations the company bribed officials to speed up store openings prompted many shareholders to offload the stock at a rate of knots. Meanwhile, concern that US regulators will pursue action against parent company Wal-Mart Stores for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act could have some far-reaching consequences for the world's largest retailer. Katy Askew reports.


Spotlight on...Brands deny claims of continued sandblasting 3 Apr 2012

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Diesel has slammed a report in which it is accused of continuing to source its products from Bangladeshi suppliers that use sandblasting, despite the denim brand banning the practice.


Spotlight on... What is the future for UK apparel manufacturing? 22 Mar 2012

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UK high street retailers have been making a lot of noise of late about increasing their local sourcing. But with the domestic manufacturing sector now just a shadow of its former self, how realistic is such a move? Petah Marian reports.


Spotlight on...Esprit progresses with turnaround plans 24 Feb 2012

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In September last year, fashion retailer Esprit revealed a bold turnaround strategy. In an update yesterday, the company revealed how these extensive plans are set to touch all areas of its business.


Spotlight on...JC Penney “fresh air” revamp a bold vision 26 Jan 2012

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Few incoming CEOs have put their stamp on their new company as quickly as JC Penney’s Ron Johnson. His former life as head of retail at Apple is evident in the title of the new strategy for the ailing department store business: “In Praise of Fresh Air”.


Spotlight on...A better way to grow cotton 15 Dec 2011

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Global brands and retailers are working together to source more Better Cotton for their products in the hope that creating demand down the supply chain will eventually see sustainable cotton become the norm. As the first fibres from the initiative start to make their way into clothing, Levi Strauss and Marks & Spencer joined other stakeholders to explain what they hope to achieve.


Spotlight on...Fashion firms plan for a toxic-free future 2 Dec 2011

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What started out as a challenge back in July by environmental pressure group Greenpeace to try to persuade global fashion brands and retailers to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products has been gaining momentum ever since. So much so that the firms involved believe their efforts have the potential to "change apparel manufacturing."


Spotlight on...PPR ramps up its green profit and loss report 16 Nov 2011

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French luxury and sporting goods group PPR has revealed the first full set of green accounts for Puma - and says it now plans to roll out environmental profit and loss (EP&L) statements across all of its brands by 2015.


Spotlight on...Apparel and textiles split on new US FTAs 13 Oct 2011

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The drafting of new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) is a tricky balancing act at the best of times; but these are not, for the US and indeed the world at large, the best of times. As such, perhaps it’s little wonder that the long-awaited passage this week of legislation implementing no fewer than three FTAs – between the US and Panama, Colombia and South Korea – has divided opinion among the US retail, apparel and textile industries.


Spotlight on...Mobile commerce revamps retail 13 Sep 2011

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Smartphones and tablet computers are changing the way consumers shop and gather information about products before they buy. And as their uptake accelerates, savvy retailers will need to ensure their mobile presence engages with consumers and builds loyalty. After all, price comparison engines are just a short click away, writes Petah Marian.


Spotlight on...California law on supply chain transparency 30 Aug 2011

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Apparel retailers and brands are already closely scrutinised on corporate social responsibility issues across their supply chains - but a new law coming into force in January adds another dimension to the accountability of large retailers and manufacturers trading with the US state of California.


Spotlight on...Soaring wool prices 29 Jul 2011

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Falling supply and rising demand have left apparel companies scrabbling around for scarce wool stocks, with costs rising fast as a result. Add this to other factors currently impacting the supply chain, and wool pricing is piling yet more pressure on their already stressed operations.


Spotlight on...Turkey's apparel industry 12 May 2011

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The traffic in Istanbul is notoriously congested, and the Turkish fashion industry also finds itself approaching an important set of crossroads. Joe Ayling reports from the Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference 2011.


Spotlight on...H&M sustainability report 14 Apr 2011

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For sceptics who view corporate social responsibility as being more about talk than action, a look through the 167 pages of the latest sustainability report from Swedish retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB provides a valuable insight into just how seriously some fashion firms take their obligations.


Spotlight on...Peltz pouncing on Family Dollar Stores 21 Feb 2011

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Nelson Peltz, the US activist investor, has grabbed the headlines in recent years with investments in firms he believed needed to change strategy. Now, he has tabled a full takeover bid for US discount retailer Family Dollar Stores which values the discount retailer at more than $7bn.


Spotlight on...Grupo M stitches growth with Haiti 28 Jan 2011

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Leading Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is growing fast by applying its technical expertise to neighbouring Haiti, where the Haitian Economic Lift Program is opening up new prospects for trade with the US. Jozef De Coster reports.


Spotlight on...J Crew buyout 24 Nov 2010

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Private equity buyers have this week agreed to buy US apparel retailer J Crew, with the leadership skills of Millard 'Mickey' Drexler a major selling point of the US$3bn deal.


Spotlight on...Speed to market key to Gap's US growth 15 Oct 2010

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Even though Gap Inc is upbeat about plans to grow its business online and internationally as part of a raft of strategic changes earmarked for the business over the next three to five years, the retailer's boss admits he's still "not happy" with recent performance at its namesake chain.


Spotlight on...Cotton prices 23 Sep 2010

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A perfect storm of supply and demand issues have sent cotton prices soaring the world over. Joe Ayling reports on what caused this spike and how it will affect the garment industry.


Spotlight on...Mothercare's Blooming Marvellous buy 16 Jul 2010

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UK children's wear retailer Mothercare has this week snapped up maternity wear brand Blooming Marvellous, a move that analysts believe makes sense for both parties.


Spotlight on...Phil Clarke, Tesco CEO-elect 8 Jun 2010

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The news of Sir Terry Leahy's plans to leave Tesco next year has led to a flurry of plaudits for the UK retailer's chief executive but what of the man set to replace him?


Spotlight on...World Cup branding battle 27 May 2010

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Four years is a long-time in football, but the moment French captain Zinedine Zidane headbutted an Italian defender during the World Cup final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium will live long in the memory. The next question is, how many fans remember what brand of shirt he was wearing? Joe Ayling reports.

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