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In the money

A regular in-depth analysis prompted by what’s happening in the financial world and how it impacts on the apparel and footwear supply chain from manufacturing to retail.



IN THE MONEY: Innovation and e-commerce key to Nike's growth 29 Sep 2014

It's no wonder sporting goods giant Nike is feeling bullish about its long-term growth opportunities, after booking what has been described as a "flawless" performance in the first quarter. And what's more, the company is looking to raise the bar even higher in the future.


IN THE MONEY: Abercrombie & Fitch to lose logos in fashion focus 2 Sep 2014

Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co is aiming to remove the logos from its garments on sale in North America by next spring as it focuses instead on more on-trend merchandise.


IN THE MONEY: New Look halts Russia expansion as tensions rise 13 Aug 2014

After booking a "stellar" first-quarter performance, UK value fashion retailer New Look has put the brakes on its expansion into Russia, citing concerns over the worsening political situation in the country.


IN THE MONEY: Adidas "remains committed" to Russia 8 Aug 2014

German sporting giant Adidas says it remains "fully committed" to the Russian market, despite plans to close stores and significantly pare back the opening of any new ones in the country this year and next.


IN THE MONEY: H&M sees growing demand for ethical sourcing 20 Jun 2014

Hennes & Mauritz says there is a growing understanding and demand from its customers for sustainable and ethically sourced clothing - areas the Swedish fashion retailer says it will continue to pursue.


IN THE MONEY: Volatile macro environment unlikely to derail PVH 6 Jun 2014

Weather issues and a volatile macro environment are unlikely to derail PVH Corp, analysts believe, despite the apparel giant revealing earnings yesterday (5 June) that missed expectations. The company also offered an optimistic outlook for the rest of the year.


IN THE MONEY: Kohl's "greatness agenda" to drive growth 19 May 2014

US department store retailer Kohl's has outlined a new strategic initiative designed to generate sales growth, after booking a drop in earnings and revenue in the first quarter. The plan, dubbed "Greatness Agenda", focuses on giving customers what they want, when they want it - and however they want it.


IN THE MONEY: Gildan taps Costa Rica to tackle capacity issues 9 May 2014

Ongoing plans for investment in additional manufacturing capacity have seen apparel maker Gildan Activewear home in on Guanacaste in Costa Rica as the site of its next large-scale textile facility in Central America.


IN THE MONEY: Coach journey still has many miles to run 30 Apr 2014

On more than one occasion, while discussing Coach’s third quarter results, CEO Victor Luis alluded to the “journey” that the company was embarked upon.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


In the money: Wolverine bullish on Sperry growth prospects 19 Feb 2014

Footwear and apparel business Wolverine Worldwide remains bullish about the strength of its Sperry Top-Sider brand despite cold weather in the US having tempered its growth in the fourth quarter.


In the money: New Look rules out public offering amid expansion 12 Feb 2014

New Look CEO Anders Kristiansen says the UK fashion chain has no plans to launch an initial public offering in the next year, and is instead concentrating on its overseas expansion efforts.


In the money: Maidenform helps Hanesbrands in choppy waters 30 Jan 2014

Nearly four months in, and it’s fair to say that Hanesbrands chairman and CEO Rich Noll has no regrets over the company’s US$581m acquisition of Maidenform in October last year.


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