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.
26 February 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.
21 February 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.
19 February 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.
12 February 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.
30 January 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.
27 January 2014
US footwear, handbags and accessories retailer Coach Inc is confident it can improve productivity in North America by investing in its online business and reviewing its store portfolio. But this could take time, warned Francine Della Badia, president of the company's North American retail business.
15 January 2014
Burberry continues to see further growth opportunities in Asia, according to CFO Carol Fairweather, after the region helped the British luxury brand to report a 14% increase in third-quarter retail revenues. And ongoing investment in digital will also play an important role.
9 January 2014
Marks & Spencer's general merchandise sales continued to fall in the third quarter. But according to chief executive Mark Bolland, the UK retailer and its efforts to turn around its women's wear business are moving in the right direction.
13 December 2013
A lot's happened for Lululemon Athletica over the last few months, but one thing that continues to weigh on the yoga brand is the impact of quality issues. But according to CFO John Currie, the company is on a mission to improve control and prevent faulty goods entering its stores.
11 December 2013
At first glance, the third quarter results announced by apparel giant PVH this week look mostly sound – but significant challenges lurk below the top-line positivity.
21 November 2013
The turnaround of struggling department store chain JC Penney is beginning to take hold, according to CEO Mike Ullman. But the US-based retailer still has a lot more work to do if it is to see the light at the end of the tunnel any time soon.
5 November 2013
A question mark continues to hang over Marks & Spencer's clothing performance after the retailer recorded its ninth consecutive quarterly decline in like-for-like general merchandise sales - despite the much-publicised re-launch of its autumn/winter women's wear ranges in September.
31 October 2013
This year’s back-to-school retail selling season wasn’t the most lucrative on record, but that doesn’t seem to be bothering Hanesbrands too much.
22 October 2013
After booking a 13.8% hike in third-quarter profit, boosted by strong sales in its outdoor & action sports and jeanswear businesses, it's not surprising that executives at apparel giant VF Corporation are in buoyant mood.
15 October 2013
Burberry CFO Carol Fairweather has insisted there will be no change to the luxury brand's corporate strategy under newly-appointed CEO Christopher Bailey, who will replace Angela Ahrendts next year.
27 September 2013
Basking in the glow of an impressive set of first quarter figures, Nike CEO Mark Parker took the chance to set out exactly where things had gone right for the sporting goods colossus.
12 September 2013
PVH Corp says it is on track with the integration of the Warnaco business it bought earlier this year, despite the fact acquisition costs pushed the apparel giant to a second-quarter loss.
11 September 2013
Esprit is tweaking its existing turnaround plan to focus more on fast fashion, after the company swung to a full-year loss as its efforts so far failed to gain traction.
21 August 2013
Department store retailer JC Penney is facing a number of headwinds as it scrambles to stabilise its business after a previous turnaround effort failed.
14 August 2013
Apparel supply giant Li & Fung has emphasised China's enduring importance as a sourcing destination, noting that the country continues to play a key role for both importers and retailers.