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US teen apparel retailers fight to stay relevant

Slow store traffic and declining sales have become a common theme for US teen apparel retailers, resulting in brands closing stores and chan...

Katie Smith | 12 Feb 2015

As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months. As the congestion continues to cause headwinds for apparel businesses, retailers are being told they must investigate new supply chain options, including more near- and on-shoring.

Michelle Russell | 7 Aug 2014

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now seeking a sustainable balance between the two - in addition to adapting their supply chains in order not to lose out.

Richard Woodard | 21 May 2014

Improved supply chain capabilities and omni-channel improvements will be a key driver of near-term profits for US retailers, with investment shifting from stores to IT.

Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 2014

The popularity of fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M and Zara has changed the way consumers shop for value on a global basis. And according to new research, continued expansion of these concepts is likely to put more pressure on speciality retailers in the US - particularly those in the teen space.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 2014

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.

Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 2012

With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 4 May 2016

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to initially close around 154 stores in the US and Canada.

Katie Smith | 25 Apr 2016

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has been delisted by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) due to its "abnormally low" trading price, amid reports it is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 

Katie Smith | 18 Mar 2016

Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has revealed it is exploring strategic options, which could include a sale or restructuring, and is involved in a supplier dispute which is disrupting the supply of some merchandise. 

Michelle Russell | 18 Jan 2016

US teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has said it will not be de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange after the firm's plan for continued listing was accepted. 

Michelle Russell | 13 Jan 2016

US teen apparel retailer Aeropostale is to implement an "aggressive" new cost reduction programme that will result in the loss of 100 jobs as it looks to return to profitability. 

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 

Michelle Russell | 3 Nov 2015

US casual apparel retailer Aeropostale has signed two licensing deals that will see it expand in the Asia and the EMEA region, opening stores in Thailand and Egypt over the next five years. 

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.

Leonie Barrie | 22 Jun 2015

Teen apparel retailer Aeropostale Inc is parting company with executive vice president Emilia Fabricant – in a move described by one analyst as “not surprising.”

Richard Woodard | 13 Mar 2015

Teen apparel retailer Aeropostale claimed an underlying net profit in the fourth quarter, but had to report a sizeable loss thanks to store impairment charges.

Katie Smith | 3 Mar 2015

The US has raised “serious” concerns over worker rights in Honduras and the enforcement of labour laws under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), following a probe into working conditions at facilities, including apparel factories.

Katie Smith | 8 Jan 2015

Teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has said it expects a lower fourth-quarter loss than first forecast, despite posting a double-digit drop in holiday sales.

Richard Woodard | 4 Dec 2014

Analysts gave a mixed response to apparel retailer Aeropostale’s third quarter adjusted net loss of $35.2m, with net sales and comps falling by double digits.

Katie Smith | 6 Oct 2014

More changes are required at Aeropostale if the teen apparel retailer is to update and reposition its merchandise so that it resonates with consumers, analysts have warned.

Katie Smith | 6 Oct 2014

Teen apparel retailer Aeropostale is to launch its namesake and PS from Aeropostale brands in Chile under a licensing agreement with Sociedad Comercial Grupo Yes SpA.

Michelle Russell | 22 Aug 2014

Aéropostale has recorded second-quarter figures in line with management guidance, but analysts believe the teen apparel retailer continues to struggle.

Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 2014

American Eagle Outfitters has revealed what analysts believe is a "good report in a difficult environment".

Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 2014

Julian Geiger, the former CEO of teen apparel retailer Aeropostale has rejoined the company with immediate effect.

Katie Smith | 9 Jun 2014

Troubled women's wear retailer Coldwater Creek will be relaunched as an independent company as part of a deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which has acquired the brand and other intellectual property.

Katie Smith | 28 May 2014

Retailer Aeropostale could benefit from better sourcing by tapping into the resources of another investment of private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which has just closed a financing deal with the teen apparel chain.

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 2 Jun 2014

Major global brands and retailers that source clothing from Cambodia issued a stark warning last week that ongoing political instability, and alleged human rights violations could hurt future growth, and put the country's status as a strategic sourcing market at risk.

Leonie Barrie | 6 May 2014

A more sustainable fashion industry requires complete transparency and control over every aspect of production, according to the third biennial Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

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