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Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

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Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to h...


Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2014

Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong has said its turnaround plan will be a multi-year process as it revealed details of a new corporate structure as part of its strategy to accelerate growth.


Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 2013

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske.


Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 2013

Increased costs, quality issues, and weakened demand resulted in job cuts and widened losses for certain retailers in 2013. But overseas expansion, the value of domestic manufacturing, and innovative products bolstered others.


Ashma Kunde | 5 Sep 2013

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilience to the financial turmoil which has plagued much of the northern hemisphere has proved to be a key attraction for international retailers, according to Euromonitor International.

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Leonie Barrie | 29 Oct 2010

Anvil Knitwear is ahead of some of the world's biggest clothing brands when it comes to sustainability. Here, CEO Anthony Corsano talks to just-style about the business case for social and environmental responsibility, and explains why it is a defining feature of the future of the apparel industry.

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Michelle Russell | 12 Jul 2016

Australian surfwear company Billabong International is to pay AUD45m (US$34.3m) to settle a class action lawsuit relating to the collapse of its share price five years ago.


Leonie Barrie | 30 Jun 2016

Australian surfwear company Billabong International is to sell its skate hardware brand Sector 9 for US$12m.


Michelle Russell | 26 Feb 2016

Australian surfwear company Billabong has moved to a loss in its first-half as a result of declines in North America and a weaker Australian dollar. 


Michelle Russell | 7 Jan 2016

Ed Leasure, the head of the US division for Billabong is to retire after nine years with the Australian surfwear company, just months after the company revealed subdued trading in the region. 


Katie Smith | 22 Dec 2015

Materials science business PrimaLoft has developed PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Active, which is said to offer a breathable four-way stretch performance and unmatched warmth during outdoor activities.


Michelle Russell | 25 Nov 2015

Billabong saw its share price plummet this week after it revealed sales and margins in its new financial year have come under pressure from the weaker dollar and subdued trading in North America. 


Katie Smith | 4 Sep 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at H&M's efforts to scale up its fair living wage efforts to key suppliers, Myanmar's approval of its first minimum wage for garment workers, and why the world garment trade was transformed in August.


Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 2015

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has booked its first annual profit in four years, with the benefit of its efficiency measures expected to be seen over the course of the next fiscal.


Richard Woodard | 26 Feb 2015

Ailing surfwear business Billabong International returned to profitability in its first half, but cautioned that the company’s turnaround strategy remained in its early stages.


Richard Woodard | 26 Feb 2015

Ailing surfwear business Billabong International returned to profitability in its first half, but cautioned that the company’s turnaround strategy remained in its early stages.


Katie Smith | 14 Jan 2015

Australian surfwear brand Billabong is positioning its supply chain on the GT Nexus' cloud-based platform to support the transformation of its wholesale and retail businesses.


Katie Smith | 1 Sep 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has tapped two industry veterans to drive its global supply chain strategy.


Richard Woodard | 28 Aug 2014

Surfwear-led business Billabong International says its turnaround strategy is working after full-year losses were reduced and sales rose in Europe and Asia Pacific.


Richard Woodard | 28 Aug 2014

Surfwear-led business Billabong International says its turnaround strategy is working after full-year losses were reduced and sales rose in Europe and Asia Pacific.


Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has sold its online surfwear assets as it moves to a direct-to-consumer omni-channel model across its global operations.


Leonie Barrie | 6 Jun 2014

Supply chain and operations specialist Jeff Streader has been named global chief operating officer (COO) of action sports and surfwear brand Billabong.


Katie Smith | 10 Mar 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has appointed Mark Weber as vice president of men's global merchandising and design.


Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has booked its fourth consecutive half-yearly loss as reconstruction costs and weakness in its international operations weighed on earnings.


Katie Smith | 6 Feb 2014

Billabong has said it will consider selling its e-commerce businesses as the struggling Australian surfwear brand continues with its ongoing turnaround efforts.


Michelle Russell | 31 Jan 2014

Billabong shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a US$135m share issue that will transfer more than 40% of the business to two US private equity groups.


Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 2014

The Australian Shareholders’ Association (ASA) is calling for a delay to the shareholder vote transferring more than 40% of fashion retail business Billabong to two US private equity groups.


Katie Smith | 7 Jan 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has appointed industry executive Susan Branch to the newly-created role of global general manager for Billabong women's.


Katie Smith | 19 Dec 2013

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has made the first drawdowns from the revolving credit facility agreed with GE Capital for up to US$100m.

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Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2013

Building on plans set out three years ago to generate growth by giving its apparel a competitive edge, VF Corporation is to create three global innovation centres to speed the development of "game-changing" products in technical apparel, footwear and jeans.

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