Burma's garment industry has huge potential to contribute to national economic growth, both as a foreign exchange earner and a massive job provider. However, in order to achieve its full potential, the sector needs to overcome a range of obstacles, outlined here by Jozef De Coster.
Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include company briefings on Arcadia, H&M and Next, a look at the trends in world textile and clothing trade, and global and regional trends in mill fibre consumption and man-made fibre production.
As consumer confidence remains stagnant, retailers have embraced the upcoming Jubilee celebrations and Olympics in the hope that the celebratory spirit will loosen consumers' wallets. Will the Jubilee weekend and Olympics provide consumers with a reason to spend? Katie Smith reports.
Faced with constant pressure to expand their businesses, fashion brands and retailers have a number of choices: they can add new merchandise lines, target customers at new price points or in new geographical markets, or attempt all three. But what is the best strategy? A new report from just-style offers advice to apparel brand managers wanting to breath new life into existing portfolios.
Sri Lankan clothing producer Timex is expanding its own brands in Asia and Europe as part of plans to move into higher margin areas to offset rising costs in its domestic manufacturing operations.
Value fashion chain New Look is living proof that an economic downturn can bring opportunity to some retailers. New Look chairman Phil Wrigley discusses how the current climate has impacted business, from retail sales through to the supply chain, in part one of this exclusive interview with just-style news editor Joe Ayling.
The fall-out from the demise of UK apparel and homewares retailer BHS is starting to be felt as two of its suppliers have gone into administration, including the owner of the Pretty Polly, Gossard and Aristoc brands.
UK retailers Marks & Spencer and Debenhams stand to gain the most from the break up of high street stalwart BHS, which went into administration last month, according to one analyst.
The administrators of UK retailer BHS are understood to have received five bids for the bulk of the business, just weeks after it collapsed into administration.
The UK's Insolvency Service has been instructed to launch a fast-track investigation into the circumstances surrounding last week's collapse retailer BHS, which has left around 11,000 jobs at risk.
UK high street stalwart BHS has received a number of expressions of interest, its administrators have said, just days after filing for administration.
A lack of modernisation, an unclear brand identity and a rapidly evolving competitive landscape have driven the collapse of UK retailer BHS after 88 years trading.
High street stalwart BHS has won a stay of execution after creditors voted in support of a rent cut plan for some of its UK stores.
UK high street stalwart BHS has threatened to close around 40 stores unless it is successful in "substantially" reducing rents.
Struggling department store chain BHS has confirmed the appointment of Darren Topp as its interim CEO following the resignation of Richard Price.
Troubled department store chain BHS said it is "looking at options" for its property portfolio that may result in store closures, following its sale last week to Retail Acquisitions.
UK retailer Arcadia Group has sold its troubled department store chain BHS to Retail Acquisitions in a deal described by one analyst as a "sensible strategic" move.
Fashion retail group Arcadia has been urged to sign the accord on fire and safety in Bangladesh, following the recent garment factory tragedies in the country.
Fashion retail group Arcadia is reportedly planning to open its first Topshop stores in Germany.
Gieves & Hawkes has revealed a series of management appointments in a bid to drive growth at the London-based tailor.
Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green is reportedly ramping up the retailer's use of British manufacturers.
Top stories on just-style this week include the Olympic Games failing to boost August retail sales in the UK, a look at just-style's latest management briefing on RFID technology and H&M calls for higher wages for garment workers in Bangladesh.
The Timex Group, one of Sri Lanka's leading export apparel manufacturers, has launched one of its own brand labels in the UK through high street department store chain BHS.
UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group, operator of the Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins stores, has named Richard Price, Marks & Spencer's trading director for men's wear, as managing director of its BHS chain.
Clothing retailers in Europe, Australia and Canada have been accused of selling knitwear made in "prison-like conditions" by workers in Bangladesh who are paid as little as $0.16 an hour, a report claims.
Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.
Arcadia has revealed plans to close some 250 stores over the next few years as their leases expire.
Fashion chain retailer Ethel Austin, formerly part of the Life and Style group, has been saved from closure after being rescued from administration by businesswoman Sue Townsend, in a move that also saves 470 jobs.
Protests over UK government cuts were reported at a number of fashion retailers in London during the weekend.
Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.
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- Yarn-forward rules weigh on Vietnam TPP potential
- UK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth
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- Gap accused of rights violations in supply chain
- M&S to see "departure" of sourcing chiefs?
- US Q1 in brief – Guess, Burlington Stores, Sears
- H&M, Inditex and Nike rated supply chain leaders
- Adidas Speedfactory eyes large-scale production