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Debenhams struggles to shed promotional image

It could be some time before Debenhams returns to a quality proposition, analysts believe, despite the UK department store retailer revealin...


Jonathan Dyson | 4 Jun 2014

Brands and retailers in the UK and other parts of Europe are "coming back" to Turkey as a source of textiles and clothing as they seek to diversify their supply chains away from Asia.


Michelle Russell | 13 May 2014

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.


Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 2014

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the factory inspection process and efforts to improve worker safety, a timeline of major milestones shows that progress is being made.


Richard Woodard | 28 Nov 2013

The growth of inexpensive private label apparel is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive, according to new research.

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Katie Smith | 5 Sep 2014

Garment supplier Echo Sourcing has been building its business in Bangladesh since 2005 and is confident of continued growth in a country that has been rocked by a number of safety issues. The company, however, is keen to broaden its horizons and is eyeing potential new markets such as Ethiopia. Mark Bannister, head of sustainability and projects, talks to just-style.


Petah Marian | 23 May 2012

After Marks & Spencer admitted to being caught short in women's wear during the fourth-quarter, it has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams as well as ramping up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis. M&S executive director of general merchandise, Kate Bostock, spoke to journalists about its clothing strategy yesterday on the sidelines of the retailer's annual results.

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Michelle Russell | 27 Oct 2016

UK department store retailer Debenhams said it continues to invest in its supply chain in a bid to make it more efficient and flexible as it revealed a drop in full-year earnings.


Michelle Russell | 22 Jun 2016

Debenhams needs to tackle its underperformance in clothing in order to prevent further market share erosion, according to one analyst, as the UK department store retailer said uncertain trading conditions impacted the third quarter. 


Beth Wright | 26 May 2016

UK department store Debenhams has appointed Sergio Bucher, vice-president of fashion at Amazon, as its next CEO.


Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 2016

Michael Sharp, the CEO of Debenhams, has confirmed his departure as the UK department store retailer revealed a rise in first-half earnings and sales.


Katie Smith | 11 Apr 2016

Mike Goring, retail director at UK department store retailer Debenhams, is stepping down after four years in the role. 


With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 


Michelle Russell | 23 Nov 2015

UK department store retailer Debenhams has asked its suppliers for a discount in the run-up to the busy Christmas shopping period, in return for shorter payment terms.


Michelle Russell | 22 Oct 2015

The chief executive of Debenhams, Michael Sharp, is to step down following pressure from investors to shake-up the senior management team after several years of weak trading by the UK-based department store retailer.


Katie Smith | 16 Apr 2015

Department store retailer Debenhams has recorded a better-than-expected set of first-half results, after making “good progress” against its strategy to become a leading international, multi-channel brand.


Richard Woodard | 13 Jan 2015

Department store operator Debenhams recorded a 4.9% rise in like-for-like sales over the Christmas period, but endured a “challenging” season for clothing.


Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct International has remained tight lipped over reports it is planning to close up to a third of its loss-making USC fashion stores.


Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 2014

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has appointed Richard Smothers as its chief financial officer.


Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2014

Sports Direct has raised its stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams, taking owner Mike Ashley's shareholding to 12.7%.


Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark says it stopped placing orders with one of its UK supplier that has since gone into administration.


Michelle Russell | 23 Oct 2014

UK department store retailer Debenhams saw its profits tumble in last fiscal due to the impact of sales on last year's warm winter weather and heavy discounting during its crucial Christmas period.


Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 2014

The UK department store market has recorded 21.4% growth in the past five years, even though shoppers have abandoned the format in favour of sector specialists and online pureplays.


Michelle Russell | 3 Oct 2014

Sports Direct has acquired a further 4.6% stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams.


Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2014

In a recent survey of 6,000 consumers by retail analysts Conlumino, Sainsbury's topped the poll as the nation's favourite fashion retailer. We take a look at some of the other shops who came out on top.


Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2014

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 2014

Textile and consumer product testing laboratory High Street Textile Testing Services (HSTTS) has been acquired by Modern Testing Services (MTS) in a move that helps expand its global reach.


Michelle Russell | 28 Jul 2014

UK department store retailer Debenhams has appointed Mothercare CFO Matt Smith as its finance chief.


Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2014

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.

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Leonie Barrie | 6 Jan 2014

2014 has got off to a troubled start in Cambodia, where protests over a new minimum wage for garment workers have been turning increasingly violent.


Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2013

UK apparel retailers have been urged to put plus-size mannequins in their stores to promote healthier attitudes to realistic body images for women.

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