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Fast Retailing ramps up sustainability efforts

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditio...

Top company strategic reviews of 2014

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


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 24 Aug 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.


Uniqlo price hike may restore profit margins

Michelle Russell | 11 Jun 2014

Uniqlo, operated by Japanese apparel giant Fast Retailing, has confirmed plans to hike its prices this year, blaming a weaker yen. The country's biggest clothing store chain may be hoping the move will help restore profit margins.


Uniqlo in multi-pronged attack on US market

Julian Ryall | 24 Mar 2014

Premium Supima cotton, musician Pharrell Williams and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are spearheading the drive by Japan's Fast Retailing Co to expand its Uniqlo chain in the US market.


A year in review - Retail winners and losers

Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 2013

Despite another challenging year for retailers in 2013, international expansion, support for workers in the clothing supply chain, and innovative merchandise were on the list of accomplishments for some. However, others were forced to enter administration amid increased competition.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings

Leonie Barrie | 9 May 2012

Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.


Uniqlo rolls out new look for global flagships

just-style.com | 14 Dec 2007

Fast Retailing Co today (14 December) opens its first Uniqlo brand casualwear store in France, making this the fifth overseas market for the firm following the UK, China, South Korea and the US. The Japanese company’s creative team talks to Michael Fitzpatrick about their mission to build a new urban cool image for its global flagships.

Latest News

Uniqlo sales bounce back in August

Katie Smith | 2 Sep 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores grow in August, bouncing back after two consecutive months of declines.


Fast Retailing and Accenture launch digital JV

Michelle Russell | 1 Sep 2015

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has launched a new company aimed at advancing digital innovation as part of a joint-venture project with global management consultants Accenture Japan Ltd.


Poor weather dampens Uniqlo July sales

Katie Smith | 4 Aug 2015

Poor weather during the first half of July dampened sales of summer items for Fast Retailing-owned casual clothing brand Uniqlo, pushing down sales at its Japanese stores.


Uniqlo owner highlights supplier factory progress

Katie Smith | 3 Aug 2015

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has highlighted the progress it has made with monitoring and improving working conditions at its textile supplier factories following a series of alleged violations earlier this year.


Uniqlo owner calls for supplier strike resolution

Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2015

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing is again urging Hong Kong garment supplier Lever Style to quickly resolve an ongoing strike caused by a decision to relocate its factory in Shenzhen.


Uniqlo boosts Fast Retailing 9-month profit

Katie Smith | 10 Jul 2015

Strong sales of Uniqlo-brand products in Asia, particular in Greater China and South Korea, helped Japanese retailer Fast Retailing to book a hike in profit for the first nine months of the year.


Cooler weather halts Uniqlo sales growth

Katie Smith | 2 Jul 2015

Cooler weather led to a double-digit decline in June sales for casual clothing brand Uniqlo, ending two consecutive months of growth.


Fast Retailing supplier continues strike talks

Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

Hong Kong garment manufacturer Lever Style says it has so far failed to negotiate an agreement with striking workers at its factory in Shenzhen, which is a supplier to Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain.


Fast Retailing to digitise operations

Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 2015

Fast Retailing and global management consultants Accenture have joined forces on a project that will enable the casual clothing brand to digitise its operations with the potential to form a joint-venture in the future.


Warm weather continues to boost Uniqlo sales

Katie Smith | 4 Jun 2015

Unusually hot weather led to a double-digit increase in sales at Uniqlo’s Japanese stores for the second consecutive month in May.


Warmer weather heats up Uniqlo April sales

Katie Smith | 7 May 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo recorded double-digit sales growth at its Japanese stores in April, as warmer weather boosted demand for summer products.


Fast Retailing ups FY outlook on Uniqlo sales

Michelle Russell | 9 Apr 2015

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has upped its earnings forecast for the full year as Uniqlo sales beat expectations in Japan and international sales soared.


Uniqlo unveils next stage of US expansion

Katie Smith | 7 Apr 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has unveiled the next stage of its expansion in the US, which will see it open new stores in on the east and west coasts and in the central region.


Uniqlo sales take a hit in March

Katie Smith | 2 Apr 2015

Impacted by fewer public holidays to go out shopping, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores fall in March, despite warmer weather.


Fast Retailing looks into Cambodia abuses claims

Richard Woodard | 1 Apr 2015

Uniqlo brand owner Fast Retailing is looking into claims from pressure group Human Rights Watch (HRW) of labour rights abuses at supplier factories in Cambodia.


Anne-Valérie Hash joins Comptoir des Cotonniers

Katie Smith | 26 Feb 2015

Fast Retailing-owned clothing brand Comptoir des Cotonniers has tapped Anne-Valérie Hash as its new creative director.


Fast Retailing to monitor textile suppliers

Richard Woodard | 18 Feb 2015

Uniqlo brand owner Fast Retailing has outlined further plans to improve workplace monitoring, following criticism of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China.


Uniqlo enjoys strong start to year as sales rise

Katie Smith | 3 Feb 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo enjoyed a strong start to the new year after reporting an increase in sales at its Japanese stores in January.


Fast Retailing vows to improve factory conditions

Katie Smith | 16 Jan 2015

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has pledged to improve working conditions at its supplier factories in China, following allegations of "harsh and dangerous" working conditions at two manufacturers making clothes for its Uniqlo brand.


Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 16 Jan 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include an insight into Myanmar's garment sector, political tensions raising risks to Bangladesh's read-made garment industry, and a comment on online apparel retailing.


Uniqlo suppliers criticised for unsafe factories

Katie Smith | 13 Jan 2015

Japan's Fast Retailing is to review its processes for monitoring supplier factories after an investigation exposed "harsh and dangerous" working conditions at two facilities in China making Uniqlo clothes.


Fast Retailing Q1 profit rises 64%

Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 2015

Fast Retailing recorded a strong start to the financial year with surges in first-quarter revenue and profit across its Japanese and international businesses.

Latest blogs

A year of challenges and opportunities

Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 2015

One of the most popular reports published on just-style each year is our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead. And for 2015 we have again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge.


Spotlight shines on Ethiopia sourcing

Leonie Barrie | 11 Mar 2014

just-style turned the spotlight on Ethiopia last week, marking the release of a new research report looking at the country's emerging apparel and textile industry with additional insights into its rising potential for sourcing garments.

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