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US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the...

Gap deepens social and environmental efforts

US apparel giant Gap Inc has set out new targets aimed at strengthening worker rights across its global supply chain – including all of its...


Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

Santa delivered some generally positive holiday sales results to US apparel retailers in December as they grappled with a rapidly changing omnichannel landscape, low and middle income consumers with limited discretionary spending power, and a very mild autumn that depressed clothing sales.


Katie Smith | 4 Dec 2015

As US apparel retailers readied themselves for a busy Black Friday weekend, sales proved to be somewhat disappointing. Despite a more favourable macro backdrop to consumer spending this holiday season, the majority of clothing chains reported comparable store sales declines. 


Katie Smith | 10 Nov 2015

Unseasonably warm weather weighed on US retailers' sales of autumn clothing in October, combining with sluggish mall traffic, softer Halloween sales, lacklustre income gains, and a continued shift in spending to motor vehicles, experiences and restaurants to push the majority of clothing chains to comparable store sales declines in the month.


Michelle Russell | 26 Oct 2015

Plans for a single industry-wide global standard for auditing social and labour performance in apparel supply chains could solve the long-standing issue of audit fatigue – as well as providing an opportunity to improve transparency and invest more in factory safety and ethics.

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Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2014

Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.


Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 2011

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

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Katie Smith | 9 Feb 2016

US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc expects full-year earnings to be at the high end of its guidance, despite the US retail giant posting net sales and comparable store sales declines in the fourth-quarter and month of January. 


Michelle Russell | 21 Jan 2016

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is to launch a girl's clothing line under its Athleta brand in a bid to capitalise on growth in the US women's active wear category.


Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.


Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

US retail giant Gap Inc has booked December comparable store sales below analyst estimates, with declines at all of its brands.


Michelle Russell | 16 Dec 2015

The inclusion of the 'just transition' worker protection provision in the Paris climate change agreement is a "considerable achievement" a union has said, but pressure will continue to be placed on governments to deliver on the commitment.


Michelle Russell | 4 Dec 2015

A group of seven apparel companies, including Levis Strauss & Co, VF Corp and Gap Inc, have signed a declaration calling on government leaders to reach a strong climate change agreement. 


Katie Smith | 4 Dec 2015

US retail giant Gap Inc has revealed "disappointing" comparable store sales results for November, with declines at all of its brands – the first for Old Navy since April. 


Katie Smith | 20 Nov 2015

Analysts remain mixed on how soon Gap's turnaround visibility will become clear, after the US retail giant Gap Inc saw its third-quarter net profit slide by more than a quarter, and lowered its full-year outlook. 


Michelle Russell | 10 Nov 2015

US clothing giant Gap Inc has revealed lower third-quarter revenues hurt by a double-digit sales decline at its Banana Republic division. 


Katie Smith | 20 Oct 2015

Disappointing margin guidance, management departures and new debt issuance at Gap Inc have raised concerns among analysts for the US retail giant's current and future business trends.


Katie Smith | 9 Oct 2015

US clothing giant Gap Inc has guided down third-quarter gross margin and revealed the departure of Banana Republic creative director Marissa Webb, after reporting yet another decline in monthly comparable store sales.


Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2015

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.


Michelle Russell | 30 Sep 2015

Ralph Lauren is to step down as CEO of the eponymous firm, as the group battles falling profits, with Stefan Larsson, president of Gap Inc's Old Navy division taking the helm. 


Katie Smith | 4 Sep 2015

Analysts expect continued pressure at Gap Inc's namesake brand, after the US retail giant reported its fifth consecutive month of comparable store sales declines.


Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2015

The US International Trade Commission has narrowed the scope of its ongoing patent infringement investigation of certain laser abraded denim garments by removing five respondents.


Michelle Russell | 25 Aug 2015

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the biggest risks including China revenue exposure and a potentially slower economy driving lower consumer spending, one analyst has suggested.


Katie Smith | 21 Aug 2015

Gap Inc remains a group of “mixed fortunes”, according to one analyst, after the US retail giant reported a double-digit decline in second-quarter net profit, but said it remains confident of improved business performance.


Michelle Russell | 11 Aug 2015

US apparel giant Gap Inc has forecast for second-quarter EPS below analyst estimates as it revealed lower net and comparable store sales.


Katie Smith | 10 Jul 2015

Weak sales at Gap Inc's namesake brand during the month of June are likely to lead to further discounting as the retailer tries to eliminate inventory build-up, analysts say.


Leonie Barrie | 16 Jun 2015

US clothing retailer Gap Inc is to shutter 175 of its namesake stores in the US and axe 250 head office jobs as it tries to increase profitability and speed decision-making at the struggling brand.


Leonie Barrie | 15 Jun 2015

Retailer Gap Inc has hired two industry veterans, including the former chief merchandising officer at Uniqlo, as it works to improve the design and performance of its namesake brand.


Katie Smith | 5 Jun 2015

Gap Inc’s namesake brand is “still a drag” on the US clothing giant’s overall performance, one analyst has said, after the label posted its 13th consecutive monthly decline in comparable store sales.

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 13 Oct 2014

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant Gap Inc, look no further than the company's new leadership change. It was revealed last week that CEO Glenn Murphy is to step down in February, making way for Art Peck, the head of Gap's digital division.


Leonie Barrie | 9 Sep 2014

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its decision to start sourcing garments from Myanmar/Burma.

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