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Can Sycamore turn Jones Group fortunes around?

Jones Group shares jumped nearly 5% in late trading yesterday (19 December) on the long anticipated news the struggling US clothing and foot...

July sales a mixed bag for US apparel retailers

Lured by warm weather and deep discounts as stores cleared their summer merchandise, US shoppers hit the malls in July giving an overall boo...

US retail sales cool in October

Leonie Barrie | 4 Nov 2011

Growth in US same-store sales appeared to cool in October as weather and economic malaise weighed on retailers, putting extra pressure on businesses as they transition into the crucial holiday season.

US retailers' July 2011 sales roundup

Leonie Barrie | 4 Aug 2011

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' July 2011 sales results.

US apparel retail sales shine in June

Leonie Barrie | 8 Jul 2011

While cold weather, storms and flooding dampened demand for spring and summer merchandise in May, US apparel retailers rebounded with a better than expected performance in June after a combination of lower gas prices, sunshine and deep discounting encouraged shoppers to hit the stores.

US: Retailers' June 2011 sales roundup

Leonie Barrie | 7 Jul 2011

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' June 2011 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

Latest Interviews

Hampshire Group CEO hails turnaround progress

Leonie Barrie | 27 Aug 2014

Hot on the heels of expanding its Dockers brand license agreement with Levi Strauss & Co for the third time in four months, Hampshire Group CEO Paul Buxbaum is optimistic the company turnaround is starting to take hold. Here he talks to just-style about new opportunities and on-going efforts to leverage the firm's supply chain.

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Sourcing improvements push up Hot Topic Q1 profit

Michelle Russell | 18 Jun 2014

Improvements in sourcing initiatives and productivity helped teen apparel retailer Hot Topic record an earnings increase in its first-quarter.

Private equity firm to relaunch Coldwater Creek

Katie Smith | 9 Jun 2014

Troubled women's wear retailer Coldwater Creek will be relaunched as an independent company as part of a deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which has acquired the brand and other intellectual property.

Jones Group snapped up by Sycamore Partners

Michelle Russell | 20 Dec 2013

US clothing and footwear company The Jones Group is to be bought by private equity firm Sycamore Partners in a deal worth US$2.2bn.

Sycamore Parners completes $600m Hot Topic buyout

Katie Smith | 13 Jun 2013

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners has completed its US$600m buyout of teen apparel retailer Hot Topic.

Hot Topic Q4 profit surges on higher sales

Katie Smith | 14 Mar 2013

Teen apparel retailer Hot Topic has reported a 34.4% increase in its fourth-quarter profit, driven by higher sales.

Hot Topic names new COO and CFO

Katie Smith | 11 Mar 2013

US teen apparel retailer Hot Topic has announced the appointment of two executives - Don Hendricks as chief operating officer and George Wehlitz as chief financial officer.

Sycamore Partners to acquire Hot Topic for $600m

Katie Smith | 7 Mar 2013

Teen apparel retailer Hot Topic is set to be acquired by private equity firm Sycamore Partners for around US$600m.

Hot Topic CFO McGinty to step down

Katie Smith | 22 Jan 2013

Hot Topic chief financial officer Jim McGinty is to step down from the apparel and accessories retailer.

Hot Topic forecasts 30-35% earnings rise in 2013

Petah Marian | 3 Jan 2013

US teen apparel retailer Hot Topic today (3 January) revealed that it expects 2013 earnings to rise 30-35% over fiscal 2012 as it works to open new stores.

Hot Topic Q3 profit up on sales rise

Katie Smith | 15 Nov 2012

Teen apparel retailer Hot Topic has booked a 38% rise in third-quarter net profit on the back of higher sales of new fashion-forward merchandise.

Hot Topic to test Blackheart lingerie concept

Katie Smith | 5 Nov 2012

Teen apparel retailer Hot Topic is testing the lingerie market with the launch of five mall-based stores ahead of the holiday season under the Blackheart banner.

Hot Topic Q3 comparable sales rise 0.2%

Katie Smith | 1 Nov 2012

US apparel retailer Hot Topic has seen its third-quarter comparable sales edge up 0.2%.

UK September sales growth driven by clothing

Petah Marian | 9 Oct 2012

UK retailers saw September sales increase, with growth driven primarily by clothing and footwear sales, according to the latest BRC/KPMG sales monitor.

Potential exists to develop online footwear sales

Richard Woodard | 20 Sep 2012

Further opportunities exist to develop online sales for footwear, according to a new report from market research company The NPD Group.

Hot Topic chief stores officer Cook resigns

Katie Smith | 7 Sep 2012

Jerry Cook, chief store officer of US retailer Hot Topic, has resigned from the company to pursue other professional opportunities.

Hot Topic second-quarter losses narrow

Petah Marian | 16 Aug 2012

Hot Topic saw its losses narrow over the second quarter on the back of rising sales.

Hot Topic narrows second-quarter loss forecast

Petah Marian | 2 Aug 2012

Hot Topic has improved its second-quarter loss per share guidance as it said it made "solid gains in licensing"

Horton to join Hot Topic's Torrid division

Katie Smith | 20 Jul 2012

US retailer Hop Topic has appointed Kate Horton as vice president and general merchandise manager for its Torrid women's apparel division.

Fifth Sun Apparel chooses AX ERP tool

Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 2012

Private label clothing supplier Gonzales Enterprises, which trades as Fifth Sun Apparel, has selected the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution to manage its supply chain and allow for continued expansion.

“Sexy” strategy returns Hot Topic to Q1 profit

Richard Woodard | 17 May 2012

Popular culture-focused retailer Hot Topic returned to profit in its first quarter as sales moved up thanks to a return to its “edgy, dark and sexy core”, the company said.

Hot Topic appoints Kyees to board

Petah Marian | 23 Mar 2012

US clothing retailer Hot Topic has appointed John Kyees to its board of directors and said he will serve as a member of its audit committee.

Hot Topic returns to profit in Q4

Richard Woodard | 8 Mar 2012

Retailer Hot Topic overturned last year’s fourth quarter loss with a net profit of US$9m, despite a slight decrease in sales.

Favourable comparisons boost Hot Topic Q3 profit

Leonie Barrie | 17 Nov 2011

Fashion retailer Hot Topic Inc has reported a surge in third quarter profit, thanks to favourable comparisons with the year-ago period which included an impairment charge for the ShockHound music and merchandise business.

Latest blogs

Sycamore's union with Jones Group ends speculation

Leonie Barrie | 23 Dec 2013

Months of speculation over a buyout of The Jones Group came to an end last week when it was confirmed the US clothing and footwear company's new owner will be private equity firm Sycamore Partners.

Company research

Sustainable Textiles for Apparel: Fact, Fiction and Future Prospects

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"If indigo was invented today, we would never approve it.” Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins denim show, and of Olah Inc., a textile marketing, development, and sales agency in the US. Comments...

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Wearable Technology for Animals 2015-2025

Wearable Technology for Animals 2015-2025

Written by a leading PhD analyst specialising in the area for ten years and by a vetinerary surgeon, this report considers achievements and potential from many directions including purpose of the devi...

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