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Cheaper private label apparel "losing traction"

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.


In the money: Can brands bounce back?

just-style.com | 26 Mar 2010

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UK retailers slated over poverty pay

Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 2009

A scathing report published yesterday (7 October) has criticised leading British brands and high street retailers for failing to pay a living wage to the workers making their garments – and says most have no plans in place to raise wages to acceptable levels in the near future.


Who fares best in the living wage debate?

just-style.com | 8 Oct 2009

Based on feedback from 25 major high street brands, the latest ‘Let’s Clean Up Fashion’ report from rights group Labour Behind the Label grades the firms between zero and five based on their progress towards implementing a living wage.

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Manufacturer Timex expands own-brand apparel

Petah Marian | 19 Nov 2012

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.

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House of Fraser makes positive start to year

Michelle Russell | 19 Jun 2015

UK department store group House of Fraser has made a strong start to the year with positive sales growth from both stores and online.


House of Fraser to open in China as profit grows

Katie Smith | 21 Apr 2015

UK department store group House of Fraser has revealed it will open its first store in China next year after posting record annual sales and strong profit growth.


House of Fraser taps Kotla as CIO

Katie Smith | 17 Apr 2015

House of Fraser has appointed Uday Kotla to the new role of chief information officer, as the UK department store retailer looks to ensure its strategy and development are "enhanced by technology".


House of Fraser CEO King steps down

Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2015

John King, the CEO of UK department store retailer House of Fraser is to step down, with COO Nigel Oddy taking on his role.


House of Fraser hails "record" Christmas

Richard Woodard | 6 Jan 2015

Department store business House of Fraser enjoyed a "record" Christmas, with like-for-like sales up 8% in the six weeks to 3 January, and gross margins rising 9%.


Calls for Harvey Nichols to renew fur ban

Richard Woodard | 26 Nov 2014

Animal rights group PETA is calling on UK department store retailer Harvey Nichols to renew its fur ban, after uncovering “tremendous suffering” in the industry’s Origin Assured scheme.


House of Fraser H1 earnings lift on sales gain

Richard Woodard | 24 Sep 2014

Department store operator House of Fraser recorded increases to earnings and sales in the first half of its fiscal year, with evidence of growing momentum in the first two months of the third quarter.


High Street Textile Testing Services joins MTS

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.


House of Fraser completes sale to Nanjing Cenbest

Katie Smith | 3 Sep 2014

The sale of UK department store retailer House of Fraser to the Shanghai-listed retail arm of Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group for GBP480m (US$791.9m) has been completed.


House of Fraser in first-quarter sales boost

Katie Smith | 30 Jun 2014

Higher online sales and increased demand for its own brands helped UK department store retailer House of Fraser to book a 2% rise in first-quarter like-for-like sales.


Shop Direct hires first fashion director from Gap

Leonie Barrie | 20 Jun 2014

Online retailer Shop Direct, operator of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has tapped Gap's European buying director Zoe Matthews as its first fashion director.


Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 17 Apr 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include warmer weather a welcome boost for UK fashion sales, an analysis on why no one strategy fits all in apparel sourcing, and Tesco to open a chain of F&F clothing stores in the US.


House of Fraser reveals record FY sales and profit

Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2014

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has said the continued success of its key strategic pillars has resulted in another record level of sales and profit for the year.


China's Sanpower buys House of Fraser for GBP480m

Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 2014

The Shanghai-listed retail arm of Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group has secured an 89% stake in UK department store retailer House of Fraser.


Sports Direct founder buys House of Fraser stake

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2014

Mike Ashley, the founder of retailer Sports Direct International, has acquired an 11% stake in department store group House of Fraser.


Ashley sells GBP223m Sports Direct stake

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2014

Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct International, has sold a GBP223m (US$372.6m) stake in the sporting goods retailer.


Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 4 Apr 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a detailed analysis of a report which suggests more progress is needed on a living wage for supply chain workers, price hikes continue to loom over the leather industry, and China to invest in Xinjiang's textile industry.


House of Fraser tight-lipped on takeover talks

Katie Smith | 31 Mar 2014

House of Fraser has refused to be drawn on reports Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group has placed a surprise bid for the UK department store retailer.


House of Fraser's Winstanley to step down

Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2014

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has confirmed its executive director of womenswear, Allan Winstanley, will step down from his role next month.


Nicole Farhi owner outlines growth plans

Katie Smith | 18 Feb 2014

The owner of upmarket fashion brand Nicole Farhi is looking to hire a global CEO and marketing director as part of wider plans to drive growth.


Portas knickers firm bought out of administration

Katie Smith | 18 Feb 2014

Headen & Quarmby, the underwear manufacturer behind the Kinky Knickers range launched by British TV presenter Mary Portas, has been bought out of administration.


Sports Direct takes 4.6% stake in Debenhams

Michelle Russell | 13 Jan 2014

Sports Direct International, owned by Newcastle United football club owner Mike Ashley, has acquired a 4.6% stake in UK retailer Debenhams.


House of Fraser silent on hire of IPO advisers

Katie Smith | 7 Jan 2014

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has remained tight-lipped on reports it is to hire advisers ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO).

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A troubled start for Cambodia

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.

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