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

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. | 8 Oct 2009

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The past few weeks have revealed precisely how much respite Christmas spending has granted fashion retailers on the UK high street, with chains including Marks and Spencer and JJB Sports providing trading updates on the festive period.

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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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Michelle Russell | 18 Apr 2017

House of Fraser has moved to a profit in its last fiscal year thanks to double-digit online sales growth but the UK department store retailer has warned trade remains volatile.

Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2017

Four types of animal fur have been found in products sold on the UK high street, but marketed to shoppers as faux fur.

Beth Wright | 10 Jan 2017

UK department store group House of Fraser has confirmed the hiring of former Marks & Spencer executive David Seeby as its new digital director.

Beth Wright | 22 Dec 2016

UK department store group House of Fraser has expanded into China, opening its first store in the country today (22 December) in a move it says is a "strong finish" to 2016.

Beth Wright | 28 Nov 2016

Nigel Oddy, the CEO of UK department store retailer House of Fraser, is to step down after less than two years in the role.

Michelle Russell | 27 Sep 2016

UK department store group House of Fraser is positioning itself as a global brand with the opening of its first store in China later this year, and has revealed increased earnings in its first-half.

Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 2016

UK department store retailer House of Fraser said it is cautiously optimistic for the year ahead as it revealed positive sales and margin growth in its last financial year and its first pre-tax profit for a decade. 

Katie Smith | 29 Mar 2016

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has appointed Asos's global product and trading director Maria Hollins to the newly-created role of executive director for buying and design. 

Leonie Barrie | 21 Mar 2016

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has appointed Dr Dorothy Maxwell to the newly created management role of head of sustainability.

Katie Smith | 10 Feb 2016

House of Fraser's executive director for clothing and accessories, Jackie Hay, is to leave the UK department store retailer this year. 

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 | 11 Jan 2016

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has revealed strong Christmas trading figures, thanks to a 40% jump in Black Friday online sales.

Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2015

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has posted an "encouraging" third-quarter performance with improvements in profit, sales and margins, and remains confident in its outlook. 

Michelle Russell | 22 Sep 2015

UK department store group House of Fraser has offered an optimistic outlook for the remainder of the year as it revealed sales and profit growth in its first half.

Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2015

House of Fraser has appointed John Lewis executive Julian Burnett as chief information office (CIO) as part of the UK department store group's strategy to further develop its multichannel offer.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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