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US apparel retailers' December 2014 sales roundup

Deep discounts, lower fuel prices and an improved employment market all helped to drive better-than-expected comparable store sales gains fo...

US retailers' May 2014 sales roundup

Improved weather coupled with a slew of promotions helped to drive traffic and sales gains for US apparel retailers in May - with analysts e...

US retailers' April 2014 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 9 May 2014

Warmer weather combined with a late Easter, aggressive promotions, and improving employment prospects helped unleash pent-up demand in April - driving strong comparable store sales growth for US apparel retailers.

US retailers' March 2014 sales roundup

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 11 Apr 2014

US apparel retailers recorded mixed comparable store sales in March, but overall managed to beat very modest expectations resulting from the Easter holiday shift and continued cool weather.

US retailers' February 2014 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 7 Mar 2014

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, with some severely impacted by adverse weather conditions but others benefiting from a pick-up in traffic in the latter part of the month.

US retailers' January 2014 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 7 Feb 2014

Winter storms played havoc with US apparel retailers in January, forcing many shoppers to stay at home. But while some consumers were physically unable to spend, others simply lost the will, with holiday shopping fatigue, static wages, and a lack of inspiring new ranges all hitting comparable store sales.

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.

Victoria’s Secret gets intimate with Sri Lanka | 20 Oct 2006

US lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret says that despite rising production costs and worldwide competition from countries like China and Vietnam, it plans to source even more from Sri Lanka over the coming years. On a visit to the island earlier this week, two of the company’s top executives tell Dilshani Samaraweera why Sri Lankan lingerie is such a hit.

Latest News

L Brands Q3 earnings and sales climb

Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 2014

US apparel retailer L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, has booked an increase in third-quarter earnings and sales but fourth-quarter EPS guidance has missed analyst forecasts.

L Brands emerges as one of few winners in Q3

Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2014

US apparel retailer L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, is one of the few winners this quarter according to analysts, after it raised its third-quarter earnings guidance.

L Brands reaps results of strategic investments

Michelle Russell | 19 Sep 2014

A sustained focus on cost, inventory management, merchandise, and speed-to-market has helped L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, to buck what analysts say is a sluggish consumer environment.

L Brands Q2 earnings beat estimates

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2014

L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, has reported second-quarter earnings above analyst consensus and a 6% increase in revenues.

Kellwood appoints Babins for supply chain role

Michelle Russell | 22 Jul 2014

US clothing giant Kellwood Company has appointed industry veteran Marc Babins as president of its western region, with responsibility for the group's global supply chain.

Sycamore Partners buyout of Express looks likely

Michelle Russell | 16 Jun 2014

A buy-out of troubled US apparel retailer Express Inc by Sycamore Partners looks likely, analysts believe, after the private equity firm last week acquired a 10% stake and said it wants to craft a formal proposal to acquire the rest of the company.

Aeropostale to enjoy better sourcing with new deal

Katie Smith | 28 May 2014

Retailer Aeropostale could benefit from better sourcing by tapping into the resources of another investment of private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which has just closed a financing deal with the teen apparel chain.

L Brands lowers outlook despite Q1 profit growth

Katie Smith | 23 May 2014

L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, has lowered the top end of its full-year earnings guidance, despite booking a increase in first-quarter net profit.

L Brands books mixed Q4 results

Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 2014

L Brands, formerly known as Limited Brands, has booked a mixed fourth-quarter with an increase in earnings but a drop in revenues.

Limited Brands lifts view after 25% Q3 profit hike

Leonie Barrie | 21 Nov 2013

Retailer Limited Brands, operator of the Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath and La Senza stores, has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after booking a 25.3% jump in third-quarter profit.

Gap, Limited Brands, PVH join zero-discharge pact

Richard Woodard | 19 Sep 2013

Three new signatories and two new associate members have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme.

Former Coach president named REI boss

Katie Smith | 2 Sep 2013

Former Coach president and chief operating officer Jerry Stritzke has been named chief executive officer of outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc).

Limited Brands lifts outlook on Q2 profit growth

Katie Smith | 22 Aug 2013

US retailer Limited Brands (now known as L Brands) has raised its full year earnings guidance after it recorded a 24.5% increase in second quarter profit.

Limited Brands lifts outlook on Q1 profit

Katie Smith | 23 May 2013

Limited Brands (now operating under a new temporary name L Brands) has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 14.4% increase in first-quarter net profit.

L Brands to move La Senza DC to Ohio

Katie Smith | 21 May 2013

L Brands, the new, temporary name for Limited Brands, is to relocate its La Senza distribution centre operations from Montreal, Canada to its Columbus, Ohio base in the US to "better meet customer demand" worldwide.

Luen Thai completes $55m Ocean Sky buy

Leonie Barrie | 30 Apr 2013

Hong Kong listed Luen Thai Holdings, one of the world's leading apparel manufacturing and supply chain services providers, has completed its US$55m acquisition of Singapore-based Ocean Sky Group.

Victoria's Secret Direct taps Aurora Fashions exec

Katie Smith | 23 Apr 2013

Apparel group L Brands (the new, temporary name for Limited Brands) has hired former Aurora Fashions executive Ishan Patel to oversee Victoria's Secret digital business.

just-style's most read stories this week...

Katie Smith | 28 Mar 2013

The most read stories on just-style this week include M&S introducing body odour neutralising patches into suits, Bangladesh apparel companies fearing strikes will harm the sector, and the minimum wage rising for garment workers in Cambodia.

Limited Brands in temporary name change

Richard Woodard | 25 Mar 2013

Apparel group Limited Brands has been temporary renamed L Brands while the company decides on a permanent change of name.

Victoria's Secret plans first stores

Katie Smith | 4 Mar 2013

US apparel retailer Limited brands has confirmed plans to open its first stores in Hong Kong in the coming months.

Victoria's Secret posts Q4 growth

Petah Marian | 28 Feb 2013

Victoria's Secret owner Limited Brands recorded an increase in fourth quarter net profit as sales and gross margin increased.

Ascena names president of global sourcing effort

Katie Smith | 18 Feb 2013

Ascena Retail Group has named Ronnie Robinson president of its new global sourcing initiative, as the women's wear retailer looks to move to a central sourcing base.

Latest blogs

US apparel retailers buffeted by winter storms

Leonie Barrie | 10 Feb 2014

Winter storms played havoc with US apparel retailers in January. While some consumers were forced to stay at home, others simply lost the will, with holiday shopping fatigue, static wages, and a lack of inspiring new ranges all hitting comparable store sales.

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