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Will new blood restore M&S clothing glory?

It's no secret that Marks & Spencer has struggled to stem the losses in its clothing division. And with the unit's head Steve Rowe departing...

What M&S's H1 numbers mean for clothing

Today's first-half results from Marks & Spencer have offered a mixed picture for its clothing business. Like-for-like sales fell, but margin...


Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.


Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2015

A new tool that could bring greater transparency to complex global apparel supply chains has been developed by UK start-up Provenance. Based on the Bitcoin blockchain platform, which enables digital asset transfers across the internet, the technology can create a unique digital record that verifies, tracks and traces each step of the production process, without the need for software.


Michelle Russell | 2 Jul 2015

Marks & Spencer says it has seen an improvement in worker health issues in Cambodia - and the subsequent business benefits - since a new healthcare project was launched last year as part of its Global Community Programme.


Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer said it has plans in place to launch a programme that aims to improve transparency in its clothing supply chain.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 12 Nov 2014

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is on something of a mission: To become the world's most sustainable retailer through its ambitious Plan A environmental and ethical programme. The person in charge of implementing this globally is Adam Elman, head of Plan A delivery, who discusses the initiative's challenging targets and the need for wider industry collaboration.


Kitty So | 20 Feb 2014

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 7 Jan 2016

The chief executive of Marks & Spencer, Marc Bolland, is to step down after the UK retailer today (7 January) revealed its most "disappointing" clothing sales for the Christmas period yet.


Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2015

UK retail group Marks & Spencer today (4 November) said its decision to focus on margins and discount less weighed on clothing sales in the first half, in what were “challenging market conditions”. 


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.


Leonie Barrie | 9 Oct 2015

Keen to highlight its eco and ethical credentials – from products made in specifically accredited factories, to the use of sustainably sourced fabrics – retailer M&S has asked eco-campaigner Livia Firth to put together a capsule collection picked from its existing autumn clothing ranges.


Michelle Russell | 28 Sep 2015

UK retail group Marks and Spencer has promoted Queralt Ferrer as its first director of design for women's wear, lingerie and beauty.


Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 2015

UK apparel retail sales grew 2.4% in the 24 weeks ended 2 August, above the five-year average, estimates have shown.


Michelle Russell | 30 Jul 2015

The UK Government is forcing retailers to play their part in helping eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains, under new measures to be included in the Modern Slavery Bill.


Michelle Russell | 17 Jul 2015

Marks & Spencer's share price fell this morning as the UK retailer's head of clothing and homewares, John Dixon, announced his decision to step down.


Katie Smith | 7 Jul 2015

Analysts remain upbeat on Marks & Spencer's short-medium term potential, despite the UK retailer reporting a decline in first quarter like-for-like general merchandise sales, which includes clothing.


Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has said cotton remains the biggest challenge for the group when it comes to tracing its supply chain back to raw materials.


Katie Smith | 3 Jul 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that Myanmar has introduced its first minimum wage for garment workers, Marks & Spencer is to launch a supply human rights policy, and Adidas has developed its first shoe upper made from ocean waste.


Katie Smith | 5 Jun 2015

Denim brand G-Star Raw has become the latest company pledging to eliminate the use of rayon and viscose fabrics derived from ancient and endangered forests in its clothes.


Michelle Russell | 20 May 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has delivered its first increase in profits in four years thanks to improved general merchandise gross margin, less discounting and better deals with suppliers.


Richard Woodard | 2 Apr 2015

A long-awaited recovery in clothing sales helped UK retailer Marks & Spencer to a brighter fourth-quarter, with group sales rising 1.9%.


Katie Smith | 23 Mar 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) have disputed the details of a report alleging labour rights abuses are still rife in the country's garment factories, with both claiming they are committed to providing and supporting safe working conditions.


Katie Smith | 6 Mar 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include concerns that the freefalling euro is adding to Bangladesh's textile and clothing production woes, a closer look at Myanmar's new garment Code of Conduct, and news that a pay rise is being considered for Sri Lanka's garment workers.


Michelle Russell | 3 Mar 2015

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to close five of its stores in Shanghai and has confirmed its head of Asia is to step down.


Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 2015

Next’s head of men's wear design, Simon Hawksworth, is to join UK retailer Marks & Spencer in the same role.


Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2015

Marks & Spencer has not completely won back the confidence of consumers, analysts believe, after the retailer revealed a drop in like-for-like general merchandise sales and clothing sales impacted by unseasonal weather.


Katie Smith | 11 Dec 2014

Jigsaw product director Barbara Horspool has left the UK fashion retailer after two years in the role to join clothing and homeware retailer The White Company.


Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark has achieved like-for-like sales below the expectations of its parent company, as unusually warmer weather hurt revenues.


Katie Smith | 5 Dec 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include M&S increasing the amount of Better Cotton it sources, Cache considering a third-party acquisition offer, and Tesco's management changes could help the retailer build a "a credible trading strategy".

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.


Leonie Barrie | 12 Jan 2015

With most holiday merchandise brought into the US early as retailers rushed to beat a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, it is perhaps not surprising that apparel imports fell in November.

Company research

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