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US holiday season gets off to a slow start

A combination of cold weather, promotions and price cuts saw millions of Americans shop for holiday gifts over the Thanksgiving weekend, kic...

Tough times ahead for teen apparel retailers

It's not so long ago that teens were something of a sweet spot on the retail landscape, buoyed by a core customer who seemed immune to the r...

Trade deals move ahead in changing US industry

Hot topics under discussion at the annual meeting of the rebranded United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) included major trade n...

February off to a slow start for US retailers

US retailers battled significant headwinds in February, with sales of early spring merchandise getting off to a slow start in the face of co...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Liu Zibin, GM at Luthai Textile 23 Jan 2014

Michelle Russell

China-based shirt manufacturer and yarn supplier Luthai Textile Co has its sights firmly set on growing its global business. Earlier this month, as the company revealed plans to open an office in New York, Michelle Russell talked to Luthai general manager Liu Zibin about the rationale behind the move.

Latest News

Alliance doubles displaced worker compensation 14 Jul 2014

Katie Smith

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has extended compensation for garment factory workers displaced due to factory remediation from two months' up to four months' wages.


Men's Wearhouse and Jos A Bank deal approved 2 Jun 2014

Michelle Russell

The deal by Men's Wearhouse to acquire US men's apparel and footwear business Jos A Bank Clothiers has been given the green light by The Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


Alliance inspections reveal dozens of deficiencies 28 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

The first round of inspection reports released by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety show that "dozens of deficiencies" have been identified in every garment factory. And the group now has just six weeks to release data on the remaining 600 factories supplying its member companies.


Macy's reports solid Q1 in challenging environment 15 May 2014

Michelle Russell

Macy's delivered solid results in a challenging retail environment, an analyst has said, despite the US department store retailer booking a drop in first-quarter sales and narrowing margins.


Alliance wants to close five Bangladesh factories 6 May 2014

Leonie Barrie

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it has so far sought the immediate suspension of production in five factories following concerns about the safety of the buildings where they are located.

Latest blogs

Gap results a rare retail bright spot 23 Aug 2013

Leonie Barrie

What a difference two years makes. In the past couple of weeks major US retailers including Walmart, Target, Macy's and Nordstrom have all lowered their forecasts for the rest of the year citing sluggish sales, cautious consumers and general economic uncertainty. But for specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc it's a different story.

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