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UK textile and clothing industry ready for growth?

The UK textile and clothing industry is worth nearly GBP9bn (US$13.71bn) to the country’s economy and is experiencing year-on-year export an...

N Brown H1 profit drop: What the analysts say

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group saw its share price slump 12.9% this morning (9 October) after it revealed a decline in first-...


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord?

Katie Smith | 22 Jun 2015

More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.


N Brown H1 profit drop: What the analysts say

Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2014

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group saw its share price slump 12.9% this morning (9 October) after it revealed a decline in first-half earnings as a result of a number of business changes. Analysts offered a mixed view of the results.


N Brown H1 trading update: What the analysts say

Katie Smith | 16 Sep 2014

Home shopping group N Brown this morning (16 September) reported a "mellow" first-half performance, with sales slipping as it continues with a number of strategic changes. While some analysts described the results as "disappointing", others remained upbeat about the retailer's future growth, forecasting a "healthier" second-half.


Rana Plaza one year on: Bangladesh in words

Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 2014

One year today, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occured when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing nearly 1,200 workers. just-style has followed developments closely over the last 12 months, and here we take a look back at the thoughts of those in the industry.

Latest Interviews

Multi-channel a "powerful proposition" for N Brown

Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2015

A "constant run to keep up" with consumer demands is keeping multi-channel retailer N Brown on it toes as it adapts its sourcing model, its systems and international growth to keep apace. Paul Kendrick, customer, financial services and international director, explains.


N Brown reaffirms commitment to Bangladesh

Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2014

Nearly a year on from the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh, the collective work by brands and suppliers to ensure safer working conditions is starting to gain some traction. Andy York, ethical trading manager for retailer N Brown, has been closely involved in the efforts so far. He tells Michelle Russell that it is more important now than ever before to have an ethical supply chain - and that N Brown remains committed to Bangladesh.

Latest News

N Brown has "work to do" despite stable Q1

Michelle Russell | 19 Jun 2015

Online, catalogue and stores retailer N Brown has revealed first-quarter sales ahead of consensus but admitted it has work to do as JD Williams revenues were unmoved and it cautioned on US expansion.


N Brown reiterates guidance despite FY declines

Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 2015

Online, catalogue and stores retailer N Brown has reiterated guidance for its next fiscal, despite revealing lower sales and gross margin for its full-year.


N Brown Q4 sales recover despite profit hit

Richard Woodard | 11 Mar 2015

Online, catalogue and stores retailer N Brown expects full-year profit to fall below expectations despite a revenue recovery in the fourth quarter.


N Brown CFO steps down after 11 years

Katie Smith | 9 Jan 2015

N Brown Group's chief financial officer Dean Moore is to step down from the online and catalogue fashion retailer after 11 years in the role.


N Brown to wind down Gray & Osbourn business

Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2015

UK fashion retailer N Brown has confirmed plans to discontinue its Gray & Osbourn catalogue and online business from June.


N Brown "on the right track" despite Q3 sales drop

Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2014

N Brown Group is "on the right track" and will deliver a more positive performance in the months to come, one analyst believes, after the internet and catalogue retailer posted a drop in third-quarter sales.


N Brown Q3 sales dip despite November recovery

Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 2014

Sales at online and catalogue fashion retailer N Brown fell 2.3% in the third quarter, with revenues recovering later in the period after a poor start.


N Brown modernisation could secure strong growth

Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2014

Despite N Brown publishing "subdued" first-half results this week, analysts believe its strategic plan is right and anticipate strong medium-term growth.


N Brown reveals anticipated dip in H1 earnings

Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2014

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group has booked a decline in first-half earnings as a result of business changes related to phasing out some products, marketing activities and credit policy changes.


Fashion brands support Cambodia wage rise

Katie Smith | 22 Sep 2014

Eight major fashion brands, including one of Cambodia's biggest customers, H&M, have indicated their support for talks to raise wages for Cambodian garment workers - in line with efforts to improve supplier productivity.


N Brown on track despite "mellow" H1 performance

Katie Smith | 16 Sep 2014

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group says it remains on track to deliver its full-year forecasts, despite a "mellow" first-half performance as it implements its long-term growth strategy.


Rana Plaza Trust Fund awards $1.4m to victims

Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2014

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


N Brown taps Haywood to lead systems overhaul

Katie Smith | 5 Aug 2014

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has tapped Andy Haywood as its new chief information officer as it works to transform, modernise and grow the business.


Ted Baker “no plans” to stop using wool

Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2014

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.


Primark launches investigation after wool probe

Katie Smith | 15 Jul 2014

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.


N Brown Q1 trading update underwhelms market

Michelle Russell | 18 Jun 2014

Home shopping group N Brown has revealed a trading update that came in below market expectations but insisted it is making progress on modernising the business.


N Brown “encouraged” by 5% FY profit rise

Richard Woodard | 1 May 2014

Home shopping group N Brown has posted solid increases in full-year profit and revenues, boosted by strong growth in the US and in like-for-like sales.


TV footage claims new Bangladesh factory abuses

Katie Smith | 6 Feb 2014

Nearly a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, an ITV documentary claims to have evidence of ongoing worker and safety concerns at factories making clothes for UK retailers N Brown and Arcadia.


Retailers again seek probe into Cambodia violence

Katie Smith | 21 Jan 2014

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.


N Brown to expand after "robust" Christmas growth

Katie Smith | 16 Jan 2014

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has unveiled international expansion plans after reporting "robust" sales growth during the Christmas trading period.


Young customers drive N Brown H1 profit growth

Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 2013

Growth from younger customers and its specialist brands helped boost first-half pre-tax profits at UK apparel retailer N Brown.


Safety accord firms to inspect Bangladesh units

Petah Marian | 8 Jul 2013

The group of 70 retailers and brands that have signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have agreed to inspect all of their supplier factories in the country within the next nine months.

Latest blogs

Progress still lags on a living wage

Michelle Russell | 7 Apr 2014

The biggest news from just-style last week was the rollout of our new-look site. It has been redesigned to make it easier to find the key content that you need, whether you're reading it on a desktop computer or on a portable device such as a cell phone or tablet.


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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