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What's in store for US back-to-school sales?

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more cautious when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, a...

Yuan devaluation to impact clothing sector

Exchange rate variations could “significantly” influence China's textile and apparel exports, a consultancy has suggested, after the governm...

Nike reaffirms US production commitment

Michelle Russell | 29 Jun 2015

Sporting giant Nike has reaffirmed its commitment to scaling up its advanced domestic manufacturing operations following the clearance of a number of key pieces of US trade legislation last week.

Innovation and supply chain remain key for Nike

Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2015

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc says it will continue to put substantial money and resources into its supply chain to increase speed to market, and ensure it stays ahead on innovation.

Performance apparel set for continued growth

Katie Smith | 30 Jan 2015

As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to stand out from the crowd and win over consumers. With that, the sector is set to continue on its growth trajectory, according to a new report from just-style.

Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on the rise

Michelle Russell | 27 Jan 2015

Innovation in materials and performance in the outdoor apparel and footwear category is on the increase as enthusiasm for technology grows, a recent industry conference highlighted.

Latest Interviews

Levi Strauss refocuses on profit through principle

Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

Levi Strauss & Co is returning to its roots. The denim stalwart, which has been battling sluggish traffic trends, international challenges and a revolution in activewear, is looking to re-establish leadership in its sector. A touch of nostalgia, plenty of innovation, adjustments in sourcing strategy, and global expansion are all part of the plan. just-style talks with Seth Ellison, the group's president for Europe.

String traceability tool goes back to basics

Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 2014

Without knowing the precise history of the products it sells and then being able to verify the claims it makes, Tim Wilson, CEO of Historic Futures, believes the apparel industry will never be able to make a real difference to issues ranging from sustainability to illegal subcontracting. He is now taking the company's String platform back to the drawing board to tackle the issue of total traceability across the clothing supply chain.

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UK sportswear market to surpass $8bn by 2019

Michelle Russell | 26 Aug 2015

The UK market for sportswear is expected to see considerable growth over the next five years to surpass GBP8bn (US$12.5bn) as the trend for athleisure rockets, a new report has forecast.

China market woes could hit consumer spending

Michelle Russell | 25 Aug 2015

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the biggest risks including China revenue exposure and a potentially slower economy driving lower consumer spending, one analyst has suggested.

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF top sustainability index

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2015

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF Corp have topped an analyst report of apparel and footwear firms that have made the most progress in managing environmental, social and governance issues.

Athletic shoe sales grow ahead of back-to-school

Katie Smith | 30 Jul 2015

Strong mid-year sales of athletic footwear in the US is an encouraging indicator for the all-important back-to-school season, new research suggests.

Top stories this week on just-style...

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.

Adidas must up its game to close gap on Nike

Michelle Russell | 1 Jul 2015

Adidas will need to up its game if it wants to outpace rival Nike in Western Europe, particularly in the area of social media, analysts have said.

Phil Knight to step down as Nike chairman

Leonie Barrie | 1 Jul 2015

Nike co-founder Phil Knight is to step down as the iconic sports brand’s chairman next year, and has recommended that current Nike chief executive, Mark Parker, succeeds him in the role.

US Q1: Finish Line, Cherokee, Urban Outfitters

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 26 Jun 2015

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.

Nike shares up on strong Q4 and future orders

Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2015

Sporting giant Nike saw its shares climb in late trading yesterday (25 June) as it upped its full-year sales forecast, revealed fourth-quarter earnings that beat estimates, and an increase in growth of "futures orders".

Sneakers lead children’s footwear online sales

Michelle Russell | 18 Jun 2015

Athletic footwear captured the lion’s share of children’s footwear online sales in the last 12 months, thanks to increases in average selling price, new research shows.

Ex Coca-Cola exec to lead Nike technology strategy

Katie Smith | 5 Jun 2015

US sporting goods giant Nike has appointed Jim Scholefield as its chief information officer, with responsibility for developing the company’s technology strategy to support future growth.

Nike says "no criminal conduct” in Fifa indictment

Michelle Russell | 29 May 2015

Nike has said charging documents regarding the FIFA bribery indictment do not allege the US sportswear giant engaged in criminal conduct.

Nike “cooperating” with authorities amid FIFA scam

Michelle Russell | 28 May 2015

US sportswear giant Nike has said it is cooperating with authorities as it emerged an unidentified sportswear company took part in bribing a Brazilian soccer official for a sponsorship agreement.

Adidas and Nike to speak at World Textile Summit

Katie Smith | 14 May 2015

Executives from sportswear giants Adidas and Nike, as well as mail order firm Otto Group and Everest Textile Company, are set to speak at this year's World Textile Summit.

US athletic apparel and footwear sales rise in Q1

Katie Smith | 13 May 2015

Cold weather, an earlier Easter and the continued strength of the athleisure trend helped to boost sales of athletic footwear and apparel in the US during the first quarter.

Nike pledges US production and jobs if TPP passed

Leonie Barrie | 11 May 2015

Sporting goods giant Nike Inc has pledged to expand its advanced manufacturing operations in the US – with the creation of around 10,000 domestic jobs – if “fast-track” powers are passed and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is finalised.

Nike criticised over Vietnam sourcing ethics

Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 2015

Sporting giant Nike has been slammed by a human rights organisation for lacking “guts and morale” when it comes to sourcing in Vietnam.

Nike launches women's kit from recycled polyester

Michelle Russell | 29 Apr 2015

US sporting behemoth Nike has launched its first women’s-specific integrated soccer collection, made from recycled polyester.

Yue Yuen strike has "no impact" on Nike production

Katie Smith | 23 Mar 2015

Nike has said a strike involving as many as 5,000 workers at one of its Chinese suppliers has had “no impact” on production of the brand's footwear, but the sporting goods giant will continue to monitor the situation.

Nike Q3 earnings beat expectations

Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2015

Sporting goods giant Nike has beaten earnings expectations in its third-quarter thanks to the strength of its namesake brand, gross margin expansion and strong sales.

Nike unveils second ColorDry dyed garment

Katie Smith | 17 Mar 2015

US sporting goods giant Nike has unveiled a new tennis polo that becomes its second ColorDry garment made using fabric which is dyed using CO2 instead of water, in a process that also saves energy and eliminates the need for added chemicals.

Nike appoints Spillane global footwear VP

Michelle Russell | 5 Mar 2015

Sportswear giant Nike has made two management appointments, including VP of global footwear, in a bid to strengthen the company’s global leadership in key business areas.

Latest blogs

Skechers pushes Adidas off US No.2 spot

Michelle Russell | 19 May 2015

It seems Adidas has been caught napping after Skechers passed the German sporting giant to take its second place in the sports footwear market in the US.

A look back as we move into 2015

Leonie Barrie | 5 Jan 2015

As we return to the swing of things, a good way to start 2015 is to take a look back at the top news stories, analysis pieces, comment articles and interviews published on just-style in 2014.

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