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Primark’s cut-price clothing could shake US retail

With its up-to-the-minute fashions at rock-bottom prices, Primark sells more clothes than any other retailer in the UK. As the chain makes i...

Athletic players well positioned amid disruption

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditio...

Millennials to separate apparel winners and losers

Katie Smith | 20 Aug 2015

Millennial consumers are coming of age, with UK forecasts suggesting their spending on fashion over the next five years will grow at double the rate of apparel spend overall. Which means retailers need to have a strong digital presence and sophisticated product delivery in order to benefit, according to new research.

Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

Katie Smith | 17 Aug 2015

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following ongoing pressure from animal rights group PETA.

Sourcing East Africa: Collaboration key to success

Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2015

Interest in East Africa as a potential apparel sourcing destination has been on the rise, yet the results of a new survey suggest the road ahead won't be an easy one.

Who's winning in UK apparel shopping switch?

Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 2015

Primark may be reaching saturation point in the UK market, making it more difficult to hold and retain customers, analysts believe. But while price-savvy H&M has picked up some shoppers, the value retailer also appears to have gained from the likes of Next and M&S.

Latest Interviews

Echo Sourcing unveils new supply opportunities

Katie Smith | 5 Sep 2014

Garment supplier Echo Sourcing has been building its business in Bangladesh since 2005 and is confident of continued growth in a country that has been rocked by a number of safety issues. The company, however, is keen to broaden its horizons and is eyeing potential new markets such as Ethiopia. Mark Bannister, head of sustainability and projects, talks to just-style.

Speaking with style: Phil Wrigley, New Look

Joe Ayling | 20 Aug 2009

Value fashion retailer New Look has taken the opportunity to cash in on affordable fashion during the recession. The company's chairman and former CEO Phil Wrigley explains how in the second part of his interview session with just-style news editor Joe Ayling.

Latest News

Primark expansion boosts FY sales 13% to GBP5.35bn

Michelle Russell | 3 Nov 2015

Value fashion giant Primark has increased full-year sales thanks to its international expansion, but has warned on currency pressures for the year ahead.

Primark commits to supply chain sustainability

Katie Smith | 13 Oct 2015

Value fashion retailer Primark has become the latest company to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), pledging to use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive improvements across its supply chain. 

Tesco's F&F joins ZDHC as new board formed

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.

UK apparel retail sales growth beats 5-yr average

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.

Concerns over Pakistan's garment sector safety

Katie Smith | 16 Sep 2015

Concerns have been raised over health and safety standards in Pakistan's garment sector, after the roof of a garment factory collapsed killing four workers and injuring 16 others.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 11 Sep 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include Quiksilver filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, Greenpeace urging outdoor brand to eliminate all PFCs from their supply chains, and Nicaragua seeking $160m to build a synthetic textiles manufacturing base to help double exports.

Primark buying teams mitigate currency impact

Katie Smith | 7 Sep 2015

Value fashion giant Primark expects full-year sales to jump 13% thanks to the addition of new store space, but says its profit margin is likely to be lower due to increased markdowns and the impact of a stronger US dollar.

Primark signs up as ZDHC member

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2015

UK fashion giant Primark has become a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.

IFC scales up textile water saving programme

Katie Smith | 13 Aug 2015

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is scaling up its China Water Program, which works to promote water efficiency within the country’s textile supply chain, after saving 9m tonnes of water in the first two years.

Better buying offsets Primark currency headwinds

Katie Smith | 9 Jul 2015

Value fashion giant Primark has said it expects the strength of the US dollar to have an adverse impact next year, but suggested a "good proportion" of this has been mitigated through better buying.

Primark pays 95% of Rana Plaza compensation

Michelle Russell | 1 Apr 2015

Value fashion giant Primark said it has completed paying more than 95% of long-term compensation payments to the 668 victims of its Rana Plaza supplier New Wave Bottoms.

Primark performs well in H1 as sales grow

Michelle Russell | 23 Feb 2015

Primark was the key growth driver for Associated British Foods (ABF) in the first half, as sales at the value fashion giant grew and retail selling space increased.

Increased selling space boosts Primark sales

Michelle Russell | 15 Jan 2015

Value fashion giant Primark has revealed sales growth over the Christmas period driven by increased selling space and high sales densities in stores opened during the last year.

Li & Fung buys Primark supplier May Trading

Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2014

Publicly-listed firm by global sourcing giant Li & Fung has bought Primark and Next Plc supplier May Trading Ltd out of administration.

Primark latest to blame weather for sales

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.

Primark ups its game in "remarkable" year

Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2014

An "impressive" set of full-year figures at value fashion retailer Primark comes despite its lack of online presence and heavy investment in international expansion - and reflects a rate of growth more usually seen in smaller companies, an analyst has said.

Primark "substantially out-performs" for FY

Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2014

Primark said it "substantially out-performed" in its last fiscal year, and revealed plans to extend its programme of structural assessments to include factories producing for it outside Bangladesh.

UK Primark supplier goes into administration

Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark says it stopped placing orders with one of its UK supplier that has since gone into administration.

UK clothing spend set to grow 3.5% this Christmas

Katie Smith | 30 Oct 2014

Clothing and footwear is one of the categories set for the biggest growth in spending across the UK this Christmas, according to new research.

Indian women textile workers endure forced labour

Richard Woodard | 28 Oct 2014

Female textile workers in mills in southern India are enduring horrific working conditions which amount to “forced labour”, according to a report from two pressure groups.

Sears seeks to raise more cash

Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 2014

Sears Holdings has announced its intention to raise as much as US$625m through an unsecured loan and equity warrants in a bid to generate additional liquidity and shore up its balance sheet.

Primark inks US lease deal with Sears Holdings

Katie Smith | 20 Oct 2014

UK value fashion retailer Primark has inked a deal with Sears Holdings which will see it lease space in seven stores in the US, a move that could be a sign of things to come.

Latest blogs

Bangladesh exports to US bounce back

Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 2015

Apparel shipments from Bangladesh to the US bounced back in December, posting their first rise since January last year.

Fashion Revolution Day marks Rana Plaza anniversary

Katie Smith | 24 Apr 2014

A campaign encouraging shoppers to ask where and how their garments have been made has been set up to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Company research

Primark Tiendas SLU in Apparel and Footwear (Spain)

Primark Tiendas SLU in Apparel and Footwear (Spain)

Since 2013 Spain has been the second market for Primark, after registering strong growth in 2013 and 2014. Future plans entail the expansion of its retail sales area, and in 2015 it will open a flagsh...

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Primark Stores Ltd in Retailing (United Kingdom)

Primark Stores Ltd in Retailing (United Kingdom)

After a highly proactive start to 2013 with four new outlet openings, Primark spent the second half of 2013 consolidating on its strong position in apparel and footwear specialist retailers. The compa...

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Womenswear in Spain

Womenswear in Spain

As the Spanish economy returns to growth, Spaniards are recovering their trust, and womenswear registered positive growth after six years of decline, growing by 2% in current value terms in 2014. This...

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