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Who's winning in UK apparel shopping switch?

Primark may be reaching saturation point in the UK market, making it more difficult to hold and retain customers, analysts believe. But whil...

Internet pureplays winning in UK apparel space

Internet pureplays like Asos are gaining the most share in the UK apparel market year-on-year, new data shows, while general stores are losi...


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.


Low pricing to sustain growth for Primark in 2015

Michelle Russell | 6 Feb 2015

Value fashion giant Primark will use its low selling price to help sustain significant growth in 2015, increasing sales through further expansion into continental Europe and the Northeast US, analysts believe.


Online apparel retailing: Amazon-ly unviable?

Mike Flanagan | 12 Jan 2015

Despite the hype, it's amazing how insignificant the internet is on the garment trade, writes Mike Flanagan. While every clothing brand and retailer uses the web for moving, receiving and monitoring information, relatively few clothes are sold this way.


Challenge awaits new Abercrombie & Fitch CEO

Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2014

Abercrombie & Fitch's stock rose 6.7% yesterday (9 December) on the news its long-serving and often controversial CEO Mike Jeffries had stepped down. The move follows several quarters of lacklustre sales for the group and opens up something of a challenging role for his replacement.

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 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.


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.


Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 12 Sep 2014

The most-read stories on just-style this week include news that the Philippines is set to be granted GSP+ status by the EU, Primark ploughs on with sales growth and US expansion plans, and China and Vietnam continue to see gains in US apparel imports in July.


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.


Primark ploughs on with sales growth and US plans

Katie Smith | 8 Sep 2014

Primark has been "undeterred" by the various obstacles which have slowed parts of the fashion market, one analyst said today (8 September), after the group forecast strong full-year sales growth and updated its plans for US expansion.


High Street Textile Testing Services joins MTS

Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 2014

Textile and consumer product testing laboratory High Street Textile Testing Services (HSTTS) has been acquired by Modern Testing Services (MTS) in a move that helps expand its global reach.


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.


PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe

Katie Smith | 14 Jul 2014

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.


New store openings boost Q3 Primark sales

Michelle Russell | 10 Jul 2014

An increase in selling space and warmer weather pushed sales up for UK value fashion retailer Primark in its third-quarter.


Sweatshop labels in Primark clothing a hoax

Leonie Barrie | 27 Jun 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation after notes and messages were found in its clothing, supposedly from garment workers suffering "degrading sweatshop conditions" and "forced to work exhausting hours."

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.

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