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Is Primark pioneering a new wave of efficiency?

In a Rant published on just-style earlier this month, Mike Flanagan stressed the importance of finding new sources of retail efficiency rath...

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...

Katie Smith | 25 Sep 2015

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditional US apparel retailers - but it is the athletic players that are “well positioned” to come out on top, analysts suggest.

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.

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.

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

Michelle Russell | 23 Mar 2016

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.

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.

Latest News

Katie Smith | 19 Apr 2016

A drop in first-half profit at UK value fashion retailer Primark reflects its investment to expand into the US as well as an increasingly bearish environment for clothing retailers. 

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2016

Aidan Shields, the chief financial officer at UK value fashion retailer Primark, has stepped down from his role after six years to relocate back to the US.

Katie Smith | 1 Apr 2016

UK value fashion chain Primark has confirmed it has doubled the number of audits at its supplier factories in Turkey less than a month after Next Plc and H&M admitted to finding Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in the country. 

Michelle Russell | 8 Mar 2016

Value fashion chain Primark has extended its sustainable cotton programme for women in northern India for a further six years, with the aim of introducing sustainable farming methods to more females and increasing their incomes.

Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 2016

Value fashion retailer Primark has seen sales pick up following weak Christmas trading, with profit margins also improved in the first six months of its new fiscal year thanks to fewer promotions and better managed stock.

Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 2016

Price competition between fast fashion retailers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Primark has now reached an equilibrium in the UK, according to an analyst evaluation, with Primark's prices now consistently around 60% lower than that of its rival. 

With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 

Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.

Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 2016

Value fashion retailer Primark has formed a new partnership aimed at improving working conditions for garment workers in developing markets.

Michelle Russell | 22 Dec 2015

Value fashion retailer Primark says a note found in its clothing – supposedly from a Chinese garment worker enduring "physical and psychological abuse" – is a hoax.

Katie Smith | 21 Dec 2015

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 2015

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

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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Primark Tiendas SLU in Apparel and Footwear (Spain)

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Lojas Primark Portugal - Exploração, Gestão e Administração de espaços comerciais, SA in Apparel and Footwear (Portugal)

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