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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...


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.


Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2015

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

Latest Interviews

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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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)

Primark Stores is expected to continue to operate in a highly distinctive manner in UK apparel and footwear specialist retailers....

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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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