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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...

Fast Retailing ramps up sustainability efforts

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditio...

Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.

Michelle Russell | 11 Jun 2014

Uniqlo, operated by Japanese apparel giant Fast Retailing, has confirmed plans to hike its prices this year, blaming a weaker yen. The country's biggest clothing store chain may be hoping the move will help restore profit margins.

Katie Smith | 23 Apr 2014

US clothing giant Gap Inc has set its sights on growing operating margin beyond 13%, as it looks to gain a larger share of the US$1.4 trillion global apparel market. Key to this is building a more responsive supply chain, seamless inventory, international expansion, and omni-channel capabilities.

Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 2014

The popularity of fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M and Zara has changed the way consumers shop for value on a global basis. And according to new research, continued expansion of these concepts is likely to put more pressure on speciality retailers in the US - particularly those in the teen space.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 2012

Hong Kong based Crystal Group is one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, producing more than 230m garments a year for customers including Victoria's Secret, Levi's, A&F, H&M, M&S, Uniqlo, JC Penney and Gap. Here CEO Andrew Lo talks to just-style about supply chain consolidation, productivity, setting up offshore factories, and why big is better when it comes to building a competitive edge.

Leonie Barrie | 9 May 2012

Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.

Latest News

Katie Smith | 11 Apr 2016

Japanese retailer and Uniqlo casual clothing parent Fast Retailing has cut its full-year profit guidance by almost a half after a stronger yen and weaker sales at Uniqlo Japan led to a 55.1% drop in first-half profit. 

Katie Smith | 4 Apr 2016

Helped by warm weather in early March, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores rise during the month, albeit at a slower pace than February. 

Katie Smith | 2 Mar 2016

Thanks to the launch of new favourable spring ranges, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at is Japanese stores increase in February, albeit at a slower pace than the prior month. 

Katie Smith | 3 Feb 2016

Strong New Year discounts combined with buoyant demand for winter merchandise boosted Uniqlo's overall performance in January, registering double-digit sales growth at is Japanese stores. 

Katie Smith | 8 Jan 2016

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has cut its full-year outlook after seeing its first-quarter profit slide, with warm weather hampering sales at its Uniqlo casual clothing brand. 

Katie Smith | 2 Dec 2015

Unusually hot weather in mid-November stifled sales of winter apparel for casual clothing brand Uniqlo, pushing down sales at its Japanese stores. 

Michelle Russell | 27 Nov 2015

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has come under fire from labour rights groups for failing to improve working conditions and environmental pollution at Uniqlo supplier factories in mainland China.

Michelle Russell | 26 Nov 2015

RevoLaze has signed what it hopes will be the first of a number of license deals for its laser technology with Japanese retailer Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo brand, following the closure of its recent ITC patent dispute lawsuit.

Katie Smith | 20 Nov 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how C&A's overhaul of its fit and product development processes is paying dividends, Uniqlo and Toray ink a new sourcing deal aimed at reducing lead times and optimising production, and Cambodia approves a draft union law despite criticism. 

Katie Smith | 17 Nov 2015

Fast Retailing-owned casual clothing brand Uniqlo has inked a new five-year sourcing deal with Japanese textile maker Toray Industries in a move aimed at reducing lead times, optimising production and "creating a new industry centered on the future". 

Katie Smith | 5 Nov 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores rise for a third consecutive month in October, as cold weather boosted sales of autumn/winter ranges. 

Michelle Russell | 8 Oct 2015

Fast Retailing, the Japanese parent company of fast fashion retailer Uniqlo, has forecast profit growth below analyst expectations for its next fiscal year amid losses at is Uniqlo and J Brand US businesses last year.

Katie Smith | 2 Oct 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo booked an increase in sales at its Japanese stores for the second consecutive month, as cooler weather drove demand for autumn/winter ranges. 

Katie Smith | 2 Sep 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores grow in August, bouncing back after two consecutive months of declines.

Katie Smith | 4 Aug 2015

Poor weather during the first half of July dampened sales of summer items for Fast Retailing-owned casual clothing brand Uniqlo, pushing down sales at its Japanese stores.

Katie Smith | 3 Aug 2015

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has highlighted the progress it has made with monitoring and improving working conditions at its textile supplier factories following a series of alleged violations earlier this year.

Katie Smith | 10 Jul 2015

Strong sales of Uniqlo-brand products in Asia, particular in Greater China and South Korea, helped Japanese retailer Fast Retailing to book a hike in profit for the first nine months of the year.

Katie Smith | 2 Jul 2015

Cooler weather led to a double-digit decline in June sales for casual clothing brand Uniqlo, ending two consecutive months of growth.

Katie Smith | 4 Jun 2015

Unusually hot weather led to a double-digit increase in sales at Uniqlo’s Japanese stores for the second consecutive month in May.

Katie Smith | 7 May 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo recorded double-digit sales growth at its Japanese stores in April, as warmer weather boosted demand for summer products.

Katie Smith | 7 Apr 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has unveiled the next stage of its expansion in the US, which will see it open new stores in on the east and west coasts and in the central region.

Katie Smith | 2 Apr 2015

Impacted by fewer public holidays to go out shopping, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores fall in March, despite warmer weather.

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 2015

One of the most popular reports published on just-style each year is our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead. And for 2015 we have again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge.

Company research

Uniqlo Singapore Pte Ltd in Apparel and Footwear (Singapore)

Uniqlo Singapore Pte Ltd in Apparel and Footwear (Singapore)

Uniqlo Singapore is expected to continue its physical expansion and branch out into other categories of apparel and footwear where it currently has little to no presence...

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Apparel and Footwear Specialist Retailers in Taiwan

Apparel and Footwear Specialist Retailers in Taiwan

International fast fashion chains continue to flourish in Taiwan. Uniqlo opened its first store in 2010 and has rapidly grown its number of outlets....

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Hosiery in Singapore

Hosiery in Singapore

Hosiery remains a mature category as growth is dependent on fashion trends...

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