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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...

Who has pledged to ban the use of angora?

More than 90 brands and retailers have committed to end the use of angora in their future clothing and accessories collections, following on...

Fast Retailing ramps up sustainability efforts

Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2015

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China. Detailing some of its efforts in its latest CSR report, the Japanese business says it has ramped up inspection efforts at its garment and textile suppliers, and set out a new initiative to spread best practices.

Top company strategic reviews of 2014

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.

Uniqlo price hike may restore profit margins

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.

Responsive supply chain key to Gap's growth plans

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.

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Andrew Lo, CEO, Crystal Group

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.

Interview: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings

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

Fast Retailing sees slower growth at Uniqlo US

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.

Uniqlo maintains September sales momentum

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. 

Uniqlo sales bounce back in August

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.

Poor weather dampens Uniqlo July sales

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.

Uniqlo owner highlights supplier factory progress

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.

Uniqlo boosts Fast Retailing 9-month profit

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.

Cooler weather halts Uniqlo sales growth

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.

Warm weather continues to boost Uniqlo sales

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.

Warmer weather heats up Uniqlo April sales

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.

Uniqlo unveils next stage of US expansion

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.

Uniqlo sales take a hit in March

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.

Fast Retailing looks into Cambodia abuses claims

Richard Woodard | 1 Apr 2015

Uniqlo brand owner Fast Retailing is looking into claims from pressure group Human Rights Watch (HRW) of labour rights abuses at supplier factories in Cambodia.

Fast Retailing to monitor textile suppliers

Richard Woodard | 18 Feb 2015

Uniqlo brand owner Fast Retailing has outlined further plans to improve workplace monitoring, following criticism of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China.

Uniqlo enjoys strong start to year as sales rise

Katie Smith | 3 Feb 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo enjoyed a strong start to the new year after reporting an increase in sales at its Japanese stores in January.

Uniqlo to enter Canadian market

Michelle Russell | 27 Jan 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo is to enter the Canadian market next year, with the opening of two stores in Toronto.

Fast Retailing vows to improve factory conditions

Katie Smith | 16 Jan 2015

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has pledged to improve working conditions at its supplier factories in China, following allegations of "harsh and dangerous" working conditions at two manufacturers making clothes for its Uniqlo brand.

Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 16 Jan 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include an insight into Myanmar's garment sector, political tensions raising risks to Bangladesh's read-made garment industry, and a comment on online apparel retailing.

Uniqlo suppliers criticised for unsafe factories

Katie Smith | 13 Jan 2015

Japan's Fast Retailing is to review its processes for monitoring supplier factories after an investigation exposed "harsh and dangerous" working conditions at two facilities in China making Uniqlo clothes.

Fast Retailing Q1 profit rises 64%

Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 2015

Fast Retailing recorded a strong start to the financial year with surges in first-quarter revenue and profit across its Japanese and international businesses.

Uniqlo debuts water-repellent ultra light down

Katie Smith | 6 Jan 2015

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has launched its first water-repellent Ultra Light Down as part of an expanded line of jackets and compact down for spring.

Uniqlo benefits from cold weather in December

Katie Smith | 5 Jan 2015

Casual clothing retailer Uniqlo booked a healthy increase in sales at its Japanese stores in December, as cold weather boosted demand for its core winter ranges.

Brands urged to help end Shenzhen factory strike

Katie Smith | 22 Dec 2014

Trade unions are calling on brands and retailers sourcing garments from the Shenzhen Artigas Clothing & Leatherwear factory in China to step in to help settle a strike that has been going on for almost two weeks.

Latest blogs

A year of challenges and opportunities

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.

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