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What's in store for US back-to-school sales?

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more restrained when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions,...

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...

New supply chain options key amid US port problems

Katie Smith | 12 Feb 2015

As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months. As the congestion continues to cause headwinds for apparel businesses, retailers are being told they must investigate new supply chain options, including more near- and on-shoring.

Slow fashion: a fast-growing opportunity?

Michelle Russell | 24 Nov 2014

Decidedly at odds with fast fashion, the slow fashion movement offers an alternative to mass-produced clothing and is steadily gaining momentum. But while some believe more work is required if the message is to really take off, others see it as an ideal opportunity for middle market players.

Urban Outfitters outlines plan to double sales

Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 2014

Urban Outfitters has set out ambitious plans to double its topline sales by 2020 through an expanded product offering, enhanced customer experience, and wider distribution. The news has been met with a mixed reaction from analysts.

Apparel retailers balance bricks and clicks

Michelle Russell | 7 Aug 2014

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now seeking a sustainable balance between the two - in addition to adapting their supply chains in order not to lose out.

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US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2015

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch recorded higher earnings thanks to less discounting, while Foot Locker revealed a mixed quarter, and Destination XL narrowed losses. Also, Kate Spade & Co returned to profit, while L Brands, Ross Stores, and Perry Ellis lifted their full-year guidance. Guess revealed declining earnings as a result of the stronger US dollar, while Dollar Tree's earnings fell on acquisition costs, and DSW recorded "disappointing" figures.

US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Sep 2015

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

US Q1: Finish Line, Cherokee, Urban Outfitters

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 26 Jun 2015

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.

Urban Outfitters chief executive Marlow to retire

Michelle Russell | 21 May 2015

Ted Marlow, the CEO of US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Group, has announced his intention to retire.

Urban Outfitters reveals mixed Q1

Michelle Russell | 19 May 2015

Urban Outfitters is weathering the tribulations of the youth fashion market far better than its competitors, one analyst believes, despite first-quarter profit and sales that missed expectations.

Urban Outfitters closes FY with “strong” numbers

Michelle Russell | 10 Mar 2015

Urban Outfitters has closed its financial year with what analysts believe is a relatively strong set of sales numbers, albeit it driven by extensive discounting.

Urban Outfitters to relocate fulfilment centre

Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 2015

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters is to relocate its South Carolina e-commerce fulfilment centre to a new location in Pennsylvania.

Urban Outfitters books record holiday sales

Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2015

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has booked record holiday sales and positive retail segment comps at each of its brands.

Urban Outfitters Q3 earnings plummet

Michelle Russell | 18 Nov 2014

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has revealed record third-quarter sales but saw earnings plummet as weakness at its namesake stores offset strength at its other fascias.

Urban Outfitters negative sales trend continues

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2014

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters said the negative comparable retail sales it reported in September have continued into its third-quarter.

Urban Outfitters brand is "on the mend"

Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 2014

The Urban Outfitters brand is "on the mend", analysts have said, after the lifestyle retailer revealed second-quarter earnings above consensus estimates and an increase in sales.

Near-term turnaround unlikely for Urban Outfitters

Michelle Russell | 20 May 2014

A turnaround is unlikely for Urban Outfitters in the near term, analysts believe, but changes could yield incremental improvements.

Investors commit $350m to Glen Senk retail venture

Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 2014

Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners LLC has committed to invest $350m in innovative, high-growth retail and consumer businesses through a new company set up by Glen Senk, the former CEO of Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters brand weakness set to continue

Katie Smith | 2 Apr 2014

Weakness at Urban Outfitters' namesake brand is likely to continue into the first quarter for the lifestyle retailer, according to analysts.

Urban Outfitters cautions on Q1

Michelle Russell | 11 Mar 2014

Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has cautioned on its current quarter, despite booking an increase in fourth-quarter earnings.

Deckers EMEA president Murray steps down

Katie Smith | 3 Mar 2014

Stephen Murray is to step down as president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at footwear specialist Deckers Outdoor Corp at the end of the year.

Firms ranked on efforts to avoid Uzbek cotton

Leonie Barrie | 25 Feb 2014

Adidas, Marks and Spencer, Patagonia and Phillips-Van Heusen have been named among the companies taking the most comprehensive steps to stop cotton from Uzbekistan picked with forced labour from entering their supply chains.

Urban Outfitters posts "record" Q4 sales

Michelle Russell | 11 Feb 2014

Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has posted "record" sales in its fourth-quarter, driven by revenues at its Anthropologie and Free People divisions.

Destination XL cuts FY outlook as CFO departs

Katie Smith | 3 Feb 2014

Destination XL Group has cut its full-year outlook after lower-than-expected December sales, and announced the departure of CFO and COO Dennis Hernreich.

Retail planning tool to help Urban Outfitters grow

Katie Smith | 21 Jan 2014

Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters, owner of the Anthropologie and Free People brands, has invested in retail planning software to support its online and international growth.

Urban Outfitters goes live with PLM tool

Katie Smith | 19 Dec 2013

Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has invested in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software to improve visibility and collaboration across its business.

Urban Outfitters Q3 profit rises on record sales

Katie Smith | 19 Nov 2013

Urban Outfitters has reported an 18% increase in third-quarter net profit, bolstered by record sales including strong gains at its Anthropologie and Free People stores.

Urban Outfitters plans US$200m expansion

Katie Smith | 8 Oct 2013

US fashion retailer Urban Outfitters is investing US$200m in two new projects in Pennsylvania to meet growing demand and support the expansion of its business.

FastTrak adds visibility into ticketing lead times

Leonie Barrie | 4 Sep 2013

A web-based solution that provides detailed visibility into variable ticketing supply lead times is being rolled out with leading retailers including Urban Outfitters.

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Urban Outfitters in hot water once again

Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2013

Ever-sensitive Urban Outfitters has landed itself in hot water again. This time the US teen fashion retailer has managed to offend Hindus with one of its Christmas offerings.

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