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US apparel retailers' July 2015 retail roundup

July proved to be a difficult month for the apparel chains reporting monthly sales, with several hurt by tax holiday shifts in some southern...

US apparel retailers' June 2015 retail roundup

An improving US labour market, rising consumer confidence and higher wages were not enough to spark a significant break-out in spending in J...

US apparel retailers' March 2015 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 10 Apr 2015

While the earlier Easter this year helped the majority of US apparel retailers to book comparable store sales growth in March, adverse weather conditions, an economic soft patch during the first quarter, and lingering effects of the West Coast ports labour dispute weighed on overall results.

US apparel retailers' February 2015 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 6 Mar 2015

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, as significant headwinds including extreme winter weather, additional costs and delays from the West Coast ports slowdown, foreign exchange rates and higher gas prices all weighed on results.

US apparel retailers' December 2014 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 9 Jan 2015

Deep discounts, lower fuel prices and an improved employment market all helped to drive better-than-expected comparable store sales gains for US apparel retailers in the crucial month of December.

US apparel retailers' November 2014 sales roundup

Katie Smith | 5 Dec 2014

Early Black Friday promotions, falling fuel prices, and labour market improvements all helped the majority of US apparel retailers to record better-than-expected comparable store sales growth in November.

Latest Interviews

Top ten interviews on just-style in 2013...

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2013

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were Tim Wheeler, president of Jockey's international division, Esquel Group's CEO John Cheh, and Joe Dixon, SVP of production at Brooks Brothers.

Speaking with style: Dilan Gooneratne, Bodyline

Petah Marian | 2 Jan 2013

Bodyline was one of the first factories set up by Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings in partnership with Victoria's Secret and Triumph. Looking back over the past 20 years, the company's CEO Dilan Gooneratne tells Petah Marian about the challenges Bodyline faced, and how the business was turned around in the midst of the economic crisis.

Latest News

US Q2 in brief: J Crew, Aeropostale, Bebe Stores

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 28 Aug 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. J Crew moved to a loss in its latest quarter, while Bebe Stores improved its net loss and announced a licensing deal for China. Aeropostale booked a net loss for the eleventh straight quarter, and Destination XL delivered what it said was an “outstanding” quarte. rDollar General posted increases in earnings and sales, including apparel, Burlington Stores has raised its full-year guidance after returning to profit, and PVH Corp revealed results that beat its expectations, upping its full-year guidance.

L Brands lifts outlook after Q1 profit hike

Katie Smith | 21 May 2015

Victoria’s Secret and La Senza owner L Brands has raised its full-year earnings guidance after booking a near 60% hike in first-quarter net profit.

Textured Jersey on track as US demand recovers

Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 2014

Textured Jersey Lanka says it is "back on a strong growth trajectory" as sales surged 29% in the second quarter thanks to a recovery in demand from its US customers.

L Brands emerges as one of few winners in Q3

Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 2014

US apparel retailer L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, is one of the few winners this quarter according to analysts, after it raised its third-quarter earnings guidance.

Textured Jersey Q1 profit hit by US slowdown

Leonie Barrie | 11 Aug 2014

A drop in demand from some of its US customers after abnormal weather in the early part of the year kept shoppers away from stores, has weighed on first-quarter profits at knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka.

L Brands lowers outlook despite Q1 profit growth

Katie Smith | 23 May 2014

L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, has lowered the top end of its full-year earnings guidance, despite booking a increase in first-quarter net profit.

L Brands outlines UK, Middle East expansion plans

Michelle Russell | 28 Feb 2014

L Brands has outlined plans to grow its Victoria's Secret brand in the UK and Middle East as part of its international growth strategy.

L Brands books mixed Q4 results

Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 2014

L Brands, formerly known as Limited Brands, has booked a mixed fourth-quarter with an increase in earnings but a drop in revenues.

Body Central shuffles merchandising team

Katie Smith | 8 Jan 2014

Value apparel retailer Body Central has announced a series of changes to its management team, including the promotion of Patti Simigran to SVP and general merchandise manager.

Limited Brands lifts view after 25% Q3 profit hike

Leonie Barrie | 21 Nov 2013

Retailer Limited Brands, operator of the Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath and La Senza stores, has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after booking a 25.3% jump in third-quarter profit.

Textured Jersey gears up for future growth

Leonie Barrie | 20 Nov 2013

Knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka is gearing up for future growth with a number of new investments to add capacity, reduce energy costs and expand across the region.

Langley to head Dressbarn merchandising at Ascena

Katie Smith | 11 Nov 2013

US women's wear retailer Ascena Retail Group has appointed Judith Langley as the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of its Dressbarn brand.

Former Coach president named REI boss

Katie Smith | 2 Sep 2013

Former Coach president and chief operating officer Jerry Stritzke has been named chief executive officer of outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc).

Limited Brands lifts outlook on Q2 profit growth

Katie Smith | 22 Aug 2013

US retailer Limited Brands (now known as L Brands) has raised its full year earnings guidance after it recorded a 24.5% increase in second quarter profit.

Victoria's Secret fights to protect Pink brand

Petah Marian | 31 Jul 2013

Victoria's Secret has moved to protect its Pink brand in the US, after shirt maker Thomas Pink sued the company over the use of the word in a UK court.

Ex-M&S lingerie head "seeks GBP1m compensation"

Petah Marian | 8 Jul 2013

Former Marks & Spencer lingerie director Janie Schaffer is reportedly seeking more than GBP1m (US$1.4m) in compensation from the UK retailer.

Coast managing director heads to Victoria's Secret

Katie Smith | 26 Jun 2013

Coast managing director Margaret McDonald is to leave the occasionwear retailer later this year to take up the role of president of Victoria's Secret lingerie.

Limited Brands lifts outlook on Q1 profit

Katie Smith | 23 May 2013

Limited Brands (now operating under a new temporary name L Brands) has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 14.4% increase in first-quarter net profit.

L Brands to move La Senza DC to Ohio

Katie Smith | 21 May 2013

L Brands, the new, temporary name for Limited Brands, is to relocate its La Senza distribution centre operations from Montreal, Canada to its Columbus, Ohio base in the US to "better meet customer demand" worldwide.

Guess hires Lazear as chief design officer

Katie Smith | 2 May 2013

Global lifestyle brand Guess has appointed Sharleen Ernster Lazear to the newly-created role of chief design officer, where she will oversee all product categories for the company's brands.

Victoria's Secret Direct taps Aurora Fashions exec

Katie Smith | 23 Apr 2013

Apparel group L Brands (the new, temporary name for Limited Brands) has hired former Aurora Fashions executive Ishan Patel to oversee Victoria's Secret digital business.

M&S lingerie boss Schaffer leaves company

Petah Marian | 16 Apr 2013

Marks & Spencer director of lingerie, Janie Schaffer, has left the retailer after only a few months in the role.

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