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Gap puts focus on global over local 16 Nov 2012

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Investments in new product designs and better quality - as well as marketing campaigns to bring shoppers into its stores - are starting to pay off for specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc. But the next step in its transformation is to become a truly global brand.


Speed pressures shift M&S supply base 12 Nov 2012

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The UK's largest clothing retailer, Marks & Spencer, is seeing its clothing supply base shift away from the Far East as it looks to increase speed to market after facing a series of replenishment issues earlier this year.


US retail sales weather the storms in October 5 Nov 2012

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While US retailers have yet to weigh up the full impact of Hurricane Sandy, first figures show sales growth held up in October.


Headwinds likely to impact holiday sales 31 Oct 2012

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Although holiday sales of apparel and footwear are expected to rise this year, analysts believe consumers will be keeping an eye on how much they spend as headwinds such as political uncertainties and economic concerns are likely to come first.


Phase-out pressure moves on to PFCs 30 Oct 2012

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As part of efforts to get the textile and clothing industry to invest in a toxic-free future, pressure is now on firms to eliminate perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) - use to make products water repellent - from their supply chains.


Mexico’s WTO China complaint stirs up debate 29 Oct 2012

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China's clothing and textile industry - already undermined by rising costs and competitors snapping at its heels - is especially vulnerable to fallout from a World Trade Organization dispute (WTO) brought by Mexico.


The perils of social risk on garment supply 17 Oct 2012

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Instead of searching for new sourcing hot-spots, apparel buyers and suppliers should be more concerned with new risks to production in previously stable garment-making environments. Labour disruptions, inflation, political unrest, mass illness, safety infractions are among the new raft of problems .


September retail sales hold up as headwinds gather 5 Oct 2012

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A strong end to the back-to-school shopping season contributed to the solid sales results rung up by many US clothing and footwear retailers in September - but economic and political uncertainty continues to hang over holiday forecasts.


IAF World Apparel Convention 2012 3 Oct 2012

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This year's IAF World Apparel Convention took place under the theme of 'Fashion business in a changing environment.' Efforts to get smarter across the supply chain through the use of collaboration and technology, the disconnect between fast fashion and sustainability issues, as well as likely sourcing trends, were among topics discussed.


World Retail Congress 2012 24 Sep 2012

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The 2012 World Retail Congress brought together senior executives from many of the world's largest retailers. Internationalisation emerged as a theme this year as retailers look to emerging markets for growth.


Factory safety under the spotlight following Pakistan fire 14 Sep 2012

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As information continues to emerge on the devastating fire that killed more than 260 workers at a garment factory in Pakistan earlier this week, brands sourcing from the country are being urged to undertake immediate reviews of their suppliers.


Luxury no longer immune to macroeconomic pressures 13 Sep 2012

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The luxury sector has largely been a beacon of stability as the rest of the clothing sector struggled. But while luxury firms like Burberry have long pinned their growth hopes on China, even here all is not as well as it seems.


Re-shoring US apparel manufacturing 4 Sep 2012

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Moves to re-shore the US garment manufacturing sector will not be easy, especially when "price is king" and in an industry where "fast fashion is also cheap fashion." But it is not impossible.


What's in store for US back-to-school sales? 30 Aug 2012

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Analysts are forecasting a mixed bag of back-to-school sales this year, with the stagnant economy expected to weigh on demand for apparel and footwear, but falling cotton prices, promotions and tax holidays likely to provide some respite. As usual there will be winners and losers, but which retailers are likely to fare best in their second biggest selling season of the year?


Chinese clothing makers see order losses through 2012 28 Aug 2012

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Chinese textile and clothing manufacturers are expecting to struggle for business in the rest of 2012, with the worsening Eurozone crisis dampening demand in key export markets and sourcing rivals from neighbouring countries becoming increasingly competitive.


Buoyant Gap corrects seasonal imbalance 20 Aug 2012

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A broadly positive second quarter’s trading, with net profit up 29%, has led fashion retailer Gap to raise its full-year guidance. The company's continued focus on products and stores is helping to drive momentum.


Productivity push could end Bangladesh garment woe 15 Aug 2012

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If Bangladesh wants to stop Western clothing brands and retailers from shifting their sourcing elsewhere, factory owners must improve productivity so they can afford higher wages and bring an end to recurrent labour unrest, industry experts believe.


Li & Fung committed to growth through acquisitions 13 Aug 2012

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Li & Fung, the world's largest supplier of apparel and consumer goods, has stressed that growth through strategic acquisitions and the trend for outsourcing by retailers and brands will continue to drive its business going forward - despite posting a 22% drop in core first-half operating profit.


Sunshine and sales lift US retailers in July 6 Aug 2012

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Lured by warm weather and promotions to clear summer merchandise, US shoppers hit the stores in July giving an overall boost to many apparel retailers - but the results shed little light on back-to-school spending plans.


Luxury apparel in Latin America 1 Aug 2012

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It's no secret that China continues to steal the bulk of the world's luxury apparel and goods sales, accounting for some 50% of the total. But with China's growth rate forecast to slow in 2016, luxury houses are looking to expand in other markets - and Latin America tops that list.


The cost of labour debate 23 Jul 2012

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A debate about the real wage cost of clothing that has been running on just-style over the past week started with a look at labour costs in Bangladesh, asked why wages in the country remain so low, and offered some suggestions to help apparel sourcing companies calculate - and implement - a living wage.


Channelling the Olympic spirit 18 Jul 2012

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The Olympics are big business for many in the apparel industry, from sportswear brands through to licensed manufacturers. With the Olympics starting in under a fortnight, just-style looks at the event's impact on the apparel industry.


M&S faces continuing challenges in clothing 11 Jul 2012

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Marks & Spencer, the UK's largest clothing retailer, is shaking up its senior management team after booking a 5.1% drop in first quarter general merchandise sales. But the new executives will continue to face challenges as they attempt to turn around its clothing division.


US retailers experience rocky June sales 9 Jul 2012

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A number of US apparel retailers last week reported worse-than-expected June sales after experiencing rocky demand across the month. For many, results were inconsistent, with gains around Father's Day followed by weakening sales as bad weather hit later in the month.


Fast fashion’s competitive advantages 3 Jul 2012

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From catwalk to consumers, fast fashion companies are increasing their speed to market in response to demand for up-to-the-minute styles and trends at relatively low prices. In this month’s management briefing, just-style looks at the impact this is having on manufacturing and supply chains, retail strategies, global trends and the bottom line.


US garment imports settle on strategic suppliers 29 Jun 2012

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The world's economic problems are still very much with us, but it now appears - from the latest US figures - that garment customers may have settled down to a new but stable order of strategic suppliers.


Bangladesh garment factories re-open after strikes 19 Jun 2012

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The leader of Bangladesh's clothing industry association has told just-style nearly 300 garment factories in the troubled Ashulia industrial zone in Bangladesh will reopen after a week of protests.


Burma's clothing industry has a hard road ahead 7 Jun 2012

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The clothing industry in Burma (Myanmar) looks set to grow as the country once shunned by the West starts to reform. But there is still a long way to go if it is to become the new Asian outsourcer of choice.


Smart textiles and wearable technology 6 Jun 2012

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The market for smart textiles and wearable technology has the potential to change the way people dress, communicate, respond to emergencies, manage their health and even entertain themselves. But the industry continues to move slowly in terms of commercialisation and is not without certain risks – as this month’s management briefing explains.


M&S bolsters design and merchandise teams amid "mixed" FY clothing sales 24 May 2012

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As Marks & Spencer CEO Marc Bolland revealed full-year clothing sales rose by just 0.2%, Kate Bostock, executive director of general merchandise said the retailer has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams and ramp up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis.

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