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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.


Is garment production coming home? 14 May 2012

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Suggestions that reshoring, or bringing back jobs lost to China, would benefit the Western apparel industry make no economic sense - but there is still a need for businesses in developed countries to provide a range of sewing services.


Speaking with style: Henry Tan, CEO, Luen Thai Holdings 9 May 2012

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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. Here CEO Henry Tan talks to just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie calls about the need for industry-wide collaboration, the push into new production bases and the changing role of China.


US apparel retailers see slowdown in April sales 8 May 2012

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Many US apparel retailers fell short of sales expectations last month as economic concerns coupled with rising gas prices caused a slowdown. However, it was hardly surprising after a warm March and an early Easter contributed to retailers to post higher same-store sales.


TPP trade talks need a Plan B for garments 3 May 2012

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The multi-lateral Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks between the US and eight Pacific Rim nations continue to divide US textile makers, apparel retailers and importers. But could they provide a perfect opportunity to change the way US garment-related free trade agreements are negotiated?


M&S trying to change the way consumers buy clothes 30 Apr 2012

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The UK's biggest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer hopes to recycle up to 350 million garments a year under a new scheme that calls on its customers to donate one item of clothing every time they buy another.


Aquascutum hit by losses, falling into administration 19 Apr 2012

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UK luxury brand Aquascutum collapsed into administration this week. Losses continued to be incurred and the challenging conditions in the UK meant the brand could not change its fortunes. The company plans to close the company's Corby manufacturing site, making 115 staff redundant.


Marks & Spencer caught out by clothing shortages 17 Apr 2012

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Marks and Spencer saw fourth-quarter clothing sales fall after admitting to falling short of stock in its best selling women's wear lines. It also said that it was affected by a cooler than expected February and a shift to its more value-driven lines.


Warmer weather boosts retail sales 11 Apr 2012

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Warmer weather, an earlier Easter, new spring fashions have contributed to a number of US apparel retailers posting higher sales for March. Gap, Cato and Nordstrom were among some of the companies to benefit.


Prime Source Forum 2012 3 Apr 2012

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China, rising labour costs, labour shortages, new sourcing locations, collaboration across the supply chain, the globalisation of retail, social networking, and efforts to train and promote talent in the industry were among issues tackled at this year's Prime Source Forum 2012 in Hong Kong.


Local sourcing set for a resurgence? 18 Mar 2012

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Rising costs and pressure on margins are likely to force increasing number of retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year – with several hinting that British manufacturing could be poised for a comeback.


India's cotton export ban 7 Mar 2012

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The Indian government this week imposed a ban on all cotton exports from the country, in a move that is likely to put pressure on global supplies and prices.


Weather warms US retail sales in February 5 Mar 2012

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Warm weather might have weighed on winter sales of coats, boots and other cold climate basics at the start of the season, but spring appears to have sprung early for many US apparel retailers in February. Indeed, new figures show sales trended upwards last month as the sunshine enticed shoppers out in search of new merchandise and clearance bargains.


Gap investing in product to win back customers 27 Feb 2012

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Despite booking a 40% drop in fourth quarter profit amid higher costs, promotions and lower sales, US specialty retailer Gap Inc claims it is moving in the right direction when it comes to improving its revenues and earnings in the year ahead.


Rising costs weigh on retailers 22 Feb 2012

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Even though raw material costs have been falling, the ramifications continue to weigh on retailers. Combined with unusually warm weather in both the US and in Europe, and a highly aggressive promotional environment, recent results point to continuing pressures in the months ahead.


Bangladesh's garment sales not all they might seem 15 Feb 2012

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It's a widely held belief that Bangladesh is going to be the biggest beneficiary of any move of garment sourcing out of China. But not only is the volume of Bangladeshi exports slowing, prices are also inflating - and a serious shortage of manufacturing capacity means the country is struggling to cope with extra demand.


Cambodia's garment sector faces continued challenges 9 Feb 2012

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With much of the success of Cambodia's garment industry based on its well-publicised commitment to basic labour standards, it's perhaps not surprising that the sector finds itself under a spotlight when it comes to wider worker welfare issues.


January/February 2012 management briefing: Apparel industry issues to watch in 2012 2 Feb 2012

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For this year's annual management briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead, just-style asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in 2012. Their insight provides a fascinating overview of the state of the sector today.


Plassat to face French challenges at Carrefour 31 Jan 2012

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Carrefour has announced it is parting company with CEO Lars Olofsson and will replace him with Vivarte's George Plassat. The move follows a turbulent year for the world's second-largest retailer, which has seen falling sales in France hit profits.

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