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Mothercare returned to a profit of  GBP5.5m in the first half COMMENT: Mothercare turns corner but work ahead 27 Nov 14

Katie Smith

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare could finally be turning a corner after returning to profit in the first half of the year. But while the message is one of reassurance, more work inevitably lies ahead.


Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 27 Nov 14

Katie Smith

More than 180 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people last year.


China has remained the largest supplier of footwear to the USUS footwear trade and sourcing snapshot 26 Nov 14

Michelle Russell

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 4% to US$23.8bn last year on the back of a sizeable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports, an annual trade report has shown.


China wants an industry unreliant on cheap labour and poor environmental performanceChina's apparel sector eyes more sustainable industry 26 Nov 14

Elsa Reed

China's clothing and textile manufacturers want to create a sustainable industry unreliant on cheap labour and poor environmental performance, but one that supplies competitive quality output that attracts international sales.


Imports of textiles and apparel from China increased $1.3bn in 2013 US textile and apparel trade and sourcing snapshot 26 Nov 14

Michelle Russell

A snapshot of the current state of play in US textile and apparel trade shows imports last year rebounded from a modest decline in 2012, retailers continued to diversify their supply chains, and Asia continues to dominate imports into the US.


Cheap labour is becoming a rare commodity, the report says Rethink needed as low-cost labour options dwindle 25 Nov 14

Richard Woodard

Apparel businesses need to end the race from one low-cost sourcing country to another and rethink their entire sourcing philosophy in the future, according to a new report.


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US trade snapshot shows apparel and footwear shiftsUS trade snapshot shows apparel and footwear shifts

With imports supplying most US consumer demand for textiles and apparel, and footwear, it is perhaps not surprising the US trade deficit in both sectors rose last year. just-style takes a look at both sectors.

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Michelle RussellLatest blog entry: Revised wage ladder marks step toward living wage 24 Nov 2014

Michelle Russell

An online tool to help apparel brands, retailers and manufacturers work towards improved wages for garment workers in global supply chains has been updated in a move that marks another step towards the eventual provision of a living wage.


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Global news roundup Global news roundup

just-style's summary of apparel and footwear news from the world’s local media.


Viewpoint Viewpoint

just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.


In the money In the money

A regular in-depth analysis prompted by what’s happening in the financial world and how it impacts on the apparel and footwear supply chain from manufacturing to retail.


The Flanarant The Flanarant

A forthright take on the follies the world’s apparel buying community has to deal with, from Mike Flanagan, CEO of Clothesource – and his suggestions for putting them right.


Speaking with style Speaking with style

Exclusive interviews with some of the apparel and footwear industry’s leading movers and shakers. Companies already featured include Marks & Spencer, H&M, Timberland, Adidas, New Look and Li & Fung.


Spotlight on... Spotlight on...

With a focus on individual companies, new or emerging markets, and issues such as product safety – this column takes a behind the scenes look that sheds new light on stories hitting the headlines.


Research updates Research updates

Facts and figures taken from some of the research reports published on just-style. Much of this information is only available in the reports themselves, so these articles provide a valuable snapshot of the latest data and forecasts.


Top stories on just-style Top stories on just-style

If you’re short of time or haven’t managed to check in to all our daily newsletters, reading these articles will ensure you’re up-to-date on the top five most-read stories on just-style in any given week.


Retail roundup Retail roundup

A month-by-month overview of US apparel and shoe chains' sales results. Same-store sales figures help gauge how a specific retailer has performed, making this feature invaluable for evaluating your customers or competitors.

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