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Tesco already has an international presence with its F&F clothing brandAnalysis: Tesco takes second stab at US market with F&F 17 Apr 14

Michelle Russell

Retail behemoth Tesco this week revealed plans to open a chain of F&F clothing franchise stores in the US, marking the group's return to the States following the sale of its Fresh & Easy chain seven months ago. The announcement was shadowed somewhat by the group's second year of falling profits, published a day later. Nonetheless, industry observers believe the move appears to be a logical one, despite the failure of its food venture.


The average monthly wage for a skilled worker in Myanmar is US$100Hong Kong garment manufacturers eye Myanmar outsourcing 16 Apr 14

Dongxia Su

As China's garment manufacturing industry continues to lose its competitive edge as a low-cost clothing supplier through worker wage rises and increasing regulation, more companies are looking to alternative sourcing destinations. As a result, new frontiers like Myanmar are being assessed.


Analysts offered a mixed view of TescoTesco FY results: What the analysts say 16 Apr 14

Michelle Russell

UK retail giant Tesco this morning (16 April) proved it remains under pressure after it revealed its second consecutive annual drop in profits. Nonetheless, the beleaguered behemoth, which has seen its share price and market share struggle at near-decade lows, said clothing online continues to perform strongly. Analysts offered a mixed view of the results.


SuperGroup COO Susanne Given says the firm has been expanding its sourcing base to meet growth expectationsInterview: SuperGroup supply chain realignment to support growth 15 Apr 14

Michelle Russell

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has had a somewhat buoyant year to date, with strong bottom line growth in its last three quarters, and ambitious plans to extend its international presence. To support this growth, the company has been busy re-aligning its supply chain. COO Susanne Given talks to Michelle Russell about the challenges international expansion brings and the group's position in the competitive youth apparel marketplace.


MexicoMexico's shoe makers blame their woes on China 15 Apr 14

Ivan Castano Freeman

Mexico's shoe industry continues to blame its woes on China - demanding the government act to quell a flood of imports which trade leaders say could force the shutdown of hundreds of factories.


Sourcing is an increasingly complex mix shaped by customersPSF 2014: No one size fits all in apparel sourcing 14 Apr 14

Leonie Barrie

Even though China continues to play a pivotal role as an apparel supplier, interest in alternative sources continues to dominate industry discussions. And the picture they paint is of strategies that take account of shifts in domestic demand, investment in Southeast Asia, and outside opportunities like Africa.


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