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China says it will not issue additional raw cotton import quotas in 2015Opinion divided on impact of China cotton import cuts 30 Sep 14

Jens Kastner

China, the world's top cotton consumer, has announced a significant reduction to its low duty 2015 cotton import quota to boost demand for domestically-produced fibre. But experts disagree on whether the policy could pose risks for textile and clothing manufacturers.


WRC 2014: Retail confidence up despite economic uncertainty 30 Sep 14

Michelle Russell

A positive change in retail sales is expected over the next 12 months, with growth in North America, the Middle East, China and Africa offsetting a slowdown in some global regions, according to findings from research revealed at the World Retail Congress by Monash University. Most notably, Western Europe is seen as offering the worst prospects for retail growth.


World Retail Congress 2014 Day One: Quote/unquote 30 Sep 14

Michelle Russell

The great and the good of the retail industry have converged on Paris for three days for the annual World Retail Congress. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and new business models are all on the agenda, and the 'disruptive consumer' is a key talking point.


Li & Fung: China consumption growth to bring major change 29 Sep 14

Michelle Russell

Not content with dominating the global exporting landscape, China is now switching its focus to growth in domestic consumption. And according to Li & Fung chairman William Fung, this is likely to lead to “a rather bumpy ride” for the apparel industry.


Innovation and e-commerce appear to be key growth opportunities for Nike IN THE MONEY: Innovation and e-commerce key to Nike's growth 29 Sep 14

Katie Smith

It's no wonder sporting goods giant Nike is feeling bullish about its long-term growth opportunities, after booking what has been described as a "flawless" performance in the first quarter. And what's more, the company is looking to raise the bar even higher in the future.


Esprit is to reduce the size of its collections by 20-30% in one yearIN THE MONEY: Esprit outlines next stage of transformation 26 Sep 14

Katie Smith

After reporting its return to a full-year profit earlier this week, Hong Kong-listed casual fashion brand Esprit Holdings has outlined the next stage in its 'transformation strategy', aimed at helping the company become faster and more efficient in its business processes.


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Tesco in turmoil as investigation beginsTesco in turmoil as investigation begins

UK retail behemoth Tesco this week revealed a GBP250m (U$408.1m) profit overstatement in its first-half accounts. A day later and Tesco announced the early arrival of new CFO Alan Stewart. The news is sure to alarm investors and means the retailer still has a long way to go to recovery.

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Michelle RussellLatest blog entry: World Retail Congress 2014 28 Sep 2014

Michelle Russell

The annual World Retail Congress has returned to Paris this week for three days where the great and the good of the retail industry have converged to discuss the industry climate as we move out of a tough economic climate. New technologies, the rise of omni-channel, innovation and the supply chain of the future will all be discussed.


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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.


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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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