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China market woes could hit consumer spending

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the b...

G-Star eyes expansion into Malaysia and Vietnam

Denim giant G-Star Raw says it is eyeing Malaysia and Vietnam as potential new markets as part of its Asia expansion plans, and following a...

Gap restructuring weighs on Q2 as profit falls 34%

Gap Inc remains a group of “mixed fortunes”, according to one analyst, after the US retail giant reported a double-digit decline in second-q...

Bangladesh garment villages seen elevating exports to $50bn

Bangladesh intends to establish special economic zones called ‘garment villages’ as a key part of its plans to ramp up garment manufacturing...

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The stock-out paradox persists despite data overload 28 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

Despite living in the ‘golden age of data,’ with retailers having access to unprecedented levels of information on shopping behaviour and trends, their planning and prediction efforts are still failing to meet consumer demand, a new survey suggests. And the problem seems to be most acute in fashion and footwear.

UPDATE: Adidas seeking to resolve footwear supplier dispute 28 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Sporting goods giant Adidas Group says it has "actively" sought to help resolve a dispute at a subcontractor to one of its Indonesian footwear suppliers, even though it had no active business relationship with the factory when around 1,300 workers were dismissed three years ago.

US Q2 in brief: J Crew, Aeropostale, Bebe, Destination XL 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. J Crew moved to a loss in its latest quarter, while Bebe Stores improved its net loss and announced a licensing deal for China. Aeropostale booked a net loss for the eleventh straight quarter, and Destination XL delivered what it said was an “outstanding” quarte. rDollar General posted increases in earnings and sales, including apparel, Burlington Stores has raised its full-year guidance after returning to profit, and PVH Corp revealed results that beat its expectations, upping its full-year guidance.

New fabric protection with battlefield beginnings 28 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

A fabric protection treatment developed to meet a challenge set by the US Army for a “self-cleaning” uniform” has now gone into production.

Top stories this week on just-style... 28 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the potential impact of China's currency devaluation on garment imports and exports, whether Vietnam has the skills and capacity to cope with its impending trade deals, and an interview with Kurt Cavano, founder and chief strategy officer of GT Nexus on apparel industry disruptors.

Perry Ellis takes control of some licenses in Canada 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

US apparel business Perry Ellis International has assumed control of its men's bottom's and accessories businesses in Canada.

Hermès maintains sales guidance as H1 profit climbs 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

French luxury goods group Hermès is maintaining its sales guidance but has lowered its full-year operating profit outlook on the back of negative currency fluctuations.

Jimmy Choo reveals “pleasing” H1 as challenges loom 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

British luxury brand Jimmy Choo has booked a “pleasing” first-half performance with double-digit retail sales growth and higher earnings.

Etam Group reveals mixed first-half 28 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Women's wear, lingerie and accessories retailer Etam Group has booked a mixed first-half as sales climbed but earnings and gross margin declined on increased European markdowns.

UK consumer confidence maintains momentum 28 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Confidence among UK consumers rose in August, helped by house price inflation, improving employment prospects, and lower day-to-day living costs and interest rates.

Gerber launches Mauritius apparel software programme 27 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Gerber Technology has established a technical assistance and training programme in Mauritius, aimed at boosting the uptake of its software solutions for apparel pattern making.

Billabong first annual profit in four years 27 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has booked its first annual profit in four years, with the benefit of its efficiency measures expected to be seen over the course of the next fiscal.

Cherokee inks licensing deal with 5 Horizons 27 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Global brand management business Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a licensing deal with 5 Horizons Group for its Everyday California brand.

Tianjin explosion “minimal” impact on China garment exports 26 Aug 2015

Frank Hersey

The Chinese clothing export sector would have suffered more if the powerful explosions that ripped through a storage facility at Tianjin Port earlier this month had occurred in more southerly ports in the country, according to a specialist in China’s garment industry.

Clothing continues to drive UK retail sales growth 26 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Clothing remained one of the largest contributors to overall UK retail sales growth in August, as it continued to report strong increases, albeit lower than the prior month.

Adidas files trademark suit against Forever 21 26 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Sportswear giant Adidas has filed a lawsuit against fast fashion chain Forever 21 in the US over infringement of its 'three-stripe' trademark.

Luen Thai to continue investment in Vietnam 26 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Luen Thai Holdings says Vietnam will continue to be the country of choice for apparel manufacturing in the foreseeable future, thanks to prospects associated with the expected passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

UK sportswear market to surpass $8bn by 2019 26 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

The UK market for sportswear is expected to see considerable growth over the next five years to surpass GBP8bn (US$12.5bn) as the trend for athleisure rockets, a new report has forecast.

H&M offers $1m grant for sustainable innovations 26 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is looking to encourage sustainable innovation by offering a EUR1m (US$1.1m) grant and access to an innovation accelerator as part of a new global awards programme.

Outdoor Retailer to stay in Salt Lake City through 2018 26 Aug 2015

Leonie Barrie

Organisers of the Outdoor Retailer trade show have put an end to speculation about a potential change of venue by extending their contracts to remain in Salt Lake City through 2018.

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