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Southeast Asia – a strategic sourcing review

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases – and a new report from just-style aims to make it e...

Hirdaramani opens new factory in north Sri Lanka

Leading Sri Lankan garment manufacturer Hirdaramani Group has opened a new state-of-the-art apparel factory in the north-east of the country...

US opens talks on advancing Africa trade relations

The US has started talks aimed at advancing trade relations with Africa beyond one-way trade preferences, in a move it hopes will harness th...

Under Armour posts best quarterly growth of year

Performance wear specialist Under Armour has posted its best quarterly growth of the year as fourth-quarter earnings soared and net revenues...

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Hanesbrands Q4 performance "disappoints" 5 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

US apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands delivered a somewhat disappointing fourth-quarter performance, as warmer weather hurt sales, and provided "conservative" guidance for fiscal 2016. 

Oeko-Tex sets new STeP certification criteria 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Oeko-Tex has put new criteria into place for its STeP certification standard, designed to make the sustainability of production facilities throughout the textile supply chain visible using a transparent scoring system.

No catalyst for change forecast at Ralph Lauren until May 5 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

Analysts have said there will be "no catalyst for sentiment change" at Ralph Lauren until May, after the US apparel giant lowered its full-year outlook and posted a double-digit decline in third-quarter net profit. 

Matalan rating downgraded on profit "concerns" 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Value fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has had its ratings outlook downgraded by Moody's over concerns about the company's ability to reverse the decline in profitability in its current fiscal.

Top stories this week on just-style... 5 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a new report which found Syrian refugee workers in Turkish clothing factories that supply the likes of Next and H&M, renewed fears for worker safety after the latest garment factory fire in Bangladesh, and an update from Under Armour on its competitive positioning.

Hugo Boss taps Hengstmann as sustainability chief 5 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has appointed former Puma executive Reiner Hengstmann as senior head of global sustainability. 

Unions call for Indonesia minimum wage review 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Unions are urging the Indonesian government to return to the bargaining table to increase the country's minimum wage.

UK fashion bounces back with "strong" sales in January  5 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

UK retail sales bounced back in January from their worst Christmas since 2008, with fashion being the strongest performer, thanks to extended discounts during the month. 

Wolverine implements new operating structure 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has implemented a new brand operating group structure with the appointment of four new divisional heads. 

Deckers to close stores on "challenging" Q3 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands is to speed up some elements of its long-term strategy with the closure of around 20 stores, after revealing a "more challenging" third-quarter than it expected.

Global news roundup 5 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

H&M and Primark price rivalry reaches equilibrium 4 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Price competition between fast fashion retailers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Primark has now reached an equilibrium in the UK, according to an analyst evaluation, with Primark's prices now consistently around 60% lower than that of its rival. 

Southeast Asia – a strategic sourcing review 4 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar continue to attract huge interest as apparel supply bases – and a new report from just-style aims to make it easier for retailers, brands and importers to evaluate the key advantages and challenges of sourcing and manufacturing in each country.

Bangladesh fire highlights race to make factories safe 4 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

A fire that broke out at a garment factory in Bangladesh that was supposedly "on track" with remedial action highlights the race against time to make Bangladesh's garment factories safe, according to one industry trade union. 

Update – Calls for long-term stability after latest US port strike 4 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Retailers are calling on unions to seek long-term stability at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports in the US after what has been described as an illegal walkout by dockworkers last week. 

Ethiopia textile and apparel exports lag behind target 4 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

The export performance of Ethiopia's textile and apparel sector is lagging behind plan in the first six months of the year, according to the latest figures. 

H&M backs water conservation action in Bangladesh 4 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has joined forces with conservation and environmental advocacy group WWF to publish two investigative reports supporting strong action on water and good water governance in Bangladesh.

Kohl's cuts FY profit outlook on lower sales 4 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

Department store retailer Kohl's has cut its full-year earnings guidance as a result of lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margin. 

Sympatex extends seamless technology to occupational safety 4 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies is extending its innovative footwear laminate for use in the occupational safety sector.

Gore engineers new protective rainwear fabrics 4 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

Outdoor fabric specialist WL Gore & Associates has introduced what it describes as the "next generation" of protective arc-flash rated rainwear fabric.

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