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Next books first FY profit fall in eight years

UK clothing retailer Next Plc has booked its first fall in annual profits in eight years and issued a caution on the year ahead amid the thr...

Brands urged to empower women in sub-Sahara Africa

Building inclusive supply chains through responsible sourcing practices, creating gender-sensitive workplaces, and investing in training and...

Adidas mulls roll-out of in-store customisation

German sportswear giant Adidas has told just-style it is evaluating the results of its Storefactory research project to decide whether to ro...

Walmart snaps up online fashion firm ModCloth

US retail giant Walmart is further beefing up its e-commerce strategy with the acquisition of women's online fashion and accessory retailer...

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Next books first FY profit fall in eight years 23 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

UK clothing retailer Next Plc has booked its first fall in annual profits in eight years and issued a caution on the year ahead amid the threat of price inflation and a shift away from spend on clothing.


Brand appeal drives Ted Baker FY sales up 16.4% 23 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

UK lifestyle brand Ted Baker hailed another "good year of progress", driven by the strength and appeal of its brand and despite what it called on-going external challenges.


South Korea's Samil Spinning to buy Buhler Quality Yarns 23 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

South Korean textile firm Samil Spinning has signed a deal to acquire US speciality yarn maker Buhler Quality Yarns amid fears of trade protectionism in America.


Stahl to acquire BASF's Leather Chemicals business 23 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has inked an agreement with German chemical group BASF to acquire its Leather Chemicals assets, in move it claims accelerates the process of creating a more transparent supply chain.


New molecular tagging platform tackles transparency 23 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has unveiled a new supply chain platform to help certify the authenticity and origin of textile, apparel and footwear items.


Italian fabric firm Alcantara to double production 23 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

The Italian maker of the suede-like Alcantara material is to invest EUR300m (US$323.6m) in doubling the capacity of its production facilities in Umbria over the next five years.


Bebe Stores exploring options amid Q2 loss 23 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores has revealed it is exploring "strategic alternatives" on the back of a US$5.2m loss and a slump in sales in its second-quarter.


US Q4 in brief – PVH Corp, J Crew, Perry Ellis 23 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


The role of trade and investment in development 23 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has highlighted the importance of developing a coherent policy approach to both trade and investment flows in order to ensure that all developing countries see growth.


Tulip Retail and True Fit team up on personalised shopping 23 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

US shoppers may soon benefit from an improved in-store shopping experience with personalised style, fit and size recommendations thanks to a strategic partnership between mobile application platform Tulip Retail and data-driven personalisation platform True Fit.


Brands urged to empower women in sub-Sahara Africa 22 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

Building inclusive supply chains through responsible sourcing practices, creating gender-sensitive workplaces, and investing in training and education, are some of the steps apparel brands are being urged to take in order to support women workers in sub-Saharan Africa, a new report suggests.


Adidas mulls roll-out of in-store customisation 22 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

German sportswear giant Adidas has told just-style it is evaluating the results of its Storefactory research project to decide whether to roll out localised and personalised consumer experiences in its stores.


Demand in all regions drives Nike Q3 earnings growth 22 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

US sporting giant Nike booked what it called a "solid" third-quarter after delivering a double-digit profit hike and witnessing demand for its namesake brand across all geographies.


Higher fibre prices and sales lift Lenzing FY 22 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has offered an optimistic outlook for the year ahead on the back of "excellent development" in 2016, thanks to higher selling prices for all its fibre products and a better product mix.


Call for review of "poorly designed" conflict minerals guidance 22 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

US apparel and footwear companies are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reconsider the appropriateness of its 2014 guidance on "conflict minerals" given its cost to brands and lack of impact to date.


Sequential Brands taps former VF Sportswear president as CEO 22 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

Brand management company Sequential Brands has tapped former VF Sportswear president, Karen Murray, as CEO.


Sears has "substantial doubt" of future 22 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has expressed "substantial doubt" the company can continue to operate as a profitable business.


Max Mara's Imax selects PLM to boost efficiencies 22 Mar 2017

Beth Wright

Imax, a manufacturing division of Italian luxury womenswear business Max Mara, has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help reduce costs and boost time to market.


Researchers develop heart monitoring sensor for apparel 22 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

Researchers in the UK have developed a flexible, photonic, textile-based sensor that can be embedded into clothing to continuously monitor the wearer's heartbeat and blood flow.


UK to trigger Brexit process on 29 March 21 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

The UK government has said it will trigger the renegotiation process for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March, Downing Street revealed this week.


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