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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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US Q2 in brief: Guess, PVH Corp, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express 27 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. Guess saw both earnings and sales fall in the quarter, while PVH Corp revealed second-quarter results that beat its expectations, upping its full-year guidance. Express also raised its full-year outlook after its profit increased more than threefold, DSW said it remains confident in its direction after earnings grew, and Foot Locker had an "outstanding" quarter with sales, earnings and margins all up.

Shoe brands called to intervene in supplier dispute 27 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Sporting goods brands Adidas and Mizuno are being urged to intervene and reinstate 1,300 workers who were dismissed from one of their Indonesian footwear suppliers in 2012.

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.

Nine West buys former Canadian licensee 26 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Nine West Holdings has acquired the retail and wholesale businesses of its former licensee Sherson Group, which previously held the rights to the Nine West, Anne Klein and Easy Spirit brands in Canada.

China market woes could hit consumer spending 25 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the biggest risks including China revenue exposure and a potentially slower economy driving lower consumer spending, one analyst has suggested.

Unions call for Argentine textile sector improvements 25 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Five textile industry unions have joined forces to call for better legislation and collective bargaining to improve “precarious” work conditions in Argentina's textile sector.

Belk acquired by Sycamore Partners 25 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

US fashion department store retailer Belk has entered into a merger agreement with private equity firm Sycamore Partners in a deal worth US$3bn.

Lenzing reports higher H1 sales and earnings 25 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Lenzing has booked higher first-half earnings and sales but warned on the economic situation in China and exchange rate fluctuations for the remainder of the year.

Charles Vögele "on track" despite wider H1 loss 25 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Swiss fashion retailer Charles Vögele has said its transformation remains on track despite seeing its first-half loss more than doubled, hurt by currency headwinds.

Pacific Brands looks to develop lean supply chain 25 Aug 2015

Katie Smith

Australian apparel group Pacific Brands has said it will develop a sustainable, lean global supply chain and mitigate the impact of foreign exchange on its margins after narrowing its full-year loss.

UK consumers choose quality over price for back-to-school 25 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

UK consumers are putting product quality ahead of low prices and convenience when it comes to shopping for back-to-school items, an analyst survey has revealed.

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