Retailers are hoping Christmas spending patterns resumed last month

Retailers are hoping Christmas spending patterns resumed last month

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

As fourth quarter and full-year results continue to flood in there is a rising sense of optimism among fashion brands and retailers, well illustrated by FY profit growth at Gap, Limited Brands and Nordstrom last week.

Warnaco Group, Foot Locker and Maidenform Brands are among those hoping to continue this trend during the coming week.

Apparel maker Warnaco swang to a fourth quarter loss this time last year, and is pinning many of its hopes on swimming brand Speedo and brand ambassador Michael Phelps.

Warnaco said in November that expansion of its Calvin Klein businesses, particularly in Europe, China and Central and South America, were instrumental to growth, with overall international sales outstripping domestic demand.

Foot Locker, meanwhile, managed to turn around its retail fortunes with better-than-expected first quarter profit in May. The company is expected to announce a strategic plan along with tomorrow's earnings release, having recently shuttered 117 more stores and cut 120 jobs in line with slowing demand.

Maidenform Brands also releases its end-of-year results this week, having seen strong performances from its core bra and shapewear businesses in Q3.

Leading US appreal retailers will also be releasing their February sales results this Thursday, after some mixed results in January as consumers tightened spending after a prosperous Christmas period.

Beyond the hectic financial calender just-style will also be reporting from the annual Retail Week Conference in London on Wednesday, where speakers include Marks and Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose and Debenhams chief executive Rob Templeman.