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.

T-shirt and underwear maker Hanesbrands will announce its second quarter performance on Wednesday (21 July), and is expecting to withstand supply chain and currency challenges.

Hanesbrand also said earlier in the year that it will double its earnings over the next three to four years thanks in part to a potential retail recovery. Although this recovery appears to be taking shape, US fashion retail sales in June suggest that shoppers remain worried about spending.

Other US apparel firms reporting their second quarter results this week include VF Corporation, Lacrosse Footwear and Columbia Sportswear.

In April, Columbia announced first quarter income of US$9.2m, from $6.9m in the same period last year, as consumer spending on its brands picked up in North America.
 
Insights on just-style include The Flanarant, which this week looks at the impact of wage inflation, raw material scarcity, currency fluctuations and growing compliance needs on China’s competitiveness. While the country's ranking is likely to ebb and flow a lot over the next few years, buyers won’t be heading elsewhere, it concludes.

Also this week, a latest report on performance apparel markets, including details of new innovations, can be downloaded from the just-style market research store.