Top stories on just-style this week included forecasts for a recovery in world cotton stocks, falling women's wear sales at Marks & Spencer, the breakdown of talks to sell Jones Group's jeanswear division to Delta Galil, and a rise in retail administrations in England and Wales.

WORLD: Chinese reserve system boosting cotton stocks
Purchases by the Chinese government are absorbing a large portion of the 2011/12 global cotton crop, according to data released earlier this month, with efforts to rebuild the national reserve likely to lead to a recovery in world stocks.

In the money: Marks & Spencer women's wear sales take a hit
Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland admitted today (10 January) that women's wear sales fell during the third-quarter, even though heavy promotions lifted the retailer's overall clothing sales.

US: Jones Group and Delta Galil end jeanswear talks
Talks to sell The Jones Group Inc's jeanswear division to Israel-based apparel and lingerie maker Delta Galil have broken down, the two companies said today (9 January), after they failed to reach "mutually acceptable terms" for the deal.

UK: More retailers set to fall into administration
The total number of retailers in England and Wales falling into administration increased by 11% during 2011 to 183, with further troubles ahead, according to research from consultancy firm Deloitte.

UK: Alshaya to acquire La Senza lingerie stores
Kuwait-based retail franchise operator Alshaya Group is to acquire some 60 La Senza stores from the troubled retailer's administrators KPMG.