Top stories on just-style this week included Next posting a jump in full-year profits, news that PVH plans to commit $1m to improve garment factories in Bangladesh and Sports Direct buying World Design & Trade Co's Firetrap brand. 

UK: Next FY weathers "perfect economic storm"
UK clothing retailer Next has seen its profits jump by 18.4% during 2011, despite a "perfect economic storm" in which "anaemic" consumer demand combined with rising input costs and higher VAT.

CHINA: China to become "e-commerce super power"
China is set to become the world's next e-commerce super power, overtaking the US by 2015, according to research released by luxury Chinese e-commerce group VIPStore.

BANGLADESH: PVH commits $1m to improving factory safety
Apparel maker PVH Corp today (21 March) revealed plans to commit $1m to improving conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories - as an ABC News report prepares to criticise it for continuing to source clothes at a facility where dozens of workers died in a fire.

Spotlight on... What is the future for UK apparel manufacturing?
UK high street retailers have been making a lot of noise of late about increasing their local sourcing. But with the domestic manufacturing sector now just a shadow of its former self, how realistic is such a move? Petah Marian reports.

UK: Sports Direct saves Firetrap from administration
Retailer Sports Direct has acquired World Design & Trade Co's Firetrap brand, which collapsed into administration last week with the loss of 51 jobs.