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“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske....

Australasia key for apparel brands going global

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilie...

Spotlight on...What's wrong with Billabong?

For all of the suitors circling Billabong, the Australian surfwear brand is yet to see much action. With four bidders showing interest over...

Comment: The retail view from down under

Australia is increasingly becoming a nation of online shoppers, as the strength of the Australian dollar, combined with the ease of purchasi...

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Dilan Gooneratne, Bodyline 2 Jan 2013

Petah Marian

Bodyline was one of the first factories set up by Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings in partnership with Victoria's Secret and Triumph. Looking back over the past 20 years, the company's CEO Dilan Gooneratne tells Petah Marian about the challenges Bodyline faced, and how the business was turned around in the midst of the economic crisis.

Interview: Sportsgirl CEO Elle Roseby 7 Nov 2011

Petah Marian

Trendy Australian fashion retailer Sportsgirl has spent the last five years working to establish a presence in all areas of its customers' lives. CEO Elle Roseby spoke to Petah Marian about how the 63-year-old brand has managed to remain relevant for its internet-savvy shoppers.

Latest News

Billabong FY loss dips on turnaround 28 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

Surfwear-led business Billabong International says its turnaround strategy is working after full-year losses were reduced and sales rose in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Pacific Brands makes loss and divests workwear 26 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Pacific Brands has moved to a net loss in its full-year and announced the divestment of its workwear business in a deal worth AUD18m.

Billabong sells online surfwear assets 21 Aug 2014

Michelle Russell

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has sold its online surfwear assets as it moves to a direct-to-consumer omni-channel model across its global operations.

Australia cotton yield to slump if drought holds 14 Aug 2014

Lee Adendorff

Australia's cotton industry is anticipating a significantly reduced yield in the 2014/15 harvest if the ongoing drought in the country's cotton-growing regions does not ease.

Target Australia discloses Bangladesh suppliers 13 Aug 2014

Richard Woodard

Retailer Target Australia has disclosed the locations of its supplier factories in Bangladesh – a move welcomed by charity Oxfam.

David Jones CEO Zahra steps down 13 Aug 2014

Katie Smith

David Jones CEO Paul Zahra has stepped down less than a month after South African retail group Woolworths Holdings was given the go-ahead to acquire the Australian department store operator.

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