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TPP trade pact in milestone signing by 12 nations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, involving 12 nations and covering 40% of the world economy, has finally been signed by minis...

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit s...

Pacific Brands review may drive more divestment

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a b...

“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....

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

Final TPP text released before signing next month 29 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

The New Zealand government has cleared the way for next month’s signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal by releasing the final text of the agreement.


Quiksilver to emerge from bankruptcy in February 29 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

Struggling surfwear business Quiksilver has had its reorganisation plan approved in court and expects to emerge from bankruptcy in early February.


Laura Ashley Australia falls into administration 7 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

The Australian arm of women's fashion and home furnishings retailer Laura Ashley, which has operated in Australia and New Zealand under licence from its UK parent since 1971, has gone into administration.


Billabong US head Leasure to retire 7 Jan 2016

Michelle Russell

Ed Leasure, the head of the US division for Billabong is to retire after nine years with the Australian surfwear company, just months after the company revealed subdued trading in the region. 


China-Australia trade agreement takes effect 22 Dec 2015

Michelle Russell

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has officially taken effect after more than a decade of talks. 


PETA calls for wool boycott on “gruesome” exposé 26 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is again calling for retailers and consumers to boycott wool products after its latest investigation exposed the "gruesome mutilation" and abuse of sheep in the wool industry, across three continents. 

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