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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....

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...

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 returns to profit in H1 26 Feb 2015

Richard Woodard

Ailing surfwear business Billabong International returned to profitability in its first half, but cautioned that the company’s turnaround strategy remained in its early stages.

Charges push Pacific Brands to H1 loss 17 Feb 2015

Richard Woodard

Australian apparel group Pacific Brands slid to a first half loss thanks to impairment charges of A$138.5m, incurred due to a change of approach and currency depreciation.

Australian arm of G-Star Raw in administration 6 Feb 2015

Michelle Russell

The Australian arm of international fashion business G-Star Raw has gone into voluntary administration.

Oroton issues profit warning as sales wane 15 Jan 2015

Richard Woodard

Retail business Oroton Group warned first-half earnings were likely to decline by up to AUD3.5m (US$2.9m) on last year, thanks to lower sales and higher than expected levels of discounting at Christmas.

Quiksilver completes sale of Surfdome stake 18 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Surf-led fashion business Quiksilver has completed the sale of its majority stake in Surfdome to Australia's SurfStitch Group.

Quiksilver books mixed Q4 results 12 Dec 2014

Michelle Russell

Surf-led apparel business Quiksilver has booked a mixed set of results with sales falling but losses narrowing in its fourth-quarter thanks to the completion of its restructuring.

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