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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....

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...

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

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. 

Billabong shares fall as margins under pressure 25 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Billabong saw its share price plummet this week after it revealed sales and margins in its new financial year have come under pressure from the weaker dollar and subdued trading in North America. 

Crop size reduction hits Namoi Cotton H1 profit 28 Oct 2015

Katie Smith

A 39% reduction in the size of Australia's cotton crop caused by dry weather conditions and lower irrigation water supplies contributed to a profit slide for cotton dealer Namoi Cotton Co-operative in its first-half. 

Bankruptcy court agrees Quiksilver final financing 19 Oct 2015

Michelle Russell

Struggling surfwear business Quiksilver has had its final financing package fully approved by the bankruptcy court, allowing it to continue operating in the US and abroad.

M&S's Dixon takes David Jones CEO role 1 Oct 2015

Michelle Russell

South African retail group Woolworths Holdings has appointed former M&S clothing director John Dixon as CEO of its David Jones business.

Myer to raise AUD221m as FY profit plummets 1 Sep 2015

Katie Smith

Ailing Australian department store retailer Myer Holdings has revealed plans to raise AUD221m (US$155.7m) to fund a new turnaround plan, after seeing its full-year profit plummet.

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