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Is there more to Primark's woes than the weather?

A warm winter and a cold spring have been blamed for a fall in sales at value fashion retailer Primark. But its lack of e-commerce also leav...

Under Armour on track with new UAS sportswear line

Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour has taken a much-anticipated step to broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience wi...

EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada,...

Retail fallout unclear following Hanjin collapse

As efforts continue to try to rescue cargo stranded in the wake of the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container sh...

Latest Interviews

How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices 23 Mar 2016

Michelle Russell

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.


Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 2015

Wang Fangqing

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 

Latest News

Growing commitment to Responsible Wool Standard 29 Sep 16

Beth Wright

Textile Exchange has revealed more brands and suppliers are pledging their commitment to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), taking the total number of brands on board to 15.


West Coast port contract talks begin in November 29 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

The union representing West Coast dockworkers is to start talks with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to explore a possible extension to a contract agreed last year. 


3D customer scan creates true-to-size mannequin 29 Sep 16

Beth Wright

Retailer Long Tall Sally, which specialises in apparel for tall women, has unveiled what it claims to be the first mannequin based on the exact proportions of an actual customer, created using 3D scanning and printing technology.


Gersch to return to Gap Inc as Old Navy CMO 29 Sep 16

Beth Wright

US retail giant Gap Inc has named its former executive, Jamie Gersch, as chief marketing officer (CMO) of Old Navy in a bid to drive the brand's vision in the run-up to the holiday season.


Sainsbury's clothing gains share but sales tumble 28 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

Sainsbury's says its clothing business continued to gain market share in the second quarter, but sales fell as the UK supermarket retailer battled a competitive landscape and persistent deflation. 


Tchibo strengthens supply chain workers' rights 28 Sep 16

Beth Wright

Tchibo has become the first retail company in Germany to sign a global framework agreement (GFA) with the IndustriAll Global Union, in a bid to improve working conditions in countries where it sources its merchandise.

Latest blogs

Hanjin Shipping collapse triggers fear of West Coast port repeat 19 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

The recent bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, at the end of August, has left billions of dollars worth of merchandise in limbo, leaving the fallout for apparel and footwear importers and exporters unclear.


Tackling transparency and traceability 5 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

The ongoing challenge of tackling transparency and traceability across global supply chains cropped up again last week, with the launch of a new initiative to try to eliminate forced labour from cotton and yarn production.

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