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Amazon rolls out first fashion-focused TV campaign Beth Wright | 3 Oct 16

Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled its first fashion specific television advertisement, geared at marketing its move to carry brands with higher price points and to further state its position as a leader in apparel.

2015 – A year in review – Retail winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 15 Dec 15

Online apparel sales, the right product mix at the right price points and a successful stance against counterfeiters helped lift some retailers during 2015, but bankruptcy filings and inventory mis-management weighed on others.

Mothercare making progress as moves to H1 profit Katie Smith | 20 Nov 14

Mothercare still has to achieve a "significant" recovery in sales densities, an analyst has said, despite the UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer returning to profit in the first half.

US: Children's Apparel Network recalls girl's clothing sets Katie Smith | 25 Apr 13

Around 9,200 girl's three-piece clothing sets have been recalled by Children's Apparel Network because the waist belt could get caught in small spaces, posing an entanglement hazard.

US: Target hires e-commerce head Katie Smith | 25 Jan 13

Discount retailer Target Corp has appointed Jason Goldberger to the newly-created position of senior vice president of and mobile.

US: Retailers fined over alleged textile mislabelling Petah Marian | 4 Jan 13

Four US retailers have agreed to pay penalties totalling US$1.26m for allegedly falsely labelling textiles as made from bamboo, when they were actually rayon.

US: Amazon to fold into main fashion site Leonie Barrie | 21 Sep 12

Internet retail giant Amazon is to merge its shoe and accessories website into its main fashion offering as part of ongoing plans to build its share of the online apparel market.

CANADA: Sears Canada taps apparel merchandising specialist Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 11

Department store retailer Sears Canada Inc has tapped Limited Brands executive Steven Goldsmith as executive vice-president of merchandising, apparel and accessories.

US: offers international shipping | 14 Jul 11, the shoe and accessories website owned by internet retail giant Amazon, is extending its free international shipping customers in 50 countries worldwide.

US: Bluefly names Park as COO | 3 Jun 11

Online fashion retailer Bluefly has appointed Joseph Park as chief operating officer, effective immediately.

US: Amazon launches private sale fashion site | 4 May 11

Internet retailer is taking another step to grow its share of the global online apparel market with the launch of a US private sale website offering discounted designer brands.

US: Wal-Mart to buy social media company Kosmix | 19 Apr 11

Wal-Mart Stores has agreed to buy Kosmix, a social media start-up focused on e-commerce, as it looks for new ways to tap into customers via social networking sites and smartphones.

COMMENT: The Googlisation of the garment industry | 25 Jan 11

The clothing retail industry is an easy target for internet giants Google, Amazon and eBay, all of whom are vying for growth in the global online apparel market. Just look at what happened to bookstores, says David Birnbaum.

US: Q1 profit up 68% on strong sales | 26 Apr 10

Strong online sales over Christmas and a first contribution from shoe retailer have helped Inc to a 68% jump in first quarter profit.

UK: Amazon launches standalone footwear website | 2 Oct 09

Internet retail giant Amazon has launched a new standalone UK website selling shoes and handbags in a bid to boost its share of the online fashion, footwear and accessories market.

INSIGHT: Walmart’s new website speeds online fashion race | 1 Sep 09

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, is to sell products from other retailers on its website as part of a new online mall called Walmart Marketplace.

Spotlight on...Zappos and Amazon “sitting in a tree” | 18 Aug 09

Few corporate deals have met with such unanimous praise as Amazon’s recently announced acquisition of online footwear retailer Zappos for about US$900m. Richard Woodard looks at why the deal has been received so positively – and wonders if Amazon could learn a lesson or two from its new buy.

US: Target to take website control back from Amazon | 10 Aug 09

Discount retailer Target Corp plans to build and manage its own online retail platform in time for the 2011 holiday season – in a move that will also mark the end its 10-year ecommerce deal with Amazon.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 24 Jul 09

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

US: Gramicci links with Amazon for online sales | 15 May 08

Outdoor apparel brand Gramicci has launched its spring 2008 assortment on Amazon's Sports & Outdoors store.

Speaking with style: Nick Robertson, CEO, Asos | 20 Mar 08

Online fashion retailer Asos seems to be coasting through the retail slump with two main selling points - Internet and celebrity. Joe Ayling interviews Asos CEO Nick Robertson to find out more.

US: Paris Hilton shoes to launch at Macy's | 24 Jan 08

The footwear collection from celebrity Paris Hilton will be launched next month at Macy's South Coast Plaza.

UK: John Lewis voted the nation’s favourite retailer | 11 Jan 08

Department store chain John Lewis has been voted the UK’s favourite retailer in a poll of over 6,000 shoppers.

US: Amazon raises outlook as Q3 profit soars | 24 Oct 07

Third quarter profit at Inc has more than quadrupled after the internet retailer reported strong sales in all categories.

UK: Former Tesco clothing exec named CEO at | 19 Oct 07

Tesco’s Central European clothing boss is leaving the supermarket group to take up the top post at online lingerie and swimwear retailer

US: Amazon soars in Q2 with 257% profit hike | 26 Jul 07

Shares in Internet-based retailer Amazon went through the roof this week as the company nearly tripled its second quarter profits.

UK: Amazon to launch shoes, accessories site? | 28 Jun 07

Following on from its success in the US, top online retailer Amazon is planning to launch a footwear and accessories site in Britain later this year, according to media reports.

US: Apparel, footwear sales help Amazon double Q1 profit | 25 Apr 07

Online retail giant Inc has more than doubled its first quarter profit, helped by strong sales of general merchandise, which includes apparel and shoes.

AUSTRALIA: Billabong makes 13.8% half-year profit | 23 Feb 07

Australian surfwear company Billabong International has reported a 13.8% lift in net profit for the six months of its financial year, which ended 31 December 2006, with strong growth worldwide.

Clothing companies cash in on e-commerce | 13 Feb 07

Despite the limitations of selling fashion over the internet, online purchases appeared to buck the downward trend in festive retail sales. Rebecca Danton finds out why more and more retailers are turning to e-commerce, while new research suggests that online fashion sales could increase by GBP134m (US$264m) a year if websites address customer behaviour patterns and provide more product information.



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