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US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee, Gymboree Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 25 Sep 15

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 


What's in store for US apparel back-to-school sales? Katie Smith | 4 Sep 15

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more restrained when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, a shift in spending away from electronics, and a more optimistic consumer, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic for clothing retailers.


ITC narrows denim laser abrasion patent probe Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 15

The US International Trade Commission has narrowed the scope of its ongoing patent infringement investigation of certain laser abraded denim garments by removing five respondents.


American Eagle settles ITC denim patent dispute Michelle Russell | 22 Jun 15

American Eagle Outfitters has settled an investigation through the US International Trade Commission (ITC) over patent infringement regarding certain laser abraded denim garments.


American Eagle Outfitters Q1 earnings soar Michelle Russell | 21 May 15

American Eagle Outfitters saw its earnings soar in the first quarter on the back of strong sales and margins.


American Eagle signs Chile and Peru licensing deal Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 15

American Eagle Outfitters has revealed plans to expand its global retail presence through a series of licensed stores throughout Chile and Peru.


UPDATE: Sandblasting scandal in Chinese jeans factories Leonie Barrie | 17 Mar 15

American Eagle Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch have told just-style that recent audits found no evidence of sandblasting or sandblasting equipment at a factory in China where the deadly process is said to be used to make their jeans.


COMMENT: US teen apparel retailers fight to stay relevant Michelle Russell | 6 Mar 15

Slow store traffic and declining sales have become a common theme for US teen apparel retailers, resulting in brands closing stores and changing strategies in a bid to lure back customers. But is this enough to carve out a recovery?


Analysts mixed on American Eagle profit hike Katie Smith | 5 Mar 15

Analysts have mixed views on American Eagle Outfitters' six-fold fourth-quarter profit increase, with one welcoming the performance, and another saying it still has more work to do.


New supply chain options key amid US port problems Katie Smith | 12 Feb 15

As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months. As the congestion continues to cause headwinds for apparel businesses, retailers are being told they must investigate new supply chain options, including more near- and on-shoring.


Transparency mixed in Uzbek cotton supply chain Katie Smith | 5 Feb 15

Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revealed that while a number of companies have made improvements to address the issue of forced labour within the sector, many are reluctant to disclose the policies they are implementing or detail information about their suppliers.


American Eagle ups guidance as holiday sales grow Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 15

Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters has booked an increase in sales for the Christmas period and upped its EPS guidance for the fourth quarter.


Top company strategic reviews of 2014 Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 14

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.


American Eagle Outfitters records mixed Q3 Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 14

Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters has booked a decline in third-quarter earnings but saw gross margin increase, in what analyst have described as a "difficult environment".


American Eagle Outfitters ups Q3 outlook Katie Smith | 13 Nov 14

Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters has lifted its earnings guidance for the third quarter, thanks to reduced promotional activity and lower expenses.


Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 31 Oct 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week included toxic chemicals found in clothing and footwear sold by nine supermarkets and retailers, wearable technology forecast to be a key trend for 2015, and Topshop teams with Beyoncé for a new street wear line.


Spotlight on...Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally Ivan Castano Freeman | 28 Oct 14

Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.


US: Retailers urge ITC to drop denim patent case Richard Woodard | 4 Sep 14

Retailers and fashion businesses have joined forces to call on the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to abandon a patent investigation into laser-abraded jeans.


US: Analysts upbeat on American Eagle Q2 Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 14

American Eagle Outfitters has revealed what analysts believe is a "good report in a difficult environment".


US: RevoLaze files patent lawsuit against denim firms Michelle Russell | 20 Aug 14

Lazer technology firm RevoLaze has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement.


just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 18 Jul 14

The latest reports from just-style's research store include a case study of US fashion apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters, a global review of denim and jeanswear, and a country report of Vietnam.


UK: American Eagle to hit UK shores with three stores Michelle Russell | 30 Jun 14

American Eagle Outfitters has announced its entry into the UK with three store openings as the company looks to expand its global presence.


US: American Eagle extends closed-loop partnership Michelle Russell | 17 Jun 14

American Eagle Outfitters has extended its partnership with closed-loop textile recycling firm I:Collect to roll out its garment and footwear recycle programme to all of its stores across the US and Canada.


IN THE MONEY: Fast-track fashion a rare bright spot for AEO Michelle Russell | 22 May 14

Analysts have offered a skeptical view on the pace of turnaround at American Eagle Outfitters, but believe some bright spots are starting to show through. These include stronger product assortments and fast track fashion.


US: American Eagle to close 150 stores as Q1 profit plummets Michelle Russell | 21 May 14

Visibility for the turnaround of American Eagle Outfitters is hazy, analysts have said, after the teen apparel retailer revealed an 89% decline in first-quarter earnings.


US: Travel goods firms call for changes to GSP scheme Leonie Barrie | 14 May 14

Leading US travel goods companies, including Coach, VF Corp and Timberland, are continuing to call for legislation that would make US imports of items such as handbags, luggage and backpacks eligible for duty-free benefits.


Spotlight on...Teen retail being rocked by fast fashion headwinds Michelle Russell | 11 Apr 14

The popularity of fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M and Zara has changed the way consumers shop for value on a global basis. And according to new research, continued expansion of these concepts is likely to put more pressure on speciality retailers in the US - particularly those in the teen space.


US: American Eagle reports "highly disappointing" Q4 Michelle Russell | 11 Mar 14

Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters has reported a "highly disappointing" fourth-quarter after earnings slumped and margins narrowed.


Spotlight on...Analysts mixed on Abercrombie & Fitch changes Katie Smith | 29 Jan 14

Abercrombie & Fitch separated the roles of chairman and CEO yesterday (28 January), appointing former Sears boss Arthur Martinez as non-executive chairman, leaving Michael Jeffries with just his CEO title. While some analysts think these changes could prove positive, others believe the teen apparel retailer still has a long way to go in restructuring its business.


Spotlight on...American Eagle CEO departure stuns industry Michelle Russell | 24 Jan 14

Retailer American Eagle Outfitters stunned the industry when it announced the sudden departure of its CEO, Robert Hanson, earlier this week. Despite industry pressures and a tough year in the teen retail space, observers have voiced their disappointment at the departure of a chief executive they saw as amongst the best in retailing.

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