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CANADA: Maple Lake expands with Satori Planning buy Leonie Barrie | 6 Jan 12

Retail software specialist Maple Lake plans to increase its presence in Australia and the Pacific Rim after completing a deal to acquire Satori Planning Pty, its former distributor in the region.

UK: Arcadia Group plans 250 store closures as profit drops Petah Marian | 24 Nov 11

Arcadia has revealed plans to close some 250 stores over the next few years as their leases expire.

CANADA: Topshop and Topman open flagship Petah Marian | 4 Oct 11

Topshop and Topman are set to enter Canada tomorrow (5 October) through a partnership with local operator The Bay.

UK: Retailers urged to take action to end sweatshops Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 11

Campaigners are using the start of London Fashion Week to step up calls for high street retailers to take more action to end poverty pay for overseas workers.

UK: Arcadia to cut up to 90 jobs Richard Woodard | 7 Sep 11

Fashion retail giant Arcadia is to axe up to 90 head office jobs as a result of “harsh trading conditions”, the company said today (7 September).

Retail expansion: which strategies work best? Katie Smith | 21 Jul 11

Faced with constant pressure to expand their businesses, fashion brands and retailers have a number of choices: they can add new merchandise lines, target customers at new price points or in new geographical markets, or attempt all three. But what is the best strategy? A new report from just-style offers advice to apparel brand managers wanting to breath new life into existing portfolios.

Five bargain school uniform offerings to rival Tesco Katie Smith | 24 Jun 11

Despite the effect of spiralling input costs on the global supply chain, high street retailers are still managing to produce school essentials at low prices. This week the UK's largest retailer, Tesco, launched its cheapest range of schoolwear "ever", and just-style takes a look at how far its rivals are managing to push down uniform prices.

UK: M&S hires brand director for general merchandise | 1 Jun 11

UK retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has appointed Alison Jones to a newly created position of brand director of general merchandise.

UK: Sourcing event to promote sustainable fashion | 16 May 11

A showcase of suppliers and manufacturers from all over the world working to fair trade, ethical and organic standards is taking place in London this year, providing an alternative sourcing opportunity for designers, retailers and brands.

UK retailers eye domestic manufacturing skills Joe Ayling | 15 Apr 11

UK retailers including Arcadia Group have made the headlines this week over the possibility of bringing some sourcing back home. Meanwhile, a factory in North London is proving that manufacturing in the UK still has legs, through a tie-up with internet retailer Asos.

UK: Protesters target retailers in London Katie Smith | 29 Mar 11

Protests over UK government cuts were reported at a number of fashion retailers in London during the weekend.

New Look boss makes shock departure Joe Ayling | 21 Mar 11

After the sudden resignation of New Look CEO Carl McPhail today (21 March), just-style takes a look at his time at the helm and possible reasons for moving on.

CANADA: The Bay wins Topshop and Topman franchises | 10 Mar 11

Apparel retail chains Topshop and Topman are poised for expansion into Canada with the signing of a franchise agreement with The Bay, the retail chain owned by The Hudson’s Bay Company.

UK: Topshop facing new UK Uncut protests Joe Ayling | 17 Dec 10

High street fashion chain Topshop and other stores owned by billionaire Sir Philip Green are facing further tax protests in the UK tomorrow (18 December).

UK: Fashion workers in “climate of fear” Richard Woodard | 14 Dec 10

Workers supplying fashion items to some of the leading retail chains in the UK live in a “climate of fear” characterised by poverty wages, violence and denial of basic rights, according to two leading pressure groups.

UK: Tax protesters target Green and Arcadia | 30 Nov 10

Protesters are due to target the stores of the Arcadia retail group this weekend in a nationwide campaign aimed at company boss and billionaire Sir Philip Green.

UK: Topshop to expand South American presence Joe Ayling | 30 Nov 10

UK clothing retailer Topshop is to open stores in Brazil and Chile as part of its expansion into the South American retail market.

Speaking with style: Sandra Smith, consultant at Bureau Veritas Joe Ayling | 25 Nov 10

With the apparel industry facing higher costs and widening sourcing networks, supply chain expert Sandra Smith tells just-style news editor Joe Ayling how retailers are adapting. She explains how cost pressures, ethics, sustainability and technology fall into today's sourcing considerations.

UK: Arcadia cautious despite FY profit boost | 18 Nov 10

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group Ltd, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins chains, today (18 November) said it is cautious about the year ahead amid signs that sales have slowed in the first weeks of its new financial year.

COMMENT: Green review could save a few jobs | 15 Oct 10

Sir Philip Green submitted his Government spending review in the UK this week at the request of new Prime Minister David Cameron.

UK: Topshop inks new design deals | 9 Sep 10

UK high street retailer Topshop is to launch a series of new collections and collaborations in the year ahead, having ended its regular tie-up with supermodel Kate Moss recently.

ISRAEL: Topman to open new stores – reports | 1 Sep 10

Arcadia-owned men’s fashion retailer Topman is to open two new stores in Israel, according to local media reports.

UK: Sir Philip Green to lead Government efficiency review Joe Ayling | 13 Aug 10

The founder of fashion empire Arcadia Group, Sir Philip Green, has been asked by the British Prime Minister to lead an external efficiency review into Government spending.

COMMENT: Sir Philip well-placed to offer advice Joe Ayling | 13 Aug 10

News that the UK's new coalition government is turning to a top clothing executive to advise on its spending review speaks volumes for both Sir Philip Green and the clothing industry.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 13 Aug 10

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

UK: Primark appoints John Lyttle as COO Joe Ayling | 2 Aug 10

UK fast fashion firm Primark has announced the appointment of John Lyttle as its new chief operating officer.

COMMENT: Tesco stays online, for now Joe Ayling | 9 Jul 10

A few years ago, top retail executive Sir Phillip Green described the UK high street as 'saturated', and it will feel even more so if supermarket giant Tesco enters the fray.

UK: Charges send BHS to FY loss – reports | 28 May 10

UK retailer BHS slid to a full-year loss of GBP56.3m (US$82.1m), hit by exceptional costs associated with a corporate restructuring and assimilation into owner Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire.

ANALYSIS: Can coalition lift UK gloom? Joe Ayling | 17 May 10

As a new coalition Government takes charge in the UK, the change in consumer and market sentiment will be equally important to retailers the high street.

UK: Phil Wrigley moves from fashion to drinks | 26 Jan 10

Former New Look chairman and chief executive Phil Wrigley has been named as the next chairman of drinks retailer Majestic Wine.








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