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Size matters for apparel brands | 20 Mar 06

Are brands are becoming increasingly irrelevant in much of today’s clothing industry? Mike Flanagan points out that in the super-club of the world’s largest apparel companies, there’s no longer a single branded supplier. These days, he says, it’s the retailers that matter.

US: House approves anti-counterfeiting bill | 9 Mar 06

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that strengthens US anti-counterfeiting laws.

US: United Retail bounces back in black | 2 Mar 06

United Retail Group has returned to the black in 2005, recording net income for fiscal 2005 of US$28.3 million, or $2.12 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $10.5m, or $0.82 per share, in the previous year.

US: VF Corporation appoints COO | 2 Mar 06

VF Corporation has announced that Eric C. Wiseman has been appointed president and chief operating officer and will assume responsibility for the company's day-to-day operations. Wiseman, 50, who previously served as executive vice president, global brands, will continue to report to Mackey J. McDonald, chairman and chief executive officer.

US: Wellco CEO, chairman and president quits | 22 Feb 06

Military shoe maker Wellco said David Lutz, its chief executive, chairman, president and chief operating officer, has left the positions.

UK: Purista antimicrobial reaches out to synthetics | 14 Feb 06

Purista, the antimicrobial treatment for clothing, has responded to the demands among consumers and manufacturers to develop a freshness treatment for use on synthetic fibres.

US: Footstar announces new board and CEO | 14 Feb 06

Footstar has announced a new nine-member board of directors and the appointment of Jeffrey A. Shepard as president and CEO following the company's emergence from its Chapter 11 reorganisation on 6 February 2006.

Who will win India’s retail war? | 13 Feb 06

Now that India’s government has announced a partial lifting of its ban on foreign retailers setting up shop, apparel businesses must surely be queuing up for a slice of the country’s US$15bn clothing market. Mike Flanagan thinks not. He believes a one-brand rule and high import duties are slowing the countdown to India’s retail revolution.

UK: George Davies to take on M&S children's wear? | 13 Feb 06

High-street design favourite George Davies is to take on the task of rejuvenating Marks & Spencer’s children’s wear collections, press reports said.

UK: Asda's £60 wedding dress slashes the cost of tying the knot | 23 Jan 06

British supermarket giant Asda is to start selling wedding dresses – with a new range being launched on Valentine’s Day (14 February) at prices as low as GBP60 (US$107).

Battle of the bras | 6 Jan 06

The bra may appear a modest garment, undercover and appreciated more for its contents than for its structural qualities. Yet behind the lace lies a cut-throat world of takeover bids and high security R&D – all part of the mission to develop a perfect bra. By Sapna Arora.

US: VF names George Irion as vp, procurement | 23 Dec 05

Apprel group VF has appointed George Irion as head of a new procurement organisation structure designed to identify cross-coalition purchasing opportunities and alliances for VF.

UK: Mothercare to set up outlets in India | 8 Dec 05

Mothercare, the specialist children’s products retailer and possibly the UK’s most-exported brand, is set to make a formal entry into the Indian market.

UK: George retail security specialist joins Norprint | 8 Dec 05

Retail operations and security specialist Paul Burrows has joined Norprint Labelling Systems Limited to head up retail security development.

USA: Everlast chairman, CEO dies from cancer | 30 Nov 05

Sports goods company Everlast Worldwide’s chairman and chief executive George Horowitz has died from kidney cancer.

USA: Perry Ellis Buys Gotcha Brands, Posts Profit Growth | 21 Nov 05

Apparel group Perry Ellis International has announced the acquisition of surf wear maker Gotcha International's trademarks and reported an increased third-quarter profit.

UK: George Owner Asda In Recruitment Drive | 15 Nov 05

Supermarket chain Asda is to take on 2,800 new employees across its British stores as it continues to expand into non-food sectors including clothing.

USA: China Currency Coalition Slams Export Tactics | 14 Nov 05

The US government’s approach to China’s exports has been strongly criticised by the China Currency Coalition, which points to the widening US trade deficit with its trading partner.

UK: George Davies To Stay At M&S, Good H1 Results | 8 Nov 05

High-street retailer Marks & Spencer today reported a 19.6 per cent hike in first-half profits – and made the surprise announcement that Per Una founder George Davies is to stay on at the company, a month after handing in his resignation.

UK: AB Foods' Profit Up 12% On Success Of Primark | 8 Nov 05

Food and retail company Associated British Foods has reported a 12 per cent annual profits rise, boosted by the booming value fashion chain Primark.

USA: Callaway Signs Strategic Deal With Tour Golf | 4 Nov 05

Callaway Golf Company has formed a strategic alliance with Tour Golf Group, the company's exclusive licensee for Callaway Golf footwear.

USA: Everlast Nets Scandinavia License Deal | 3 Nov 05

Sporting goods and apparel company Everlast Worldwide has signed a new licensing deal for the Scandinavian market.

UK: M&S Invests €33m In Irish Expansion | 2 Nov 05

Struggling British retailer Marks and Spencer is splashing out €33 million on an Irish expansion programme.

SOUTH KOREA: Everlast Signs Spris Licensing Deal | 28 Oct 05

Sports goods and apparel maker Everlast Worldwide has signed a licensing agreement with Spris Corp for the production and distribution of apparel for the South Korean market.

Footwear specialists fight to survive | 26 Oct 05

Clothing specialists and grocers have already made a major assault on the UK footwear market. New research suggests there is likely to be further encroachment in 2005 from non-specialists attracted by the sector's superior growth.

UK: M&S, George Davies To Enter Legal Battle? | 18 Oct 05

City analyst Richard Ratner has warned of a legal clash between high-street chain Marks & Spencer and George Davies, founder of its Per Una range, if Davies continues with his plan to establish a competitor to M&S.

UK: George Davies To Set Up M&S Rival Chain | 17 Oct 05

Design consultant George Davies, who last week announced his departure from Marks & Spencer’s Per Una fashion brand, is planning to establish a stand-alone clothing chain to rival M&S.

NICARAGUA: Congress Passes CAFTA-DR Free Trade Deal | 12 Oct 05

The Nicaraguan Congress has given its go-ahead to the Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) deal with the US, despite concerns that the agreement could adversely affect Nicaragua’s domestic businesses.

UK: M&S Spirits Dampened, Per Una Consultant Quits | 12 Oct 05

High-street mogul George Davies has quit store chain Marks & Spencer just hours after the chain reported an upturn in trading.

USA: Growth Potential For Purista After EPA Acceptance | 4 Oct 05

Textile treatment Purista has secured acceptance from the US Environmental Protection Agency, opening the door to further growth in the US clothing and home textiles sectors.








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