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INTERVIEW: George at Asda on responsible retail journey Katie Smith | 20 Jan 15

UK supermarket brand George at Asda is on a journey to a more sustainable supply chain through its Responsible Retail programme. Lynne Tooms, senior director of quality and sourcing, explains why retailers need to understand more about where their products come from and the challenges faced by suppliers.


UK retail sales see strongest growth in 26 years Katie Smith | 19 Dec 14

UK retail sales grew at their fastest pace for almost 26 years in December, thanks, in part, to robust growth at clothing retailers.


Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality Jozef De Coster | 5 Dec 14

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality Jozef De Coster | 5 Dec 14

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.


UK clothing sales tumble in Christmas run-up Katie Smith | 26 Nov 14

A decline in sales volumes at UK clothing chains in the year to November failed to offset overall retail growth in the run-up to Christmas, the latest figures show.


Asda "pleased" despite Q3 like-for-like sales drop Katie Smith | 14 Nov 14

Supermarket retailer Asda has said it is "pleased" with its performance in the third quarter, despite a fall in like-for-like sales.


Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork Katie Smith | 14 Oct 14

Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.


Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork Katie Smith | 14 Oct 14

Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.


Sainsbury's clothing a bright spot in Q2 trading Michelle Russell | 1 Oct 14

Sainsbury's has said its clothing business continues to perform strongly as the UK retail group revealed a decline in second-quarter sales hurt by significant pricing activity and food price deflation.


World Retail Congress 2014 Day Two: Quote/unquote Michelle Russell | 30 Sep 14

The second day of the annual World Retail Congress in Paris has shifted its focus onto cohesive supply chains, sustainable consumption, and how new design and R&D models are shaping the industry.


3D technology: Size Stream measures up new market opportunities Leonie Barrie | 24 Sep 14

3D body scanners were first used to generate detailed size and shape data back in the late 1990s, and have since had a key role to play in helping retailers and brands create better-fitting garments. But as the technology improves, costs come down and the systems get smaller, the door is opening on a myriad of new opportunities, as Size Stream vice president David Bruner explains.


UK: Fashion sourcing event includes men's wear debate Katie Smith | 18 Sep 14

A near-shore fashion sourcing event set to take place later this month will include a debate on the challenges and opportunities for men's wear.


UK: Fashion sourcing event includes men's wear debate Katie Smith | 18 Sep 14

A near-shore fashion sourcing event set to take place later this month will include a debate on the challenges and opportunities for men's wear.


UK: Sainsbury's tops poll of favourite fashion retailers Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 14

In a recent survey of 6,000 consumers by retail analysts Conlumino, Sainsbury's topped the poll as the nation's favourite fashion retailer. We take a look at some of the other shops who came out on top.


UK: New Look taps Mason as non-exec chairman Katie Smith | 17 Sep 14

UK fashion retailer New Look has tapped former Matalan and Levi Strauss executive Paul Mason as its new non-executive chairman.


ANALYSIS: Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence Katie Smith | 17 Sep 14

Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term implications if the country decides to go independent, and the impact it will have on their businesses. Katie Smith takes a closer look.


UK: Asda reveals George clothing continues to do well Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 14

Supermarket retailer Asda has said its George clothing brand continues to perform well as it revealed an increase in group like-for-like sales.


UK: N Brown taps Haywood to lead systems overhaul Katie Smith | 5 Aug 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has tapped Andy Haywood as its new chief information officer as it works to transform, modernise and grow the business.


UK: Clothing sales bounce back in July Katie Smith | 24 Jul 14

Sales bounced back at UK clothing stores in July thanks to warmer weather, new figures suggest, with growth set to be even stronger in August.


UK: Asda to cut around 1,360 jobs in shake-up Michelle Russell | 4 Jul 14

UK supermarket retailer Asda has said it will go ahead with proposals to change the management structures across its store network, cutting around 1,360 jobs.


UK: Clothing drags on retail sales growth in June Leonie Barrie | 26 Jun 14

The first fall in demand for clothing since the start of the year weighed on UK retail sales growth in June, according to new figures, although the pace is expected to pick up again next month.


ANALYSIS: Sainsbury's reaps benefits of clothing investments Michelle Russell | 11 Jun 14

Sainsbury's is now reaping the benefits of the investment it has made in its clothing division, an analyst has said, after the UK retailer this morning (11 June) revealed the business grew at double-digits in the first quarter.


Turkey sets sights on sourcing business shed by Asia Jonathan Dyson | 4 Jun 14

Brands and retailers in the UK and other parts of Europe are "coming back" to Turkey as a source of textiles and clothing as they seek to diversify their supply chains away from Asia.


Turkey sets sights on sourcing business shed by Asia Jonathan Dyson | 4 Jun 14

Brands and retailers in the UK and other parts of Europe are "coming back" to Turkey as a source of textiles and clothing as they seek to diversify their supply chains away from Asia.


UK: Clothing retail sales growth accelerates in May Katie Smith | 29 May 14

Sales growth at UK clothing retailers accelerated in May, with this increase set to be even higher next month, new figures suggest.


UK: Asda confident after first-quarter sales climb Katie Smith | 16 May 14

Supermarket retailer Asda is confident it is moving in the right direction, after reporting a slight increase in first-quarter like-for-like sales.


UK: Sainsbury's promotes clothing boss in reshuffle Katie Smith | 1 May 14

Sainsbury's clothing boss James Brown has been promoted to director of all non-food trading, as part of a reshuffle to prepare for the departure of CEO Justin King.


UK: Clothing retail sales growth slows in April Katie Smith | 24 Apr 14

UK clothing retail sales continued to increase in the year to April, but at a slower pace than the prior month, according to new figures.


UK: SuperGroup appoints ex-Asda exec to head up e-commerce Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 14

UK clothing retailer SuperGroup has poached Asda executive John Wragg as its new e-commerce chief.


UK: ETI revises labour code clause to clarify working hours Leonie Barrie | 3 Apr 14

Workers in global supply chains should not be asked to work more than 60 hours per week, according to a revised clause in the labour code drawn up by an alliance of companies that includes Tesco, Asda, M&S, Next, New Look, Primark and Zara.

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