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UK: Clothing sales bounce back in February Leonie Barrie | 25 Feb 14

The clothing sector has bounced back from a disappointing start to the year to contribute to the strongest overall UK retail growth since the summer of 2012, according to new figures released today (25 February).

UK: Asda rounds off year with Q4 sales fall Dean Best | 20 Feb 14

Asda ended its 2013 financial year with a fall in underlying sales in the fourth quarter.

The Flanarant: Can you choose your productivity philosophy? Mike Flanagan | 17 Feb 14

The pressure for higher wages and better working conditions looks unstoppable – and is being accompanied by a wave of new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while making these changes. But will they work? asks Mike Flanagan.

Comment: Can Coupe build on Sainsbury's clothing momentum? Michelle Russell | 29 Jan 14

Sainsbury's this morning (29 January) announced commercial director Mike Coupe will replace Justin King as the supermarket retailer's chief executive from July. While speculation will inevitably centre on what King will do next, the focus will also be on whether Coupe is a safe pair of hands for Sainsbury's and whether his focus will turn to the fast-growing area of clothing.

UK: Coupe takes helm as King exits Sainsbury's Katy Askew | 29 Jan 14

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King will leave the UK supermarket group this summer, when current commercial director Mike Coupe will take the helm at the firm.

UK: Government and retailers to aid garment workers Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 14

The UK Government is to more than double its investment in emerging frontier economies, joining forces with leading retailers to improve conditions for garment factory and farm workers.

UK: George at Asda in RFID deployment Katie Smith | 24 Jan 14

UK retailer Asda has invested in an RFID software solution to improve inventory visibility at store level for its George apparel merchandise.

UK: Mild weather hits clothing sales in 2013 Michelle Russell | 23 Jan 14

Unseasonably mild weather at the start of the year hit clothing retailers in 2013, according to new figures.

Sainsbury's trading update: What the analysts say Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 14

UK retailer Sainsbury's this morning (8 January) said it achieved "record" levels of market share for its general merchandise and clothing business over the Christmas period. With that, analysts offered an upbeat view.

UK: Sainsbury's hails "record" clothing share, group LFL flat Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 14

Sainsbury's achieved "record" levels of market share for its general merchandise and clothing business over the Christmas period, but group like-for-like sales remained flat.

UK: Asda confident after "very tough" Christmas Dean Best | 6 Jan 14

UK retailer Asda has reported "a good performance" during what it described as a "very tough" Christmas trading period.

Top ten interviews on just-style in 2013... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 13

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were Tim Wheeler, president of Jockey's international division, Esquel Group's CEO John Cheh, and Joe Dixon, SVP of production at Brooks Brothers.

Top ten quotes on just-style in 2013... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 13

just-style takes a look at some of the most interesting quotes to have featured in our news and insight in 2013.

UK: Clothing seen leading December retail revival Richard Woodard | 19 Dec 13

Clothing shops and department stores have led a retail recovery in the UK over the past few weeks, according to new research.

The Flanarant: Fast facilitation is key for garment trade Mike Flanagan | 18 Dec 13

Trade Facilitation is the new industry buzzword, but can anyone get excited about it? asks Mike Flanagan. They should, he says, highlighting here the potential of the WTO's Bali Package to enhance clothing supply chains. He also urges the industry to push for fast implementation, noting that garment workers would be the biggest beneficiaries.

GLOBAL: Cheesewright to head Wal-Mart international arm Dean Best | 10 Dec 13

David Cheesewright, the head of Wal-Mart's operations in EMEA and Canada, is to be promoted to lead all of the retail giant's businesses outside the US.

UK: Clothing sales take a hit in November Katie Smith | 28 Nov 13

Clothing retailers saw some of the biggest sales declines in November, according to new figures, with overall UK retail sales flat for the second consecutive month.

UK: Asda third-quarter sales growth slows Katie Smith | 15 Nov 13

UK retailer Asda saw its third-quarter sales growth slow, but the business is looking to improve its clothing offer in store as part of a wider investment, according to one analyst.

UK: Footwear retailers buck October sales slowdown Leonie Barrie | 28 Oct 13

Footwear retailers were among the strongest performers in October, according to figures released today (28 October), while overall UK retail sales were flat during the month.

UK: Arcadia adds two trading directors to BHS team Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group has added two trading directors to its BHS chain.

UPDATE: BANGLADESH: Scope of factory safety audits needs clarification Leonie Barrie | 11 Oct 13

The group representing more than 90 fashion retailers and brands working to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's garment industry has admitted that a fatal fire in a fabric mill earlier this week shows there is "still a long way to go" to achieving this goal.

BANGLADESH: Deadly factory fire underpins new calls for safety Leonie Barrie | 10 Oct 13

The death of at least nine workers in a fire at a fabric mill in Bangladesh earlier this week has led to renewed calls for efforts to ensure safe conditions in the country's garment sector - as well as questions on the extent to which audits need to be carried out further down the supply chain.

BANGLADESH: Factory blaze kills workers at fabric facility Leonie Barrie | 9 Oct 13

The safety of Bangladesh's textile and garment industry has been called into question again today (9 October) after at least seven people were killed in a fire at a fabric factory at Sreepur in the district of Gazipur, around 40km north of Dhaka.

Focus: Middle East and Africa "complex but rewarding" Ashma Kunde | 3 Oct 13

Valued at US$87.0bn, the Middle East and African apparel market accounted for just 5% of total global apparel value sales in 2012. Nonetheless, it was the second fastest growing region globally in 2012, following Latin America, and is a valuable area of consideration for mass and luxury fashion brands alike, according to Euromonitor International.

UK: Clothing retail sales growth slowed in September Petah Marian | 25 Sep 13

UK clothing retailers saw sales growth slow during September, according to an index by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

UK: Advanced Supply Chain invests in garment finishing Katie Smith | 9 Sep 13

UK logistics firm and one of the country's largest garment processors, Advanced Supply Chain (ASC), has invested GBP300,000 (US$470,969) in new finishing facilities at its Halifax site to increase capacity and meet growing demand.

UK: Clothing retailers urged to back living wage Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 13

The countdown to London Fashion Week is being used by labour campaigners and the leader of a Bangladeshi garment union to battle for a living wage for factory workers.

UK: "Tough" market slows Asda's like-for-like sales Michelle Russell | 16 Aug 13

Asda saw its like-for-like sales growth slow in the second quarter in what the UK retailer said was a "tough" market.

In the money: Wal-Mart eyes H2 improvement Richard Woodard | 15 Aug 13

If the world’s biggest retailer is a reliable barometer of the state of the consumer economy, it may be some time yet before commentators can utter the word “recovery” with any confidence.

SINGAPORE: George at Asda to enter through franchise Petah Marian | 12 Aug 13

Asda's fashion label George is set to open its first store in Singapore this week through a franchise deal with the Al-Futtaim Group.






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