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UK: Retailers record slight sales gains in September Petah Marian | 27 Sep 12

UK retailers recorded a slight rise in sales volumes in the year to September, and expects growth will strengthen somewhat next month, according to the CBI's latest Distributive Trades Survey.


UK: Momentis software appoints UK managing director Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 12

Dominic Potter, a former director of Prologic, is to head up the UK operations of fashion software specialist Momentis as it prepares to drive growth among self-sourcing apparel retailers and wholesalers.


UK: August retail sales flat amid gloomy view Richard Woodard | 23 Aug 12

Retail sales in the UK during August were flat, according to the CBI’s latest Distributive Trades Survey, but business sentiment deteriorated sharply.


UK: Retail sales growth slows in year to July Leonie Barrie | 30 Jul 12

High street retailers reported a third consecutive month of rising year-on-year sales and orders in July, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said today (30 July), but it said the rate of UK retail sales growth was slower than expected.


UK: Low rejoins George at Asda as design manager Katie Smith | 19 Jul 12

Former Marks & Spencer buying and design director Helen Low will return to Asda in October to take on the role of general manager for design at George at Asda.


UK: Former Mothercare CFO to join Cath Kidston Katie Smith | 9 Jul 12

Former Mothercare CFO Neil Harrington is set to join clothing and homewares retailer Cath Kidston later this year.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 6 Jul 12

The most-read stories on just-style this week include just-style's June management briefing focusing on fast fashion, N Brown announcing the retirement of its CEO and chairman, and a report that Nicaragua's potential as a major footwear supplier is attracting interest from the likes of Clarks, Dillard's and Brown Shoe Company.


UK/US: Asda to boost online growth with supply chain platform Katie Smith | 4 Jul 12

Asda has selected a supply chain process platform from provider Manhattan Associates to support the growth of its online business Asda Direct.


UK: George at Asda launches interactive T-shirts Katie Smith | 3 Jul 12

George at Asda has launched a range of interactive T-shirts, which it claims are the first of their kind in the UK.


UK: Retailers report sales volumes growth in June Petah Marian | 27 Jun 12

UK high street retailers reported a further improvement in sales volumes and orders in the year to June, although sales remained below the levels expected for this time of the year, business organisation CBI said today (27 June).


Looking beyond the UK for retail growth Petah Marian | 21 Jun 12

The stagnating UK economy means that for many retailers and brands, growth will have to come internationally. An event hosted recently by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) outlined the opportunities, and the strategies to employ when considering new markets.


Will retailers reap the benefits of the Jubilee? Katie Smith | 31 May 12

As consumer confidence remains stagnant, retailers have embraced the upcoming Jubilee celebrations and Olympics in the hope that the celebratory spirit will loosen consumers' wallets. Will the Jubilee weekend and Olympics provide consumers with a reason to spend? Katie Smith reports.


UK: Retailers record strong sales gains in May Petah Marian | 30 May 12

UK retailers saw sales volumes rise strongly in May compared to a year ago, and sentiment regarding the business situation for the next quarter has improved, according to research released by the CBI today (30 May)


Quote, unquote: Supply Chain Summit Petah Marian | 25 May 12

Just-style attended the Retail Week Supply Chain Summit, which brought together a number of key supply chain executives to consider some of the greatest challenges facing the sector. Here are some of the most quotable moments from the two-day event:


UK: George MD Moore moves to CMO role Katie Smith | 21 May 12

Asda has appointed George at Asda MD Andrew Moore as chief merchandising officer for Asda and George, replacing Charles Redfield.


George dials up fashion credentials with shorter lead times Petah Marian | 11 May 12

Supermarket fashion brand George at Asda, a unit of retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, is working to "dial up" its fashion credentials this year with shorter lead times on fast fashion following its acquisition of the sourcing arm of its Turkish supplier GAAT.


Tesco FY and turnaround plan: what the analysts say Katy Askew | 18 Apr 12

Tesco today (18 April) said it would spend GBP1bn (US$1.55bn) in a bid to revitalise its domestic operations as it confirmed that full-year like-for-like sales and profits in the UK have dropped. Nevertheless, its strong international business enabled the UK's largest retailer to book a 1.6% increase in pre-tax profit. While the disappointing UK performance held no surprises, details of the turnaround plan have been broadly welcomed by the market.


Partnerships key to bringing back UK manufacturing Petah Marian | 13 Apr 12

Recent talk about high street brands and retailers shifting some of their manufacturing back to the UK requires long-term collaboration with local factories. Petah Marian looks at one such partnership.


UK: High street sales flat in March - CBI Petah Marian | 27 Mar 12

UK retail sales on the high street were flat over the year to March, according to the latest statistics released by the CBI.


Spotlight on... What is the future for UK apparel manufacturing? Petah Marian | 22 Mar 12

UK high street retailers have been making a lot of noise of late about increasing their local sourcing. But with the domestic manufacturing sector now just a shadow of its former self, how realistic is such a move? Petah Marian reports.


Clarke grapples UK woes as Brasher exits Tesco Katy Askew | 16 Mar 12

Tesco UK director Richard Brasher will leave the business later this year, having only taken on leadership of the supermarket group's UK arm 12 months ago. In a move that signals the emphasis that Tesco is placing on improving its UK performance, Brasher will be replaced by group CEO Philip Clarke. Katy Askew reports.


UK: Women's wear retailers urged to rethink sourcing strategies Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 12

Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.


UK: George at Asda increases local sourcing Petah Marian | 12 Mar 12

George at Asda has signed deals with seven factories in the Midlands as part of moves to bring production closer to home.


Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 9 Mar 12

Top stories on just-style this week include India's ban on cotton exports, the news of Fenn Wright Manson going into administration and George's acquisition of its major supplier, GAAT's sourcing arm.


UK: Morrisons appoints Bettley as clothing director Petah Marian | 7 Mar 12

Morrisons has confirmed that it has appointed former Peacocks managing director Tim Bettley as director of clothing.


UK: George acquires Turkish supplier GAAT Petah Marian | 6 Mar 12

Asda's George fashion brand is to acquire the sourcing arm of its Turkish supplier GAAT, in a move that will enable it to continue to develop its world class supply operation, the retailer said.


UK: Clothing retail sales index falls in February Leonie Barrie | 28 Feb 12

Sales at UK clothing retailers in February fell at their fastest pace in nearly three years, a survey showed today (28 February) as shoppers focus their spending on essential items like food.


UK: National size survey extends to pre-school children Leonie Barrie | 17 Feb 12

Leading high street clothing retailers Tesco and Marks & Spencer are sponsoring the latest phase of a national sizing survey that will for the first time provide comprehensive data on the changing size and shape of babies and toddlers.


UK: Office posts strong Christmas sales growth Petah Marian | 31 Jan 12

UK footwear retailer Office today (31 January) announced strong Christmas sales of 26% for the five weeks to December 3.


UK: Asda to take George to the Middle East Petah Marian | 25 Jan 12

Asda has agreed terms with two franchise partners to explore opportunities for its George clothing brand in the Middle East and the Channel Islands.

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