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UK: Retailers need to "nurture" new talent say executives Katie Smith | 19 Mar 13

UK retailers are facing difficulties in attracting and inspiring young people to work in the industry, according to leading executives.


UK: Republic enters administration, 150 jobs axed Katie Smith | 13 Feb 13

Youth fashion brand Republic collapsed into administration today (13 February) with the immediate loss of 150 jobs, after suffering a rapid decline in sales.


Focus: Apparel retail specialists at risk from e-commerce Euromonitor International | 12 Feb 13

For specialist retailers in Europe and North America, times are tough. The unstable economic climate is a critical factor, but no less a problem for thousands of struggling businesses is the transfer of power from bricks-and-mortar to the internet.


just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 28 Jan 13

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a look at chemical protective clothing, digital strategies at Asos and Oasis, and two reports on world markets for textile machinery.


UK: Asos posts 41% December retail sales growth Petah Marian | 17 Jan 13

Online fashion retailer Asos has posted strong trading over the Christmas period, with retail sales rising 41% during December.


Comment: The retail view from down under Petah Marian | 9 Jan 13

Australia is increasingly becoming a nation of online shoppers, as the strength of the Australian dollar, combined with the ease of purchasing and lower prices being offered internationally, sees consumers flock to their computers, phones and tablets.


US: Asos Q1 sales up on continued international growth Petah Marian | 11 Dec 12

Online clothing retailer Asos has recorded a jump in first quarter revenue as international sales continued to drive growth.


just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 10 Dec 12

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a look at specialist apparel retailers in Sweden, a company profile on Asos, and research on the hosiery markets in Russia and Turkey.


UK: Asos invests in pre-owned luxury website Covetique Katie Smith | 26 Nov 12

Online clothing retailer Asos has invested in second hand designer clothing website Covetique for an undisclosed amount.


UK: Asos head of buying latest to exit Katie Smith | 23 Nov 12

Head of buying Ellen Andrews is the latest to leave online clothing retailer Asos after holding the position for four years.


UK: Hobbs strengthens team as 9-month sales surge Leonie Barrie | 12 Nov 12

Fashion retailer Hobbs today (12 November) has strengthened its management team with a new director of buying and merchandising after booking a 9% jump in sales in the last nine months.


Marks & Spencer H1: what the analysts say Petah Marian | 6 Nov 12

While Marks & Spencer posted an almost 10% decline in pre-tax profit over the first half of its financial year, an uplift in general merchandise sales in the second quarter suggests efforts to improve its clothing offer are beginning to bear fruit. Here is a flavour of what leading retail analysts say about M&S' recent performance.


Will political uncertainties weigh on US holiday sales? Katie Smith | 31 Oct 12

US retailers preparing for the upcoming holiday season - the biggest shopping period of the year - are likely to be hit by headwinds including the presidential election and concerns surrounding the economy. But consumer confidence seems to be picking up and forecasts suggest spending will rise, as Katie Smith reports.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 26 Oct 12

Top stories on just-style this week included a pledge by Marks & Spencer to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020, strong third-quarter profits at VF Corp, and news that Esprit is looking to raise up to HK$5.2bn as part of its restructuring plan.


Asos results: what the analysts say Petah Marian | 25 Oct 12

Asos today posted another year of stellar growth, driven largely by international expansion. Results came in slightly above expectations and the company looks set to continue to grow. Here is a flavour of what leading retail analysts are saying about the news.


UK: Asos profits soar on international growth Petah Marian | 25 Oct 12

Online retailer Asos saw full-year profits soar on the back of international sales growth.


UK: Amazon denies interest in Asos Katie Smith | 22 Oct 12

Internet retail giant Amazon has denied reports it is considering a bid for online clothing retailer Asos to drive fashion growth.


UK: Asos head of women's wear buying departs Katie Smith | 22 Oct 12

Online clothing retailer Asos has confirmed that Moriamo Oshodi, head of buying for trend brands, branded accessories and beauty, has stepped down after 12 years with the company.


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

Top stories on just-style this week include reports Li & Fung is in advanced talks to buy Synergies Worldwide, a look at the latest list of goods produced in countries that are suspected of using child or forced labour and news that Aaron Beng-Keong Boey has resigned as president of Levi Strauss & Co's Denizen brand.


UK: Bostock joins Asos as product director Petah Marian | 10 Oct 12

Former Marks and Spencer clothing boss Kate Bostock has been named executive director of product and trading at online clothing retailer Asos.


Spotlight on...Making UK manufacturing work Katie Smith | 2 Oct 12

The feasibility of reviving the UK manufacturing sector and moving garment production back onshore has been a key topic of discussion among British brands and retailers. While niche and high-end firms like cashmere specialist Johnstons of Elgin and countrywear brand J Barbour & Sons are synonymous with UK-based production, it can also be done for high street brands on a large scale, according to industry experts.


UK: Asos taps former Amazon exec as chairman Katie Smith | 1 Oct 12

Online fashion retailer Asos Plc has appointed Brian McBride as non-executive chairman, replacing Lord Waheed Alli who has stepped down after 12 years with the company.


UK: Asos Q4 revenues up 31% on international growth Richard Woodard | 19 Sep 12

Online fashion retailer Asos recorded a 31% increase in fourth quarter revenues, boosted by a strong performance from the company’s overseas operations.


UK: Asos coy on director departure after share sale Katie Smith | 18 Jul 12

Online fashion retailer Asos has remained coy on speculation that product director and executive director Robert Bready may exit the company after he sold all of his shares in the firm.


Viewpoint: M&S adrift despite a decade of turnaround talk Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 12

Like a vast, slow-moving and rather unwieldy tanker, battered and lashed by stormy seas, the UK's largest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has done much over the past decade to try to steady its business.


UK: Asos Q1 sales up 31% on international growth Petah Marian | 10 Jul 12

Online fashion retailer Asos has posted a jump in first-quarter sales driven by strong revenues in the US and Australia, and an "encouraging" performance in the UK.


UK: M&S plays down rumours Bostock will leave Katie Smith | 29 Jun 12

Marks & Spencer has declined to comment on reports that Kate Bostock, its executive director of general merchandise, is set to leave the company.


Spotlight on...Asos tightens focus on 20-something consumers Petah Marian | 25 May 12

As Asos booked yet another year of stellar growth yesterday (24 May) the online fashion retailer's CEO Nick Robertson also revealed the company is tightening its focus on the 20-something consumer. He also stressed that while growth across the business is likely to slow, it has by no means matured.


Asos FY results: what the analysts say Petah Marian | 24 May 12

Asos today recorded a 93% jump in pre-tax profit to reach GBP30.3m for the year ended 31 March. Revenue increased 46% to GBP494.9m. Here is a flavour of what leading retail analysts said about Asos' recent performance.


UK: Asos posts full-year profits jump Petah Marian | 24 May 12

Online clothing retailer Asos has reported a jump in full-year profits as the company saw sales boosted by stellar international growth.

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