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SRI LANKA: Supplier Timex launches dress label in the UK Dilshani Samaraweera | 5 Sep 12

The Timex Group, one of Sri Lanka's leading export apparel manufacturers, has launched one of its own brand labels in the UK through high street department store chain BHS.

UK: BHS taps M&S trading director as MD Katie Smith | 22 Jun 12

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group, operator of the Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins stores, has named Richard Price, Marks & Spencer's trading director for men's wear, as managing director of its BHS chain.

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.

BANGLADESH: European retailers in "sweatshop" claims Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 12

Clothing retailers in Europe, Australia and Canada have been accused of selling knitwear made in "prison-like conditions" by workers in Bangladesh who are paid as little as $0.16 an hour, a report claims.

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.

just-style management briefing: Apparel industry challenges in 2012 Leonie Barrie | 2 Feb 12

Uncertainty is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the apparel industry in 2012. The economic situation in Europe and the US, swings in commodity prices, labour shortages and rising costs, especially in China, all add up to a worrying year.

UK: Arcadia Group plans 250 store closures as profit drops Petah Marian | 24 Nov 11

Arcadia has revealed plans to close some 250 stores over the next few years as their leases expire.

UK: 500 jobs saved as Ethel Austin is sold Katie Smith | 19 Aug 11

Fashion chain retailer Ethel Austin, formerly part of the Life and Style group, has been saved from closure after being rescued from administration by businesswoman Sue Townsend, in a move that also saves 470 jobs.

Retail expansion: which strategies work best? Katie Smith | 21 Jul 11

Faced with constant pressure to expand their businesses, fashion brands and retailers have a number of choices: they can add new merchandise lines, target customers at new price points or in new geographical markets, or attempt all three. But what is the best strategy? A new report from just-style offers advice to apparel brand managers wanting to breath new life into existing portfolios.

Five bargain school uniform offerings to rival Tesco Katie Smith | 24 Jun 11

Despite the effect of spiralling input costs on the global supply chain, high street retailers are still managing to produce school essentials at low prices. This week the UK's largest retailer, Tesco, launched its cheapest range of schoolwear "ever", and just-style takes a look at how far its rivals are managing to push down uniform prices.

Sizing workshop measures up consumer needs | 17 Jun 11

Experts in fashion sizing believe that providing the right fit is growing in importance, as consumers demand more for their money.

UK: Protesters target retailers in London Katie Smith | 29 Mar 11

Protests over UK government cuts were reported at a number of fashion retailers in London during the weekend.

INDIA: M&S appoints two to executive team | 21 Feb 11

Marks and Spencer's joint venture with Reliance Retail has made two appointments to its executive team in India.

UK: "Inappropriate" children's products face restrictions | 6 Dec 10

Retailers selling "inappropriate" products for children such as such as padded bras, high heels and T-shirts with suggestive slogans, could face new restrictions under plans being mulled by the British government.

UK: Sainsbury's responds to director departures Joe Ayling | 1 Dec 10

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's says the departure of two non-food executives this week are unrelated.

UK: Arcadia cautious despite FY profit boost | 18 Nov 10

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group Ltd, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins chains, today (18 November) said it is cautious about the year ahead amid signs that sales have slowed in the first weeks of its new financial year.

UK: Investigation uncovers British sweatshops | 8 Nov 10

Workers in UK factories making clothes for some of the country's biggest high street stores suffer sweatshop conditions and are paid less than half the legal minimum wage, according to a television investigation being screened tonight (8 November).

COMMENT: Green review could save a few jobs | 15 Oct 10

Sir Philip Green submitted his Government spending review in the UK this week at the request of new Prime Minister David Cameron.

COMMENT: Sir Philip well-placed to offer advice Joe Ayling | 13 Aug 10

News that the UK's new coalition government is turning to a top clothing executive to advise on its spending review speaks volumes for both Sir Philip Green and the clothing industry.

UK: Charges send BHS to FY loss – reports | 28 May 10

UK retailer BHS slid to a full-year loss of GBP56.3m (US$82.1m), hit by exceptional costs associated with a corporate restructuring and assimilation into owner Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire.

COMMENT: Time to let children be children Simon Warburton | 16 Apr 10

Primark must be breathing slightly easier today (16 March) following a torrid week in which it has been battered by a large section of the UK media.

UK: Retailers review “inappropriate” girls’ clothing Richard Woodard | 15 Apr 10

A number of high-profile UK retailers are set to review their ranges amid a furore over “inappropriate” clothing for girls.

UK: Phil Wrigley moves from fashion to drinks | 26 Jan 10

Former New Look chairman and chief executive Phil Wrigley has been named as the next chairman of drinks retailer Majestic Wine.

UK: Arcadia to close ten BHS stores Joe Ayling | 18 Jan 10

UK retailer Arcadia Group has decided to close ten of its BHS department stores, with value chain Primark taking over the leases.

10 industry developments that shaped the decade Joe Ayling | 23 Dec 09

Having delivered apparel and footwear industry news for the past decade, just-style takes a reflective look through its archives to highlight ten key themes that have helped shape the apparel industry over the last 10 years.

UK: Sir Philip eyes three new markets for Topshop Joe Ayling | 23 Oct 09

The owner of UK retailer Arcadia Group is to take his popular Topshop chain to France, Italy and China, after a successful launch in New York.

UK: Arcadia Group announces new CEO Joe Ayling | 22 Oct 09

UK retailer Arcadia Group has announced that current COO Ian Grabiner is to become the CEO of the company.

UK: Arcadia cautious despite 13% FY profit hike | 22 Oct 09

Retail clothing giant Arcadia posted a 13% increase in full-year pre-tax profit, thanks to a solid sales performance across the company’s brands.

INSIGHT: High street retailers slated for fashion's poverty pay Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 09

A scathing report published yesterday (7 October) has criticised leading British brands and high street retailers for failing to pay a living wage to the workers making their garments – and says most have no plans in place to raise wages to acceptable levels in the near future.

Who fares best in the living wage debate? | 8 Oct 09

Based on feedback from 25 major high street brands, the latest ‘Let’s Clean Up Fashion’ report from rights group Labour Behind the Label grades the firms between zero and five based on their progress towards implementing a living wage.






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