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UK: Clarks Shoes invests GBP4.6m in 3D foot measurement just-style.com | 16 Jun 06

Footwear retailer Clarks Shoes is preparing to install 3D foot measurement gauges in a number of its stores in a bid to meet the back to school rush.


Are EU shoe duties an economic mistake? just-style.com | 3 Apr 06

The decision to impose protective duties on imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam into the European Union has been slammed by leading footwear retailers, importers and trade groups as a costly economic exercise. But just how real are fears of price hikes, job losses and even suggestions that the move will pave the way for import tariffs on other goods from China? Leonie Barrie reports.


SPAIN: Geox shoes predicts sales bonanza just-style.com | 8 Feb 06

Italian shoemaker Geox, known for its ‘breathing’ shoes, expects sales to rise 50% in Spain this year, a spokeswoman confirmed to just-style on Tuesday (7 February).


UK: Charity appeals to Clarks to keep odd-shoe scheme just-style.com | 24 Jan 06

Charity Steps has launched a campaign against shoe chain Clarks after the latter scrapped its unique scheme for children with irregular sized feet.


AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands To Buy Arthur Ellis just-style.com | 21 Nov 05

Consumer products group Pacific Brands has agreed to acquire New Zealand-based thermal wear and bedwares business Arthur Ellis for NZD13.2 million.


BELGIUM: Chinese Shoes Dispute Looming? just-style.com | 11 Nov 05

A new EU trade dispute over Chinese imports – this time about shoes – could be on the cards next year.


GDS: Fur will be flying next winter just-style.com | 1 Apr 05

Feet are going to be warm and cosy next winter. Fur, both real and synthetic, was all around at the latest GDS shoe fair in Germany, on the inside and outside of shoes as well as boots, writes Penny Leese.


AUSTRALIA: Investec, Perlstein Raise Stake In Miller's just-style.com | 19 Jan 05

Investec Wentworth Private Equity Ltd and the chief executive of Miller's Retail Ltd have taken a 15.8 per cent joint stake in the discount store group.


AUSTRALIA: Miller's Cancels Dividends On H1 Earnings Slide just-style.com | 14 Jan 05

Discount apparel chain Miller’s Retail Ltd has cancelled dividend payments this year after first-half earnings plummeted by up to 20 per cent.


UK: Clarks To Close Last UK Production Plant In April just-style.com | 12 Jan 05

Long-standing footwear company Clarks is closing down its last UK shoe factory, as it shifts its production operations overseas.


SOUTH AFRICA: Shoe Trade Joins Fight Against Aids just-style.com | 25 Aug 04

UK retailers are set to provide a charitable boost to aids victims in South Africa by selling hand-stitched soft leather mules from the ‘Shoes South Africa’ brand.


Fashion drives growth in UK footwear market just-style.com | 18 Aug 04

The UK footwear market as a whole had a good year in 2003, driven by women's footwear, the increasing importance of fashion and increased space allocation by non-specialists. In fact, the proliferation of channels and the number of new entrants suggest that the footwear market is still viewed as an exciting and potentially lucrative sector.


UK: Student Designs Convertible 'Eco-Shoe' With Clarks just-style.com | 13 Aug 04

University student Alister Wynn has come up with an innovative “eco-shoe” which can be worn as a sandal, trainer, or walking boot.


HONG KONG: Kingmaker To Spend HK$50m On New Factories just-style.com | 22 Jul 04

Shoe manufacturer Kingmaker Footwear Holdings investing HK$50 million on improving its production capacity.


UK: Clarks FY Underlying Profit Rises 16% just-style.com | 19 Apr 04

Footwear retailer Clarks has posted a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in underlying profit to £40.4 million for the year to January 31.


UK: Monsoon Names McMenemy Finance Director just-style.com | 18 Mar 04

Women's and children's fashion retailer Monsoon Plc has named Mark McMenemy as its new group finance director.


AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands To Produce Yarra Trail Footwear just-style.com | 27 Jan 04

Footwear group Pacific Brands has signed a deal to manufacture, distribute and market a range of footwear under the Yarra Trail brand.


UK: Clarks To Close Devon Factory, Axe 107 Jobs just-style.com | 14 Jan 04

Footwear group Clarks is set to axe 107 jobs with the closure of its factory in Barnstaple, north Devon.


HONG KONG: Kingmaker H1 Profit Drops 8.27% just-style.com | 11 Dec 03

Shoe manufacturer Kingmaker Footwear Holdings Ltd has posted an 8.27 per cent profit decrease, year-on-year, for the six months to September 30.


USA: Shoebuy.com Has $1bn In Accessible Inventory just-style.com | 25 Nov 03

Online footwear retailer Shoebuy.com has joined the ranks of Amazon, eBay and Wal-Mart by having $1 billion in accessible inventory available on its website.


BELGIUM: New Lightweight Footwear Technology Developed just-style.com | 6 Nov 03

A new footwear technology combining lightweight properties, aesthetic possibilities and high quality performance is set to hit the market. SmartLite, according to developer Huntsman Polyurethanes, is 40 per cent lighter than rubber but maintains similar flexibility and comfort levels.


UK: Stuart Marsh Shoes Makes Key Appointments just-style.com | 14 Aug 03

Exeter-based footwear manufacturer Stuart Marsh Shoes Group has announced two key appointments to its management team to help support its planned future growth.


UK: Clarks Axes West Country Jobs just-style.com | 14 May 03

Fears the Clarks will close one of its two remaining West Country factories have grown with the news that the shoe maker is offering voluntary redundancy packages to 25 of its 130 workers in North Devon.


GDS heralds a white winter just-style.com | 26 Mar 03

Autumn/winter 2003/4 is going to be a pale one according to the latest trends on show at the German GDS footwear fair. Biker boots, lambskin boots and sneakers are the fashion favourites for the coming season – both for women and men – writes Penny Leese.


AUSTRALIA: Miller's Retail Enjoys Record H1 Profit just-style.com | 26 Feb 03

Discount fashion chain Miller's Retail Ltd on Wednesday posted a 16 per cent year-on-year jump in first half net profit to A$25.2 million (US$15.2m) and said its CEO Ian Miller will stand down later this year.


UK: Clarks Gives K Shoes Plant The Boot just-style.com | 14 Jan 03

Leading shoe firm Clarks International has announced plans to close the historic K Shoes factory in the Lake District with the loss of nearly 170 jobs.


USA: The Clarks Co's Goes Live With New i2 Solution just-style.com | 6 Nov 02

Leading footwear manufacturer The Clarks Companies, North America, has gone live with i2 Demand Fulfillment for accurate order promising as part of its aim to have greater visibility into its supply chain operations. The operator of 140 stores and supplier to retail giants including Nordstrom, JCPenney and Federated Department Stores said the latest implementation of i2 Technologies Inc's solutions completes an end-to-end supply chain transformation with i2 applications.


UK: US, UK Sales Push Clarks H1 Profit Up 89 Per Cent just-style.com | 8 Oct 02

Leading shoe chain Clarks on Monday reported a huge 89 per cent jump year-on-year in first-half net pre-tax profit amid surging sales in the UK and US. Clarks posted a profits of £32.6 million compared to £17.2m in the year-ago period after stripping out exceptional items.


Shoes shape up for summer 2003 just-style.com | 2 Oct 02

Featuring everything from basic footwear to luxury labels, the German GDS fair is still the leading showcase for young fashion and casual shoes. For spring/summer 2003, streamlined retro joggers in soft leathers, whitened antique leather sandals and vegetable tanned leather casuals on rubber bottoms vied for attention writes Penny Leese.


UK: Shoe Chain Clarks Names Peter Bolliger CEO just-style.com | 19 Aug 02

Clarks on Monday named former Harrods managing director and the shoe chain's current director of UK operations, Peter Bolliger, its new chief executive.

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