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Katie Smith | 25 Sep 2015

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditional US apparel retailers - but it is the athletic players that are “well positioned” to come out on top, analysts suggest.


Katie Smith | 30 Jan 2015

As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to stand out from the crowd and win over consumers. With that, the sector is set to continue on its growth trajectory, according to a new report from just-style.


Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 2014

Stung by unseasonably cold spring weather that blanketed many parts of the US just as they were rolling out their spring merchandise, retailers have not only been hampered by sluggish sales but are also battling high levels of inventory, analysts warn.


Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 2014

Stung by unseasonably cold spring weather that blanketed many parts of the US just as they were rolling out their spring merchandise, retailers have not only been hampered by sluggish sales but are also battling high levels of inventory, analysts warn.

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Leonie Barrie | 31 Mar 2011

There's plenty of talk about the uphill battle confronting apparel supply chains in the face of cautious consumer spending and the pressure on margins from rising raw material, labour and transportation costs. What's needed are constructive ways to counter these pressures. Kurt Cavano, CEO of the TradeCard supply chain platform, believes technology has a key role to play.

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just-style | 17 Nov 2017

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Under Armour lowered its full-year outlook on a fall in earnings and sales, Amazon booked growth in sales and earnings thanks to its Whole Foods acquisition, while US apparel giant VF Corporation hailed "strong" third-quarter results, despite a drop in profit.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 Sep 2017

Sports apparel and footwear retailer Columbia Sportswear has announced a number of new management appointments at its Prana and Columbia Sportswear brands.


Leonie Barrie | 11 Aug 2017

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear is expanding its ReThreads clothing recycling programme to all of its US stores following a successful trial over the past year.


Beth Wright | 8 Aug 2017

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has revealed Scott Kerslake, CEO of the company’s prAna brand, is to resign from his position next week.


Beth Wright | 31 Jul 2017

Steve Woodside, senior vice president of global sourcing and manufacturing at Columbia Sportswear Company, has resigned.


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 2017

Outdoor apparel and footwear retailer Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed long-time executive Jim Swanson as its finance chief, alongside the promotion of Peter Rauch as chief transformation officer.


Beth Wright | 7 Jun 2017

Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear Company, has resumed the role of president, as part of a "strategic realignment" of the US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist's leadership team.


Beth Wright | 17 May 2017

Bryan Timm, president and chief operating officer at US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company, is to step down after 20 years with the company.


In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


Beth Wright | 30 Mar 2017

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has named David Lawner senior vice president of North America direct-to-consumer (DTC), elevating him from the interim role he had held since joining the company in October 2016.


Beth Wright | 7 Mar 2017

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has named Joe Vernachio as brand president of its Mountain Hardwear outdoor equipment and clothing company.


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.


Beth Wright | 2 Dec 2016

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has unveiled what it calls a "milestone in sustainability" - the first high-performance, environmentally-friendly, waterproof breathable jacket made without the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).


Beth Wright | 27 Sep 2016

John Walbrecht, brand president of outdoor equipment and clothing company Mountain Hardwear Inc, has resigned from his post after just six months.


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. 


Beth Wright | 15 Aug 2016

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has welcomed a ruling by the United States District Court that Seirus Innovative Accessories has infringed one of its design patents.


Leonie Barrie | 22 Jun 2016

Columbia Sportswear has unveiled what it believes is the first high-performance environmentally friendly rain jacket made without the use of perflourinated compounds, commonly referred to as PFCs.


Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2016

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


Michelle Russell | 23 Feb 2016

Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed John Christian Walbrecht as president of its Mountain Hardwear brand.


Leonie Barrie | 3 Feb 2016

Thirteen-year Nike veteran Jason Zhu has been named as general manager of Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai), the China joint venture between Columbia Sportswear Company and Swire Resources.


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2015

Israel-based lingerie, sleepwear and sock manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has signed a global licensing deal with Columbia Sportswear for the development, manufacture and distribution of performance-based underwear collections. 

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