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Michelle Russell | 20 Jun 2014

It could be some time before Debenhams returns to a quality proposition, analysts believe, despite the UK department store retailer revealing several developments it hopes will remedy ongoing struggles.


Jonathan Dyson | 4 Jun 2014

Brands and retailers in the UK and other parts of Europe are "coming back" to Turkey as a source of textiles and clothing as they seek to diversify their supply chains away from Asia.


Michelle Russell | 13 May 2014

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.


Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 2014

The Rana Plaza factory disaster has proved to be a catalyst for change in Bangladesh. While there has been criticism of the speed of the factory inspection process and efforts to improve worker safety, a timeline of major milestones shows that progress is being made.

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Katie Smith | 5 Sep 2014

Garment supplier Echo Sourcing has been building its business in Bangladesh since 2005 and is confident of continued growth in a country that has been rocked by a number of safety issues. The company, however, is keen to broaden its horizons and is eyeing potential new markets such as Ethiopia. Mark Bannister, head of sustainability and projects, talks to just-style.


Petah Marian | 23 May 2012

After Marks & Spencer admitted to being caught short in women's wear during the fourth-quarter, it has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams as well as ramping up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis. M&S executive director of general merchandise, Kate Bostock, spoke to journalists about its clothing strategy yesterday on the sidelines of the retailer's annual results.

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Beth Wright | 3 Nov 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how Debenhams'ongoing turnaround strategy has taken its toll on full-year earnings, Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style why the value fashion chain chooses not to openly set targets for it sustainability and ethical commitments, the Mauritius' clothing sector faces tough times and fresh challenges, and US-based fibre producer Invista is to sell its Apparel and Advanced Textiles business (A&AT) – including its Lycra brand.


Beth Wright | 13 Sep 2017

Suzanne Harlow, group trading director at Debenhams, is to leave amid the British department store group's restructuring efforts, which include the creation of three new business units.


Michelle Russell | 22 Aug 2017

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct International has once again increased its stake in British department store group Debenhams in the latest of a series made since 2014.


Beth Wright | 29 Jun 2017

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct International has once again increased its stake in British department store group Debenhams in the latest of a series made since 2014.


Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 2017

A number of fashion giants, including Sweden’s H&M and Inditex's Zara, are said to be buying viscose from highly polluting factories that are contributing irreparable damage to environmental and human health.


Michelle Russell | 3 May 2017

UK department store retailer Debenhams has appointed former Sainsbury's executive Angela Morrison as its technology and supply chain director.


Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 2017

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct International has increased its stake in British department store group Debenhams.


Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 2017

Department store retailer Debenhams and fashion retailer Peacocks have been named by the UK Government for failing to pay some of their workers the national minimum or living wage.


Beth Wright | 21 Dec 2016

UK department store retailer Debenhams has told just-style it "constantly reviews its product offer and adapts to customer needs" in response to claims new CEO, Sergio Bucher, is cutting ties with some of the company's long-standing designers.


Beth Wright | 21 Dec 2016

UK department store retailer Debenhams is preparing to enter the highly competitive sportswear and athleisure market, having revealed it will launch its first athleisure range in the New Year.


Michelle Russell | 27 Oct 2016

UK department store retailer Debenhams said it continues to invest in its supply chain in a bid to make it more efficient and flexible as it revealed a drop in full-year earnings.


Michelle Russell | 22 Jun 2016

Debenhams needs to tackle its underperformance in clothing in order to prevent further market share erosion, according to one analyst, as the UK department store retailer said uncertain trading conditions impacted the third quarter. 


Beth Wright | 26 May 2016

UK department store Debenhams has appointed Sergio Bucher, vice-president of fashion at Amazon, as its next CEO.


Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 2016

Michael Sharp, the CEO of Debenhams, has confirmed his departure as the UK department store retailer revealed a rise in first-half earnings and sales.


Katie Smith | 11 Apr 2016

Mike Goring, retail director at UK department store retailer Debenhams, is stepping down after four years in the role. 


With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 


Michelle Russell | 23 Nov 2015

UK department store retailer Debenhams has asked its suppliers for a discount in the run-up to the busy Christmas shopping period, in return for shorter payment terms.


Michelle Russell | 22 Oct 2015

The chief executive of Debenhams, Michael Sharp, is to step down following pressure from investors to shake-up the senior management team after several years of weak trading by the UK-based department store retailer.


Katie Smith | 16 Apr 2015

Department store retailer Debenhams has recorded a better-than-expected set of first-half results, after making “good progress” against its strategy to become a leading international, multi-channel brand.


Richard Woodard | 13 Jan 2015

Department store operator Debenhams recorded a 4.9% rise in like-for-like sales over the Christmas period, but endured a “challenging” season for clothing.


Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct International has remained tight lipped over reports it is planning to close up to a third of its loss-making USC fashion stores.


Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 2014

Struggling UK mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has appointed Richard Smothers as its chief financial officer.

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Leonie Barrie | 6 Jan 2014

2014 has got off to a troubled start in Cambodia, where protests over a new minimum wage for garment workers have been turning increasingly violent.


Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2013

UK apparel retailers have been urged to put plus-size mannequins in their stores to promote healthier attitudes to realistic body images for women.

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