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UK: Debenhams grows Irish, UK presence | 10 Aug 06

Department store chain Debenhams will increase its presence in the Republic of Ireland after buying nine leasehold stores from Roches Stores. The company also announced future store openings for the UK market.

UK: Matalan places $2m clothing order with Ever-Glory | 8 Aug 06

UK discount retailer Matalan has placed an order worth more than $2m with apparel maker Ever-Glory International Group for a range of casualwear and sportswear garments.

UK: Turkish fashion fabric show realigns with European fairs | 3 Aug 06

The Turkish Fashion Fabric Exhibition has moved to a new dateline so that it more closely follows the schedule of the major European fabric fairs.

UK: Debenhams doing U-turn on Russian deal? | 25 Jul 06

UK department store chain Debenhams has reneged on plans to join up with AFK Sistema for stores on the Russian market, Biznes newspaper reported, citing property firm Penny Lane Realty.

IRELAND: Debenhams close to deal to lease Roches stores | 17 Jul 06

UK retail giant Debenhams is closing in on a deal to lease 11 Roches stores in Ireland, fulfilling its aim of boosting its retail presence in the country.

RUSSIA: Sistema to open Debenhams branch in Moscow? | 7 Jul 06

Consumer services company AFK Sistema plans to open branches of department chain Debenhams on the Russian market, according to a report by Vedomosti.

Primark’s rise proves value fashion is in its prime | 5 Jul 06

Value retailer Primark has been no stranger to the headlines of late and, with recent estimates that it is now the UK’s fourth-biggest women’s wear retailer, is likely to stay in the spotlight for some time to come. Rebecca Danton asks how this relatively new market star won such faithful fans and such staggering market growth.

CHINA: Ever-Glory revenues jump 272% | 27 Jun 06

Apparel maker Ever-Glory International said first-quarter revenues took a 272% leap thanks to sales growth in the EU, the US, Japan and Russia.

UK: Primark fourth-biggest ladies' wear retailer, market figures say | 26 Jun 06

Value retailer Primark has overtaken rivals Asda, Debenhams and New Look to take the position of the UK’s fourth-largest ladies’ wear retailer, according to market share figures due to be released by Verdict Research this week.

UK: Retail group Arcadia in disability access row | 6 Jun 06

Leading clothing retail group Arcadia is facing a legal battle after it was claimed that 40% of its stores are inaccessible to disabled shoppers.

CAMBODIA: Topshop owner dismisses claims of factory abuses | 26 Apr 06

UK high-street mogul Philip Green has rebuffed accusations that a Cambodian factory his stores source from abuses worker’s rights.

UK: Debenhams sets date for market return | 20 Apr 06

Leading department store retailer Debenhams is set to return to London’s Stock Market on 4 May, with a market value of GBP1.68bn-1.95bn (US$2.99bn-3.47bn).

M&S regains some of its sparkle | 12 Apr 06

Marks & Spencer’s fourth-quarter trading update shone a ray of light on an otherwise gloomy retail sector. But even though the company is winning back customers and regaining market share, its outlook remains cautious, as Leonie Barrie reports.

UK: Debenhams to float on stock market? | 3 Apr 06

Department store retailer Debenhams is said to be planning a GBP3bn (US$5.18bn) floatation with an eye to entering the London Stock Exchange from next month.

UK: Marks & Spencer wins favourite retailer award | 20 Mar 06

High street retailer Marks & Spencer has been named the ‘Consumers’ Favourite Retailer’ for the second consecutive year, beating non-clothing retailers such as HMV, Woolworths and B&Q.

UK: House of Fraser ends sale talks | 17 Mar 06

Department store chain House of Fraser said early talks over a potential sale of the company have stopped.

Myer store sale unlocks global opportunities | 13 Mar 06

The sale of Australia’s Myer department store chain to venture capitalists will create a rare opportunity for its new owners to build a clothing retailer with global influence reports David Robertson.

UK: Green to sell struggling Bhs chain? | 3 Mar 06

Retail mogul Philip Green is reportedly in talks over a possible sale of the Bhs clothing chain, but is remaining silent on the issue.

UK: Debenhams FY Profit Up 123% To £238.6m | 10 Nov 05

Department store chain Debenhams has reported a 123 per cent hike in annual profit and said it is optimistic on future growth.

TURKEY: Kuwait’s Alshaya Retail To Invest US$40m | 31 Oct 05

Kuwait-based Alshaya Retail Group plans to expand its retail operations in Turkey, investing US$40 million on opening new stores in the country in 2006.

UK: Terry Green To Head Up Tesco Clothing | 30 Sep 05

Supermarket giant Tesco has appointed Terry Green, ex-chief executive of the collapsed Allders chain, as head of its clothing division.

INDIA: UK’s Next Planning Retail Foray? | 22 Sep 05

Next Plc, one of the UK’s leading high-street fashion retailers, could be the latest British store group to tie up with the Planet Sports chain according to Indian media reports.

UK: M&S, Bhs To Gain From Littlewoods Stores Closure | 8 Aug 05

Retailers Marks and Spencer and Bhs are most likely to benefit once Littlewoods Stores no longer has a presence in the UK high street according to new research.

UK: Marchpole Loses Court Battle With Boateng | 29 Jul 05

Fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and his company Bespoke Couture have won a drawn-out court battle with Marchpole Holdings over a licensed diffusion line.

UK: Allders Ex-Boss To Head Up Tesco's Clothing? | 25 Jul 05

The ex-boss of collapsed department store chain Allders is in discussions to take over the lead of supermarket giant Tesco’s clothing division, according to a report in The Sunday Times newspaper.

UK: London Retailer Stops Sale Of Fur Goods | 22 Jul 05

Upmarket department store Liberty has announced the banning of fur items from its store following mounting pressure from animal rights campaigners.

UK: Debenhams Plans Expansion To India | 4 Jul 05

Department store operator Debenhams is planning to grow its business into India, and is also considering expanding into the Chinese market.

UK: Competition Increases For Beatties Chain | 4 Jul 05

Department store chain James Beattie has confirmed that it has received a second bid approach for its business, following its agreement to be bought by competitor House of Fraser for £69.4 million.

Beyond China | 13 Jun 05

Speakers at this year's ASBCI conference defined the changing landscape of global sourcing and spelt out sourcing options in new world of open trading. They agreed that branding, product differentiation, specialisation, direct sourcing, vertical integration and consolidation hold the keys to global success.

Thai Garment Export takes made-to-measure route | 10 Jun 05

Thai Garment Export Co Ltd is Thailand's largest clothing producer. It turns over an FOB value of US$170 million a year and employs 9,500 people. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hong Kong based TAL Group, which is in turn is one of the largest clothing producers in the world. Niki Tait talks with managing director Mr CK Sun.








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