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The end of the road for mid-market retailers? just-style.com | 8 Jun 05

The UK middle market in clothing could soon cease to exist according to new research. The traditional mass market is being squeezed by value-led retailers on the one hand and smaller fashion multiples on the other, forcing retailers such as Marks & Spencer and Next to adapt their business models to a hybrid of the two polar opposites.


UK: Allders Sells Flagship Branch To Jaeger Chairman just-style.com | 5 May 05

Clothing chain Jaeger’s chairman, Harold Tillman, has salvaged department store Allders’ name with the purchase of its flagship store in Croydon, UK.


UK: Debenhams Sees Better Profits just-style.com | 5 Apr 05

UK department store chain Debenhams has posted profit growth after embarking upon a strategy of designer-based product development, space expansion, store investment and supply chain initiatives


UK: Marchpole Bans Bespoke From Selling At Outlet Centre just-style.com | 24 Mar 05

Clothing and accessories group Marchpole Holdings Plc has banned designer Ozwald Boateng’s company Bespoke Couture Limited from selling suits and other garments through a discount outlet.


UK: Collapsed Allders Axes 1,089 More Workers just-style.com | 22 Mar 05

Another 1,089 employees are to get the axe from collapsed department store chain Allders, bringing the total number of job losses to 1,850.


UK: Debenhams To Return To The Stock Market? just-style.com | 7 Mar 05

UK department store chain Debenhams Plc is looking to make a return to the stock market, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.


UK: Allders Store Sales Save 2000 Jobs just-style.com | 15 Feb 05

More than 2,000 Allders’ jobs look likely to have been saved after rival retailers agreed to buy 24 of the group’s 45 stores.


UK: Allders Plans To Close 35 Of Its 45 Stores just-style.com | 7 Feb 05

Insolvency company Kroll, which has taken charge of the bankrupt Allders department store chain, is in negotiations over plans to shut 35 of its 45 stores.


UK: Shoe Studio Acquires Rubicon For £140m just-style.com | 2 Feb 05

The Shoe Studio Group, the UK’s largest multi-branded and multi-fascia footwear retailer, today completed the acquisition of Rubicon Retail Ltd, owners of the Principles and Warehouse fashion chains.


UK: Bankrupt Allders Sacks 130, Sets Bidding Deadline just-style.com | 2 Feb 05

Administrators from risk consultants Kroll who are in charge of bankrupt department store chain Allders have axed 130 staff from the company’s headquarters – including chief executive Terry Green - and set a deadline of 5pm today for potential bidders.


UK: Store Group Allders Calls In The Administrators just-style.com | 28 Jan 05

UK department store chain Allders yesterday confirmed reports that it has entered into administration.


UK underwear: the naked truth just-style.com | 26 Jan 05

A recent study on Underwear Retailing in the UK shows that the growth of private label – with its combination of price, quality and speed – is an ongoing challenge to both brands and branded retailers. The latter, though, are fighting back with unique product benefits and strong selling messages that give value for money.


UK: Allders Chain About To Go Bust? just-style.com | 26 Jan 05

The jobs of up to 7,000 shop workers could be at risk if the Allders department store group goes bust.


UK: Debenhams Says Beat Rivals In Christmas Trading just-style.com | 21 Jan 05

High-street chain Debenhams’ chief executive Rob Templeman has suggested that the retailer outperformed competitors such as House of Fraser and John Lewis over the Christmas trading period.


UK: Debenhams Loses Trading Director To New Look just-style.com | 12 Jan 05

Paul Marchant, divisional trading director of department store Debenhams’s men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear, has quit the company to join fashion chain New Look as managing director of buying, merchandising and design.


UK: Buyers Begin Due Diligence At Allders - Paper just-style.com | 24 Dec 04

Department store group Allders is getting closer to being broken up after it emerged that a number of interested parties have begun due diligence.


Mature shoppers key for department stores just-style.com | 8 Dec 04

A new report suggests that department store retailers are losing their grip on the UK clothing market due to the increasing popularity of supermarkets and specialised retailers as a destination to purchase clothes. The report reveals that clothing retailers such as Next are coming up with better ranges and more competitive prices than department stores.


UK: Marchpole Accuses Boateng Of Breach Of Contract just-style.com | 1 Dec 04

Clothing group Marchpole Holdings Plc, which is behind the Yves St Laurent and Jasper Conran men’s wear labels, has started legal proceedings against fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and his company Bespoke Couture Limited for an alleged breach of contract.


UK: Department Stores Losing Out - Report just-style.com | 30 Nov 04

Department stores are losing their grip on the UK clothing market due to the increasing popularity of supermarkets and specialised retailers as a destination to purchase clothes a new report says.


UK: Debenhams Doubles FY Profit To £300.5m just-style.com | 8 Nov 04

Department store chain Debenhams has more than doubled its full-year profit, with good increases in its market share.


UK: Matalan To Sign Deal For Jeff & Co - Paper just-style.com | 8 Nov 04

Fashion designer Jeff Banks is to sign a contract for the sale of his Jeff & Co clothing range at the cut-price retail chain Matalan according to the Mail on Sunday newspaper.


MAURITIUS: Manufacturers To Stage UK Sourcing Show just-style.com | 27 Sep 04

The Mauritius International Apparel and Textile Exhibition (Miatex) is returning to London next month after a seven year absence.


UK: Arcadia Group Expansion To Continue - Paper just-style.com | 6 Sep 04

High street giant Arcadia will record "some of the best returns on sales in Europe" in full-year financial reports according to boss Philip Green.


UK: Debenhams And M&S Worst For In-Store Bra Fittings just-style.com | 3 Sep 04

A survey by consumer magazine Which? has found that women are frequently being measured wrongly for bras in store fittings.


UK: BMB To Control Haggar's Wholesale, Retail Operations just-style.com | 1 Sep 04

Men’s wear marketer Haggar Clothing Co has signed a mutli-year licensing agreement with BMB Group Ltd to develop it's Haggar branded men's wear business in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.


Lingerie a trump card for Ace Style just-style.com | 31 Aug 04

Ace Style is one of Hong Kong’s top five intimate apparel companies. It’s not only a world-class vertical manufacturer, but has also branched out into retail and set up an Intimate Apparel Institute. Niki Tait reports.


An optimistic outlook for UK designerwear just-style.com | 4 Aug 04

Although the UK designerwear market remains vulnerable to changes in consumer confidence – and therefore spending – companies are still anticipating more global stability and opportunities for future growth. New research suggests that a key opportunity is to attract more consumers aged 45+.


UK: Debenhams Reveals Q3 Trade Boost just-style.com | 28 Jul 04

Debenhams, the UK's second-largest department store chain, yesterday said like-for-like sales increased 3.1 per cent in the third quarter to 29 May.


UK: NSB Wins US$7.5m Reitmans Contract just-style.com | 2 Jul 04

Software firm NSB Retail Systems Plc has won a US$7.5 million contract to upgrade an existing NSB system for Canadian apparel retailer Reitmans Canada Ltd.


Istanbul Declaration: what's it all about? just-style.com | 16 Jun 04

This week, a group of textile trade associations from round the world will gather in Brussels to urge the WTO to convene a meeting on postponing quota abolition to 2007. Opposed by most of the world's trade groups, and ignored by governments, Mike Flanagan asks: What are the textile associations playing at?

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