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Debenhams invests in supply chain as FY earnings fall Michelle Russell | 27 Oct 16

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.


Debenhams must tackle "underperforming" clothing Michelle Russell | 22 Jun 16

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. 


Debenhams new CEO is ex-Amazon vice-president Beth Wright | 26 May 16

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


Debenhams CEO confirms departure on positive H1 Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 16

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.


Debenhams retail director Goring to exit Katie Smith | 11 Apr 16

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


UK holiday retail roundup Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 14 Jan 16

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". 


Debenhams asks for supplier discounts Michelle Russell | 23 Nov 15

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.


Debenhams CEO Sharp steps down as FY profit climbs Michelle Russell | 22 Oct 15

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.


Debenhams H1 profit grows as strategy takes hold Katie Smith | 16 Apr 15

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.


Outlook 2015: Challenges and opportunities Leonie Barrie | 15 Jan 15

One of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – facing the apparel industry in 2015 is how best to embrace the omni-channel retail model, improve the shopping experience, and respond with new supply chain solutions. The changing profile of consumers in Asia is also likely to impact consumption and production, while global compliance and factory safety will continue to be a focal point.


NRF 2015: Consumer engagement a new challenge for retailers Michelle Russell | 14 Jan 15

The growth of e-commerce and m-commerce is on the rise but retailers still need to do more to better meet consumer expectations online, according to experts at Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's 104th Annual Convention & Expo that took place in New York this week.


Mixed response to Debenhams Christmas update Richard Woodard | 13 Jan 15

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.


Sports Direct silent on USC "store closures" Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 15

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.


Mothercare appoints Smothers as finance chief Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 14

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


Sports Direct raises interest in Debenhams to 12.7% Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 14

Sports Direct has raised its stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams, taking owner Mike Ashley's shareholding to 12.7%.


UK Primark supplier goes into administration Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 14

Value fashion retailer Primark says it stopped placing orders with one of its UK supplier that has since gone into administration.


Debenhams FY profits tumble on discounting Michelle Russell | 23 Oct 14

UK department store retailer Debenhams saw its profits tumble in last fiscal due to the impact of sales on last year's warm winter weather and heavy discounting during its crucial Christmas period.


UK department store market grows despite falling traffic Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 14

The UK department store market has recorded 21.4% growth in the past five years, even though shoppers have abandoned the format in favour of sector specialists and online pureplays.


Sports Direct takes Debenhams stake to 11.2% Michelle Russell | 3 Oct 14

Sports Direct has acquired a further 4.6% stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams.


UK: Sainsbury's tops poll of favourite fashion retailers Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 14

In a recent survey of 6,000 consumers by retail analysts Conlumino, Sainsbury's topped the poll as the nation's favourite fashion retailer. We take a look at some of the other shops who came out on top.


BANGLADESH: Rana Plaza Trust Fund awards $1.4m to victims Katie Smith | 9 Sep 14

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


UK: High Street Textile Testing Services joins MTS Global Leonie Barrie | 5 Sep 14

Textile and consumer product testing laboratory High Street Textile Testing Services (HSTTS) has been acquired by Modern Testing Services (MTS) in a move that helps expand its global reach.


INTERVIEW: Echo Sourcing highlights new supply opportunities Katie Smith | 5 Sep 14

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.


UK: Mothercare CFO takes Debenhams finance chief role Michelle Russell | 28 Jul 14

UK department store retailer Debenhams has appointed Mothercare CFO Matt Smith as its finance chief.


UK: Ted Baker “no plans” to stop using wool Katie Smith | 17 Jul 14

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.


UK: Primark launches investigation after wool probe Katie Smith | 15 Jul 14

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.


UK: PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe Katie Smith | 14 Jul 14

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.


ANALYSIS: Debenhams struggles to shed promotional image Michelle Russell | 20 Jun 14

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.


Turkey sets sights on sourcing business shed by Asia Jonathan Dyson | 4 Jun 14

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.


CAMBODIA: Brands back new talks on worker rights violations Richard Woodard | 23 May 14

Clothing brands and retailers including H&M, Gap and Levi Strauss are set to renew talks with the Cambodian government on Monday (26 May) over the alleged violation of worker rights in the country.

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