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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.

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: 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.

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.

UK: Debenhams utilises tracking technology for supply chain transparency Michelle Russell | 21 May 14

UK department store retailer Debenhams has partnered with Segura Systems to explore different methods of production tracking across its apparel brands.

Mauritius overview: Textile and apparel firms talk tactics Michelle Russell | 13 May 14

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.

UK: Debenhams signs sustainable clothing action plan Katie Smith | 2 May 14

UK department store operator Debenhams is the latest retailer to sign a sustainability plan, designed to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing over its lifecycle.

Rana Plaza one year on: Timeline of change Leonie Barrie | 24 Apr 14

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.

UK: City sees "no quick fix" for Debenhams Katie Smith | 15 Apr 14

There is "no quick fix" for Debenhams, according to one analyst, after the UK department store retailer saw its first-half profit decline by almost a quarter.

UK: North Face firm on commitment to supplier wages Michelle Russell | 2 Apr 14

The North Face says it remains committed to ensuring its suppliers meet the group's ethical standards despite a report accusing the outdoor wear brand of failing workers by not paying a living wage.

ASIA: Retailers highlighted for failing supply chain workers Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 14

European retailers including Debenhams, Matalan and North Face are failing workers in their supply chain by not paying a living wage, according to a new brand survey.

INDIA: PVH and Arvind team up on Calvin Klein businesses Leonie Barrie | 24 Mar 14

Apparel giant PVH Corp is teaming up with Arvind in another licensing deal - this time to distribute Calvin Klein Jeans apparel and accessories and Calvin Klein Underwear products in India.

UK: Clemmow promoted to Debenhams e-commerce director Leonie Barrie | 10 Mar 14

Department store retailer Debenhams has promoted Ross Clemmow as its new e-commerce director with immediate effect.

UK: Coast undergoes supply chain restructure Katie Smith | 5 Mar 14

UK occasion wear retailer Coast is reviewing its supply chain structure and lowering the prices of its products as part of a restructuring of the business.

UK: AllSaints joins ban on angora Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 14

Fashion retailer AllSaints has joined a number of other firms in banning the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.

UK: Government and retailers to aid garment workers Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 14

The UK Government is to more than double its investment in emerging frontier economies, joining forces with leading retailers to improve conditions for garment factory and farm workers.

CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.

UK: N Brown to expand after "robust" Christmas growth Katie Smith | 16 Jan 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has unveiled international expansion plans after reporting "robust" sales growth during the Christmas trading period.

UK: Sports Direct disposes of Debenhams stake Michelle Russell | 16 Jan 14

Sports Direct International, owned by Newcastle United football club owner Mike Ashley, has sold its 4.6% stake in UK retailer Debenhams just days after purchasing it.






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