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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.

UK: Sports Direct takes 4.6% stake in Debenhams Michelle Russell | 13 Jan 14

Sports Direct International, owned by Newcastle United football club owner Mike Ashley, has acquired a 4.6% stake in UK retailer Debenhams.

UK: M&S Q3 clothing sales continue to decline Katie Smith | 9 Jan 14

Marks & Spencer has seen its general merchandise sales fall for a tenth consecutive quarter, even though the UK retailer said it saw early signs of improvement in its women's wear business.

UK: Hobbs appoints Wrigley as chairman Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 14

Women's wear retailer Hobbs has appointed former New Look chief, Phil Wrigley, as its chairman.

UK: Next lifts profit forecast on strong Christmas sales Leonie Barrie | 3 Jan 14

Fashion retailer Next Plc has raised its profit forecast after a strong Christmas in which sales were "significantly ahead of expectations."

UK: Debenhams CFO quits following profit warning Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 14

Debenhams' chief financial officer Simon Herrick has resigned, just days after the department store retailer issued a post-Christmas profit warning amid weak clothing sales.

UK: Debenhams taps suppliers for 2.5% discount Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 13

UK retailer Debenhams has asked its suppliers for a 2.5% discount on stock as a "contribution" to help fund its growth.

Cheaper private label apparel "losing traction" Richard Woodard | 28 Nov 13

The growth of inexpensive private label apparel is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive, according to new research.

UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill signs Bangladesh Safety Accord Katie Smith | 22 Nov 13

Edinburgh Woollen Mill, owner of the Peacocks and Jane Norman chains, has become the latest apparel retailer to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

UK: Debenhams restructures international division Katie Smith | 15 Nov 13

To ready itself for overseas growth, UK retailer Debenhams is restructuring its international division by cutting positions, but stressed it will actually grow the overall number.

UK: “Good progress” at Debenhams despite FY profit dip Richard Woodard | 24 Oct 13

Department store retailer Debenhams recorded a slight decline in full-year pre-tax profit, but nonetheless made “good progress” in the year, according to one analyst.

BANGLADESH: Liberty Fashion Wears poses "immediate" safety risk Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 13

The group representing more than 90 clothing retailers and brands sourcing from Bangladesh has publicly named the country's first garment factory considered to pose an "immediate risk" to workers.

UK: Arcadia adds two trading directors to BHS team Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group has added two trading directors to its BHS chain.

Disruptive market drives supply chain change Richard Woodard | 1 Oct 13

Having an efficient and fast-reacting supply chain should be a must for any fashion brand or retailer - but "market disruption" caused by the internet and globalisation is making it more vital than ever before.

UK: Retailers accused of fixing prices of sports bras Petah Marian | 20 Sep 13

A number of the UK's largest retailers including John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser have been accused of fixing the price of sports bras.

just-style's most read stories this week... Petah Marian | 20 Sep 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include a look at the full-year results from department store operator Debenhams, Marks & Spencer's tie up with mobile phone surveying firm Labor Link, and the news that global apparel and textile production rose in the second quarter.

UK: Debenhams “back on form” as FY sales rise Richard Woodard | 17 Sep 13

Department store retailer Debenhams recorded a revenue rise of 2.5% in the year to 31 August, with like-for-like sales increasing by 2%.

UK: Advanced Supply Chain invests in garment finishing Katie Smith | 9 Sep 13

UK logistics firm and one of the country's largest garment processors, Advanced Supply Chain (ASC), has invested GBP300,000 (US$470,969) in new finishing facilities at its Halifax site to increase capacity and meet growing demand.

How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up? Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 13

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.

UK: Gilmore named Jigsaw COO Katie Smith | 8 Jul 13

UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has hired Richard Gilmore, currently planning director at Fred Perry, to the new role of COO as part of efforts to strengthen its management team.

UK: Cold weather hits Debenhams Q3 sales growth Katie Smith | 27 Jun 13

UK department store operator Debenhams has today (27 June) blamed cold weather and challenging market conditions for slower third-quarter sales growth.

Sourcing shifts: Outsourcing options closer to home Kitty So | 3 Jun 13

Finding a cheap and responsive outsourcing option closer to home is increasingly a key option for US and European brands.

UK: Debenhams extends men's sizing to XXXXXL Petah Marian | 3 Jun 13

UK men are the biggest and tallest they have ever been, and are getting bigger, according to research released by Debenhams.

UK: Debenhams H1 profits hit by snow Petah Marian | 18 Apr 13

UK department store operator Debenhams recorded a dip in profits after bad weather hit trading, but said it expects improvement in the second half.

UK: Patrick Grant joins Debenhams designer roster Petah Marian | 5 Apr 13

As part of efforts to grow its men's wear business, UK department store operator Debenhams has signed E Tautz and Norton & Sons designer Patrick Grant as its latest Designer at Debenhams collaborator.

Next full-year results: what the analysts say Katie Smith | 22 Mar 13

Despite booking a 9% rise in full-year underlying pre-tax profit, UK fashion retailer Next Plc was forced to admit that it had suffered a slow start to the new year. Here is a flavour of what leading retail watchers are saying about Next's results.

UK: Clothing drives February retail sales surge Richard Woodard | 5 Mar 13

Retail sales in the UK registered their strongest growth in three years during February, and clothing led the charge with its best figures in five months.

UK: Debenhams warns of snow impact on H1 profit Petah Marian | 4 Mar 13

UK department store operator Debenhams has warned that first half profit will be hit after snow in January led to a fall in sales.

BALTICS: Debenhams bolsters presence in Latvia, Estonia Petah Marian | 14 Feb 13

UK department store operator Debenhams is set to bolster its presence in the Baltics, with plans for stores in Latvia and Estonia.

M&S Q3 trading update: what the analysts say Leonie Barrie | 10 Jan 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer has reported worse-than-expected Christmas trading figures, with a poor performance in its general merchandise business - which includes clothing and footwear - offsetting strong demand for food. "Dismal," "disappointing,' and "lacklustre" are some of the adjectives used by retail analysts to sum up M&S's results.








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