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Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update just-style | 15 Apr 20

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 

Express names Malissa Akay merchandising chief Beth Wright | 13 Aug 19

Fashion retailer Express has named former Lane Bryant executive Malissa Akay as its executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

GERMANY: Can Can Express lingerie continues Asian expansion | 12 Jan 09

Lingerie brand Can Can Express has set its sights on expanding into India and other Asian countries after a successful launch into China.

US: New York & Co appoints vice president of design | 15 Aug 08

Women’s apparel retailer New York & Company Inc has hired Sarah Elsom Eustis from Polo Ralph Lauren as its new executive vice president of design.

SOUTH AFRICA: Foschini standardises distribution operations | 4 Jul 08

Foschini Group, one of South Africa's leading fashion and lifestyle retail chains, is to standardise its group distribution operations with the Warehouse Management solution (WMS) from Manhattan Associates.

AUSTRALIA: Premier "considering position" in Just bid | 2 Jul 08

Premier Investments Limited is mulling over its proposed AUD814m (US$777m) takeover bid for Australian clothing retailer Just Group following a profit downgrade and renewed bid rejection by Just.

FRANCE: Customs officers seize counterfeit luxury goods | 16 Jun 08

French Customs officers in Lyon have seized more than 35,000 "mediocre quality" fake copies of leading-brands valued at more than EUR3.2m (US$4.95m).

SRI LANKA: Human rights concerns threatening GSP+ | 12 Jun 08

A European Commission (EC) delegation said the extension of the EU’s GSP+ trade scheme with Sri Lanka depends on human rights, labour rights and environmental standards there.

US: Brown Shoe to launch Fergie footwear | 16 May 08

Brown Shoe has signed with singer, songwriter and actress Fergie to create a namesake shoe brand.

UK: Tesco invests GBP958m on South Korean expansion | 14 May 08

The UK's largest retailer Tesco has agreed to buy 36 more hypermarkets in South Korea for GBP958m (US$1.86bn).

US: Charlotte Russe chairman retires | 17 Apr 08

Mall-based women's retailer Charlotte Russe Holding has announced that its chairman Bernard Zeichner plans to retire from its board effective 1 June, to be replaced by Jennifer Salopek as its new chairman.

South Asian clothiers explore China exports | 17 Mar 08

Time was when the Chinese clothing industry was all about exports. Nowadays, though, rising costs, savvy competitors, and growing domestic clothing sales mean low wage south Asian countries are eyeing Chinese market share. But will they be able to force their way in?

US: Coach taps Victoria’s Secret’s Jerry Stritzke as new COO | 12 Mar 08

Handbag, footwear and accessories maker Coach Inc has named Jerry Stritzke, the COO and co-leader of Limited Brands’ Victoria's Secret unit, as its next president and chief operating officer.

US: Nike unit Cole Haan to go fur-free | 26 Feb 08

Cole Haan, the upmarket shoes, handbags, coats and accessories subsidiary of Nike Inc, is to stop using fur in its products from autumn 2008.

US: Avery Dennison, TradeCard to enhance payment processes | 11 Jan 08

Avery Dennison and TradeCard are teaming up to offer what is thought to be the first end-to-end product and payment visibility solution that integrates all processes and partners in an extended supply chain.

Uniqlo rolls out new look for global flagships | 14 Dec 07

Fast Retailing Co today (14 December) opens its first Uniqlo brand casualwear store in France, making this the fifth overseas market for the firm following the UK, China, South Korea and the US. The Japanese company’s creative team talks to Michael Fitzpatrick about their mission to build a new urban cool image for its global flagships.

US: Finish Line appoints new president of Man Alive chain | 13 Nov 07

The Finish Line has appointed Lou Spagna as president of its Man Alive chain of retail stores.

CANADA: Brands call for better unionisation at Mexican supplier | 18 Oct 07

Six top US apparel brands that buy blue jeans from Mexican jeans manufacturer Grupo Navarra are calling for a free choice of union for workers at the company's factory in Tehuacan, Mexico.

US: Chico's CEO Edmonds adds chairman’s role | 27 Sep 07

Women's specialty retailer Chico's FAS has appointed its president and CEO Scott A Edmonds to the additional post of chairman of the board.

US: Limited Brands Q2 profit doubles on Express sale | 23 Aug 07

Limited Brands has reported earnings per share for the second quarter of US$0.67 compared to $0.28 last year, as it made gains from offloaded apparel brands.

US: Lyric launches American Idol apparel line | 19 Jul 07

Music-driven fashion firm Lyric Jeans has entered into a licensing agreement with FremantleMedia, co-producer and licensor for US singing contest American Idol.

US: Michael Weiss returns to Express as CEO | 10 Jul 07

Michael Weiss has been named as chief executive officer of Express, the casual clothing chain that Limited Brands sold yesterday (9 July) to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

US: Limited Brands sells majority stake in flagship chain | 9 Jul 07

Limited Brands Inc has found a buyer for a majority stake in its flagship apparel chain – completing a shake-up that will allow it to focus on its intimate apparel and personal care and beauty segments.

Are buyout firms good news for business? | 9 Jul 07

The news that private equity firms are to buy majority stakes in both the Limited Stores and Express retail chains is just the latest example of the growing presence of private equity in the global apparel industry. But, as Chris Brook-Carter reports, despite the levels of investment they bring, private equity groups still foster unparalleled levels of mistrust and hostility from those outside financial circles.

SRI LANKA: Star Garment group buys defunct factory | 9 Jul 07

The Star Garment group has bought a German-owned factory that had been lined up for liquidation.

INDIA: Tamil Nadu textile makers seek better power supply | 26 Jun 07

Some of India’s textile industry is being held back by below par power supplies, according to local press.

US: Limited Brands to cut jobs as business refocuses | 22 Jun 07

Apparel retailer Limited Brands Inc on Friday (22 June) said it plans to axe around 530 jobs, or 10% of its corporate workforce, as part of a series of initiatives to cut costs and refocus its business on key growth areas.

US: Neal, May appointed to top posts at Limited Brands | 18 Jun 07

Limited Brands on Friday (15 June) appointed Diane Neal chief executive officer of its Bath and Body Works division and Bill May chief operating officer of Victoria’s Secret Stores.

US: Holtz rejoins Ann Taylor in Loft design post | 7 Jun 07

Diane Holtz has rejoined Ann Taylor Stores Corp as executive vice president of merchandising and design at the Loft division. She reports to Kay Krill, president and CEO of Ann Taylor.

BANGLADESH: Japan’s Toray planning $200m textile investment? | 29 May 07

Japanese textile giant Toray Group is planning to invest around US$200m in Bangladesh's textile sector according to local media.


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