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Uniqlo to enter South Asia with first India store Beth Wright | 9 May 18

Japanese casual clothing brand Uniqlo is to open its first store in India next year in a move that marks the Fast Retailing-owned label's entry into South Asia.


Fast Retailing joins Canopy forest-friendly sourcing policy Beth Wright | 26 Apr 18

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has become the latest company to sign up to Canopy's policy that commits brands to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.


Fast Retailing ups FY on better than expected H1 Beth Wright | 13 Apr 18

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted an increase in both earnings and revenue for the first half of fiscal 2018, booking much higher-than-expected first-half revenue and profit gains.


12 of the world's most innovative fashion companies Leonie Barrie | 26 Feb 18

Six apparel retailers have made it onto Fast Company’s annual ranking of the world's Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, while another six clothing specialists are seen as pioneers in the ‘Style’ category.


Uniqlo founder Yanai to hand over presidency in two years Beth Wright | 31 Oct 17

Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai is to step down from his role as president of Fast Retailing upon turning 70 in around two years time, but will continue as chairman in order to handle corporate governance and advise on how to proceed in the future.


Fast Retailing FY net profit soars by 148.2% Beth Wright | 13 Oct 17

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted record levels of revenue, operating profit and net profit in fiscal 2017, booking a 148.2% hike in net profit for the year.


Uniqlo workers in Canada complain of unfair conditions Beth Wright | 21 Aug 17

Uniqlo employees in Canada have filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to form a union after complaining of stressful and unfair working conditions at the company's Toronto Eaton Centre store.


Fast Retailing nine-month profit soars 69% Michelle Russell | 14 Jul 17

Higher sales and a foreign exchange gain helped boost earnings for Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, in the first nine months of the year.


Dior, Nike and Inditex world's largest apparel companies Beth Wright | 26 May 17

Parisian fashion house Christian Dior, US sporting goods behemoth Nike, and Spanish clothing giant Inditex have all topped Forbes' 2017 The World's Biggest Public Companies ranking.


Fast Retailing H1 profit soars by 106.7% Beth Wright | 19 Apr 17

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted an increase in both earnings and revenue for the first half of fiscal 2017, booking a 106.7% leap in profit for the period.


Marks & Spencer tops human rights benchmark Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 17

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.


Activists pressure Uniqlo on Indonesia severance pay Leonie Barrie | 8 Mar 17

After pressuring Fast Retailing to publish the supplier list for its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, activists are now urging the Japanese corporation to settle wage and severance payments at a former factory in Indonesia.


Fast Retailing reveals core Uniqlo factory list Beth Wright | 6 Mar 17

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has published the names and locations of the 146 factories that manufacture garments for its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, in a bid to increase transparency across its supply chain.


Fast Retailing to reveal supplier list Beth Wright | 1 Feb 17

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has confirmed to just-style it is preparing to make its supplier list public within 2017.


Fast Retailing Q1 profit soars by 45.1% Beth Wright | 12 Jan 17

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted an increase in both earnings and revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, booking a 45.1% leap in profit for the period.


Fast Retailing opens denim R&D facility in Los Angeles Beth Wright | 21 Nov 16

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has established its first facility to research and develop new fabrics, fit and finishes for its denim products.


Fast Retailing invests in knitwear Innovation Factory Beth Wright | 1 Nov 16

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has invested JPY400m (US$3.8m) in a joint venture with specialist knit machinery manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg, in a move designed to increase production of its Wholegarment seamless knitwear.


Fast Retailing eyes GU growth with Hong Kong stores Beth Wright | 17 Oct 16

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's biggest global fashion retailer, has announced its GU casual fashion brand will launch in Hong Kong next year in a move the company says is a "huge step forward" for the unit's global expansion.


Fast Retailing FY earnings halve on forex and charges Michelle Russell | 13 Oct 16

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's biggest global fashion brand, saw earnings slump in its last fiscal on foreign exchange losses and impairment costs related to its Uniqlo Japan and US stores. 


Fast Retailing postpones PFC elimination plans Leonie Barrie | 13 Sep 16

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's biggest global fashion brand, has delayed plans to eliminate perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) from its products and supply chain.


Uniqlo set to enter Canada with first Toronto stores Beth Wright | 25 Aug 16

Casual clothing chain Uniqlo is preparing to enter the Canadian market, with dates set for the opening of its first two stores in Toronto.


Fast Retailing cuts FY guidance amid profit fall Michelle Russell | 15 Jul 16

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has cut its earnings guidance for the third time this year as a result of the stronger yen and a fall in profits for the first nine months of the year.


Nike, Victoria's Secret, Esprit lag in detox efforts Beth Wright | 6 Jul 16

Inditex, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Benetton have been praised by environmental activist group Greenpeace for being on track to clean up their chains, while Victoria's Secret, Esprit and sports brands Nike and LiNing are lagging behind the field.


Uniqlo said to be scaling back US expansion Beth Wright | 27 Jun 16

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has declined to comment regarding reports it is scaling down its US operations, closing five of its US stores since January.


Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing slashes FY profit outlook  Katie Smith | 11 Apr 16

Japanese retailer and Uniqlo casual clothing parent Fast Retailing has cut its full-year profit guidance by almost a half after a stronger yen and weaker sales at Uniqlo Japan led to a 55.1% drop in first-half profit. 


Uniqlo sales growth continues to slow in March  Katie Smith | 4 Apr 16

Helped by warm weather in early March, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores rise during the month, albeit at a slower pace than February. 


Uniqlo sales growth slows in February  Katie Smith | 2 Mar 16

Thanks to the launch of new favourable spring ranges, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at is Japanese stores increase in February, albeit at a slower pace than the prior month. 


Cold weather and discounts boost Uniqlo January sales  Katie Smith | 3 Feb 16

Strong New Year discounts combined with buoyant demand for winter merchandise boosted Uniqlo's overall performance in January, registering double-digit sales growth at is Japanese stores. 


Fast Retailing cuts outlook after Q1 profit slide Katie Smith | 8 Jan 16

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has cut its full-year outlook after seeing its first-quarter profit slide, with warm weather hampering sales at its Uniqlo casual clothing brand. 


2015 – A year in review – Supplier winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 16 Dec 15

Investments in new facilities, automation and technology, and worker training schemes paid dividends for some apparel suppliers in 2015, while others were hampered by pay disputes and safety violations.

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