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French Connection to boost speed-to-market with PLM Beth Wright | 30 Jan 20

UK-based fashion retailer French Connection Group has upgraded to a cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help reduce time to market and facilitate growth.

Buyer beware – Vietnam sourcing is not the same as China Mark Godfrey | 27 Sep 19

US clothing brands and retailers mulling a sourcing switch to Vietnam to avoid the ongoing tariff war with China need to sharpen up – because doing business with Vietnamese trading partners is very different from working with Chinese suppliers.

French Connection H1 hit by difficult trading Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 19

French Connection Group may have done little to assure prospective buyers of its future potential, analysts have said, after the UK fashion retailer booked falling revenues weighed down by "extremely challenging" trading conditions in the first half.

French Connection extends sale discussions Beth Wright | 28 Jun 19

French Connection Group has extended the period for completing the strategic review and formal sale process of the company to September.

French Connection sale talks "ongoing" amid return to FY profit Beth Wright | 12 Mar 19

French Connection Group has achieved its goal of returning to underlying profitability as CEO and chairman Stephen Marks notes discussions regarding a potential sale of the business are "ongoing" with several interested parties. 

French Connection in sale talks with four potential buyers Beth Wright | 22 Oct 18

French Connection has announced it is in talks with four interested parties regarding a potential sale of the business.

French Connection bosses mull sale Hannah Abdulla | 8 Oct 18

French Connection Group's board of directors is mulling a sale of the company, it confirmed today (8 October).

French Connection optimistic despite widening H1 loss Beth Wright | 20 Sep 18

French Connection Group CEO Stephen Marks says the company remains on target to return to profitability this year despite a drop in revenue and a widening of its statutory loss in the first six months.

French Connection finalises Toast deal Beth Wright | 1 May 18

French Connection has completed the sale of its premium lifestyle brand Toast to Danish apparel company Bestseller, in a move it previously said is expected to generate about GBP13.9m (US$19.6m) and help its return to profitability.

French Connection to sell Toast brand to Bestseller Beth Wright | 9 Apr 18

French Connection  has entered into an agreement to sell its premium lifestyle brand Toast to Danish apparel company Bestseller in a move which is expected to generate about GBP13.9m (US$19.6m) for the British fashion retailer and will help it return to profitability.

French Connection close to turnaround, narrows FY loss Beth Wright | 13 Mar 18

French Connection Group has revealed it received an unsolicited takeover approach from a third party in the US last year as the British fashion retailer said it is "very close" to returning to profitability.

Still much to do at French Connection as H1 losses narrow Beth Wright | 19 Sep 17

British fashion retailer French Connection Group says it is moving in the right direction as its losses narrow in the first half of year, but admits there is still much to do as one analyst warns it must engage with lapsed customers to fend off competition from the likes of Zara and Asos.

Investors call for shake-up at French Connection Michelle Russell | 23 Jan 17

Three investors in French Connection Group are calling on the troubled British fashion retailer to shake-up its boardroom and replace two directors, and also consider a potential sale of the business.

French Connection losses continue in "disappointing" H1 Leonie Barrie | 20 Sep 16

Troubled British fashion retailer French Connection Group has booked what it called a "disappointing" first-half, after an improved performance in its retail business was offset by tougher trading in wholesale and licensing.

Poor product blamed for French Connection problems Katie Smith | 15 Mar 16

French Connection needs to make its product more consistent in design and quality, one analyst has said, after the troubled fashion retailer recorded an annual loss of GBP4.7m (US$6.7m). 

French Connection CFO Castleton to step down Michelle Russell | 10 Jul 15

UK fashion retailer French Connection has announced the departure of its finance chief, Adam Castleton, just months after issuing a profit warning.

French Connection shares fall on profit warning Katie Smith | 24 Apr 15

UK fashion retailer French Connection has seen its share price decline 18% this morning (24 April) after warning its full-year performance will be below market expectations.

French Connection and Foot Locker “wage offenders” Michelle Russell | 24 Mar 15

French Connection and Foot Locker have become the latest firms to be named and shamed under a new scheme by the UK Government for paying workers less than the minimum wage.

“Overpriced” French Connection cuts FY loss Richard Woodard | 17 Mar 15

Fashion retail business French Connection cut its full-year operating loss, but saw retail sales tumble by 12% on the back of store closures.

Online fashion retailer Boohoo bans angora Katie Smith | 23 Dec 14

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has become the latest retailer to ban the use of angora in its products following pressure from animal rights group PETA.

Primark latest to blame weather for sales Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 14

Value fashion retailer Primark has achieved like-for-like sales below the expectations of its parent company, as unusually warmer weather hurt revenues.

Lacoste joins ban on angora Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 14

French fashion brand Lacoste has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.

French Connection trading update "mixed" Katie Smith | 26 Nov 14

French Connection has delivered a "mixed" trading update, with its share price rising despite posting a decline in like-for-like sales in the UK and Europe for the 17 weeks to 22 November.

Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora Katie Smith | 29 Oct 14

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.

French Connection commits to stop selling angora Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 14

French Connection has become the latest firm to impose a ban on the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.

COMMENT: Brand issues add to woes for online retailer Asos Michelle Russell | 23 Sep 14

Just a week after Asos issued its third profit warning this year, reports at the weekend suggested a potential revolt from some of the brands it sells over its aggressive discounting - exacerbating issues already weighing on the online retailer.

UK: French Connection buying director takes Michael Kors role Michelle Russell | 19 Sep 14

Richard Grainer has left UK fashion retailer French Connection, where he was director of retail buying and merchandising, to take up a position at Michael Kors.

UK: French Connection remains "work-in-progress" Katie Smith | 18 Sep 14

French Connection has narrowed its loss in the first half as initiatives to turnaround the UK fashion apparel retailer continue to gain traction but remain a "work-in-progress".

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.







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