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Gap working to rebuild and gain market share

Gap Inc has admitted progress has been slower than expected, despite some bright spots in its last fiscal, as the US speciality clothing ret...


Beth Wright | 6 Jan 2017

December proved to be a dismal month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting comparable sales figures, with soft in-store traffic over the holiday season meaning that only two recorded a rise. This was despite retailers coming off a modestly strong Black Friday weekend.


Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2016

Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.


Beth Wright | 2 Dec 2016

Comparable store sales proved to be somewhat disappointing for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their figures in November, with only two recording increases. This was despite robust e-commerce growth from the Black Friday weekend and a more favourable macro backdrop to consumer spending.


Beth Wright | 8 Nov 2016

Monthly same store sales growth for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their figures has been anaemic since February 2015, but mostly exceeded analyst expectations in October thanks to an uptick in consumer confidence and improving unemployment rates.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2014

Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.


Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 2011

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

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Beth Wright | 18 Sep 2017

Gap Inc, Nike, Levi Strauss and VF Corp are among the six US apparel companies who have become the latest to commit to set emissions reduction targets that help limit global warming through the Science Based Targets initiative.


Beth Wright | 18 Aug 2017

Gap Inc has increased its full year earnings guidance after booking its third consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth, but one analyst is less confident that the retailer is in "full recovery mode."


Beth Wright | 7 Aug 2017

Australian brand owner and distributor Oroton Group is to discontinue its franchise agreement with US speciality retailer Gap, in a move that will see its six Gap stores in Australia shutter by the end of January next year.


Michelle Russell | 3 Aug 2017

US apparel giant Gap Inc 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.


Beth Wright | 26 May 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 19 May 2017

Gap Inc has progressed in the first quarter, despite what one analyst refers to as "firing on just one cylinder", as the US speciality clothing retailer's Old Navy brand helped boost sales performance.


Beth Wright | 4 May 2017

April proved to the latest in a line of difficult months for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales figures, with all but one recording a decline.


Beth Wright | 24 Apr 2017

US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is stepping up its commitment to sustainability with a pledge to use more sustainable fibres in the production of its namesake and Athleta brand apparel within the next five years.


Beth Wright | 15 Mar 2017

US specialty retailer Gap Inc has named former Gymboree Corp CEO, Mark Breitbard, as president and CEO of its Banana Republic division.


Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 3 Mar 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include how there is potential for Bangladesh to capture the Chinese market, US President Donald Trump speaks favourably about using taxes and tariffs to boost the nation's economy, Myanmar forms a committee to discuss minimum wage, and Adidas unveils a "revolutionary" marathon shoe.


Beth Wright | 24 Feb 2017

US speciality clothing retailer Gap Inc has posted what one analyst calls a "modest" gain in its fourth-quarter but failed to boost earnings for the full year, booking a double-digit decline for fiscal 2016.


Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 2017

Top executives from 16 major US manufacturers have sent an open letter to Congress urging elected officials to pass tax reforms and the controversial border tax in order to boost growth for domestic companies and taxpayers.


Beth Wright | 7 Feb 2017

January proved to be a better month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting comparable sales figures but it wasn't all good news, with one big upside offsetting two huge declines - one of which represents the largest monthly comp store sales decline in 19 years.


Beth Wright | 27 Jan 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include a closer look at the start to Trump's presidency, from the order to withdraw from TPP to his first speech promising to "buy American and hire American". We also list ten retail trends to watch out for in the year ahead, and news that Gap's Banana Republic chief is to leave the company.


Beth Wright | 25 Jan 2017

US specialty retailer Gap Inc has revealed Andi Owen, global brand president of its Banana Republic division, is to leave the company after agreeing with CEO Art Peck, now is an "appropriate time for a change in leadership".


Michelle Russell | 6 Jan 2017

US apparel giant Gap Inc has reversed an 18 consecutive month fall in comparable sales to record positive growth for the month of December, primarily driven by value division Old Navy.


Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 2016

US apparel giant Gap Inc has acquired data-driven social shopping platform Weddington Way for an undisclosed sum. 


Leonie Barrie | 5 Dec 2016

An unexpected fall in sales at its largest Old Navy division, coupled with the impact of a fire at its Fishkill distribution centre in the summer, pushed US specialty apparel retailer Gap Inc to another drop in comparable sales for November.


Beth Wright | 18 Nov 2016

US speciality clothing retailer Gap Inc says it is making progress to improve product across its brands, although both sales and revenue continued to fall in its third quarter.


Michelle Russell | 18 Nov 2016

Apparel giant Gap Inc has got its Fiskhill distribution centre back up and running in the form of a "pop-up" less than three months after a massive fire ripped through and destroyed the property. 


Beth Wright | 16 Nov 2016

Struggling US speciality retailer Gap Inc has named former Dick's Sporting Goods executive, Teri List-Stoll, as its new finance chief, following the news Sabrina Simmons is to leave the company next year.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2017

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.


Michelle Russell | 17 May 2016

Innovation was the hot topic last week as a raft of apparel and textile companies revealed new fabrics, fibres and technologies designed to shake-up the industry.

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