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US: 'Chemicals of concern' found in children's products Leonie Barrie | 8 May 13

Reports filed by companies including Gap Inc, Gymboree Corp, Nike Inc, H&M and Wal-Mart Stores to comply with a Washington State law are said to have shown "chemicals of high concern" in products made or marketed for children, research has discovered.


US: Delia's names Gardner chief creative officer Katie Smith | 2 May 13

Delia's, which sells clothing for teenage girls and young women, has appointed former Gap executive Tracy Gardner to the newly-created role of chief creative officer.


EUROPE: Study urges re-think on apparel trade policy Leonie Barrie | 23 Apr 13

A new study into the impact of the branded clothing sector on the European economy is calling for a shift in thinking when it comes to setting out trade policies to include the full breadth of the industry.


INDONESIA: Fashion brands linked to polluting textile factory Leonie Barrie | 19 Apr 13

New research released this week has linked international fashion brands to a textile plant in West Java that is accused of dumping industrial wastewater containing a cocktail of toxic and hazardous chemicals into a local river.


HONG KONG: Water discharge monitoring service launched Katie Smith | 19 Apr 13

A new water discharge monitoring service has been introduced to help textile manufacturers eliminate pollution of waterways and demonstrate their environmental credentials.


Supply chain key to Gap's global growth plans Leonie Barrie | 18 Apr 13

As turnaround efforts finally start to take hold at US specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc, the company is now focusing on leveraging its global brands to gain a larger share of the $1.4trn global apparel market.


US: Gap global growth plans include Old Navy overseas Leonie Barrie | 18 Apr 13

Gap Inc, the USA's largest speciality clothing retailer, is eyeing a larger share of the $1.4trn global apparel market through a number of new initiatives including plans to franchise Old Navy stores overseas.


US: J Crew makes senior management promotions Katie Smith | 17 Apr 13

US apparel, footwear and accessories retailer J Crew has promoted James Scully to chief operating officer, and Libby Wadle to the position of president of the J Crew brand.


US: Guess names Super general merchandise manager Katie Smith | 15 Apr 13

US fashion brand Guess Inc has appointed Hillary Super as senior vice president and general merchandise manager.


GUATEMALA: Agrees enforced labour laws under DR-CAFTA Leonie Barrie | 12 Apr 13

The Guatemalan government has agreed to enforce its labour laws - finally resolving a complaint filed in 2008 by the US government under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).


US: Gap posts fall in March comparable store sales Katie Smith | 12 Apr 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has seen its March comparable store sales edge down 1%, after results were weighed down by its Old Navy brand and an earlier Easter.


Retail roundup: Sales chill for US retailers in March Leonie Barrie | 11 Apr 13

A combination of cold, snowy weather and the earlier timing of Easter meant that sales of spring or early summer merchandise got off to a chilly start for US retailers in March.


US: Ascena names Stern chief merchandising officer of Maurices Katie Smith | 26 Mar 13

US women's wear retailer Ascena Retail Group has appointed Erin Stern as its executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of the Maurices brand.


Global news roundup Katie Smith | 19 Mar 13

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.


February off to a slow start for US apparel retailers Leonie Barrie | 8 Mar 13

US retailers battled significant headwinds in February, with sales of early spring merchandise getting off to a slow start in the face of cool weather, higher payroll taxes and economic uncertainty.


US: Gap records 3% February comparable sales growth Katie Smith | 8 Mar 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has reported 3% growth in February comparable store sales, driven by an extra week during the month and gains from its acquisition of multi-brand women's wear retailer Intermix.


US: Retailers' February 2013 sales roundup Katie Smith | 7 Mar 13

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe retailers' February 2013 sales results. It is worth noting that from this month, a number of retailers are no longer reporting their sales results on a month-by-month basis.


US: Quiksilver makes senior management appointments Petah Marian | 5 Mar 13

US surf wear brand Quiksilver has announced a series of senior management changes as part of efforts to turnaround the business, following the appointment of a new president and CEO in January.


In the money: Gap improves offer on faster speed to market Petah Marian | 1 Mar 13

Gap is making huge strides in becoming more responsive to what its customers really want, with a new "less is more" philosophy combining with improved speed to market so that it is able to take fewer risks with its assortment.


US: Gap fourth quarter profit surges 61% Petah Marian | 1 Mar 13

Speciality clothing retailer Gap Inc has capped off a strong year with a sharp increase in net profits as its turnaround efforts take hold.


US: Gap coy on Fast Retailing takeover talk Katie Smith | 18 Feb 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has remained coy on reports Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing has expressed interest in buying the company.


US: Juicy Couture chief creative officer to leave Katie Smith | 14 Feb 13

LeAnn Nealz, the president and chief creative officer of Fifth & Pacific's struggling Juicy Couture brand, is to leave the company.


Focus: Apparel retail specialists at risk from e-commerce Euromonitor International | 12 Feb 13

For specialist retailers in Europe and North America, times are tough. The unstable economic climate is a critical factor, but no less a problem for thousands of struggling businesses is the transfer of power from bricks-and-mortar to the internet.


2013 off to a strong start for US retailers Petah Marian | 8 Feb 13

2013 got off to a strong start for US clothing and footwear retailers in January, with many reporting their best performance since September 2011.


US: Gap posts 8% January comparable sales growth Katie Smith | 8 Feb 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has booked an 8% increase in January comparable store sales thanks to continued momentum in its North American businesses.


US: Retailers' January 2013 sales roundup Katie Smith | 7 Feb 13

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe retailers' January 2013 sales results.


US: Fair Trade Certified scheme “making progress” Richard Woodard | 5 Feb 13

The Fair Trade Certified apparel pilot programme initiated by Fair Trade USA is making good progress, according to a report from the organisation’s Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) for apparel.


US: Gap to close two distribution centres in Hebron Katie Smith | 18 Jan 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is to close two distribution centres in Hebron, Kentucky in a move aimed at driving efficiency, but will also put 350 jobs at risk.


US: Gap unveils limited-edition children's wear line Katie Smith | 16 Jan 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has launched a limited-edition clothing and accessories collection, inspired by Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit book for its babyGap brand.


US: Gymboree poaches another Gap exec for CFO role Katie Smith | 11 Jan 13

US children's wear retailer The Gymboree Corp has poached a second executive from specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc in the space of a week, appointing Evan Price as its new chief financial officer.

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