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US: May comparable store sales rise 7% for Gap Katie Smith | 7 Jun 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc posted a 7% increase in May comparable store sales after customers responded positively to summer products across its brands.


US: Gap makes forays in three countries Richard Woodard | 4 Jun 13

Fashion retailer Gap is making new forays into Paraguay, Hungary and Mexico with its Gap and Banana Republic brands.


US: Gap Q1 off to strong start with 43% profit surge Leonie Barrie | 24 May 13

Specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc has seen its financial year get off to a "strong start" with profit jumping 43% thanks to sales gains at its namesake and Old Navy chains.


US: Crailar Technologies joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition Katie Smith | 23 May 13

Crailar Technologies, developer of the Crailar Flax fibre, is the latest company to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which is working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of global apparel and footwear production.


Gap hopes for a global alliance on factory safety Leonie Barrie | 22 May 13

The chairman and CEO of US retail giant Gap Inc says he hasn't given up on the idea of a global accord to tackle fire and building safety in Bangladesh - but that the current agreement largely backed by European brands and retailers "didn't make sense for us."


US: Apparel groups unveil own Bangladesh safety plans Leonie Barrie | 16 May 13

A group of North American retailers has gone its own way on strengthening safety efforts at Bangladesh garment factories, setting up a new initiative said to offer a long-term solution that also offers flexibility to "respond to an ever-changing environment."


BANGLADESH: More retailers race to join safety accord Petah Marian | 15 May 13

More retailers and brands have joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh ahead of the midnight deadline (15 May).


BANGLADESH: Marks & Spencer joins Safety Accord Petah Marian | 14 May 13

Marks & Spencer has become the latest retailer to join the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, which is intended to improve safety in the country's garment factories.


BANGLADESH: Gap seeks modifications to Safety Accord Petah Marian | 14 May 13

US retailer Gap has said it will sign the new Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, if the agreement on how disputes are resolved is modified.


BANGLADESH: Benetton and N Brown commit to safety accord Leonie Barrie | 14 May 13

Two more European retailers have this-afternoon signed up to the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which aims to improve safety conditions in supplier factories.


US: David's Bridal taps Gap's Pamela Wallack as CEO Katie Smith | 13 May 13

Wedding dress retailer David's Bridal Inc has appointed Pamela Wallack, the head of Gap's Global Creative Center in New York, as its new chief executive officer.


Retail roundup: Weather and economy drive April US retail sales Petah Marian | 10 May 13

Improving weather in late April, combined with rising stock and housing prices, offered some encouragement to US clothing retailers as sales gained over the month.


US: Gap sales grew 7% during Q1 Petah Marian | 10 May 13

Gap Inc has said that net sales increased 7% over the first quarter, with growth driven by Gap and Old Navy.


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.

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