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US: HanesBrands buys Australian activewear supplier just-style.com | 5 May 11

Basic apparel maker HanesBrands is expanding the reach of its Champion activewear brand in the eastern hemisphere after buying TNF Group Pty Ltd, a major activewear supplier serving leading Australian sportswear retailers, for US$9m.

US: Hanesbrands boosts Q1 profit despite cost inflation just-style.com | 21 Apr 11

US apparel group Hanesbrands has seen its first quarter profits climb by a third, after raising prices to deal with the higher costs of inputs such as cotton.

US: Levi Strauss mulls the use of Crailar flax fibre just-style.com | 15 Apr 11

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to look at using the new cotton-like flax-based fibre Crailar in its woven casual apparel products, including denim, bottom and top weight fabrics.

just-style’s research roundup just-style.com | 11 Apr 11

Emerging children's wear markets are among the latest research in the just-style store, with future problems, innovations and potential growth areas all discussed.

US: Hanesbrands inks 10-year Crailar fibre deal just-style.com | 21 Mar 11

T-shirt and underwear maker Hanesbrands has inked a 10-year deal with Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc to use its new cotton-like flax-based fibre Crailar.

US: Walmart, M&S, Levi's back apparel eco-index scheme Leonie Barrie | 1 Mar 11

Leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers including Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are driving a new initiative to improve sustainability across the entire apparel and footwear sector.

US: Hanesbrands returns to profit in Q4 just-style.com | 28 Jan 11

Apparel giant Hanesbrands returned to profit in its fourth quarter, helped by its strongest revenue gains of the year.

Does DR's textile and apparel future lie in Haiti? just-style.com | 20 Jan 11

Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti: two countries, each with 10m inhabitants and situated on the same island (Hispaniola), yet worlds apart when it comes to per capita income, human development, political stability and sustainability. The differences extend to their textile and apparel industries too, as Jozef De Coster finds out.

US: Partners to research flax technology just-style.com | 19 Jan 11

Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) has joined forces with apparel group Hanesbrands and the US Department of Agriculture to conduct research into new strains of flax.

Haiti poised to become a regional export champion? just-style.com | 5 Jan 11

A year after Haiti's textile and apparel industry was devastated by a powerful earthquake, just-style has spoken to industry executives about their hopes for the future. Trade legislation to galvanise US exports, coupled with rising interest from US and global brands to source in Haiti, should position the country as a regional export leader, they say.

US: Hanesbrands hailed for social compliance just-style.com | 3 Dec 10

T-shirt and underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc has had its global social compliance programme accredited by the Fair Labor Association (FLA).

US: Major retailers lead in supply chain compliance just-style.com | 25 Nov 10

Levi Strauss, Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc, Hanesbrands, Gildan Activewear and Nordstrom are leading the apparel industry when it comes to global supply chain compliance programmes, a new survey has revealed.

US: Hanesbrands completes Gear For Sports buy just-style.com | 2 Nov 10

Apparel group Hanesbrands has completed the acquisition of licensed logo apparel company GearCo, known as Gear For Sports, in a deal valued at US$227m.

US: Hanesbrands records Q3 profit surge just-style.com | 28 Oct 10

Apparel group Hanesbrands credited strong sales growth in its core innerwear, outerwear and international divisions for a 49% rise in third quarter profit and double-digit sales surge.

US: Hanesbrands selects new demand-sensing solution just-style.com | 30 Sep 10

In a move designed to help transform it from a push-based to a pull-based consumer apparel brand, underwear and T-shirt maker Hanesbrands Inc has invested in a new tool to help it become more responsive to demand at its key retail trading partners.

ISRAEL: Tefron narrows Q2 loss despite sales dip just-style.com | 19 Aug 10

Apparel maker Tefron has halved its second quarter loss, despite declining sales.

US: Hanesbrands buys Gear For Sports in US$225m deal just-style.com | 11 Aug 10

Apparel company Hanesbrands has moved to acquire licensed clothing business Gear For Sports in a deal valued at US$225m.

US: Hanesbrands boosts guidance on Q2 profit surge just-style.com | 22 Jul 10

Apparel group Hanesbrands raised its full-year sales and earnings guidance after second quarter net profits nearly trebled to US$85.4m from $30.6m a year ago.

The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 19 Jul 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

US: Hanesbrands plays down China currency impact just-style.com | 24 Jun 10

T-shirt and underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc has played down the impact of China's decision to let the value of its currency fluctuate, saying its balanced global supply chain allows it to offset a range of manufacturing variables.

US: Hanesbrands reshapes bra sizing with new fit technology just-style.com | 18 Jun 10

A new "breakthrough" fit technology from intimate apparel giant Hanesbrands Inc promises to make it easier for shoppers to buy bras, as well as offering better fit and superior comfort to wearers.

US: Hanesbrands tests apparel on Mount Everest just-style.com | 18 May 10

An expedition sponsored by Hanesbrands to test apparel made under its Champion and Duofold brands has successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest.

SOURCING: US lawmakers propose bill to help Haiti textiles Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 10

US lawmakers have introduced a bill to extend duty-free benefits for some knit and woven apparel products imported into the US from Haiti in an effort to aid reconstruction in the earthquake-torn country.

US: Hanesbrands unveils strong eco targets just-style.com | 19 Mar 10

Apparel group Hanesbrands has set itself ambitious energy reduction targets as part of its commitment to increase its use of renewable power sources.

COMMENT: Garment sector well-placed to sell sustainability Emma Birnbaum and David Birnbaum | 9 Mar 10

The garment industry’s global supply network gives it a key role to play in leading the push towards sustainability and eco-friendly production. But the sector must work as an industry with an industry-wide organisation and an industry-wide standard if it is to avoid the errors of compliance, believes David Birnbaum.

The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 8 Mar 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

US: Hanesbrands “could double earnings” just-style.com | 24 Feb 10

Apparel group Hanesbrands could double its earnings over the next three to four years thanks to distribution gains and a potential retail recovery, the company said.

US: Brands urged to source apparel from Haiti just-style.com | 17 Feb 10

US brands and retailers are being urged to source at least 1% of their total apparel production from Haiti in an effort to aid reconstruction in the earthquake-torn country.

ANALYSIS: Planning helps weather-proof apparel sales Richard Woodard | 11 Feb 10

With retailers already starting to showcase their spring apparel lines, the heavy and unexpected blanket of snow currently sitting over parts of Europe and the US is set to hit sales hard. Small wonder then that specialist companies are now making an enticing offer: let us give you detailed weather predictions for your company – and watch your revenues and earnings rise as a result.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 29 Jan 10

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.







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