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Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 4 Apr 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a detailed analysis of a report which suggests more progress is needed on a living wage for supply chain workers, price hikes continue to loom over the leather industry, and China to invest in Xinjiang's textile industry.


UK: House of Fraser tight-lipped on takeover talks Katie Smith | 31 Mar 14

House of Fraser has refused to be drawn on reports Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group has placed a surprise bid for the UK department store retailer.


UK: House of Fraser's womenswear exec Winstanley to step down Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 14

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has confirmed its executive director of womenswear, Allan Winstanley, will step down from his role next month.


UK: Nicole Farhi owner outlines growth plans Katie Smith | 18 Feb 14

The owner of upmarket fashion brand Nicole Farhi is looking to hire a global CEO and marketing director as part of wider plans to drive growth.


UK: Portas knickers firm bought out of administration Katie Smith | 18 Feb 14

Headen & Quarmby, the underwear manufacturer behind the Kinky Knickers range launched by British TV presenter Mary Portas, has been bought out of administration.


UK: Sports Direct takes 4.6% stake in Debenhams Michelle Russell | 13 Jan 14

Sports Direct International, owned by Newcastle United football club owner Mike Ashley, has acquired a 4.6% stake in UK retailer Debenhams.


UK: House of Fraser silent on hire of IPO advisers Katie Smith | 7 Jan 14

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has remained tight-lipped on reports it is to hire advisers ahead of a potential initial public offering (IPO).


UK: Next lifts profit forecast on strong Christmas sales Leonie Barrie | 3 Jan 14

Fashion retailer Next Plc has raised its profit forecast after a strong Christmas in which sales were "significantly ahead of expectations."


UK: House of Fraser books "best ever" Christmas Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 14

Department store retailer House of Fraser has hailed its "best ever" Christmas trading period, helped by strong fashion and online sales.


FRANCE/UK: House of Fraser tight-lipped on takeover talks with Galeries Lafayette Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 13

House of Fraser has declined to comment on reports it is in advanced discussions with French department store group Galeries Lafayette over an acquisition of the UK department store retailer.


UK: Online growth boosts House of Fraser Q3 sales Michelle Russell | 11 Dec 13

Department store retailer House of Fraser saw like-for-like sales climb in the third quarter, boosted by its online business and the launch of new technology in stores.


Cheaper private label apparel "losing traction" Richard Woodard | 28 Nov 13

The growth of inexpensive private label apparel is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive, according to new research.


UAE: House of Fraser opens first international flagship Katie Smith | 25 Oct 13

UK department store retailer House of Fraser is to open its first international flagship store in the United Arab Emirates with franchise partner Retail Arabia International.


UK: House of Fraser H1 earnings flat as sales rise Richard Woodard | 25 Sep 13

Department store retailer House of Fraser posted flat earnings for the six months to 27 July as increased investments offset rising sales.


UK: Retailers accused of fixing prices of sports bras Petah Marian | 20 Sep 13

A number of the UK's largest retailers including John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser have been accused of fixing the price of sports bras.


UK: House of Fraser mulls return to stock market? Katie Smith | 19 Aug 13

UK department store retailer House of Fraser is reportedly considering a return to the stock market after seven years under private ownership.


UK: House of Fraser books 4.3% rise in FY earnings Katie Smith | 22 May 13

UK department store retailer House of Fraser has today (22 May) posted 4.3% profit growth in the 52 weeks to 26 January, boosted by record like-for-like sales growth.


UK: Gieves & Hawkes shuffles management Katie Smith | 5 Feb 13

Gieves & Hawkes has revealed a series of management appointments in a bid to drive growth at the London-based tailor.


UK: Tesco names Bush as UK managing director Leonie Barrie | 10 Jan 13

UK retailer Tesco today (10 January) named Chris Bush as its new UK managing director.


UK: House of Fraser posts record Christmas sales Katie Smith | 7 Jan 13

UK department store operator House of Fraser today (7 January) reported record sales over the Christmas period, with like-for-like sales rising 6.3%.


UK: House of Fraser returns to Q3 earnings growth Richard Woodard | 6 Dec 12

Department store retailer House of Fraser returned to positive earnings in the third quarter, with like-for-like sales up 5.4% and online sales surging up 50%.


UK: Mike Ashley eyes House of Fraser stake? Katie Smith | 26 Nov 12

House of Fraser has remained coy on reports Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, is looking to acquire a stake in the department store retailer.


UK: Asos head of buying latest to exit Katie Smith | 23 Nov 12

Head of buying Ellen Andrews is the latest to leave online clothing retailer Asos after holding the position for four years.


SLDF 2012: Manufacturer Timex expands own-brand apparel Petah Marian | 19 Nov 12

Sri Lankan clothing producer Timex is expanding its own brands in Asia and Europe as part of plans to move into higher margin areas to offset rising costs in its domestic manufacturing operations.


UK: Famous Footwear calls in administrators Katie Smith | 14 Nov 12

Privately-owned shoe retailer Famous Footwear has been forced to call in the administrators in a move that puts more than 300 jobs at risk.


UK: House of Fraser H1 sales rise Katie Smith | 26 Sep 12

Online sales have driven department store retailer House of Fraser to report a 1.7% increase in half-year like-for-like sales amid difficult economic trading conditions.


UPDATE: Marks & Spencer announces GM appointments Petah Marian | 4 Sep 12

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has announced a series of changes to its general merchandise team following the appointment of John Dixon as executive director of general merchandise.


UK: M&S coy on possible Chen appointment Katie Smith | 4 Sep 12

M&S has declined to comment on reports Stephanie Chen, executive director of women's wear, lingerie and fashion accessories at House of Fraser, is joining the UK retailer.


IRELAND: Retailers back code on children's clothes Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 12

Ten high street retailers have backed new guidelines to prevent the sale and marketing of provocative and sexually-suggestive children's clothing in Ireland.


UK: Costs push House of Fraser FY profits down Leonie Barrie | 24 May 12

UK-based department store group House of Fraser says sales have maintained their "positive momentum" after it managed to shrug off economic uncertainty and one of the wettest April's on record to book a 2.6% rise in first-quarter sales.

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