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US: Zara opens new global concept store Leonie Barrie | 16 Mar 12

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has opened its largest US store on New York City's Fifth Avenue, featuring a new store design that will be rolled out to most of the retailer's international locations.

CANADA: Trimera invests in domestic design and production Leonie Barrie | 10 Feb 12

Apparel maker Trimera Group is opening two domestic development and production facilities next month to provide customers with on-site design centres as well as seamless knitting capabilities to help cut the time it takes to commercialise, test and launch products.

ITALY: Benetton issues full-year profit warning Petah Marian | 1 Feb 12

Retailer United Colours of Benetton today (1 February) issued a profit warning, saying that it expects full year profit to be down by more than 30% on the previous year.

PERU: Inditex opens first Zara store Petah Marian | 30 Jan 12

Inditex has announced that it has entered Peru with a Zara store in Lima's Jockey Plaza shopping centre.

BELGIUM/PORTUGAL: Inditex buys Massimo Dutti franchises Petah Marian | 26 Jan 12

Inditex announced today (26 January) that it has bought out the franchise agreements for its Massimo Dutti brand in Belgium and Portugal.

UK: Tesco to franchise F&F brand in Middle East Petah Marian | 17 Jan 12

Tesco today (17 January) said it is taking its F&F clothing line to the Middle East through a franchise deal with Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair & Co - kicking off wider moves to turn the fashion label into a major global brand.

just-style management briefing: Manufacturing winners and losers in 2011 Keith Nuthall | 19 Dec 11

Established skills and tradition were not enough to save some apparel makers from layoffs and factory closures in 2011. But acquisitions, an environmental focus and international expansion helped others to build on a solid recovery from the recession.

BANGLADESH: Compensation sought after Zara factory deaths Petah Marian | 19 Dec 11

Charity campaigners are calling on Spanish retail giant Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion chain, to help the families of garment workers killed after a boiler explosion at a factory in Bangladesh.

SPAIN: Asian and online growth lifts Inditex 9-month profit Petah Marian | 14 Dec 11

Spanish retail giant Inditex has seen its profit rise 10% in the first nine months of its financial year, boosted by expansion in Asia and growth in its online operations.

CHINA: Quality tests identify mis-labelled brands Leonie Barrie | 12 Dec 11

Spanish retailer Zara has again been accused of selling "sub-standard" clothes in China after tests were said to have found garments labelled with incorrect fibre content.

MOROCCO: Casablanca's Morocco Mall to join world's best Petah Marian | 29 Nov 11

Casablanca is set to join the ranks of the world’s leading shopping destinations with the opening next week of The Morocco Mall, which boasts 350 stores and covers more than 70,000 square metres.

THE FLANARANT: Is own label about to collapse? Mike Flanagan | 16 Nov 11

With more and more own label apparel retailers eyeing growth in Asia and Latin America to make up for shortfalls in their domestic markets, Mike Flanagan asks whether a business formula that's running out of steam at home will now work abroad. Especially if it's fuelled by designers who have little connection to those foreign customers.

Russia's clothing retail market set for steady growth Textiles Intelligence | 11 Nov 11

After hitting hard times during the global economic crisis, the Russian clothing retail market is forecast to grow by 3-5% in 2011 and by about 6% per annum during 2012-13.

SOUTH AFRICA: Inditex opens first Zara store Petah Marian | 11 Nov 11

Inditex has opened its first Zara store in South Africa in the Sandton City shopping mall.

TAIWAN: Inditex opens first Zara store Petah Marian | 7 Nov 11

Inditex opened its first Zara store in Taiwan on Friday (4 November), based at Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.

Top stories on just-style Petah Marian | 4 Nov 11

This week's top stories took on a footwear theme, with the WTO backing a complaint by China over EU anti-dumping duties and Inditex planning to expand footwear sourcing in Mexico. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart announced plans to move its fashion offices back to Bentonville and Limited Brands spun off its Mast sourcing unit.

Mexican shoe makers lifted by Inditex expansion Ivan Castano Freeman | 31 Oct 11

Tempe Grupo Inditex, the shoe-making franchise of Spanish fashion giant Inditex, plans to triple its footwear production in Mexico. Meanwhile, other international brands such as Nike, Steve Madden and Puma are also mulling boosting their output in the Aztec country, whose Guanajuato region has become well-known for making high-quality leather shoes.

THE FLANARANT: Local knowledge is key to retail success Mike Flanagan | 25 Oct 11

With western retailers increasingly optimistic about business in emerging markets, does it also hold true that the industry will soon "be sourcing everywhere and selling everywhere"? Not according to Mike Flanagan, who believes most developing markets will stay small for a long time, and that locally-owned retailers will be the long-term beneficiaries.

FOCUS: Zara grows in Brazil while Gap and H&M dither Euromonitor International | 7 Oct 11

Over the past five years, retail sales of apparel generated stronger incremental growth in Brazil than anywhere else in the world except China. Yet while Inditex is reaping the rewards of double-digit growth, H&M and Gap Inc have yet to grab a piece of the action. Has the best of the opportunity slipped away? asks Magdalena Kondej, head of apparel research at Euromonitor International.

SPAIN: Inditex plans market entries on strong H1 Petah Marian | 21 Sep 11

Fashion retailer Inditex has revealed plans to enter a number of new markets as it recorded a steep rise in first half profit.

BRAZIL: Zara owner ramps up supply chain controls Leonie Barrie | 20 Sep 11

Spanish retailer Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion stores, has outlined a number of steps intended to stamp out exploitation in its Brazilian supply chain following last month's discovery that some of its clothing production was subcontracted to illegal sweatshops.

UK: Retailers urged to take action to end sweatshops Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 11

Campaigners are using the start of London Fashion Week to step up calls for high street retailers to take more action to end poverty pay for overseas workers.

GERMANY: Bershka opens “green” Berlin store Richard Woodard | 9 Sep 11

Inditex-owned fashion chain Bershka has opened its first store in Berlin and made its debut in South Korea.

SWEDEN: H&M ranked world's top user of organic cotton Leonie Barrie | 7 Sep 11

Swedish fashion retailer H&M was ranked as the world's number one user of organic cotton last year - taking it closer to its goal of only using cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020.

WORLD: Organic cotton market jumps 20% in 2010 Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 11

Neither the recession nor unstable economies have put a damper on the fast-growing organic textiles industry, according to a new report, which shows the sector grew by 20% to an estimated $5.61bn in 2010.

US/EUROPE: Inditex plans online launches Petah Marian | 6 Sep 11

Inditex has revealed plans to launch an e-commerce site for its Zara brand in the US tomorrow (7 September), following a series of online launches in Europe.

GERMANY/SOUTH KOREA: Inditex takes Bershka to Seoul and Berlin Petah Marian | 30 Aug 11

Inditex-owned young fashion brand Bershka launched in Germany and South Korea on Friday (26 August) with its first stores in the countries

Zara defends stance in Brazil sweatshop row Ivan Castano Freeman | 26 Aug 11

Spanish fashion giant Zara has told just-style it will consider appealing some $700,000 in possible fines stemming from a Brazilian Labour Ministry investigation into "slave labour" conditions at one of its suppliers, after insisting it wasn't aware of the violations.

Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 19 Aug 11

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

BRAZIL: Inditex faces slave labour allegations Petah Marian | 18 Aug 11

Inditex is facing criticism after one of its suppliers was accused of enforcing slave labour conditions on workers producing garments for Zara.








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