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Analysts upbeat on Inditex after FY profit growth Katie Smith | 9 Mar 16

Analysts remain upbeat that Inditex, owner of the Zara, Pull & Bear, and Massimo Dutti brands, can deliver double-digit earnings growth in the medium term, after annual sales and profit increased 15%.

Fashion brands pledge action for workers in India Michelle Russell | 3 Feb 16

Four major fashion brands have pledged to take serious action to remedy what has been alleged as "appalling living conditions" and "restricted freedom of movement" for apparel workers in Bangalore, India.

H&M worker rights pledge showing early results Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 16

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.

Top 20 analysis stories on just-style in 2015... Katie Smith | 21 Dec 15

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 

Inditex posts 20% hike in 9-month profit Katie Smith | 10 Dec 15

Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion brand, has booked strong double-digit net profit and sales increases for the first nine months of the year, thanks to what one analyst has described as "the strongest business model in apparel."

Common themes unite Inditex and H&M supply chains Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 15

As the world’s two largest fast fashion retailers, it’s no surprise that Inditex and H&M continue to outperform their peers with their market-leading supply chains - or that common themes unite all the top European supply chain companies.

Inditex delivers “strong” 26% H1 profit hike Michelle Russell | 16 Sep 15

Spanish clothing giant Inditex has revealed what analysts have described as a “strong” set of first-half results with double-digit sales and profit gains.

Better Cotton Initiative names McClay CEO Katie Smith | 2 Sep 15

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has appointed Alan McClay as its new CEO to lead the group during its next phase of growth.

Millennials to separate apparel retail winners and losers Katie Smith | 20 Aug 15

Millennial consumers are coming of age, with UK forecasts suggesting their spending on fashion over the next five years will grow at double the rate of apparel spend overall. Which means retailers need to have a strong digital presence and sophisticated product delivery in order to benefit, according to new research.

Bestseller joins angora wool ban Katie Smith | 17 Aug 15

Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has become the latest company to ban the use of angora in its products as it works to tighten its animal welfare policy.

Higher sales and margins boost Inditex Q1 Katie Smith | 10 Jun 15

Spanish clothing giant Inditex beat market expectations with a 28% increase in first-quarter net profit, thanks to better-than-expected like-for-like sales and margin expansion.

Speed key for Inditex with new data centre Michelle Russell | 9 Jun 15

Inditex has opened a technology centre at its headquarters in the Spanish city of La Coruña that will enable the clothing giant to move faster and be more efficient with its collections between seasons.

G-Star joins forest-free viscose commitment Katie Smith | 5 Jun 15

Denim brand G-Star Raw has become the latest company pledging to eliminate the use of rayon and viscose fabrics derived from ancient and endangered forests in its clothes.

Zara rebuts labour rights violation claims Richard Woodard | 14 May 15

Inditex has moved to dismiss claims that its Zara retail fashion business has failed to resolve “numerous labour rights violations” in its supply chain in Brazil.

Inditex beats forecasts with 5% FY profit rise Richard Woodard | 18 Mar 15

Retail clothing giant Inditex marginally beat market expectations with a 5% boost to full-year net profit, while group revenues were up 8% on last year.

Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 13 Feb 15

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at Nike's 'game-changing' training shoe, a roundup of January sales from US apparel retailers, and an insight on the challenges and opportunities for growth in the UK's textile and clothing industry.

Internet pureplays winning in UK apparel space Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 15

Internet pureplays like Asos are gaining the most share in the UK apparel market year-on-year, new data shows, while general stores are losing out.

Inditex appoints de Llano as UK MD Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 15

Spanish clothing retailer Inditex has promoted Iñigo de Llano to the position of managing director of its UK and Ireland operations.

Outlook 2015: What's happening with sourcing? Leonie Barrie | 15 Jan 15

How is the sourcing landscape likely to shift in 2015, and what strategies can help apparel firms and their suppliers to stay ahead? China is seen moving higher up the value chain, and near-shoring is likely to make small inroads, but improving productivity and building long-term vendor relationships are seen as key.

Outlook 2015: Challenges and opportunities Leonie Barrie | 15 Jan 15

One of the biggest challenges – and opportunities – facing the apparel industry in 2015 is how best to embrace the omni-channel retail model, improve the shopping experience, and respond with new supply chain solutions. The changing profile of consumers in Asia is also likely to impact consumption and production, while global compliance and factory safety will continue to be a focal point.

THE FLANARANT: Online apparel retailing: Amazon-ly unviable? Mike Flanagan | 12 Jan 15

Despite the hype, it's amazing how insignificant the internet is on the garment trade, writes Mike Flanagan. While every clothing brand and retailer uses the web for moving, receiving and monitoring information, relatively few clothes are sold this way.

Bangladesh: The road ahead on remediation Leonie Barrie | 19 Dec 14

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.

Inditex books "strong" 9-month performance Katie Smith | 11 Dec 14

Spanish clothing retailer Inditex has delivered a "strong" set of third-quarter results, one analyst believes, and reflects the strength of its business model.

Bangladesh falls further as US apparel imports grow Katie Smith | 10 Dec 14

As retailers made one last push to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports continued to grow in October. Three of the top-ten supplier countries - Vietnam, Honduras and India - saw strong double-digit growth, but Bangladesh tumbled for the eighth month in a row.

THE FLANARANT: Toxic discharge issue hits a tipping point Mike Flanagan | 11 Nov 14

In the past six years apparel buyers have moved from avoiding commitment on toxic discharge to likely toxic-free production by the end of the decade. And China has moved from opposing legislation on hazardous chemicals to introducing a legally-enforced programme for eliminating them. Has the industry finally hit a tipping point? asks Mike Flanagan.

Bangladesh slips as US imports surge in September Katie Smith | 10 Nov 14

US apparel imports surged in September as retailers continued to stock up on holiday merchandise amid fears of possible disruption to shipments due to the ongoing dockworkers dispute at major West Coast container ports. Four of the top-ten supplier countries - China, Vietnam, Indonesia and India - saw strong double-digit gains, but Bangladesh sank for the seventh month in a row.

Levi Strauss and M&S join Canopy forest fibre initiative Richard Woodard | 29 Oct 14

Leading fashion players including Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer are the latest names to sign up to non-profit organisation Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest sustainability initiative.

Spotlight on...Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally Ivan Castano Freeman | 28 Oct 14

Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.

Vietnam surges ahead in US apparel import gains Leonie Barrie | 10 Oct 14

Spurred on by the back-to-school season and fears of potential disruption to shipments of holiday merchandise amid the dockworkers contract dispute at major West Coast container ports, US apparel imports in August reached their highest level in more than a year.

IAF convention calls for innovation and fashion inclusion Ivan Castano Freeman | 9 Oct 14

Global apparel brands must boost innovation and put customers at the centre of their growth strategies in order to survive an increasingly challenging market, industry executives said at the International Apparel Federation's 30th Fashion Convention in Colombia last week.






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