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BRIC retail sales to reach US$15trn by 2022 Petah Marian | 30 Oct 12

China, India, Russia and Brazil are set to become four of the six largest retail markets in the world by 2022, according to research released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

BANGLADESH: Inditex backs new garment testing laboratory Katie Smith | 19 Oct 12

Spanish retail giant Inditex, parent of the Zara fashion chain, has provided financial suppport to help Bangladeshi garment makers set up their own testing laboratory in Dhaka.

US: Inditex takes Massimo Dutti to New York Katie Smith | 12 Oct 12

Inditex's Massimo Dutti chain has entered into the US market with its first New York store.

just-style management briefing: Suppliers developing their own design hubs Raghavendra Verma | 1 Oct 12

The growth in outsourcing has been the most important trend in the clothing and textile sector in the past decade, with emerging market countries offering increasingly reliable and sophisticated services. While the recession has put paid to a lot of talk about emerging market suppliers developing their own design hubs, the idea is still very much alive.

UK: Karen Millen appoints retail directors for Europe and UK Katie Smith | 27 Sep 12

British clothing brand Karen Millen has appointed Becky Bateman as retail director for the UK and Ireland and Pilar LaCave as retail director for Europe.

SPAIN: Inditex H1 net profit up 32% to EUR944m Richard Woodard | 19 Sep 12

Fashion retail giant Inditex has posted revenues of over EUR7bn (US$9.1bn) in the first half of the fiscal year, increasing its net profit by 32%.

AUSTRALIA: Fast Retailing to open first Uniqlo store in 2013 Petah Marian | 18 Sep 12

Fast Retailing plans to enter Australia through its Uniqlo brand by the end of August next year.

CHINA: Inditex to launch Chinese Zara site Petah Marian | 3 Sep 12

Inditex said that it plans to launch e-commerce operations for its Zara brand in Mainland China on Wednesday (5 September).

ASIA: Uterqüe opens first two stores in China Katie Smith | 29 Aug 12

Uterqüe, the fashion accessories and leather goods chain operated by Spanish retailer Inditex Group, has opened its first two stores in China this month.

CENTRAL EUROPE: Clothing and footwear markets set to grow Petah Marian | 20 Aug 12

The clothing and footwear market in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia is expected to expand to EUR14bn in 2014, up from EUR13bn in 2011.

Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 10 Aug 12

Top stories on just-style this week included a report on clothing brands seeking a forum to raise concerns with the government in Bangladesh, an article on how cooler weather boosted UK clothing sales in July, and forecasts that suggest Indian textile and apparel exports could more than triple by 2020.

HONG KONG: Esprit appoints Inditex's Martínez as CEO Petah Marian | 7 Aug 12

Hong Kong-based clothing brand Esprit has seen its share price soar after announcing the appointment of Jose Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez as CEO and executive director.

SPAIN: Inditex to invest EUR150m in logistics platform Petah Marian | 27 Jul 12

Inditex has revealed plans to invest EUR150m (US$185m) in a new logistics platform in Guadalajara, Spain.

INDIA: FIPB rejects Zara's plan for FDI single-brand retail Katie Smith | 26 Jul 12

Clothing retailer Zara Holding's application to set up a joint venture for foreign direct ownership in single-brand retail in India has been rejected by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

The Flanarant: Apparel sourcing forecasts miss the point Mike Flanagan | 20 Jul 12

There are a number of reasons why apparel buyers continue to focus on the top 20 exporting countries, according to Mike Flanagan. With little room left to manoeuvre on price, sourcing decisions depend on a whole range of different parameters - which is why forecasts for new supply bases are usually wide of the mark.

US: BCBG Max Azria inks swimwear license with Trimera Leonie Barrie | 18 Jul 12

Women's wear firm BCBG Max Azria Group has inked a licensing deal with Trimera Group to market and distribute its swimwear globally, including lines from BCBG Max Azria and BCBGeneration.

just-style management briefing: Speed and flexibility a boost to profitability Lee Adendorff | 2 Jul 12

Fast fashion has had a fundamental impact on the apparel industry in the space of just a few decades, with global fashion giants such as Zara and H&M demonstrating a previously unthinkable production speed, with the ability to get a garment from concept to store in less than 12 weeks.

just-style management briefing: Speed to market breaks down fashion barriers MJ Deschamps | 2 Jul 12

While cities such as Milan, Paris, New York and London have historically been seen as the global 'fashion hubs' - acting as meeting spots for high-end designers, fashion shows, luxury retail outlets and fashionistas - the rise of fast fashion has also made cutting-edge trends more accessible to the rest of the world.

just-style management briefing: Fast fashion's competitive advantages MJ Deschamps | 2 Jul 12

A successful fashion retail strategy is now often a race against the clock, as consumers' appetites for a revolving door of apparel trends continues to grow in the era of 'fast fashion'.

Global news roundup Katie Smith | 2 Jul 12

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.

SPAIN: Inditex to expand headquarters Petah Marian | 26 Jun 12

Retail giant Inditex is to invest EUR100m (US$124.7m) in expanding its headquarters in Artexio, Spain.

SPAIN: Inditex increases non-EU European production Petah Marian | 25 Jun 12

Retail giant Inditex sourced from more non-EU European suppliers during 2011, and cut the number of suppliers it used in Asia over the year, according to its recently released annual report.

just-style's research roundup Liz Hague | 18 Jun 12

Featured reports from just-style's research store this week include a look at smart fabrics and interactive textiles, a risk analysis of the apparel supply chain, and reports on the underwear sectors in the Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.

Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 15 Jun 12

Top stories on just-style this week include a report on accusations that girls are working under slave labour conditions in southern India, Inditex's first quarter results, and a story about new guidelines for assigning serialised identification numbers to individual items.

SWEDEN: H&M sales bounce back in May Leonie Barrie | 15 Jun 12

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz today (15 June) booked a 3% rise in May sales at stores open more than a year, bouncing back after weather dampened demand for its spring fashions the month before.

SPAIN: Inditex “heads pack” after Q1 profit surge Richard Woodard | 13 Jun 12

Global fashion retail giant Inditex has recorded strong increases to first quarter profit and revenue, placing the Spanish company ahead of other international businesses, according to one analyst.

SPAIN: Inditex brands enter Ecuador Katie Smith | 25 May 12

Inditex, the world's largest clothing retailer and owner of the Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka and Stradivarius chains, has entered Ecuador for the first time by opening a number of stores in the country.

SPAIN: Inditex's Uterqüe launches online in three markets Katie Smith | 19 Apr 12

Uterqüe, the newest banner of Spain's Inditex Group, the retail giant that owns the Zara fashion chain, has launched its online store for customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.

Spotlight on...Brands deny claims of continued sandblasting Petah Marian | 3 Apr 12

Diesel has slammed a report in which it is accused of continuing to source its products from Bangladeshi suppliers that use sandblasting, despite the denim brand banning the practice.

SPAIN: Inditex FY profit up on international growth Petah Marian | 21 Mar 12

Inditex, the world's largest clothing retailer and owner of the Zara and Massmo Dutti stores, has seen its full-year profit shoot up on the back of continued worldwide expansion.








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