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US: Liz Claiborne wins dismissal of shareholder lawsuit Petah Marian | 3 Oct 11

Liz Claiborne has won the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit which accused the brand of misrepresenting its relationships with Macy's and JC Penney, which caused its stock to plunge.


Spotlight on...Mobile commerce revamps retail Petah Marian | 13 Sep 11

Smartphones and tablet computers are changing the way consumers shop and gather information about products before they buy. And as their uptake accelerates, savvy retailers will need to ensure their mobile presence engages with consumers and builds loyalty. After all, price comparison engines are just a short click away, writes Petah Marian.


In the money: Mexx sale a win-win for Liz Claiborne Leonie Barrie | 8 Sep 11

The deal revealed last week by Liz Claiborne Inc to sell its loss-making Mexx business to a joint venture led by private equity firm The Gores Group is a win-win for all concerned, the company believes. But analysts suggest more non-strategic brands could still be in the firing line.


Ten steps taken to turnaround Liz Claiborne Leonie Barrie | 8 Sep 11

Apparel seller Liz Claiborne Inc has spent the best part of the last four years trying to reduce its long-term debt and bring expenses in line with weak sales and consolidation of its department store customers. Measures have included the axing of thousands of global jobs, and the disposal of at least 14 brands - the most recent of which was its loss-making Mexx business. Here just-style charts its turnaround efforts so far.


EGYPT: Arafa to set up shirt plant with Ermenegildo Zegna Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 11

Arafa Holding, Egypt's biggest garment producer and exporter, has signed a deal with Italian luxury men's wear group Ermenegildo Zegna to set up a shirt manufacturing company.


US retail sales weather the storms in August Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 11

US retailers weathered a number of storm fronts in August, with a solid start to the back-to-school shopping season helping to mask the impact of higher prices, growing concerns about the economy, and a hurricane that battered the East Coast.


US: Retailers' August 2011 sales roundup Leonie Barrie | 1 Sep 11

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' August 2011 sales results.


US: Hot Topic appoints two executives Petah Marian | 1 Sep 11

Hot Topic has announced the appointment of two executives - Don Hendricks as chief information officer and Jeff Allison as senior vice president of planning and allocation.


US: JC Penney posts flat Q2 profit Leonie Barrie | 15 Aug 11

Discounting and cost-cutting efforts have contributed to a flat second quarter profit at department store retailer JC Penney Company Inc.


HONG KONG: Crystal takes steps to boost Yida sustainability Leonie Barrie | 8 Aug 11

Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, has updated just-style on the latest steps being taken by the company to boost the sustainability of its operations.


July sales a mixed bag for US apparel retailers Leonie Barrie | 8 Aug 11

Lured by warm weather and deep discounts as stores cleared their summer merchandise, US shoppers hit the malls in July giving an overall boost to many apparel retailers - but the results shed little light on back-to-school spending plans.


just-style management briefing: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition's collective efforts Ben Cooper | 5 Aug 11

Over the past decade and more, industry associations and individual companies have launched numerous initiatives with the aim of addressing and reducing the environmental and social impacts of clothing manufacture. However, this year the clothing industry's collective effort witnessed what many hope will be a game-changing development with the formation of a new multi-stakeholder partnership.


US: Jobs shuffle at JC Penney distribution centre Leonie Barrie | 5 Aug 11

Department store retailer JC Penney is making changes at its Manchester distribution centre in Connecticut, in moves that will see the closure of one operating unit but the expansion of two others.


US: Retailers' July 2011 sales roundup Leonie Barrie | 4 Aug 11

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' July 2011 sales results.


US: Liz Claiborne reaffirms outlook as Q2 losses widen Leonie Barrie | 29 Jul 11

Despite booking a wider loss in its second quarter, apparel seller Liz Claiborne Inc has reaffirmed its full-year targets thanks to climbing sales at its Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Lucky Brand labels.


US: Iconix takes control of Zoo York as Q2 profit soars Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 11

Iconix Brand Group Inc, which licenses fashion and footwear labels like Candie's, Bongo, London Fog and Joe Boxer, has booked a 69% jump in second quarter profit, and says it is taking full ownership of the Zoo York brand.


Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, CEO of TAL Apparel Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 11

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.


VIEWPOINT: US apparel retail sales shine in June Leonie Barrie | 8 Jul 11

While cold weather, storms and flooding dampened demand for spring and summer merchandise in May, US apparel retailers rebounded with a better than expected performance in June after a combination of lower gas prices, sunshine and deep discounting encouraged shoppers to hit the stores.


US: Retailers' June 2011 sales roundup Leonie Barrie | 7 Jul 11

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' June 2011 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.


SRI LANKA: Vallibel One invests $7.26 m in Orit Apparels Leonie Barrie | 4 Jul 11

Sri Lankan investment firm Vallibel One has made its first foray into the apparel sector after buying a 50% stake in Orit Apparels (Private) Ltd for US$7.26m.


Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 17 Jun 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.


US: JC Penney names Johnson as next CEO just-style.com | 15 Jun 11

Retailer JC Penney has appointed Apple retail supremo Ron Johnson as its new CEO, replacing Mike Ullman III who becomes the company’s executive chairman.


SPAIN: Mango looks to accelerate US push Ivan Castano Freeman | 14 Jun 11

Spanish women's fashion chain Mango is looking for a department store partner to expand its flagship brand in the US, where it already has a strategic alliance with JC Penney.


New consultancy to help navigate Americas sourcing Ivan Castano Freeman | 6 Jun 11

As US and European apparel firms scramble to move some of their Asian production to Central and South America in a bid to offset rising production prices, help is needed to link them to the growing number of factories courting business from these brands.


US retailers see only modest sales gains in May Leonie Barrie | 3 Jun 11

After receiving a late Easter boost to sales last month, it was perhaps inevitable that US apparel retailers would see only modest sales gains in May, with many blaming cold weather, storms and flooding for dampening demand for spring and summer merchandise.


US: Retailers' May 2011 sales roundup just-style.com | 2 Jun 11

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' May 2011 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.


US: Brands help JC Penney to 7% Q1 profit rise just-style.com | 17 May 11

Retailer JC Penney posted a 6.7% increase in first quarter profits, boosted by the performance of a number of exclusive and private brands.


VIETNAM: Crystal and Pacific Textile to build $180m plant Ngo Tuan | 6 May 11

Local government officials in Vietnam’s Hai Duong province have licensed a joint venture between Crystal Corporation and Pacific Textile Holding Limited, two of Hong Kong’s leading textile and garment manufacturers, to set up a US$180m textile and garment facility.


US: Retailers' April 2011 sales roundup just-style.com | 5 May 11

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' April 2011 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.


US: Liz Claiborne widens Q1 loss just-style.com | 28 Apr 11

US fashion group Liz Claiborne has slipped to a wider net loss during the first quarter after a sales decline.

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