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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.

VIETNAM: TCM books 150% hike in Q1 profit Ngo Tuan | 27 Apr 11

Vietnam's leading textile and apparel manufacturer Thanh Cong Textile Garment (TCM) has more than doubled its first quarter profit thanks to strong yarn and clothing exports.

US: Granada Sales looks for ERP productivity boost just-style.com | 13 Apr 11

Granada Sales Corp, a private-label manufacturer of women's loungewear and sleepwear, is implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to help boost productivity and efficiency in its business and financial operations.

US retail sales solid in March despite late Easter Leonie Barrie | 8 Apr 11

US retailers weathered all manner of obstacles - including chilly weather, the late Easter holiday and higher fuel prices - to top downbeat March forecasts, according to results posted yesterday (7 April), as shoppers continued to head to the stores to spend.

Emerging markets update – The CIVETS Joe Ayling | 7 Apr 11

With developed retail markets reaching a point of saturation, global fashion retailers are looking at ways to expand. Ira Kalish, director of global economics at Deloitte Research, reviewed the key emerging retail markets at the Retail London Conference this week. Here is a summary of his comments on the 'CIVETS' markets of Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa.

CHINA: Yida jeans plant takes more green steps Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 11

Hong Kong based Crystal Group, one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, is taking steps to improve the energy, water, waste, material usage, air quality and noise at its Yida denim factory to prove the industry doesn't have to be as polluting as many critics claim.

VIETNAM: Hotexco to build $4.1m suit plant Ngo Tuan | 5 Apr 11

Clothing maker Hoa Tho Textile & Garment Joint Stock Corporation (Hotexco) is building a new VND86bn (US$4.1m) factory in Da Nang city to produce suits for export.

Apparel firms eye Central America sourcing switch Ivan Castano Freeman | 24 Mar 11

Guatemalan jeanswear maker Denimatrix has won supply orders from three unnamed US and European apparel firms eager to move some of their manufacturing to Central America at a time when Asia is facing deepening production woes.

US: Hampshire widens FY losses on falling sales just-style.com | 22 Mar 11

Falling women's wear sales and lower selling prices have contributed to a wider full-year losses at clothing maker Hampshire Group Limited.

COMMENT: Nicaragua growing as an apparel powerhouse just-style.com | 7 Mar 11

The Nicaraguan textile and apparel industry is in a buoyant mood after a recovery in US demand last year helped lift the sector's exports by 14% to $1bn. Here government promotion institute Pro Nicaragua spells out some of the country's competitive advantages.

US: Retailers' February 2011 sales roundup just-style.com | 3 Mar 11

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

US: Walmart, M&S, Levi's back apparel eco-index scheme Leonie Barrie | 1 Mar 11

Leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers including Nike, Gap Inc, H&M, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are driving a new initiative to improve sustainability across the entire apparel and footwear sector.

US: Exclusive brands help JC Penney to Q4 profit hike just-style.com | 28 Feb 11

Adding more exclusive brands such as Liz Claiborne to its line-up has attracted new customers, helped lift sales, and driven a 35.5% hike in fourth quarter profit at department store retailer JC Penney Company Inc.

US: JC Penney repositions with new logo just-style.com | 23 Feb 11

US department store retailer JC Penney has unveiled a new logo as part of efforts to boost sales and cast itself as a more modern retailer.

US: Land ‘N Sea chooses PLM and sourcing software just-style.com | 23 Feb 11

Private-label women and children’s wear manufacturer Land ‘N Sea has invested in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software to help it respond more quickly to fashion trends, as well as improve collaboration and efficiency throughout the product development and production process.

EGYPT: Arafa to reopen factories on deal with strikers just-style.com | 17 Feb 11

Arafa Holding, Egypt's biggest garment exporter, is to reopen its factories at the weekend after reaching a deal with striking workers.

UPDATE: EGYPT: Strikes force Arafa to close factories just-style.com | 16 Feb 11

The spread of workers' strikes across Egypt has forced Arafa Holding, the country's biggest garment exporter, to close some of its factories, although it hopes to open them again by the weekend.

EGYPT: Arafa production back on track following unrest Leonie Barrie | 8 Feb 11

Arafa Holding, Egypt's biggest garment exporter, is shrugging off the impact of two weeks of political unrest in its home country, and says production is back to full capacity and that none of its orders have been cancelled.

THE FLANARANT: Is RFID in apparel finally coming of age? Mike Flanagan | 8 Feb 11

With apparel retailers and brands looking for new ways to bring down their buying-in prices, could now be the time for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to finally come into its own? Mike Flanagan certainly thinks so, pointing out that costs are coming down, suppliers are beginning to collaborate, and benefits could include better management in garment factories.

US: RFID retail tagging growth “limited by economy” just-style.com | 8 Feb 11

The state of the global economy is delaying the deployment of RFID item-level tagging in the retail sector, new research has found, with growth being driven by apparel firms.

US: JCPenney installs digital online tool in 120 stores just-style.com | 8 Feb 11

US department store retailer J C Penney has rolled out its Findmore digital fixture to 120 stores as it looks to integrate online and in-store services.

US retailers weathered the storms in January Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 11

US apparel retailers managed to shrug off the harsh winter weather seen across many parts of the country in January, posting surprisingly strong revenue gains in a climate that many observers feared would put consumer spending on ice.

ANALYSIS: Ackman now welcome at JC Penney table Richard Woodard | 24 Jan 11

Of the two announcements made by department store retailer JC Penney yesterday (24 January), one had immediate relevance, but the other should have far greater resonance in the longer term.

US: JC Penney restructuring to shut stores, catalogue ops just-style.com | 24 Jan 11

Retailer JC Penney Company Inc is to close six underperforming department stores and wind down its catalogue and outlet business as part of plans to streamline its operations to focus on long-term growth.

The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 24 Jan 11

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is a snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

US: JC Penney makes trio of appointments just-style.com | 11 Jan 11

Retailer JC Penney Company has announced three senior executive appointments, including Michael Dastugue as the company’s new CFO.

US retailers count the cost of December's snowfall Leonie Barrie | 7 Jan 11

A two-month spending spree at US apparel retailers ran into turbulence in December after a massive snowstorm disrupted post-Christmas shopping along the East Coast and in many cases caused disappointment after a strong start to the holiday season in November.

US: Retailers' December 2010 sales roundup just-style.com | 6 Jan 11

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' August 2010 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

US: Sears unveils new apparel, retail appointments just-style.com | 5 Jan 11

Retail group Sears Holdings has announced changes at senior executive level to its retail and apparel operations.

BANGLADESH: Garment factory blaze claims more lives Joe Ayling | 14 Dec 10

A sudden factory fire in Bangladesh is believed to have left around 20 people dead and hundreds more injured.








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