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John Lewis appoints Woodhouse as acting CFO Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 14

UK department store retailer John Lewis has promoted company executive Loraine Woodhouse to the role of acting group finance director.

M&S hires new CFO from John Lewis Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 14

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed John Lewis finance chief Helen Weir as its next CFO.

Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora Katie Smith | 29 Oct 14

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.

UK department store market grows despite falling traffic Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 14

The UK department store market has recorded 21.4% growth in the past five years, even though shoppers have abandoned the format in favour of sector specialists and online pureplays.

UK: John Lewis appoints Viet as online director Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 14

Department store retailer John Lewis has appointed Sienne Veit to the newly created role of director of online product.

ANALYSIS: Retailers voice concerns on Scottish independence Katie Smith | 17 Sep 14

Ahead of Scotland's crucial referendum vote taking place tomorrow (18 September), retailers have weighed into the debate about the long-term implications if the country decides to go independent, and the impact it will have on their businesses. Katie Smith takes a closer look.

UK: Sainsbury's tops poll of favourite fashion retailers Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 14

In a recent survey of 6,000 consumers by retail analysts Conlumino, Sainsbury's topped the poll as the nation's favourite fashion retailer. We take a look at some of the other shops who came out on top.

UK: Online fashion boosts John Lewis H1 Richard Woodard | 11 Sep 14

UK retail business The John Lewis Partnership recorded a double-digit first-half profit increase thanks to rising revenues, with online clothing sales a highlight.

SOURCING: Water scarcity a challenge to cotton supply chains Leonie Barrie | 29 Aug 14

With World Water Week kicking off in Stockholm this Sunday (31 August), the need for better use of increasingly limited water resources will be in the spotlight. And with water scarcity posing a potential risk to the global cotton industry, the apparel supply chain is being urged to do more to tackle the fibre's huge water footprint.

UK: Hobbs taps John Lewis' Lustman as CEO Katie Smith | 17 Jul 14

British women's wear retailer Hobbs has tapped John Lewis' Meg Lustman as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Nicky Dulieu earlier this year.

SOURCING: Education and training key to 'Made in the UK' growth Katie Smith | 20 Jun 14

UK textile and apparel executives met in London last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities suppliers and retailers face by manufacturing in the UK. Educating consumers and retailers on what ‘Made in the UK' means for the fashion industry and training the younger generation in manufacturing skills were key themes throughout the conference. Katie Smith reports.

UK: Shop Direct hires first fashion director from Gap Leonie Barrie | 20 Jun 14

Online retailer Shop Direct, operator of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has tapped Gap's European buying director Zoe Matthews as its first fashion director.

UK: Connolly to take on John Lewis fashion buying role Katie Smith | 10 Jun 14

UK department store retailer John Lewis has confirmed the promotion of Ed Connolly as buying director for fashion, replacing Meg Lustman.

UK: Alvanon brings "Fashion Fit Movement" to UK Katie Smith | 2 Jun 14

As part of efforts to restore fashion skills and manufacturing, fit specialist Alvanon has committed over GBP50,000 (US$83,860) worth of technical fit forms and pattern blocks to a garment manufacturer and training centre in the UK.

Mauritius overview: Textile and apparel firms talk tactics Michelle Russell | 13 May 14

The Mauritian textile and apparel industry has overtaken sugar to become the country's largest export, with a turnover of around US$885m in 2013, a marginal increase of just 0.07% over the year before. Local textile and clothing manufacturers are working hard to sustain this growth, with several sharing their future ambitions with just-style.

INTERVIEW: Peter Ruis, chief executive of Jigsaw Michelle Russell | 8 May 14

The arrival of new chief executive Peter Ruis at UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has seen the group shift to a more fashion-led focus. Eight months into the role, he talks to just-style about the group's sourcing ambitions, its focus on innovation, and Jigsaw's international expansion plans.

UK: Software tool to help FitFlop product development Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 14

'Function meets fashion' footwear brand FitFlop has selected Fast React's Vision solution for new product development to help improve its business processes and on-time delivery.

UK: John Lewis womenswear buying head steps down Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 14

Jo Hooper, the head of buying for womenswear at department store retailer John Lewis is stepping down after six years in the role.

UK: BRC appoints Sir Charlie Mayfield as chair Michelle Russell | 21 Mar 14

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has appointed Sir Charlie Mayfield as chair of the trade association from this autumn.

UK: Online boosts John Lewis full-year profit growth Katie Smith | 6 Mar 14

UK department store operator John Lewis has recorded an increase in full-year profit, driven by strong online growth and innovation.

Spotlight on...The reality of manufacturing fashion in the UK Katie Smith | 3 Mar 14

The idea of bringing mass-market garment production back to the UK is finally gaining momentum among manufacturers and retailers. But according to industry experts speaking at last week's ASBCI conference 'Making it in the UK - Ready or not?', there are still challenges to overcome if the 'Made in Britain' movement is to be successful once again. Katie Smith reports.

UK: Government and retailers to aid garment workers Richard Woodard | 28 Jan 14

The UK Government is to more than double its investment in emerging frontier economies, joining forces with leading retailers to improve conditions for garment factory and farm workers.

UK: Arcadia Group agrees ban on angora wool Leonie Barrie | 24 Jan 14

UK-based retail giant Arcadia Group has joined a number of other firms in banning the use on angora across its brands, which include Miss Selfridge, Topshop, BHS, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis.

UK: PETA applauds John Lewis angora ban Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 14

Animal rights group PETA has welcomed the decision by UK department store retailer John Lewis to implement a permanent ban on angora wool in its future collections.

UK: John Lewis breaks Christmas sales records Leonie Barrie | 3 Jan 14

Strong sales in its shops and online helped department store retailer John Lewis to "break records" over the Christmas trading period.

UK: Mothercare returns to profit in H1 Katie Smith | 21 Nov 13

Turnaround efforts at Mothercare have started to pay off after the UK retailer swung to its first half-year underlying profit since 2010/11.

UK: Retailers accused of fixing prices of sports bras Petah Marian | 20 Sep 13

A number of the UK's largest retailers including John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser have been accused of fixing the price of sports bras.

UK: Debenhams “back on form” as FY sales rise Richard Woodard | 17 Sep 13

Department store retailer Debenhams recorded a revenue rise of 2.5% in the year to 31 August, with like-for-like sales increasing by 2%.

UK: John Lewis fashion sales rise on own-brand growth Petah Marian | 12 Sep 13

UK department store operator John Lewis saw first half sales rise on the back of expanding its own-brand collections.

UK: John Lewis to increase sales of locally made products Petah Marian | 23 Jul 13

UK retailer John Lewis has pledged to grow the amount of locally manufactured products by 15% over the next two years.





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