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UK: John Lewis fashion buying director steps down Katie Smith | 17 Jul 13

John Lewis's buying director for fashion, Matthew McCormack, is leaving the UK department store operator to return to Australia.


How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up? Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 13

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.


UK: Gilmore named Jigsaw COO Katie Smith | 8 Jul 13

UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has hired Richard Gilmore, currently planning director at Fred Perry, to the new role of COO as part of efforts to strengthen its management team.


UK: Retailers join government talks on factory safety Petah Marian | 4 Jul 13

Clothing retailers met with UK government representatives yesterday (3 July) to discuss ways to improve their supply chains following the collapse of the Rana Plaza apparel factory building in Bangladesh earlier this year.


UK: John Lewis names new buying and brand director Katie Smith | 3 Jul 13

UK department store retailer John Lewis has appointed Paula Nickolds as its new buying and brand director, succeeding Peter Ruis, who has been named CEO of clothing chain Jigsaw.


UK: Clothing companies commit to reducing environmental footprint Petah Marian | 28 Jun 13

Companies representing more than a third of UK clothing sales have signed the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment, a scheme that will see them work together to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing.


UK: Government pressures retailers on Bangladesh supply chains Petah Marian | 3 Jun 13

The UK government is putting pressure on clothing retailers that source from Bangladesh to improve the safety of their supply chains in the country.


Omni-channel retail: Integrating and evolving online strategies Lee Adendorff | 1 May 13

How retailers deal with the omni-channel challenge varies greatly, as do opinions on how to integrate strategies for online, mobile and physical transactions.


UK: John Lewis taps M&S for men's wear buyer Katie Smith | 11 Apr 13

UK department store retailer John Lewis has tapped Marks & Spencer (M&S) for its head of buying for men's wear.


UK: John Lewis profit up on online growth Petah Marian | 7 Mar 13

UK department store operator John Lewis has recorded a jump in full-year profit fuelled by online growth.


UK: John Lewis may cut management roles in restructure Petah Marian | 14 Feb 13

Department store operator John Lewis is set to cut a number of jobs in its stores as it looks to "streamline management structures" in some of its stores.


UK: John Lewis appoints online director Katie Smith | 25 Jan 13

John Lewis has appointed Mark Lewis to the newly created role of online director to grow the UK department store operator's e-commerce business.


UK: Mothercare Q3 sales dip raises analyst doubts Richard Woodard | 17 Jan 13

Doubts have been raised over the future viability of Mothercare’s UK operations after the infant goods retailer reported further sales declines in its third quarter.


UK: John Lewis launches first own-label lifestyle line Katie Smith | 11 Jan 13

Department store operator John Lewis has launched its first private label lifestyle collection for men, women and children.


M&S Q3 trading update: what the analysts say Leonie Barrie | 10 Jan 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer has reported worse-than-expected Christmas trading figures, with a poor performance in its general merchandise business - which includes clothing and footwear - offsetting strong demand for food. "Dismal," "disappointing,' and "lacklustre" are some of the adjectives used by retail analysts to sum up M&S's results.


2012: A year in review - The unusual and unpredictable MJ Deschamps | 14 Dec 12

From toxic T-shirts to virtual fitting rooms, defamatory garments and compostable shoes, the clothing and textiles industry in 2012 was anything but dull.


UK: John Lewis outlines expansion strategy Katie Smith | 23 Nov 12

Department store operator John Lewis has revealed it expects to add 21 stores to its portfolio by 2020 to drive further growth.


UK: Mothercare "on track" as H1 losses shrink Katie Smith | 22 Nov 12

Mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare today (22 November) said it is "on track" with its three-year turnaround plan after its half-year losses narrowed, but said it remains cautious in its outlook.


Speaking with style: John Miln, CEO of UKFT Petah Marian | 31 Oct 12

For all of the hype around a renaissance in British clothing and textile manufacturing, John Miln, CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), believes that for now at least, it's mostly just talk. He spoke to Petah Marian about the state of UK manufacturing and some of the initiatives being undertaken by the industry body to grow the sector.


UK: Sales surge lifts John Lewis H1 profit by 60% Leonie Barrie | 13 Sep 12

Department store and supermarket operator John Lewis Partnership Plc has seen its first-half pre-tax profits soar by nearly 60%, as revenues rose on the back of events such as the diamond jubilee and the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics.


UK: John Lewis unveils Alice Temperely clothing range Katie Smith | 5 Sep 12

John Lewis has teamed up with British designer Alice Temperely to launch an exclusive clothing and accessories collection.


UK: John Lewis H1 sales increase "hugely encouraging" Katie Smith | 3 Aug 12

Department store retailer John Lewis today (3 August) described a 12.9% rise in first-half sales as "hugely encouraging".


HONG KONG: Lane Crawford new hires to drive omni-channel Katie Smith | 30 Jul 12

Designer department store chain Lane Crawford has announced two newly-created senior management appointments to drive the company's omni-channel growth strategy.


Will retailers reap the benefits of the Jubilee? Katie Smith | 31 May 12

As consumer confidence remains stagnant, retailers have embraced the upcoming Jubilee celebrations and Olympics in the hope that the celebratory spirit will loosen consumers' wallets. Will the Jubilee weekend and Olympics provide consumers with a reason to spend? Katie Smith reports.


UK: John Lewis trials virtual fashion mirror Katie Smith | 2 May 12

Department store operator John Lewis has begun trialling a virtual fashion mirror at its flagship department store in London.


Partnerships key to bringing back UK manufacturing Petah Marian | 13 Apr 12

Recent talk about high street brands and retailers shifting some of their manufacturing back to the UK requires long-term collaboration with local factories. Petah Marian looks at one such partnership.


UK: Fenn Wright Mason sold to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams Petah Marian | 29 Mar 12

The administrators of Fenn Wright Mason have sold the business to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, the daughter of Matalan founder John Hargreaves.


Spotlight on... What is the future for UK apparel manufacturing? Petah Marian | 22 Mar 12

UK high street retailers have been making a lot of noise of late about increasing their local sourcing. But with the domestic manufacturing sector now just a shadow of its former self, how realistic is such a move? Petah Marian reports.


UK: SuperGroup reshuffles board with new appointments Katie Smith | 20 Mar 12

Clothing retailer SuperGroup has today (20 March) appointed Susanne Given to the newly created role as chief operating officer and Shaun Wills as chief financial officer.


UK: John Lewis sees "resurgence" in local sourcing Petah Marian | 14 Mar 12

Department store operator John Lewis expects to see a "resurgence" in UK sourcing as retailers look to differentiate themselves and offer unique products as more and more customers shop online, its chairman Charlie Mayfield said today (14 March).

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