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Bangladesh unrest forcing garment buyers to flee?

Bangladesh's garment makers could face a drought of summer 2014 orders as western retailers have begun fleeing the South Asian nation after...

Hong Kong's changing role in the apparel industry

China's rise over the past two decades as the leading location for apparel sourcing has had a knock-on effect on Hong Kong's role in the glo...


Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 2013

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.


Petah Marian | 24 Aug 2012

Troubled Australian clothing maker Pacific Brands is in the midst of a multi-year transformation programme that has now claimed its CEO, Sue Morphet, who announced plans to step down as the group saw full-year losses widen. With former Foster's boss John Pollaers set to take the helm, just-style considers the challenges facing the company.


In the second of a two-part series, Euromonitor International analyst Bettina Kurnik identifies the appeal of offshore e-tailers over their Australian counterparts, and reviews the way forward for local apparel specialist retailers.


just-style.com | 6 Jan 2011

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.

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Petah Marian | 7 Nov 2011

Launa Inman, managing director of Australian general merchandise retailer Target, spoke to just-style about how the Australian consumer is changing, the company's scramble to get online and how she has been working to turn the business around over the past seven years.

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Beth Wright | 11 Jul 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp is to shutter an additional eight Sears and 35 Kmart unprofitable stores as part of its efforts to return to profitability.


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


Beth Wright | 25 Apr 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp has revealed the next steps in its transformation plan, including cutting a further US$250m in costs across its operations and naming a new chief financial officer.


Michelle Russell | 10 Feb 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corp is to cut around US$1bn in costs across its operations in the next phase of its transformation plan that will see new efforts to drive efficiencies in pricing, sourcing and the supply chain.


Beth Wright | 6 Jan 2017

US retail giant Sears Holdings Corporation is to shutter an additional 150 loss-making stores to fund its transformation strategy, two days after netting a US$500m lifeline to stay afloat.


In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.


Beth Wright | 28 Jul 2016

US retail giant Sears Holdings has denied media reports that it plans to close all of its Kmart stores and that the chain is facing bankruptcy after staff were seen moving merchandise out of the stockrooms and onto the sales floor.


Beth Wright | 18 Jul 2016

Retailer Kmart has teamed up with lifestyle athleisure brand Risewear to launch a new value-priced sports shoe and athleisure footwear line.


Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 2016

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.


Richard Woodard | 14 Jan 2015

Footwear business New Balance has hit back at rival Converse in a continuing row about the design of the latter’s Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers.


Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 2014

US department store retailer Sears Holdings has booked another loss in its third-quarter, as sales continue to decline.


Michelle Russell | 24 Nov 2014

Australia's competition regulator has given the green light to Wesfarmers' takeover of Pacific Brands workwear division.


Katie Smith | 14 Nov 2014

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is to launch an investigation into trademark infringement claims against 31 footwear retailers and manufacturers following a complaint by Converse.


Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2014

US department store retailer Sears Holdings has said it's considering selling up to 300 stores in a bit to boost its finances.


Richard Woodard | 15 Oct 2014

Nike-owned footwear business Converse is suing 31 rivals over claims they infringed the trademark of its Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes.


Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2014

Ronald Boire, the EVP and chief merchandising officer of Sears Holdings' Kmart and Full Line formats has joined the firm's Canadian division as acting president and CEO.


Michelle Russell | 13 Oct 2014

Kmart, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, has revealed that its payment data systems have been breached, affecting around 1,200 of its stores.


Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 2014

Sears Holdings is borrowing $400m from an investment fund headed by the department store retailer's chairman and CEO Edward Lampert, in a move that comes days after Fitch Ratings lowered its credit rating on the company.


Richard Woodard | 13 Aug 2014

Retailer Target Australia has disclosed the locations of its supplier factories in Bangladesh – a move welcomed by charity Oxfam.


Michelle Russell | 12 Aug 2014

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings Corporation has appointed former Tesco executive, Alasdair James, as president of its Kmart business.


Katie Smith | 23 May 2014

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings Corporation says it may close more stores this year after reporting a wider loss in the first-quarter, weighed down by lower sales.


Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 2014

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings managed to narrow losses in its fourth-quarter, despite booking a drop in revenues.

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