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In the money: Pacific Brands faces rocky road to recovery Petah Marian | 24 Aug 12

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.

AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands CEO steps down as losses widen Petah Marian | 22 Aug 12

Australian clothing and footwear company Pacific Brands has announced that CEO Sue Morphet will step down after the company booked wider full-year net losses.

US: Sears losses narrow on margin improvements Petah Marian | 16 Aug 12

US general merchandise retailer Sears saw second-quarter losses narrow on the back of lower costs.

US: Footwear shoppers look to retailers they can trust Katie Smith | 7 Jun 12

The top priority for footwear buyers is finding a retailer they know and trust, according to market research company The NPD Group.

US: Sears Holdings swings to Q1 profit Katie Smith | 17 May 12

US retailer Sears Holdings has today (17 May) returned to profit during its first-quarter after benefiting from the sale of a number of stores.

Focus: Apparel internet retail in Australia (Part II) - global e-tailers lead the charge Euromonitor International | 26 Apr 12

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.

US: Heelys narrows Q4 loss as sales surge 63% Leonie Barrie | 21 Mar 12

Wheeled shoe maker Heelys Inc has narrowed its fourth quarter loss thanks to a surge in sales as it focuses on developing new products and brands.

US: Sears to offload stores amid $3.1bn FY loss Petah Marian | 24 Feb 12

Department store retailer Sears has announced plans to spin-off its Hometown and Outlet businesses, and sell 11 stores, after swinging to a full-year loss of $3.1bn.

AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands first-half losses deepen Petah Marian | 17 Feb 12

Australia's Pacific Brands has seen its first-half losses deepen and said that the outlook for the remainder of the year remains "challenging".

Hong Kong's changing role in the apparel industry Vicky Sung | 10 Feb 12

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 global garment industry, shifting it from a manufacturer to a servicing and sourcing centre. It will take on even more diverse roles in the future, according to industry executives speaking at recent conferences in Hong Kong. Vicky Sung reports.

CANADA: Sears “to cut 400 jobs” Richard Woodard | 25 Jan 12

Retailer Sears Canada is cutting 400 jobs across the country as it closes nearly all of its in-store cafes, according to local reports.

US: Goodman departs as Sears' head of apparel Leonie Barrie | 13 Jan 12

US department store retailer Sears Holdings Corporation today (13 January) confirmed to just-style that John Goodman, its executive vice president of apparel and home, has left the company - paving the way for an executive shake-up in its clothing business.

US: Sears hit by supplier lending halt – reports Richard Woodard | 13 Jan 12

Troubled retail group Sears Holdings has been hit by reports that a lender has halted loans to the company’s suppliers, prompting fears that others could follow suit.

US: Sears to close up to 120 stores Petah Marian | 3 Jan 12

Sears has revealed plans to close as many as 120 stores after recording poor holiday sales.

US: Sears appoints Boire as merchandising chief Petah Marian | 3 Jan 12

Sears Holdings today (3 January) appointed Ron Boire as chief merchandising officer and president of both the Sears and Kmart brands.

US: Sears third-quarter losses widen Petah Marian | 17 Nov 11

US retailer Sears has announced a series of initiatives to improve the company's bottom line as it today reported widening third-quarter losses.

Interview: Launa Inman, managing director, Target Petah Marian | 7 Nov 11

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.

AUSTRALIA: Pacific Brands shareholders reject bonus package Petah Marian | 25 Oct 11

Shareholders in Australian apparel group Pacific Brands have rejected management's remuneration package.

AUSTRALIA: Target appoints Rogers as managing director Petah Marian | 7 Oct 11

Australian general merchandise retailer Target has has named Dene Rogers as its new managing director. He will take up the role from 2 November.

US: Levi Strauss teams with Target on Denizen brand | 12 Apr 11

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to expand its low cost Denizen brand to the US and Mexico this summer, one year after the label was launched in Asia.

US: Skechers files footwear lawsuit against Sears | 9 Mar 11

Skechers USA is suing Sears Holding Corporation for selling footwear it claims infringes on a number of product lines including the Twinkle Toes and Z-Strap brands and the Shape-ups toning range.

US: Land ‘N Sea chooses PLM and sourcing software | 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.

US: Kmart launches new plus-size apparel collection | 16 Feb 11

Discount department store retailer Kmart has launched a new exclusive apparel collection for plus-size women, which it hopes will make it a destination for these shoppers.

US: Kmart and LF USA to launch Sofia Vergara collection | 28 Jan 11

Retailer Kmart is teaming up with the US unit of sourcing giant Li & Fung Limited and Latin World Entertainment Licensing to launch a new lifestyle collection by Hispanic actress Sofia Vergara.

US: Sears sales down 1.6% for year so far | 12 Jan 11

US department store retailer Sears Holdings Corporation has reported a 1.6% fall in sales for the year so far, but improved footwear sales across its stores.

US: Retailers' December 2010 sales roundup | 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: Everlast inks license deal with Sears Holdings | 16 Dec 10

Fight sports and fitness brand Everlast Worldwide has inked an exclusive US license deal with Sears Holdings, which will see its apparel, footwear and accessory lines distributed at Sears and Kmart stores from next autumn.

Will Black Friday bargains generate rosy sales? Leonie Barrie | 26 Nov 10

The unofficial start of the US Christmas shopping season kicks off with 'Black Friday' today (26 November) - and retailers across the country have left little to chance to try to ensure the recent momentum in top-line sales will continue through the weekend and into the holiday period.

US: Sears widens Q3 loss | 22 Nov 10

US retailer Sears has widened its third quarter loss, citing lower sales of apparel.

US: Destination Maternity triples Q4 profit | 19 Nov 10

Maternity wear retailer Destination Maternity Corporation has tripled its fourth quarter profit, and says it expects strong earnings growth to continue in the year ahead.




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