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US: Perry Ellis launches Top-Flite in Kmart | 9 Mar 10

Perry Ellis International is launching a range of golf apparel under the Top-Flite brand at Kmart after signing an agreement with Sears Holdings Corporation.

US: Kmart sales help Sears double Q4 profit | 23 Feb 10

Strong sales at its Kmart unit have combined with lower costs to help US retail giant Sears Holdings Corporation more than double its fourth quarter profit.

US: Sears taps Poseley to lead Kmart apparel unit | 16 Feb 10

Apparel veteran and former Bebe Sport president Tara Poseley is joining Sears Holdings as head of its Kmart apparel unit.

COMMENT: Bamboo ban hints at crackdown on green claims Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 10

Question: When is bamboo not bamboo? Answer: When it’s used to make clothing. At least that’s according to regulators in the US and Canada, who are cracking down on marketing claims that could be misleading or deceptive in their efforts to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers.

US: Jones Apparel to launch GLO jeans at Kmart | 13 Jan 10

Department store retailer Kmart is to carry the GLO jeans line exclusively from this month as part of a licensing deal with Jones Apparel Group Inc.

US: Sears Holdings names retail services president | 13 Jan 10

Sears Holdings has named James H Haworth as EVP and president of retail services, succeeding Kevin R Holt who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

US: Sears opens online Marketplace to other retailers | 8 Jan 10

Department store retailer Sears Holdings has opened up its website to third-party sellers, including competitors, as part of a new online mall called Sears Marketplace.

US: Retailers' December 2009 sales roundup | 7 Jan 10

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' December 2009 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

Retail winners and losers in 2009 Richard Woodard | 23 Dec 09

Like just about every other business sector on the planet, retailers continued to be affected by global economic turmoil during 2009. Companies previously intent on expansion and growth turned to cost-cutting, making swingeing redundancies and shuttering loss-making stores.

In the money: Black Friday promises most for discounters Joe Ayling | 26 Nov 09

Black Friday is upon retailers once more, and while a return to profitability is unlikely for many after a tough 2009, the one-day sales bonanza presents a last-ditch opportunity ahead of the holiday season. Joe Ayling reports.

US: Sears Holdings narrows Q3 loss on reduced expenses | 19 Nov 09

US general merchandise retailer Sears Holdings Corporation has posted a net loss for the third quarter, as sales were hit by fewer Kmart and Sears full-line stores and foreign currency effects.

US: John Goodman re-joins Sears to head apparel unit | 10 Nov 09

John D Goodman, the former chief apparel and home officer for Kmart, is returning to Sears Holdings to lead the retailer’s apparel and home efforts.

UK: Sears opens its website to other retailers Leonie Barrie | 22 Sep 09

Sears Holdings Corp is to sell products from other retailers on its website as part of a new online mall called Sears Marketplace – in a move that mirrors one taken by Wal-Mart Stores Inc earlier this month.

US: Disney to acquire Marvel in $4bn deal | 2 Sep 09

Walt Disney Company has made a surprise $4bn bid for Marvel Entertainment, the company behind comic book characters such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four, in a move that provides huge opportunities to expand its licensing businesses.

INSIGHT: Lululemon targets tweens with new athletic concept | 2 Sep 09

Yoga-inspired athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica Inc is launching a new brand concept targeting tween girls as it looks for new ways to expand its business.

AUSTRALIA: Target helps lift Wesfarmers FY profit | 20 Aug 09

Higher sales at its Target fashion and homewares stores have helped Wesfarmers to a 44% jump in full-year profits.

US: Kmart launches new Polo Association apparel line | 18 Aug 09

US department store retailer Kmart is the launch pad for a new sportswear line from USPA Properties Inc, a subsidiary of the United States Polo Association.

AUSTRALIA: Target, Kmart to use Core sourcing solution | 12 Aug 09

Retailers Target Australia and Kmart Australia are seeking to streamline their global sourcing of private label merchandise by acquiring the CBX system offered by Core Solutions.

US: Disney launches new tween fashions based on shows | 24 Jul 09

Disney is launching new tween fashion lines inspired by its Jonas and Wizards of Waverly Place shows, which will be hitting retailers including JC Penney, Kmart, Sears, Walmart, Target and this month.

US: Kmart opens up its design studios online | 23 Jun 09

US department store retailer Kmart is opening up its design centre via social media and its own dedicated website to show what goes on behind the scenes in the creation of its apparel and home furnishings lines.

US: Wrangler in men’s footwear deal with Kmart | 15 Jun 09

The Wrangler brand is launching new men’s footwear lines exclusively at Kmart, where it is hoping to tap into jeans and shirt shoppers seeking a complete look from the brand.

US: Destination Maternity in apparel deal with Sears, Kmart | 10 Jun 09

A year after ending a distribution deal with Sears, Destination Maternity Corporation is re-launching its Two Hearts Maternity collection at the department store retailer.

US: Sears Q1 profit back in the black | 22 May 09

Sears Holdings Corporation on Thursday (21 May) said it returned to a first quarter profit, helped by an improved gross margin rate, tight control of inventories and cost cuts.

US: Sears Q4 profit more than halves | 26 Feb 09

Fourth quarter profit at Sears Holdings has more than halved after the US department store group was hit by falling sales and the cost of closing 32 of its shops.

US: Greensource's organic jeans range hits value chains | 18 Feb 09

Organic cotton firm Greensource has introduced a range of organic jeans online and at Wal-Mart and Kmart stores.

US: Protege brand to debut at Kmart stores | 3 Feb 09

The Protege footwear and apparel brand is making its debut exclusively at Kmart stores in the US.

US: Jon Couchman takes over as Footstar CEO | 9 Jan 09

Discount footwear retailer Footstar yesterday (8 January) said Jon Couchman has taken over the role of CEO and president from 1 January, as it continues to move forward with a previously announced wind-down of its business.

US: Footstar chairman takes on wind-down role | 10 Dec 08

Discount footwear retailer Footstar has put its chairman in charge of the winding down of the company prior to the closure of its concession in Kmart stores at the end of the year.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 5 Dec 08

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

US: Sears sets more store closures as swings to Q3 loss | 2 Dec 08

Store closure costs coupled with lower sales at its US Sears and Kmart chains have pushed Sears Holdings Corporation to a third quarter loss and prompted the retailer to close another eight underperforming stores.




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