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CANADA: Lee Jeans inks licensing deal with Paris Geneve | 15 Nov 10

Denim and casualwear brand Lee Jeans has inked a licensing agreement with Quebec-based Paris Geneve to expand the Lee apparel offering in Canada.

AUSTRALIA: Mixed Q1 fortunes at Kmart and Target | 21 Oct 10

Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers today (21 October) said it was "generally pleased" after posting a 4.3% rise in first-quarter sales, helped by strong growth at its Kmart discount chain.

US: Sears Holdings more than halves Q2 loss | 20 Aug 10

Sears Holdings Corp has cut its second quarter losses by more than half, helped by an improved performance at its Kmart chain.

US: Destination Maternity Q3 profit up 28% | 29 Jul 10

Destination Maternity Corporation overcame a slight decline in third quarter sales to post a much-improved profit of US$8.7m, driven by its cost reduction programme.

US: Iconix appoints COO in management changes | 28 Jul 10

Iconix Brand Group has promoted three executives from within the company.

US: Sears and Kmart to launch Bongo brand | 13 Jul 10

Iconix Brand Group has signed a long-term direct-to-retail license agreement with Sears Holdings for the company's junior brand Bongo.

US: Retailers’ June 2010 sales roundup | 8 Jul 10

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains’ June 2010 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 4 Jun 10

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: Retailers' May 2010 sales roundup | 3 Jun 10

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' May 2010 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

US: Retailers to limit lead in handbags and shoes | 3 Jun 10

More than 40 major apparel retailers and vendors, including Macy's, Sears/Kmart, Target, Kohl's, JC Penney, Guess, Victoria's Secret and Saks have agreed to set new industry-wide standards limiting lead in handbags and other fashion products including footwear.

US: Sears margins hit Q1 earnings | 21 May 10

Sears Holdings has been hit by lower margins leading to it reporting a fall in net income for the first quarter despite a rise in same-store sales.

US: Retailers' April 2010 sales roundup | 6 May 10

The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' April 2010 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

US: Destination Maternity lifts FY guidance on Q2 profit | 28 Apr 10

Maternity apparel retailer Destination Maternity Corporation today (28 April) lifted its full-year earnings guidance after beating expectations and swinging to a second quarter profit.

US: Sears ups stake in Sears Canada to 90% | 26 Apr 10

Retailer Sears Holdings Corporation is to buy an additional 17.3% stake in Sears Canada Inc, and says first-quarter profit will meet expectations.

US: Selena Gomez signs Kmart junior collection deal | 31 Mar 10

Sears Holdings' apparel unit Kmart has teamed with actress and singer Selena Gomez to launch a junior fashion collection.

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.

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.

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.




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