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US Q2 in brief - The Finish Line, Cherokee, Zumiez, Vince Holding, Tailored Brands Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 9 Sep 16

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. 


US apparel retailers' August 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 2 Sep 16

More favourable hot and dry weather and an uptick in consumer confidence resulted in a bounce-back in US same-store sales for August. For the few apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, however, an increase in technology and travel spend weighed on monthly results. 


Denim and athleisure top picks for back-to-school Leonie Barrie | 18 Aug 16

With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.


US apparel retailers' July 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 5 Aug 16

July proved to be another challenging month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with the majority reporting comparable declines. Unseasonable weather, clearance and promotional activity, and even the impact of Pokemon Go are all blamed. 


US apparel retailers' June 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 8 Jul 16

June proved to be a more positive month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, thanks to better weather conditions and the Memorial Day holiday shift.


Nike, Victoria's Secret, Esprit lag in detox efforts Beth Wright | 6 Jul 16

Inditex, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Benetton have been praised by environmental activist group Greenpeace for being on track to clean up their chains, while Victoria's Secret, Esprit and sports brands Nike and LiNing are lagging behind the field.


Why Victoria's Secret is ditching swimwear for gymwear Bernadette Kissane | 1 Jul 16

Victoria's Secret is preparing to take its fitness performance to the next level after deciding to ditch beachwear and focus on sportswear instead. Bernadette Kissane, senior analyst for apparel and footwear at Euromonitor International, looks at why it is departing a category it dominated. 


Update – US apparel retailers' February 2016 sales roundup Katie Smith | 11 Mar 16

February proved to be a mixed month for US apparel retailers as market volatility spooked investors and consumers, while low gas prices, positive housing data and upbeat labour market indicators suggested consumers had the means to spend.


Victoria’s Secret CEO Turney in "abrupt" departure Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 16

The "seemingly abrupt" departure of Sharen Jester Turney, the CEO of Victoria's Secret, is unlikely to be a reflection on the fundamentals of the business, one analyst has said, after she announced her decision to retire late last week. 


Update – US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 Feb 16

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the holiday period, it's no surprise US apparel retailers suffered in January, with many reporting comparable store sales declines.


US apparel retailers' December 2015 sales roundup  Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 16

Santa delivered some generally positive holiday sales results to US apparel retailers in December as they grappled with a rapidly changing omnichannel landscape, low and middle income consumers with limited discretionary spending power, and a very mild autumn that depressed clothing sales.


US Q3 in brief: Finish Line, Gymboree, Cherokee Global Brands, Men's Wearhouse Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 7 Jan 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


2015 – A year in review – Retail winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 15 Dec 15

Online apparel sales, the right product mix at the right price points and a successful stance against counterfeiters helped lift some retailers during 2015, but bankruptcy filings and inventory mis-management weighed on others.


US apparel retailers' November 2015 sales roundup  Katie Smith | 4 Dec 15

As US apparel retailers readied themselves for a busy Black Friday weekend, sales proved to be somewhat disappointing. Despite a more favourable macro backdrop to consumer spending this holiday season, the majority of clothing chains reported comparable store sales declines. 


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' October 2015 retail roundup Katie Smith | 10 Nov 15

Unseasonably warm weather weighed on US retailers' sales of autumn clothing in October, combining with sluggish mall traffic, softer Halloween sales, lacklustre income gains, and a continued shift in spending to motor vehicles, experiences and restaurants to push the majority of clothing chains to comparable store sales declines in the month.


L Brands ups guidance and plans store expansion Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 15

Apparel company L Brands, owner of lingerie brands Victoria's Secret and La Senza, has upped its third-quarter earnings guidance and revealed plans to grow its store count globally by 30% in 2016. 


US apparel retailers' September 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 Oct 15

September proved to be another mixed month for US clothing retailers. While a later Labor Day weekend and the tail end of back-to-school selling boosted sales for some, the holiday shift combined with unseasonably warm weather hampered others, leading to many chains posting comparable store sales declines. 


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' August 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 11 Sep 15

US consumer spending was hampered by international concerns, including a China slowdown and emerging market stress, currency devaluations, and extremely volatile equity markets in August. And although back-to-school spending picked up in the latter half of the month, the majority of clothing retailers reported comparable store sales declines.


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' July 2015 retail roundup Michelle Russell | 11 Aug 15

July proved to be a difficult month for the apparel chains reporting monthly sales, with several hurt by tax holiday shifts in some southern states into August from July last year. As a result, retailers are not heading into the key back-to-school selling season with much momentum.


US apparel retailers' June 2015 retail roundup Katie Smith | 10 Jul 15

An improving US labour market, rising consumer confidence and higher wages were not enough to spark a significant break-out in spending in June, with half of the clothing chains reporting monthly comparable store sales seeing lower or flat trends.


L Brands lifts outlook after Q1 profit hike Katie Smith | 21 May 15

Victoria’s Secret and La Senza owner L Brands has raised its full-year earnings guidance after booking a near 60% hike in first-quarter net profit.


US apparel retailers' March 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 10 Apr 15

While the earlier Easter this year helped the majority of US apparel retailers to book comparable store sales growth in March, adverse weather conditions, an economic soft patch during the first quarter, and lingering effects of the West Coast ports labour dispute weighed on overall results.


US apparel retailers' February 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 6 Mar 15

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, as significant headwinds including extreme winter weather, additional costs and delays from the West Coast ports slowdown, foreign exchange rates and higher gas prices all weighed on results.


US apparel retailers' December 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 Jan 15

Deep discounts, lower fuel prices and an improved employment market all helped to drive better-than-expected comparable store sales gains for US apparel retailers in the crucial month of December.


US apparel retailers' November 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 5 Dec 14

Early Black Friday promotions, falling fuel prices, and labour market improvements all helped the majority of US apparel retailers to record better-than-expected comparable store sales growth in November.


US apparel retailers' October 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 7 Nov 14

October proved to be another mixed bag for US apparel retailers. While the majority reported comparable store sales gains thanks to an improving economy and strong consumer demand, others were impacted by warmer weather during the month.


Textured Jersey back on track as US demand recovers Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 14

Textured Jersey Lanka says it is "back on a strong growth trajectory" as sales surged 29% in the second quarter thanks to a recovery in demand from its US customers.


L Brands emerges as one of few winners in Q3 Michelle Russell | 4 Nov 14

US apparel retailer L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, is one of the few winners this quarter according to analysts, after it raised its third-quarter earnings guidance.


US apparel retailers' September 2014 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 10 Oct 14

As back-to-school shopping tailed off in the first part of September, so too did sales for many US apparel retailers. Negative surprises from the likes of Gap, outweighed better-than-expected results from retailers such as L Brands & Zumiez.


Spotlight on...Pacific Crystal Textiles gears up for Vietnam production Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 14

A long-standing investment between two Hong Kong based companies - Crystal Group and Pacific Textiles Holdings - to set up a new fabric mill in Vietnam is nearing completion. Add in Crystal Group's new garment manufacturing facilities, and the site is expected to be the largest vertical textile and garment operation in the country.

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