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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.


US apparel retailers' August 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 5 Sep 14

Against an improving economic backdrop and a highly promotional retail environment, back-to-school shopping helped to push comparable store sales up for most US apparel chains in August.


3D technology: Apparel design and development Lee Adendorff | 2 Sep 14

Three-dimensional (3D) technology - while well established in many other industrial sectors like aerospace, architecture and industrial design - is still relatively new to the fashion industry.


SRI LANKA: Textured Jersey Q1 profit hit by US slowdown Leonie Barrie | 11 Aug 14

A drop in demand from some of its US customers after abnormal weather in the early part of the year kept shoppers away from stores, has weighed on first-quarter profits at knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka.


US apparel retailers' July 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 8 Aug 14

Aggressive promotions by US apparel retailers in August provided consumers with incentives to shop - leading to better-than-expected comparable store sales growth for the month. The focus is now turning to the upcoming back-to-school shopping season.


US retailers' June 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 11 Jul 14

An improving employment picture, favourable weather for purchases of summer clothing, and heavy promotions fuelled better-than-expected sales for US apparel retailers in June - but analysts have warned that headwinds remain.


US retailers' May 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 6 Jun 14

Improved weather coupled with a slew of promotions helped to drive traffic and sales gains for US apparel retailers in May - with analysts expecting the upward trend to continue into June.


US: L Brands lowers outlook despite Q1 profit growth Katie Smith | 23 May 14

L Brands, formerly Limited Brands, has lowered the top end of its full-year earnings guidance, despite booking a increase in first-quarter net profit.


US retailers' April 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 May 14

Warmer weather combined with a late Easter, aggressive promotions, and improving employment prospects helped unleash pent-up demand in April - driving strong comparable store sales growth for US apparel retailers.


US retailers' March 2014 sales roundup Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 11 Apr 14

US apparel retailers recorded mixed comparable store sales in March, but overall managed to beat very modest expectations resulting from the Easter holiday shift and continued cool weather.


US retailers' February 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 7 Mar 14

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, with some severely impacted by adverse weather conditions but others benefiting from a pick-up in traffic in the latter part of the month.


US: L Brands outlines UK and Middle East expansion plans Michelle Russell | 28 Feb 14

L Brands has outlined plans to grow its Victoria's Secret brand in the UK and Middle East as part of its international growth strategy.


US: L Brands books mixed Q4 results Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 14

L Brands, formerly known as Limited Brands, has booked a mixed fourth-quarter with an increase in earnings but a drop in revenues.


US retailers' January 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 7 Feb 14

Winter storms played havoc with US apparel retailers in January, forcing many shoppers to stay at home. But while some consumers were physically unable to spend, others simply lost the will, with holiday shopping fatigue, static wages, and a lack of inspiring new ranges all hitting comparable store sales.


US retailers' December 2013 sales roundup Katie Smith | 10 Jan 14

December proved to be a challenging month for US apparel retailers, with the most promotional retailing environment in five years, a shortened holiday season, sluggish consumer spending, and adverse weather conditions all taking their toll on comparable store sales.


US: Body Central shuffles merchandising team Katie Smith | 8 Jan 14

Value apparel retailer Body Central has announced a series of changes to its management team, including the promotion of Patti Simigran to SVP and general merchandise manager.


Top ten interviews on just-style in 2013... Katie Smith | 23 Dec 13

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were Tim Wheeler, president of Jockey's international division, Esquel Group's CEO John Cheh, and Joe Dixon, SVP of production at Brooks Brothers.


US retailers' November 2013 sales roundup Katie Smith | 6 Dec 13

Steep discounts, flexible store opening times, price matching and free shipping were not enough to win US shoppers over in November, after apparel retailers delivered disappointing comparable store sales during the month.


US: Limited Brands lifts view after 25% Q3 profit hike Leonie Barrie | 21 Nov 13

Retailer Limited Brands, operator of the Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath and La Senza stores, has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after booking a 25.3% jump in third-quarter profit.


SRI LANKA: Textured Jersey gears up for future growth Leonie Barrie | 20 Nov 13

Knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka is gearing up for future growth with a number of new investments to add capacity, reduce energy costs and expand across the region.


US: Langley to oversee Dressbarn merchandising at Ascena Katie Smith | 11 Nov 13

US women's wear retailer Ascena Retail Group has appointed Judith Langley as the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of its Dressbarn brand.


US retailers' October 2013 sales roundup Leonie Barrie | 8 Nov 13

Despite low expectations, US apparel retailers managed to overcome a number of hurdles in October - including the government shutdown and soft economic growth - to post same-store sales gains for the month.


US retailers' September 2013 sales roundup Katie Smith | 11 Oct 13

Lacklustre back-to-school sales, warmer than average temperatures, waning consumer confidence, worries over a government shutdown, and stagnant wage growth all combined to give another mixed sales bag for US apparel retailers in September.


Focus: Middle East and Africa "complex but rewarding" Ashma Kunde | 3 Oct 13

Valued at US$87.0bn, the Middle East and African apparel market accounted for just 5% of total global apparel value sales in 2012. Nonetheless, it was the second fastest growing region globally in 2012, following Latin America, and is a valuable area of consideration for mass and luxury fashion brands alike, according to Euromonitor International.


Retail roundup: Promotions drive August US retail sales growth Katie Smith | 6 Sep 13

The back-to-school selling period got off to a slow start in August, as US apparel retailers moved to drive traffic with aggressive promotional activity, with all but one retailer posting sales gains.


US: Former Coach president named REI boss Katie Smith | 2 Sep 13

Former Coach president and chief operating officer Jerry Stritzke has been named chief executive officer of outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc).

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