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The Flanarant: China's competitiveness buoyed by Asia challenges Mike Flanagan | 13 Nov 13

Despite a decision eight years ago by Japanese brands and retailers to cut the amount of clothing sourced from China, garment imports from the country are on the rise. Mike Flanagan believes the reasons should resonate with buyers in the US and EU too.


UK: Cambodia worker health part of M&S Plan A progress Katie Smith | 13 Nov 13

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is trialling a new campaign aimed at helping 14,000 garment workers in Cambodia deal with common health issues, as part of its Plan A ethical programme.


UK: Smart clothing technology put up for sale Leonie Barrie | 13 Nov 13

A wearable fabric technology that has been used in smart clothing applications by the likes of Marks & Spencer, Craghoppers and Zegna is up for sale.


INDIA: Marks & Spencer eyes sales and sourcing growth Leonie Barrie | 11 Nov 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has set its sights on expansion in India, targeting around 80 stores in the market by 2016 and establishing the country as a key sourcing hub.


In the money: Women's wear continues to weigh on M&S Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 13

A question mark continues to hang over Marks & Spencer's clothing performance after the retailer recorded its ninth consecutive quarterly decline in like-for-like general merchandise sales - despite the much-publicised re-launch of its autumn/winter women's wear ranges in September.


UK: M&S clothing sales continue to fall Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer has reported a fall in general merchandise sales in the first half of the year, despite efforts to overhaul its womenswear and relaunch its autumn/winter ranges in September.


M&S trading update: What the analysts say Leonie Barrie | 5 Nov 13

Marks & Spencer's clothing business continues to struggle, booking lacklustre sales and lower margins despite ongoing efforts to reinvigorate its women's wear. As the retailer today (5 November) revealed its first-half trading update, analysts continue to question whether it is finally turning a corner.


UK: Little evidence of onshoring boost to manufacturing Richard Woodard | 5 Nov 13

Onshoring or reshoring could give UK manufacturing a boost by relocating production of some goods from current low-cost locations overseas, according to a new report.


UK: Jaeger strengthens creative team with two hires Katie Smith | 5 Nov 13

Luxury British fashion brand Jaeger has strengthened its creative team with two new appointments.


UK: Another women's wear director to leave M&S Katie Smith | 21 Oct 13

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has confirmed that Gillian Ridley Whittle has stepped down as the retailer's development and buying director for women's wear.


UZBEKISTAN: Pressure grows to end forced labour in cotton Leonie Barrie | 17 Oct 13

Faced with ongoing international criticism and a ban on the use of Uzbek cotton by more than 136 international apparel brands and retailers, the country's government is for the first time allowing the International Labor Organization (ILO) to carry out inspections during the 2013 cotton harvest.


BANGLADESH: Garment exports soar 24% in Q1 Siddique Islam | 14 Oct 13

Bangladesh's ready-made garment exports are continuing to soar, rising by more than 24% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year despite on-going labour unrest, political turmoil and factory safety issues.


UK: Arcadia adds two trading directors to BHS team Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group has added two trading directors to its BHS chain.


Spotlight on...What do fashion consumers really want? Katie Smith | 4 Oct 13

What do consumers really want from their fashion products and shopping experience? That was the question industry experts attempted to answer this week - with their conclusions suggesting retailers need to offer value, quality and convenience to shoppers, preferably all at the same time. Another challenge is for retailers to engage with their customers online or in-store to make sure they keep returning. Katie Smith reports.


BANGLADESH: Safety Accord releases data on 1,600 factories Leonie Barrie | 3 Oct 13

Details of nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by more than 90 leading fashion retailers and brands have been released today (3 October) as part of a commitment to improve safety and transparency in the country's garment industry.


UK: M&S makes changes at the top of its Asia business Leonie Barrie | 1 Oct 13

Retailer Marks & Spencer is reshuffling the executives leading its Asia operations, with Pascal Martin leaving later this month to be replaced by Bruce Findlay, the former retail director at Calvin Klein Europe and Tommy Hilfiger Asia-Pacific.


Chinese manufacturers dig into green technology Wang Fangqing | 30 Sep 13

The Chinese textile industry has long been blamed for over-consuming resources and water pollution. And with consumers increasingly keen to take production processes into account when making purchases, brands are keen to improve their image and that of their suppliers.


US: Crocs names Lyons to head European retail business Katie Smith | 30 Sep 13

US footwear maker Crocs has appointed Tim Lyons as its European retail director, with responsibility for overseeing the company's retail business in Europe.


ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 13

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.


UK: "What do consumers really want" from fashion? Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 13

A one-day industry conference taking place at the beginning of next month is set to offer valuable insight into what consumers really want from their fashion products and shopping experience.


UK: Marks & Spencer to survey workers in supplier factories Petah Marian | 17 Sep 13

Marks & Spencer has revealed plans to roll out a mobile phone-based communications programme that will allow it to survey workers in its clothing supplier factories.


UK: Debenhams “back on form” as FY sales rise Richard Woodard | 17 Sep 13

Department store retailer Debenhams recorded a revenue rise of 2.5% in the year to 31 August, with like-for-like sales increasing by 2%.


UK: M&S launches design studio with British School of Fashion Petah Marian | 17 Sep 13

Marks and Spencer has launched a design studio in partnership with the recently opened British School of Fashion.


just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 13 Sep 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include the US$6bn takeover of upscale department store retailer Neiman Marcus, a new socially responsible garment factory opening in Haiti, and Marks & Spencer extending supplier payment times.


UK: Marks & Spencer extends supplier payment times Petah Marian | 9 Sep 13

Marks and Spencer has extended the length of time it takes to pay its general merchandise suppliers in an effort to boost cash flow.


BANGLADESH: Safety Accord taps interim director to speed rollout Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 13

As part of efforts to speed implementation of its scheme to improve safety in the country's ready-made garment industry, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has hired an interim executive director.


UK: Clothing retailers urged to back living wage Leonie Barrie | 6 Sep 13

The countdown to London Fashion Week is being used by labour campaigners and the leader of a Bangladeshi garment union to battle for a living wage for factory workers.


UK: Jaeger shuffles senior management team Katie Smith | 2 Sep 13

Luxury UK fashion brand Jaeger has announced a series of management hires following the departure of chief operating officer Carolyn Springett and brand director Shailina Parti.


UK: De Boosere named M&S store director Katie Smith | 29 Aug 13

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has hired former Zara executive Florence De Boosere as global director for store environment and product presentation.


US: Sustainability Consortium expands to China Leonie Barrie | 28 Aug 13

The Sustainability Consortium [TSC] is to expand its global reach to China, partnering with Nanjing University to provide new insight to help improve the sustainability of consumer products - with a focus on clothing, footwear and textiles.

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