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just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 10 Jan 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at M&S's latest trading update, the end of a strike by garment workers in Cambodia, and a new factory and worker safety business unit set up by Li & Fung.

In the money: Marks & Spencer moving in the "right direction" Katie Smith | 9 Jan 14

Marks & Spencer's general merchandise sales continued to fall in the third quarter. But according to chief executive Mark Bolland, the UK retailer and its efforts to turn around its women's wear business are moving in the right direction.

M&S trading update: What the analysts say Katie Smith | 9 Jan 14

Marks & Spencer has reported yet another decline in general merchandise sales during the third-quarter, blaming unseasonal weather and higher levels of discounting across the market. And with that, analysts believe the retailer must work harder and faster to turn around its fortunes.

UK: M&S Q3 clothing sales continue to decline Katie Smith | 9 Jan 14

Marks & Spencer has seen its general merchandise sales fall for a tenth consecutive quarter, even though the UK retailer said it saw early signs of improvement in its women's wear business.

CHINA: Luthai Textile eyes expansion with New York office Michelle Russell | 7 Jan 14

China-based shirt manufacturer and yarn supplier Luthai Textile is to open an office in New York as part of the firm's ambitions to grow its global business.

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

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2013 were stories relating to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, sustainable garment production, and closing the loop in the apparel supply chain.

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

Instead of our regular look at the most read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2013. Garment factory disasters, strikes, safety agreements, and M&S's body odour neutralising suit, were some of the issues that made the headlines.

UPDATE: SPAIN: Zara owner halts production of angora products Katie Smith | 20 Dec 13

Spanish retail group Inditex, owner of the Zara fashion brand, has joined a raft of apparel companies in halting the use of angora wool in all of its products.

UPDATE: WORLD: PVH issues ban on angora wool products Katie Smith | 18 Dec 13

PVH Corp, owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, has joined a number of apparel firms in banning the use of angora in all of its products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

UPDATE: UK: Asos, M&S, Next join boycott on angora products Katie Smith | 16 Dec 13

Asos, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Next have become the latest retailers to halt production of angora products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

US: Updated Higg Index aids sustainability measurement Leonie Barrie | 11 Dec 13

The Higg Index sustainability measurement tool for the apparel supply chain has been updated with a new web interface and social impact modules, improved environmental content - and for the first time brings footwear brands into the equation.

UK: M&S and SDCE team up on staining test fabric Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 13

A new multifibre adjacent fabric to test the staining performance of different fibres has been developed by UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) in partnership with SDC Enterprises.

2013: A year in review - The unusual and unpredictable Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 13

Waterless dyes, textiles that clean themselves and new 3D printing filaments: the only thing missing this year was spray on clothing.

2013: A year in review - Sourcing winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 9 Dec 13

What a difference a year makes for garment-making countries. While some were crippled by ongoing unrest, deadly factory fires and natural disasters, others saw exports increase in a critically competitive environment.

CAMBODIA: Sweater plant wins M&S eco-factory status Leonie Barrie | 4 Dec 13

A new US$20m sweater factory in Cambodia has been awarded eco-factory status by UK retailer Marks & Spencer.

UZBEKISTAN: Eleven people died during cotton harvest Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 13

Eleven people, including a six-year-old boy, are said to have died during this year's cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, according to a new report.

IRELAND: M&S workers prepare for Christmas strikes Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 13

Marks and Spencer employees are to stage a series of walk-outs across the Republic of Ireland in the run up to Christmas, in a row over the closure of their pension scheme.

SWITZERLAND: New finish uses water for odour-free fabrics Leonie Barrie | 29 Nov 13

A new finishing technology that inhibits the development of odour-causing bacteria on textiles and clothing uses a thin film of water to create an anti-microbial barrier.

UK: Marks & Spencer backs UNICEF carbon offset project Katie Smith | 29 Nov 13

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s carbon offset project, supporting a pilot project in Bangladesh that helps to reduce indoor air pollution and its impact on children's health.

PHILIPPINES: H&M plans first flagship store Katie Smith | 29 Nov 13

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has taken its first steps into the Philippines by signing a contract for its first store there.

Cheaper private label apparel "losing traction" Richard Woodard | 28 Nov 13

The growth of inexpensive private label apparel is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive, according to new research.

INDIA: Apparel maker K.Mohan selects ERP to boost ops Leonie Barrie | 27 Nov 13

Indian apparel manufacturer K.Mohan and Co has selected WFX cloud-based ERP software to enhance its operations as it prepares for growth.

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.

Is M&S ready to make its mark on India? Leonie Barrie | 15 Nov 13

Faced with declining clothing sales in its home market, British retailer Marks & Spencer is looking overseas for growth, with a new focus announced this week to make India its largest international market in the next three years. But is M&S being overly ambitious in its plans? What challenges does it face? And would it be better-served exploring opportunities elsewhere?

UK: Shop Direct product director Doyle exits Katie Smith | 15 Nov 13

Karl Doyle, Shop Direct group product director, has left the UK catalogue and online retailer after eight months in the post to pursue other career opportunities.

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.








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