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BANGLADESH: Activists put compensation costs at EUR54m Leonie Barrie | 24 May 13

Labour rights groups estimate that more than EUR54m (US$71m) in long-term compensation payments are due to victims of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse in Bangladesh last month.


just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 3 May 13

The most read stories on just-style this week focused on the response to the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, which killed over 400 people. There have been renewed calls for increased worker safety, while Primark, Matalan and Joe Fresh, have all committed compensation for the victims.


BANGLADESH: Retailers take steps towards safety plan Leonie Barrie | 1 May 13

A group of Western clothing retailers and brands have agreed to a deadline later this month to finalise a fire and building safety plan aimed at preventing industrial disasters like the collapse last week of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh.


UPDATE: BANGLADESH: Primark, Joe Fresh, Matalan to compensate factory victims Petah Marian | 30 Apr 13

UK fashion retailers Primark and Matalan, as well as Canadian brand Joe Fresh, have all agreed to pay compensation and offer emergency food aid to victims who worked for their suppliers in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building.


UK: Speakers line-up for apparel size and fit seminar Leonie Barrie | 12 Mar 13

The latest issues and innovations in garment sizing and fit will be the focus of a new one-day seminar being organised by the ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry) next month.


UK: Sourcing director exits Matalan Katie Smith | 6 Feb 13

UK discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has parted company with two of its senior directors, including sourcing director Margaret Melville and commercial director Adrian Mountford.


UK: Matalan remains cautious as Christmas sales fall Katie Smith | 11 Jan 13

UK discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan today (11 January) said it remains cautious in its outlook after Christmas revenues slipped 1.5%.


Top ten news stories on just-style in 2012... Katie Smith | 21 Dec 12

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 2012. From Nike's Flyknit seamless running shoes to garment factory strikes, innovation and labour problems were some of the issues that made the headlines.


UK: Matalan taps ex-Asda exec Leighton as chairman Katie Smith | 17 Oct 12

Discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has appointed former Asda chief executive Allan Leighton as chairman, replacing John Mills.


UK: Matalan Q1 in line with expectations Katie Smith | 9 Jul 12

Discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan saw first-quarter EBITDA dip, despite sales increasing over the period.


UK: Fenn Wright Mason sold to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams Petah Marian | 29 Mar 12

The administrators of Fenn Wright Mason have sold the business to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, the daughter of Matalan founder John Hargreaves.


UK: Matalan working to boost brand via consistent fit Petah Marian | 16 Mar 12

Matalan is working to "change the DNA" of its brand by ensuring a consistent fit across its ranges, according to the retailer's men's wear technical manager Stephen Scott.


UK: Women's wear retailers urged to rethink sourcing strategies Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 12

Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.


UK: Matalan sees Q2 profit dive 63% Petah Marian | 19 Oct 11

Discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has recorded a slump in second-quarter profits as promotional activity, higher input costs and VAT rises hit margins.


UK: Retailers urged to take action to end sweatshops Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 11

Campaigners are using the start of London Fashion Week to step up calls for high street retailers to take more action to end poverty pay for overseas workers.


UK: Matalan focuses on price as Q1 sales fall just-style.com | 21 Jul 11

Discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan says it is focused on keeping prices as low as possible, after posting a 2.7% fall in first-quarter sales.


UK: New Look confirms Alistair McGeorge appointment just-style.com | 26 Apr 11

UK value fashion chain New Look has appointed former Matalan boss Alistair McGeorge as executive chairman of the group with effect from 3 May.


UK: New Look linked to Alistair McGeorge appointment Joe Ayling | 14 Apr 11

UK fashion retailer New Look is reportedly poised to appoint former Matalan boss Alistair McGeorge as its executive chairman.


UK: Matalan poised to hire Blackhurst as CEO - report Joe Ayling | 12 Apr 11

Discount retailer Matalan will appoint Darren Blackhurst as its new chief executive, according to a UK newspaper.


UK: Marks and Spencer wins retail award Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 11

UK clothing retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been voted the UK's top clothing retailer by Verdict Research’s annual poll of consumers.


UK: Matalan sees sales dip over Christmas just-style.com | 26 Jan 11

General merchandise retailer Matalan has posted flat earnings for the year so far, despite the "challenging market", and posted lower sales in the festive period.


UK: Matalan CEO Alistair McGeorge to step down just-style.com | 20 Oct 10

UK retailer Matalan has announced that Alistair McGeorge will be stepping down as chief executive of the business and will move to a non-executive role.


UK: Primark appoints John Lyttle as COO Joe Ayling | 2 Aug 10

UK fast fashion firm Primark has announced the appointment of John Lyttle as its new chief operating officer.


UK: Matalan FY earnings rise 29% Joe Ayling | 28 Jun 10

UK fashion retailer Matalan has posted improved full-year profits despite what it called a challenging market.


UK: Matalan founder secures GBP250m on refinancing just-style.com | 6 Apr 10

John Hargreaves, the founder of value retail chain Matalan, is poised to secure a one-off dividend of GBP250m (US$379m) following the company’s refinancing.


Top stories on just-style this week... Joe Ayling | 12 Feb 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.


UK: Matalan eyes growth as festive sales soar just-style.com | 13 Jan 10

Discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan today (13 January) booked double-digit sales growth over the key festive trading period as cash-strapped shoppers continue to seek out bargains in its stores, and said it is well placed to continue this growth.


10 industry developments that shaped the decade Joe Ayling | 23 Dec 09

Having delivered apparel and footwear industry news for the past decade, just-style takes a reflective look through its archives to highlight ten key themes that have helped shape the apparel industry over the last 10 years.


UK: Matalan silent on potential Advent bid Joe Ayling | 16 Nov 09

UK retailer Matalan remains tight-lipped over latest media reports that Advent International could make a bid for the chain.


UK: Matalan remains silent on sale rumours Joe Ayling | 26 Oct 09

UK retailer Matalan has made no comment on reports that the company is in sale talks with a private equity firm.

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