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BANGLADESH: Report criticises Rana Plaza compensation progress Richard Woodard | 24 Oct 13

Not enough progress has been made on delivering compensation to families and workers affected by the Rana Plaza building collapse, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and the International Labour Rights Forum.


UK: Matalan issues full-year profit warning Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

UK fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has issued a full-year profit warning, after warmer weather in September tempered early autumn sales.


BANGLADESH: Safe factories would cost "US$0.10 per garment" Carmen Paun | 18 Sep 13

Making Bangladeshi garment factories safe would add US$0.10 to the cost of each garment shipped over the next five years, the country's ambassador to the European Union (EU) said yesterday (17 September).


BANGLADESH: Factory compensation talks fail to reach a deal Petah Marian | 13 Sep 13

Eleven brands and retailers that sourced from the Tazreen Fashion and Rana Plaza factories in Bangladesh have failed to agree compensation payments for victims and survivors, despite taking part in high-level meetings this week.


UK: Advanced Supply Chain invests in garment finishing Katie Smith | 9 Sep 13

UK logistics firm and one of the country's largest garment processors, Advanced Supply Chain (ASC), has invested GBP300,000 (US$470,969) in new finishing facilities at its Halifax site to increase capacity and meet growing demand.


Interview: Andy Dunkley, CEO, Lee Cooper Petah Marian | 13 Aug 13

Andy Dunkley, the CEO of Lee Cooper has set some ambitious targets for the licensed denim brand, with plans for it to double its revenue to US$1bn over the next five years. Dunkley told Petah Marian about the Lee Cooper "family" and its plans at the company's recent licensee conference.


UK: Nicole Farhi sold to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams Katie Smith | 22 Jul 13

Upmarket UK fashion retailer Nicole Farhi has been bought out of administration by Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, the daughter of Matalan founder John Hargreaves.


UK: Jason Hargreaves takes helm at Matalan Katie Smith | 15 Jul 13

Jason Hargreaves, the son of Matalan founder John Hargreaves, has been appointed managing director of the UK fashion and homewares retailer following the departure of Darren Blackhurst.


UK: Matalan remains cautious despite FY earnings growth Katie Smith | 13 Jun 13

UK discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan remains cautious in its outlook despite booking a 10.2% increase in full-year earnings.


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.


Viewpoint: Making clothes should never mean life or death Leonie Barrie | 2 May 13

Is Bangladesh is a place where workers are safe to make clothes sold by Western retailers and brands - and is the lure of low costs a risk worth taking? Last week's collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory complex has brought these concerns to the fore all over again.


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.


Garment size and fit a "moving target" Leonie Barrie | 19 Apr 13

Fashion retailers, brands and manufacturers are facing a "moving target" when it comes to garment sizing and fit. A focus on changing consumer shapes, communication with both offshore factories and customers, pattern blocks and fit forms, as well as processes and training are all needed now if the industry is to prevent problems in the future, say leading executives.


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%.


UK: Matalan introduces Smooth and Shape jeans Katie Smith | 4 Jan 13

UK discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has launched a range of women's jeans designed to create a toned silhouette.


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: Message campaign targets 'Killer Jeans' just-style.com | 1 Jun 11

Ethical campaigners are targeting apparel brands including Dolce & Gabbana and Armani with a “secret message” campaign designed to highlight the health risks of sandblasted jeans.


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.

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