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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 | 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: Sainsbury's responds to director departures Joe Ayling | 1 Dec 10

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's says the departure of two non-food executives this week are unrelated.

UK: Matalan CEO Alistair McGeorge to step down | 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.

Meeting the challenges of the children's wear market | 14 Oct 10

A recent seminar looking at specific challenges facing the children's wear market concluded that weight and waist sizes are a better indicator of 'fit' than age; children's wear sales are being boosted by grandparents and fathers; and cross-shopping retail strategies are paying off as consumers prefer to shop under one roof in supermarkets, discount and department stores.

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.

US: Wal-Mart appoints new Asda CEO Joe Ayling | 11 May 10

Andy Clarke has been appointed to the role of president and CEO of UK supermarket chain Asda.

UK: Matalan founder secures GBP250m on refinancing | 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.

UK: Tesco vows to make F&F world's top fashion brand Simon Warburton | 4 Mar 10

Tesco has outlined dramatic ambitions to be the outlet for the world's largest fashion brand, as well as commit to improving overseas factory workers' wages.

COMMENT: Retailers not ready to cash in their chips Joe Ayling | 12 Feb 10

It has been a week of dashed hopes for two UK fashion retailers, with value chain New Look pulling its IPO and discount store Matalan shelving plans to sell up, but patience could still prove to be a virtue for both.

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 ends sale speculation Simon Warburton | 11 Feb 10

Prospects that UK-based value retailer Matalan could be sold have been quashed, just-style can confirm.

UK: Matalan sales hike “boosts sale prospects” | 15 Jan 10

Matalan’s strong sales performance over Christmas has boosted the prospects of selling the UK-based value retailer, according to City analysts.

UK: Matalan eyes growth as festive sales soar | 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.

INSIGHT: High street retailers slated for fashion's poverty pay Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 09

A scathing report published yesterday (7 October) has criticised leading British brands and high street retailers for failing to pay a living wage to the workers making their garments – and says most have no plans in place to raise wages to acceptable levels in the near future.

Who fares best in the living wage debate? | 8 Oct 09

Based on feedback from 25 major high street brands, the latest ‘Let’s Clean Up Fashion’ report from rights group Labour Behind the Label grades the firms between zero and five based on their progress towards implementing a living wage.

UK: Rumoured Matalan sale to net GBP1.5bn? | 6 Oct 09

The owner of discount fashion chain Matalan is reportedly considering a plan to sell the company.

UK: Matalan to create 1,800 jobs | 2 Sep 09

Cut-price clothing retailer Matalan has embarked on a UK recruitment drive, creating 1,800 jobs, including 300 permanent posts.

UK: Matalan FY earnings rise, current sales strong | 15 Jun 09

Discount fashion and homewares retailer Matalan today (15 June) posted a 6.3% rise in core full-year earnings and said it is “encouraged” by an 8.2% rise in like-for-like sales in the 14 weeks to 6 June as cash-strapped shoppers continue to seek out bargains in its stores.

UK: Festive sales rise 5.9% at Matalan | 19 Jan 09

Value fashion and homewares chain Matalan today (19 January) posted a 5.9% rise in like-for-like sales in the five weeks to 4 January, and said it managed to maintain margins over the festive period by avoiding hefty discounting.

Bangladeshi makers expanding despite global recession | 15 Jan 09

Bangladesh’s clothing and ready-made garment sector is undergoing unprecedented expansion, registering an average growth of 20% year-on-year, and has plans to be one of the top three exporters globally by 2013. Paul Cochrane reports from Dhaka.

UK: Moss Bros unveils board changes | 27 Aug 08

Suit retailer Moss Bros Group, which earlier in the year vetted a GBP40m (US$79m) acquisition bid from Icelandic investor Baugur Group, has reshuffled its board of directors.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 22 Aug 08

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 accused of squeezing its suppliers | 20 Aug 08

The UK-based Forum of Private Business (FPB) has accused clothing retailer Matalan of squeezing its suppliers by imposing a 2% reduction on payments from next month.



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