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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.

UK: Matalan posts 89.3% hike in FY profit | 30 Jun 08

UK discount store chain Matalan has bolstered profit before tax by 89.5% to GBP53.2m (US$105.9m) for the year ending March after improving its cost base and refurbishing 35 stores.

UK: Matalan ties up with SAS for sales figures tool | 23 Jun 08

UK discount clothing chain Matalan has linked up with business intelligence firm SAS to better share sales information through its business.

UK: British women keen to bag underwear bargains | 29 May 08

British women still take a functional and practical approach when it comes to buying underwear, new research has shown, with nearly two-thirds only splashing out on bras and pants when they need replacing.

AUSTRALIA: Hugo Boss mulls farm visit to halt wool ban | 18 Apr 08

German fashion giant Hugo Boss confirmed to just-style today (18 April) that it has been invited by trade officials in Australia to visit the country's sheep farms in a bid to halt the company's planned boycott of wool from mulesed lambs.

GERMANY: Hugo Boss to ban wool from mulesed lambs | 15 Apr 08

Global retail giant Hugo Boss has become the latest company to promise to boycott the use of Australian wool from mulesed lambs.

UK: Matalan in ban on Australian merino wool | 28 Mar 08

Cut-price retailer Matalan has announced a ban on imports of Australian merino wool following ethical concerns over the practice of “mulesing”.

UK: Sales boom at budget fashion stores | 30 Jan 08

The UK’s obsession with cheap fashion from shops such as Primark, Asda and Matalan has led to a 45% growth in the value clothing market over the last five years, according to new research.



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