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UK textile and clothing industry poised for growth? Richard Woodard | 10 Feb 15

The UK textile and clothing industry is worth nearly GBP9bn (US$13.71bn) to the country’s economy and is experiencing year-on-year export and domestic growth, according to a new report.


N Brown CFO steps down after 11 years Katie Smith | 9 Jan 15

N Brown Group's chief financial officer Dean Moore is to step down from the online and catalogue fashion retailer after 11 years in the role.


N Brown to wind down Gray & Osbourn business Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 15

UK fashion retailer N Brown has confirmed plans to discontinue its Gray & Osbourn catalogue and online business from June.


N Brown "on the right track" despite Q3 sales drop Katie Smith | 10 Dec 14

N Brown Group is "on the right track" and will deliver a more positive performance in the months to come, one analyst believes, after the internet and catalogue retailer posted a drop in third-quarter sales.


N Brown Q3 sales dip despite November recovery Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 14

Sales at online and catalogue fashion retailer N Brown fell 2.3% in the third quarter, with revenues recovering later in the period after a poor start.


N Brown modernisation could secure strong growth Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 14

Despite N Brown publishing "subdued" first-half results this week, analysts believe its strategic plan is right and anticipate strong medium-term growth.


N Brown H1 profit drop: What the analysts say Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group saw its share price slump 12.9% this morning (9 October) after it revealed a decline in first-half earnings as a result of a number of business changes. Analysts offered a mixed view of the results.


N Brown reveals anticipated dip in H1 earnings Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group has booked a decline in first-half earnings as a result of business changes related to phasing out some products, marketing activities and credit policy changes.


CAMBODIA: Fashion brands commit support for wage rise Katie Smith | 22 Sep 14

Eight major fashion brands, including one of Cambodia's biggest customers, H&M, have indicated their support for talks to raise wages for Cambodian garment workers - in line with efforts to improve supplier productivity.


N Brown H1 trading update: What the analysts say Katie Smith | 16 Sep 14

Home shopping group N Brown this morning (16 September) reported a "mellow" first-half performance, with sales slipping as it continues with a number of strategic changes. While some analysts described the results as "disappointing", others remained upbeat about the retailer's future growth, forecasting a "healthier" second-half.


UK: N Brown on track despite "mellow" H1 performance Katie Smith | 16 Sep 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group says it remains on track to deliver its full-year forecasts, despite a "mellow" first-half performance as it implements its long-term growth strategy.


BANGLADESH: Rana Plaza Trust Fund awards $1.4m to victims Katie Smith | 9 Sep 14

The International Labour Organization-backed fund for victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy has distributed BDT108m (US$1.4m) to 700 cases.


UK: N Brown taps Haywood to lead systems overhaul Katie Smith | 5 Aug 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has tapped Andy Haywood as its new chief information officer as it works to transform, modernise and grow the business.


UK: Ted Baker “no plans” to stop using wool Katie Smith | 17 Jul 14

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.


UK: Primark launches investigation after wool probe Katie Smith | 15 Jul 14

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.


UK: N Brown Q1 trading update underwhelms market Michelle Russell | 18 Jun 14

Home shopping group N Brown has revealed a trading update that came in below market expectations but insisted it is making progress on modernising the business.


UK: N Brown “encouraged” by 5% FY profit rise Richard Woodard | 1 May 14

Home shopping group N Brown has posted solid increases in full-year profit and revenues, boosted by strong growth in the US and in like-for-like sales.


Rana Plaza one year on: Bangladesh in words Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 14

One year today, one of the worst industrial disasters in history occured when the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing nearly 1,200 workers. just-style has followed developments closely over the last 12 months, and here we take a look back at the thoughts of those in the industry.


Interview: N Brown reaffirms commitment to Bangladesh Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 14

Nearly a year on from the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh, the collective work by brands and suppliers to ensure safer working conditions is starting to gain some traction. Andy York, ethical trading manager for retailer N Brown, has been closely involved in the efforts so far. He tells Michelle Russell that it is more important now than ever before to have an ethical supply chain - and that N Brown remains committed to Bangladesh.


Analysis: Is the UK reshoring tide beginning to turn? Leonie Barrie | 27 Mar 14

There has been a lot of talk about reshoring as one of the emerging manufacturing trends of the future, but as yet little robust evidence has been produced on the scale of any such shift, especially when it comes to clothing and textiles. But new research has attempted to put some figures onto the likely impact on jobs and output.


Quote/Unquote: Ten soundbites on the state of play in retail Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 14

The great and the good of the retail industry descended on London this week to share their views on the current climate, industry trends and thoughts on what the future holds for the British retail industry.


UK: TV footage claims new Bangladesh factory abuses Katie Smith | 6 Feb 14

Nearly a year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, an ITV documentary claims to have evidence of ongoing worker and safety concerns at factories making clothes for UK retailers N Brown and Arcadia.


CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.


UK: N Brown to expand after "robust" Christmas growth Katie Smith | 16 Jan 14

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has unveiled international expansion plans after reporting "robust" sales growth during the Christmas trading period.


UK: Young customers drive N Brown H1 profit growth Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 13

Growth from younger customers and its specialist brands helped boost first-half pre-tax profits at UK apparel retailer N Brown.


How do the Bangladesh safety pacts measure up? Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 13

Unveiling a new five-year plan to improve worker safety at the factories in Bangladesh that produce their clothing, North American brands and retailers were keen to stress the similarities between their own initiative and a separate scheme backed by 70 mainly European companies. That said, there are considerable differences too.


BANGLADESH: Safety accord firms to inspect all factories Petah Marian | 8 Jul 13

The group of 70 retailers and brands that have signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have agreed to inspect all of their supplier factories in the country within the next nine months.


UK: N Brown posts 8% first-quarter sales growth Katie Smith | 2 Jul 13

UK retailer N Brown Group has today (2 July) reported an 8% increase in first-quarter revenue, driven by strong growth in men's wear and footwear.


BANGLADESH: More retailers race to join safety accord Petah Marian | 15 May 13

More retailers and brands have joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh ahead of the midnight deadline (15 May).


BANGLADESH: Benetton and N Brown commit to safety accord Leonie Barrie | 14 May 13

Two more European retailers have this-afternoon signed up to the new Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which aims to improve safety conditions in supplier factories.

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