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US: JC Penney sales rise for first time in two years Leonie Barrie | 7 Nov 13

Struggling US department store retailer JC Penney Company may be seeing the first signs of an uptick in its fortunes, after same-store sales edged up 0.9% in October - the first rise in almost two years.


US: Nike promotes LeClair to lead action sports Leonie Barrie | 7 Nov 13

Sportswear giant Nike Inc has promoted Scott LeClair as its new vice president of action sports, replacing Roger Wyett who is to retire.


UPDATE: CHINA: Li Ning remains committed to sustainability Katie Smith | 4 Nov 13

Chinese sportswear company Li Ning says it remains committed to providing safe and high quality products, after Greenpeace last week labelled the company among several "greenwashers".


UPDATE: GERMANY: Adidas stands firm against Greenpeace claims Katie Smith | 1 Nov 13

Sportswear giant Adidas has defended itself against claims by Greenpeace International that it has failed to follow through on commitments to reduce releases of toxic chemicals from its facilities.


NETHERLANDS: Greenpeace Detox Catwalk names “greenwashers” Richard Woodard | 1 Nov 13

Environmental pressure group Greenpeace International has launched the Detox Catwalk – an online platform aimed at assessing companies’ progress at eliminating toxic chemical discharges from the supply chain.


just-style's most read stories this week... Katie Smith | 25 Oct 13

The most-read stories on just-style this week include brands hitting back at the stance by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) on factory audits, the decision to extend Better Work into Bangladesh, and Skechers introducing glow-in-the-dark running shoes.


NEW ZEALAND: Koppes to head Icebreaker global product design Katie Smith | 22 Oct 13

Former Columbia Sportswear and Nike executive Mark Koppes has been named vice president of product at New Zealand-based outdoor merino wool apparel firm Icebreaker.


CAMBODIA: Brands concerned at association's audit stance Leonie Barrie | 21 Oct 13

A group of major brands that source garments from Cambodia - including Gap, H&M, Levi Strauss, Nike and Puma - have raised their concerns at attempts by local manufacturers to "undermine" plans to publicly disclose details of factory audits.


US: Skechers, Levi Strauss top customer satisfaction survey Katie Smith | 18 Oct 13

Customer satisfaction with athletic footwear and apparel manufacturers, including Skechers and Levi Strauss, remains high, new research suggests.


US: Smith promoted to head footwear at RG Barry Katie Smith | 14 Oct 13

US-based footwear and accessories manufacturer RG Barry has promoted Lee Smith to president of its footwear business unit, replacing Nancy Coons.


US: Nike targets US$36bn revenues by 2017 Richard Woodard | 10 Oct 13

Sporting goods colossus Nike has set a new revenue target of US$36bn by the end of fiscal 2017, and expects to break $30bn by fiscal 2015, it said at an investor meeting.


EUROPE: FESI names Nike executive Alves president Katie Smith | 10 Oct 13

The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), which represents athletic footwear and active apparel brands such as Adidas, Puma and Lotto, has appointed Bruno Alves as its new president.


US: VF signs climate and clean energy agreement Katie Smith | 30 Sep 13

As part of an ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint, apparel giant VF Corporation has joined a coalition calling on US policymakers to address climate change and clean energy policies.


US: Crocs names Lyons to head European retail business Katie Smith | 30 Sep 13

US footwear maker Crocs has appointed Tim Lyons as its European retail director, with responsibility for overseeing the company's retail business in Europe.


In the money: Nike Q1 surge driven by innovation Richard Woodard | 27 Sep 13

Basking in the glow of an impressive set of first quarter figures, Nike CEO Mark Parker took the chance to set out exactly where things had gone right for the sporting goods colossus.


ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge Leonie Barrie | 27 Sep 13

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.


US: Europe and Converse send Nike Q1 profit up 33% Richard Woodard | 27 Sep 13

Sporting goods giant Nike posted a 33% surge in first quarter net profit, buoyed by near-ubiquitous growth and improving margins.


WORLD: C&A tops organic cotton charts Richard Woodard | 24 Sep 13

Fashion retailer C&A leads two top 10 lists charting organic cotton use, drawn up by non-for-profit organisation Textile Exchange in its 2012 Market Report.


US footwear trade and sourcing snapshot Leonie Barrie | 20 Sep 13

The US trade deficit in footwear rose 6% to $22.9bn last year on the back of a sizable increase in imports and a marginal drop in exports, an annual trade report has shown.


US: Woolrich to launch first footwear collection Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 13

Outdoor clothing company Woolrich has hired footwear licensing group Portland Product Werks (PPW) to launch its debut footwear collection.


US: Macy's targets millennials with activewear expansion Katie Smith | 10 Sep 13

As part of efforts to grow its market share in activewear and attract more millennial shoppers aged between 13 and 30, department store retailer Macy's is to expand its athletic apparel assortment into more stores this autumn.


WORLD: Footwear market to reach $211.5bn in 2018 Katie Smith | 2 Sep 13

The global footwear market is expected to be worth US$211.5bn in 2018, with growth driven by Asia Pacific and Europe, according to new research.


WORLD: Rising demand for sportswear and fitness apparel Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 13

Global demand for indoor sportswear and fitness apparel is continuing to rise, despite constrained consumer spending in key economies around the world, a new report says.


US: Former Under Armour exec named Merrell president Katie Smith | 23 Aug 13

Apparel and footwear firm Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Gene McCarthy, former senior vice president of footwear at Under Armour, as president of the Merrell brand.


US: Perry Ellis Q2 net loss up as margins shrink Richard Woodard | 22 Aug 13

Apparel group Perry Ellis International posted an increased loss in the second quarter, with revenues up only slightly and margins down.


AUSTRALIA: Billabong financing terms rewritten Petah Marian | 21 Aug 13

Altamont Capital Partners has revised its long term financing agreement with troubled surfwear brand Billabong to gain approval from the Australian Takeovers Panel.


Comment: Holding Cambodia accountable for its actions David Birnbaum | 6 Aug 13

A fundamental difference between Cambodia and Bangladesh is that the Cambodian government and industry are held accountable for making the necessary improvements to factory working conditions. And this, says David Birnbaum, will ensure Cambodia moves up the economic ladder.


just-style's most read stories this week... Petah Marian | 2 Aug 13

The most read stories on just-style this week include a look at PVH setting out its succession plan, Hudson's Bay's acquisition of Saks, and a report on the use of mobile phones to monitor labour abuses in garment factories.


Green garments: Brands clean up their toxic chemical use Mark Rowe | 2 Aug 13

Environmental concerns focus on a range of pollutants in that water, from pesticides on cotton fields to dust storms caused by overgrazing in Inner Mongolia by cashmere goats.


CHINA: Adidas, Nike and Armani on most powerful brand list Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 13

Adidas, Nike and Armani are among the top 20 most powerful international brands in China, according to new research, having worked out how to connect with the new sophisticated, value-driven consumer.

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