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The Flanarant - Wage abuses can’t be eliminated by software and flash PR Mike Flanagan | 27 Feb 17

It is not just alleged Asian sweatshops where there are widespread wage abuses, Mike Flanagan reminds us. But is the British government concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes at high street retailers in its "name and shame" campaign against abuse at home?


Debenhams and Peacocks criticised on UK minimum wage Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 17

Department store retailer Debenhams and fashion retailer Peacocks have been named by the UK Government for failing to pay some of their workers the national minimum or living wage.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill to relaunch Austin Reed Beth Wright | 24 Nov 16

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group is to accelerate new store openings and plans to relaunch the Austin Reed brand on the back of strong sales and record profits last year.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill to open more stores as profit rises Katie Smith | 30 Nov 15

Continuing its expansion, UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group has revealed plans to open a further 100 stores after booking a double-digit increase in annual profit. 


Edinburgh Woollen Mill enjoys “bumper” Christmas Katie Smith | 13 Feb 15

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group enjoyed a “bumper” performance during the Christmas trading period, thanks to strong online sales growth and new store openings.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill to open stores as profit grows Katie Smith | 3 Dec 14

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill is to continue with its expansion plans by opening 100 new stores over the next two years, after booking record annual profits.


UK: Simpson named Peacocks managing director Katie Smith | 11 Dec 13

Retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) has named group commercial director Steve Simpson as managing director of its Peacocks discount fashion chain.


UK: Retail administrations up 6% year-on-year Katie Smith | 2 Jan 13

The number of UK retailers collapsing into administration jumped 6% in 2012 and this figure could increase further in the year ahead, according to business advisory firm Deloitte.


GEORGIA: Debenhams expands with first store Katie Smith | 12 Oct 12

Department store group Debenhams will open its first store in Tbilisi, Georgia this weekend as part of wider expansion plans.


UK: Morrisons to launch children's wear range Petah Marian | 6 Sep 12

UK supermarket retailer Morrisons has announced that it will launch a children's wear line in early 2013, called Nutmeg.


UK: High street insolvencies shoot up over Q1 Petah Marian | 8 May 12

The number of high street stores entering administration shot up over the first quarter of this year, according to statistics from the Insolvency Service.


UK: Retail administrations up 15% year-on-year Katie Smith | 10 Apr 12

The number of retailers falling into administration in the first quarter of this year increased by 15% compared with the same period last year, according to research by business advisory firm Deloitte, with this rising to a jump of 64% on the previous quarter.


UK: Morrisons appoints Bettley as clothing director Petah Marian | 7 Mar 12

Morrisons has confirmed that it has appointed former Peacocks managing director Tim Bettley as director of clothing.


UK: Peacocks buyer hopes to rescue more stores Petah Marian | 27 Feb 12

The buyer of collapsed retailer Peacocks has revealed that he hopes to re-open up to 75 stores and is in the process of re-employing 60 staff made redundant by administrators at the retailer's Cardiff headquarters.


Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 24 Feb 12

Top stories on just-style this week included our report on a shooting at an apparel factory in Cambodia, a report on the future of Colombian export, and a strike at the Bangladesh head office of thread and yarn supplier Coats.


UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill buys Peacocks Petah Marian | 22 Feb 12

Scottish retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill has won the race to buy collapsed UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks, it was revealed today (22 February), with the sale protecting 6,000 jobs but also leading to more than 3,100 redundancies.


UK: Clothing sales to receive Olympics "boost" Petah Marian | 13 Feb 12

UK clothing industry sales are forecast to increase 4.2% during 2012, with growth largely attributable to the London Olympics, according to research from Keynote.


UK: Billionaire poised to make surprise Peacocks bid? Leonie Barrie | 6 Feb 12

A Pakistani billionaire has emerged as a surprise contender to buy UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks, according to media reports, as administrators near their deadline to secure a rescue bid for the collapsed chain.


Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 27 Jan 12

Top stories on just-style this week included speculation around Bangladesh's rise as a sourcing hotspot, JC Penney's plans to overhaul its offer and Sun European Partners' plans for UK retailer Bonmarche.


UK: Peacocks sale sees "huge interest" from potential buyers Petah Marian | 26 Jan 12

The administrators of UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks today (26 January) said they have received "huge interest" from potential buyers.


UK: Asda to invest GBP500m in stores, logistics Sam Webb | 23 Jan 12

UK supermarket chain Asda will create 5,000 jobs as part of a GBP500m (US$777m) investment in the business this year.


Top stories on just-style this week... Leonie Barrie | 20 Jan 12

Among the most-read stories on just-style this week was a report that Chinese clothing and textile manufacturers have instigated new wage rises, Limited Brands hit back at allegations child labour is used on farms in Burkina Faso that grow Fairtrade organic cotton used in Victoria's Secret garments, and 249 jobs were axed as value clothing retailer Peacocks went into administration.


UK: Pumpkin Patch goes into administration Leonie Barrie | 20 Jan 12

The UK arm of children's clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch today (20 January) called in the administrators after becoming the latest casualty of the slump in consumer spending.


UK: Clothing and footwear helped lift December retail sales Leonie Barrie | 20 Jan 12

Heavy discounting by clothing and footwear stores in the run-up to Christmas contributed to a 0.6% rise in UK retail sales volume in December, according to official retail figures released today (20 January).


UK: Peacocks administrators axe 249 HQ jobs Petah Marian | 19 Jan 12

The joint administrators in UK value clothing retailer Peacocks today (19 January) said 249 head office staff are to lose their jobs.


UK: ABF reports Primark sales growth Petah Marian | 19 Jan 12

Value fashion retailer Primark today (19 January) reported a rise in sales in the 16 weeks to 7 January, but admitted that operating margin fell as a result of higher cotton costs.


UK: Peacocks rescue bid “may fail” Richard Woodard | 18 Jan 12

A possible rescue of beleaguered value fashion retailer The Peacock Group was in danger of failing today (18 January), putting 10,000 jobs at risk.


UK: Peacocks and Bonmarche to call in administrators Petah Marian | 16 Jan 12

Value retailer The Peacock Group today (16 January) said it intended to appoint administrators after restructuring talks with investors fell through.


UK: La Senza reportedly facing restructuring Leonie Barrie | 14 Dec 11

Lingerie retailer La Senza is thought to be the latest victim of tough trading conditions on the UK high street after reportedly calling in accountancy firm KPMG to advise on a range of restructuring options.


UK: Peacocks coy on store closure rumours Petah Marian | 9 Dec 11

UK fashion chain Peacocks is remaining tight-lipped on reports that it may close some 200 stores as it looks to restructure around GBP240m (US375m) in debts.

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