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Primark challenges critics with cotton initiative

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that hav...

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Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take...


Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2016

Value fashion giant Primark says it has no plans to increase prices next year as the industry considers the potential impact of inflation, the falling value of sterling, and a "hard Brexit" on business and the consumer.


Bernadette Kissane | 27 Sep 2016

A warm winter and a cold spring have been blamed for a fall in sales at value fashion retailer Primark. But its lack of e-commerce also leaves it without the flexibility to highlight more transitional ranges and weather appropriate collections online, according to Bernadette Kissane, senior analyst for apparel and footwear at Euromonitor International.


Mike Flanagan | 26 Feb 2016

In a Rant published on just-style earlier this month, Mike Flanagan stressed the importance of finding new sources of retail efficiency rather than worrying about rising prices. He now asks whether Primark has identified where apparel retailers should be looking – or whether US commentators are right when they claim the business is fundamentally flawed?


Leonie Barrie | 19 Oct 2015

With its up-to-the-minute fashions at rock-bottom prices, Primark sells more clothes than any other retailer in the UK. As the chain makes its first foray into the US, analysts are not surprisingly taking a close look at its potential, and asking which of its rivals is most at risk from this apparel retail disruptor.

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Michelle Russell | 31 Oct 2017

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.


Michelle Russell | 23 Mar 2016

With a business model focused on offering the lowest prices on the high street, value fashion chain Primark is constantly questioned over its commitment to a range of ethical and environmental retail issues. Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team, tells just-style "the strength of a brand's ethics is not about a price point" – and that close engagement with the supply chain is key.

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Beth Wright | 11 Sep 2017

Primark full-year sales are expected to rise 13% on last year, as the value fashion retailer has helped to boost parent company Associated British Foods Plc (ABF) full year outlook.


Michelle Russell | 9 Aug 2017

Primark is this week launching its first line of clothing made using 100% sustainable cotton – marking a first for the British value clothing retailer in being able to track its cotton through the supply chain from farm to store.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Jul 2017

British value clothing retailer Primark has recalled thousands of men's flip flops found to contain the cancer-causing chemical chrysene.


Michelle Russell | 6 Jul 2017

Value clothing retailer Primark saw sales jump in the first ten months of the year thanks to the expansion of its store portfolio both home and abroad and strong trading in the run-up to Easter.


Michelle Russell | 19 Apr 2017

Value clothing retailer Primark has increased earnings in its first-half thanks to higher sales, particularly in the UK, and a "substantial" increase in selling space.


Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 2017

The death of the department store, the exaggerated rise of Amazon as an apparel retailer power, and the threat of European fast-fashion specialists to US retail are among a number of misconceptions currently bedevilling the retail  industry, a new report explains.


Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 2017

Value clothing retailer Primark has maintained its trading momentum over the last six months, despite concerns of a slowing market, with sales expected to be up thanks to expansion both at home and abroad.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 2017

Primark saw sales climb in its first-quarter thanks to increased selling space, but the value fashion giant warned of falling margins as a result of impending inflationary pressures.


Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2017

Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.


Michelle Russell | 3 Jan 2017

Many of the key themes that dominated the European retail scene in 2016 are expected to continue into this year, analysts believe, as retailers prepare for more currency headwinds, unseasonal weather, a continued shift to e-commerce and whatever hurdles Brexit will bring.


Beth Wright | 10 Nov 2016

Value fashion giant Primark is among the first five companies to sign up to a EUR3.6m (US$4.1m) initiative that will work with clothing brands, retailers and manufacturers and recycling organisations to reduce textile waste across Europe.


Michelle Russell | 8 Nov 2016

New store openings and a 9% increase in selling space drove sales for value fashion giant Primark in its last fiscal, with a particularly strong performance in Ireland and a growing awareness of the brand in the US. 


Michelle Russell | 27 Oct 2016

Garry Gordon, the group sourcing director of UK value fashion giant Primark, has resigned from his role. 


Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 2016

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 


Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 2016

Value fashion retailer Primark today (12 September) said its full-year sales have been hit by unseasonal weather, while currency fluctuations following the EU referendum are likely to weigh on margins in its new financial year.


Michelle Russell | 17 Aug 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) will continue to experience margin pressure from the rise of low-priced rivals such as Primark unless it can elevate its sales and customer perception above value apparel, analysts believe. 


Michelle Russell | 26 Jul 2016

UK value retailer Primark has opened another two stores in the north east of the US, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as the fashion retail giant continues to build its presence stateside. 


Beth Wright | 21 Jul 2016

A number of UK-based high street brands including Primark, Topshop and Asos, have pledged to keep down out of all their future collections in the wake of an investigation which exposed violations at goose farms in China.


Michelle Russell | 7 Jul 2016

British value fashion retailer Primark has posted solid results in its third-quarter, despite sales being hit by unseasonal weather and uncertainty around the EU referendum.


Beth Wright | 6 Jul 2016

Inditex, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Benetton have been praised by environmental activist group Greenpeace for being on track to clean up their chains, while Victoria's Secret, Esprit and sports brands Nike and LiNing are lagging behind the field.


Michelle Russell | 20 Jun 2016

British value fashion retailer Primark has opened its third US store in the north east of the country as the fashion retail giant looks to build its presence stateside. 


Katie Smith | 19 Apr 2016

A drop in first-half profit at UK value fashion retailer Primark reflects its investment to expand into the US as well as an increasingly bearish environment for clothing retailers. 

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 2015

Apparel shipments from Bangladesh to the US bounced back in December, posting their first rise since January last year.


Katie Smith | 24 Apr 2014

A campaign encouraging shoppers to ask where and how their garments have been made has been set up to mark the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

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