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UK: Primark drives 20% H1 profit hike at ABF | 20 Apr 10

Cut-price clothing chain Primark drove a 20% increase in adjusted first half profits at Associated British Foods (ABF) to GBP331m (US$510m).

The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 19 Apr 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

COMMENT: Time to let children be children Simon Warburton | 16 Apr 10

Primark must be breathing slightly easier today (16 March) following a torrid week in which it has been battered by a large section of the UK media.

UK: Retailers review “inappropriate” girls’ clothing Richard Woodard | 15 Apr 10

A number of high-profile UK retailers are set to review their ranges amid a furore over “inappropriate” clothing for girls.

UK: Primark dumps girl's bikini top after concerns Simon Warburton | 14 Apr 10

Value clothing chain Primark has withdrawn a controversial girl's bikini top with immediate effect following criticism concerning its appropriateness.

UK: Primark H1 boosted by Christmas, Spanish sales | 22 Feb 10

Value clothing chain Primark has seen a strong first-half, with same-store sales up 8% in the past six months, owner Associated British Foods (ABF) said today (22 February).

UK: George helps Asda to 6% FY sales boost Joe Ayling | 18 Feb 10

UK supermarket chain Asda has reported a 6% rise in full-year same-store sales, and announced it is opening a new Bangladesh sourcing office for its George clothing line in April.

COMMENT: Cheap clothing - the winners and losers Joe Ayling | 16 Feb 10

Discount and value retailers have transformed the clothing industry in recent years, reinventing the consumer perception of a bargain and squeezing supply margins.

UK: Primark investigates blade in shoe report Joe Ayling | 5 Feb 10

UK value retailer Primark has apologised for the distress caused to a customer who found a sharp blade in a pair of baby shoes he bought for his son.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 22 Jan 10

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: Ethical trade action plan agreed for Primark | 21 Jan 10

Value clothing retailer Primark has agreed a “wide-ranging” ethical trade action plan following an inquiry commissioned by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

UK: Report demands sustainable textiles amid "Primark effect" Joe Ayling | 19 Jan 10

A parliamentary report in the UK has suggested that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) should consult manufacturers about greener textile products to counter the environmental effects of fast fashion.

UK: Arcadia to close ten BHS stores Joe Ayling | 18 Jan 10

UK retailer Arcadia Group has decided to close ten of its BHS department stores, with value chain Primark taking over the leases.

UK: Primark growth fuels ABF sales rise | 14 Jan 10

Associated British Foods has hailed the “strong” sales performance of value clothing retailer Primark at Christmas, but warned of uncertainty in the year ahead.

10 industry developments that shaped the decade Joe Ayling | 23 Dec 09

Having delivered apparel and footwear industry news for the past decade, just-style takes a reflective look through its archives to highlight ten key themes that have helped shape the apparel industry over the last 10 years.

Retail winners and losers in 2009 Richard Woodard | 23 Dec 09

Like just about every other business sector on the planet, retailers continued to be affected by global economic turmoil during 2009. Companies previously intent on expansion and growth turned to cost-cutting, making swingeing redundancies and shuttering loss-making stores.

UK: Primark faces new War on Want protest Joe Ayling | 4 Dec 09

UK value fashion chain Primark faces more protests from a UK campaign group, and the retailer says it is "greatly concerned" about allegations of low pay at a third-party supplier in Bangladesh.

UK: Primark to install Island Pacific Planning tool | 9 Nov 09

Budget fashion retailer Primark is to install the Island Pacific Planning solution to help plan across all levels of its business.

UK: Primark looks abroad as FY profit jumps 8% | 3 Nov 09

Cut-price clothing retailer Primark is plotting expansion in continental Europe after posting an 8.2% increase in full-year operating profit to GBP252m (US$411m).

INSIGHT: M&S reinforces strategy for fashion growth Joe Ayling | 15 Oct 09

Marks and Spencer director Kate Bostock has stuck by the company's clothing strategy and hailed the recent launch of its Indigo brand.

UK: Asda linked to clothing top spot Joe Ayling | 12 Oct 09

UK supermarket retailer Asda is widely reported to have replaced Marks and Spencer (M&S) as the UK's biggest fashion retailer.

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.

Value clothing retailers shine amid recession | 22 Sep 09

In a year that is likely to go down as one of the worst on record for the pan-European apparel industry, one sector continues to shine bright: value clothing. And one retailer that truly stands out here is Primark, a new report says. If the value players can continue to see off competitive pressures and ethical concerns, then they will continue to outperform.

US: Activists urge government support against sweatshops | 18 Sep 09

Timed to coincide with today’s opening of London Fashion Week, a new campaign is calling for British government action to stop fashion retailers exploiting overseas workers.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 18 Sep 09

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.

SOURCING: Puma digs further down supply chain Joe Ayling | 16 Sep 09

Sporting goods firm Puma has added "lower tier" suppliers to its factory monitoring programme, and continues to roll out a scheme that installs proper management systems in suppliers’ factories.

UK: Primark names Paul Marchant as chief executive | 14 Sep 09

Value fashion retailer Primark has promoted Paul Marchant as its new chief executive, replacing Arthur Ryan who has been at the company for 40 years.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 11 Sep 09

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.

UK: Primark expecting 7% FY sales growth | 7 Sep 09

Fast fashion firm Primark is expected to post like-for-like sales growth of 7% for the full-year, driven by a very strong performance in the UK.








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