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Brands urged to tackle child slavery in India spinning mills Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 17

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.


Eight factors set to shape European retail in 2017 Michelle Russell | 3 Jan 17

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.


Top 20 news stories on just-style in 2016... Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 16

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 a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.


2016 – A year in review – Retail winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 13 Dec 16

A local-for-local manufacturing vision, expansion in Asia, robotic warehousing and automated delivery systems helped lift some retailers during 2016, but concerns over conditions and working practices, store closures and bankruptcies weighed on others.


Primark among first to sign up to textile waste project Beth Wright | 10 Nov 16

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.


Primark says no plans to hike clothing prices Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 16

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.


Primark expansion drives FY sales and earnings Michelle Russell | 8 Nov 16

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. 


Primark sourcing chief Gordon steps down Michelle Russell | 27 Oct 16

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


Apparel brands "ignoring" refugee abuse in Turkey factories Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 16

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. 


Is there more to Primark's woes than the weather? Bernadette Kissane | 27 Sep 16

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.


Post-Brexit currency to weigh on Primark margins Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 16

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.


H&M margin pressure driven by value perception Michelle Russell | 17 Aug 16

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. 


Primark expansion continues with two new US stores Michelle Russell | 26 Jul 16

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. 


UK retailers go down-free following goose farm probe Beth Wright | 21 Jul 16

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.


Primark posts solid Q3 despite uncertainty Michelle Russell | 7 Jul 16

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.


Nike, Victoria's Secret, Esprit lag in detox efforts Beth Wright | 6 Jul 16

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.


Primark continues US expansion with third store Michelle Russell | 20 Jun 16

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. 


Currency and costs weigh on mixed H1 for Primark Katie Smith | 19 Apr 16

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. 


Primark CFO Shields steps down Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 16

Aidan Shields, the chief financial officer at UK value fashion retailer Primark, has stepped down from his role after six years to relocate back to the US.


Primark doubles supplier factory audits in Turkey Katie Smith | 1 Apr 16

UK value fashion chain Primark has confirmed it has doubled the number of audits at its supplier factories in Turkey less than a month after Next Plc and H&M admitted to finding Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in the country. 


How Primark balances ethics and ultra-low prices Michelle Russell | 23 Mar 16

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.


Primark extends India cotton sustainability programme Michelle Russell | 8 Mar 16

Value fashion chain Primark has extended its sustainable cotton programme for women in northern India for a further six years, with the aim of introducing sustainable farming methods to more females and increasing their incomes.


Is Primark pioneering a new wave of retail efficiency? Mike Flanagan | 26 Feb 16

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?


Primark trading picks up on improved stock Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 16

Value fashion retailer Primark has seen sales pick up following weak Christmas trading, with profit margins also improved in the first six months of its new fiscal year thanks to fewer promotions and better managed stock.


H&M and Primark price rivalry reaches equilibrium Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 16

Price competition between fast fashion retailers Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Primark has now reached an equilibrium in the UK, according to an analyst evaluation, with Primark's prices now consistently around 60% lower than that of its rival. 


UK holiday retail roundup Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 14 Jan 16

With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 


H&M worker rights pledge showing early results Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 16

A global framework agreement, initiated by H&M and the IndustriAll global union, has succeeded in helping to reinstate sacked workers at garment factories in Myanmar and Pakistan just months after coming into force.


Primark initiative to improve garment worker conditions Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 16

Value fashion retailer Primark has formed a new partnership aimed at improving working conditions for garment workers in developing markets.


Worker "abuse" note in Primark socks a hoax Michelle Russell | 22 Dec 15

Value fashion retailer Primark says a note found in its clothing – supposedly from a Chinese garment worker enduring "physical and psychological abuse" – is a hoax.


Top 20 analysis stories on just-style in 2015... Katie Smith | 21 Dec 15

Among the most-read analysis articles on just-style in 2015 were stories relating to the rapid growth of Myanmar's garment sector, the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement on countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, five key trends in world textile and apparel trade, and Ethiopia's prospects as an emerging sourcing hub. 

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