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FRANCE: PPR unveils new sustainability plan just-style.com | 22 Mar 11

French luxury firm PPR Group, owner of brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Puma, is to invest EUR10m (US$142m) a year on a new sustainability plan aimed at reducing its impact on the environment.

GERMANY: Franz Koch takes the helm at Puma just-style.com | 14 Mar 11

Sporting goods giant Puma has announced that Franz Koch will become the company's new CEO, replacing Jochen Zeitz who has been in charge for the past 18 years.

FRANCE: Boosted margins drive PPR profit just-style.com | 17 Feb 11

French luxury goods firm and Puma owner PPR Group has reported strong profit and revenue growth for full-year 2010, helped by improved margins over the period.

GERMANY: Puma reports profit despite margin squeeze just-style.com | 15 Feb 11

Sporting goods company Puma has reported a squeeze on profit margins in the fourth quarter, which it has blamed on higher sourcing prices and labour costs.

SWEDEN: Björn Borg forms Dutch subsidiary just-style.com | 13 Jan 11

Swedish underwear company Björn Borg has formed a new subsidiary to produce athletic and functional wear together with its Dutch distributor.

December management briefing: Part II - Manufacturing winners and losers in 2010 Keith Nuthall | 21 Dec 10

Established skills and tradition were not enough to save some apparel makers from layoffs and factory closures in 2010. But acquisitions, an environmental focus and international expansion helped others to build on a solid recovery from the recession.

Taiwan takes the lead in performance apparel fabrics just-style.com | 10 Dec 10

Taiwanese firms are continuing to cultivate their lead in functional fibres and fabrics for performance apparel, with future growth assured by trade agreements signed with China and the EU.

GERMANY: Puma appoints Davis as e-commerce head Stuart Todd | 10 Dec 10

PPR-owned Puma has appointed Tom Davis to head its global e-commerce department, succeeding Götz Schmiedeknecht who quit the post earlier this year to join shoe firm Salamander.

FRANCE: PPR Q3 sales boosted by Gucci just-style.com | 29 Oct 10

Luxury goods group PPR recorded a 7.3% rise in underlying sales, boosted by a strong performance by its Gucci brand.

COMMENT: New Puma boss faces hurdles Joe Ayling | 28 Oct 10

Puma is on the lookout for a new chief executive after news that Jochen Zeitz will move upstairs to look after a new sport and lifestyle division being set up by parent PPR Group.

GERMANY: Puma grows Q3 profit despite Greece costs Joe Ayling | 26 Oct 10

Sporting goods firm Puma has reported 14.2% improvement in third quarter net earnings despite the irregularities at its Greek joint venture.

GERMANY: Puma takes full control of business in China just-style.com | 26 Oct 10

Sporting goods giant Puma is to take full control of its business activities in China and Hong Kong, as it looks to strengthen its postion in the Chinese market.

GERMANY: Puma discovers "irregularities" at Greek unit just-style.com | 25 Oct 10

Sporting goods giant Puma has announced that irregularities at its joint venture Puma Hellas SA, in Greece, will affect the company's consolidated financial statements by up to EUR115m (US$161m).

GERMANY: Puma boss to head new PPR unit just-style.com | 18 Oct 10

Jochen Zeitz, the CEO of European sporting-goods maker Puma AG, is to take on the role of executive chairman under changes that will also see the company become a core brand in a new sport and lifestyle division being set up by parent PPR.

UK: India in the spotlight at UKFT seminar just-style.com | 12 Oct 10

An insight into the Indian market and the opportunities for British designers and brands in the region will be explored in the first seminar organised by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) at its new headquarters in London's Bloomsbury.

GLOBAL: Louis Vuitton tops fashion brand rankings just-style.com | 16 Sep 10

Louis Vuitton continues to lead a pack of ten fashion names named in the latest rundown of the top 100 global brands drawn up by Interbrand.

GERMANY: Puma extends Usain Bolt deal just-style.com | 24 Aug 10

Usain Bolt has renewed his contract with long-term sponsor Puma until the end of 2013.

THAILAND: Yeh Group to launch fabrics dyed without water just-style.com | 16 Aug 10

Knit fabric and sportswear maker The Yeh Group is launching a new range of fabrics that use a waterless dyeing process and should save the company millions of litres of fresh water use each year.

Apparel industry edges closer to eco-index Leonie Barrie | 13 Aug 10

The apparel industry is edging closer to an eco-index that will allow companies to assess the environmental impacts of individual products along their supply chain.

CAMBODIA: US recovery buoys garment exports Ngo Tuan | 2 Aug 10

Garment exports from Cambodia rose 10.29% to US$1.33bn during the first-half of the year, thanks largely to a recovery in the US retail market.

GERMANY: Puma announces Q2 profit rise just-style.com | 29 Jul 10

Sporting goods firm Puma has posted a rise in sales and profit, and forecast a strong outlook for the rest of the fiscal year.

UPDATE: Cambodian strike "unrelated" to wage dispute Ngo Tuan | 28 Jul 10

This week's garment worker clashes in Cambodia were caused by internal frictions rather than wage demands, a local manufacturing body told just-style.

CAMBODIA: Nine injured after 3,000 garment workers strike Ngo Tuan | 27 Jul 10

Clashes between more than 100 armed police officers and 3,000 garment workers in Cambodia have left nine women injured.

US: Puma thinks pink with football initiative just-style.com | 27 Jul 10

A new initiative from sportswear company Puma links the world of women’s professional football in the US with the fight against breast cancer.

The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 26 Jul 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.

FRANCE: Hagen to head Puma in EEA Stuart Todd | 23 Jul 10

German sporting goods firm Puma, a subsidiary of French conglomerate PPR, has confirmed the appointment of Alexander Hagen as its new general manager, European Economic Area (EEA).

Speaking with style: Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer Joe Ayling | 1 Jul 10

Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer is confident that major investments in the World Cup this summer are paying off. In an interview with just-style news editor Joe Ayling, he also discusses sourcing, currencies and his vision for the Reebok brand.

GERMANY: Puma to challenge Spanish trademark ruling Joe Ayling | 30 Jun 10

German sporting goods firm Puma will challenge a ruling that allows it to buy its own trademark rights in Spain back for EUR98m (US$120.4m).

US: Puma to use Ortholite eco-friendly insoles just-style.com | 9 Jun 10

Sportswear company Puma is to incorporate new, environmentally friendly insoles from Ortholite into the manufacture of many of its footwear lines.

GERMANY: Puma in new supplier sustainability drive just-style.com | 1 Jun 10

Sportswear company Puma has launched a renewed sustainability drive with 20 of its major suppliers in south east Asia and other sourcing regions.








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