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FRANCE: Gucci buoys interim earnings at PPR just-style.com | 29 Aug 08

French luxury goods operator PPR Group has posted first-half net income up 17% to EUR344m (US$506.4m), attributed to the improvement of group operating performance and tighter control over financial charges and tax rate.

Olympic torch shines on brands in Beijing just-style.com | 11 Aug 08

As the start of this summer's Beijing Olympics attracts around four billion onlookers from over 200 countries, leading brands are tussling for the inside lane and marketing gold. Joe Ayling reports on how the 2008 Games take on extra significance given the economic momentum of host nation China.

GERMANY: Puma first-half profits down 4.3% just-style.com | 7 Aug 08

Profits at Germany sports goods giant Puma fell 4.3% in the first half of 2008, despite a recovery in sales and earnings in the second quarter.

EU: Drops preferential tariffs for Vietnamese footwear just-style.com | 25 Jul 08

The European Commission this week revealed details of its next three-year tranche of trade preferences for developing countries – and confirmed reports published on just-style last month that it intends to lift Vietnam’s preferential market access for footwear.

FRANCE: Strong PPR Q2 sales buoyed by Gucci just-style.com | 24 Jul 08

French luxury goods group PPR reported sales of EUR4.7bn (US$7.4bn) during the second quarter, up 4.5%, thanks in part to a 16% increase in sales for its Gucci Group.

NETHERLANDS: Puma extends Dobotex sock licensing deal just-style.com | 7 Jul 08

Puma has extended a long-term licensing contract for socks with Dutch company Dobotex, which currently manufactures Puma's socks. The new deal has a global reach, excluding the US, and comes into effect from 2009.

VIETNAM: 6,000-worker strike at leading supplier Chutex just-style.com | 4 Jul 08

Textile manufacturer Chutex Group, which supplies goods for many of the world’s top apparel brands, yesterday (3 July) faced a pay strike by 6,000 workers at a Vietnamese plant.

GERMANY: Labels firm supports Cotton made in Africa just-style.com | 17 Jun 08

Avery Dennison is to supply labels worldwide for all fashion brands and textile retailers participating in the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) project.

AUSTRIA: Adidas fired up for Euro 2008 opportunity just-style.com | 16 Jun 08

The boss of sporting goods firm Adidas says that the Euro 2008 football tournament in Austria and Switzerland is turning out to be a "great success" for the brand, it was reported from the sidelines of the competition.

EU: To remove preferential access for Vietnamese shoes just-style.com | 13 Jun 08

The European Union (EU) is to remove preferential tariffs on Vietnamese footwear imports after deciding they no longer meet the necessary conditions to benefit from the scheme.

Digital printing in action in Asia just-style.com | 27 May 08

Despite all the hype about digital printing over the last few years, just 2% of the world’s printed fabric is produced using this method. One of the reasons for this slow uptake is that digital printing is far from straight-forward, as Niki Tait finds out at Digital Print Asia, one of the world’s largest digital print companies.

UK: Puma hires Belloli as CEO of Hussein Chalayan unit just-style.com | 20 May 08

Three months after buying a majority stake in Hussein Chalayan’s London-based fashion business, Puma has hired a new chief executive officer to drive the brand’s growth.

In the money: Competition rife in sportswear just-style.com | 15 May 08

The choice between fight and flight is taking on a new meaning in the sporting goods sector. Brands are soaring by exploiting new opportunities in emerging markets, while a subsequent fight for remaining market share is taking shape closer to home, as Joe Ayling reports.

GERMANY: Puma maintains forecast despite Q1 profit dip just-style.com | 7 May 08

Sporting goods giant Puma is maintaining its 2008 forecast for slight sales growth despite posting a 6.7% profit fall in the company’s first quarter.

FRANCE: PPR Q1 revenues up 20% as Gucci sales slow just-style.com | 24 Apr 08

Luxury goods firm PPR today (24 April) posted a 19.8% hike in first-quarter revenues to EUR4.9bn (US$7.7bn) but hinted at a slowdown in the luxury market amid what it described as “a challenging quarter” for the Gucci brand.

GERMANY: Adidas hits back at sportswear supplier report just-style.com | 22 Apr 08

Adidas Group has reacted to criticism yesterday (21 April) of working conditions among global sportswear suppliers, saying the report that the accusations were based on lacked clarity and accuracy.

BELGIUM: Union blasts sportswear makers ahead of Olympics just-style.com | 21 Apr 08

A global trade union organisation has slammed leading sportswear companies for allegedly allowing violations of workers rights by suppliers in some Asian countries to become an "industry norm".

SWITZERLAND: Puma extends soccer sponsorship deal just-style.com | 25 Mar 08

Puma and the Swiss Football Association (SFV) have extended their sponsorship deal to 2012.

US: Dussault Apparel to buy Dayton Boots just-style.com | 10 Mar 08

Garment maker Dussault Apparel Inc is to buy Canadian footwear maker Dayton Boots Enterprises Inc.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 29 Feb 08

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

GERMANY: Puma pounces on designer Hussein Chalayan just-style.com | 28 Feb 08

Puma today (28 February) named designer Hussein Chalayan as its creative director, and said it has bought a majority stake in Chalayan's London-based fashion business and brand.

FRANCE: PPR FY profit up 51% to top EUR1bn just-style.com | 27 Feb 08

French luxury goods group PPR remains confident of continuing success in 2008 after recording a 51% hike in net income during 2007.

GERMANY: Puma Q4 sales hike ends year on high note just-style.com | 26 Feb 08

Sportswear giant Puma ended 2007 with a strong fourth quarter sales performance, with revenues rising more than 10%.

FRANCE: Gucci growth boosts PPR FY performance just-style.com | 24 Jan 08

French luxury goods group PPR saw revenues grow 16% during 2007 on the back of strong performance from its brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent.

GERMANY: Puma aims to capitalise on Africa Cup of Nations just-style.com | 22 Jan 08

Sportswear company Puma is maintaining a high profile at football’s Africa Cup of Nations, with nine out of the 16 teams wearing the German company’s kit.

Top stories on just-style this year... just-style.com | 21 Dec 07

Here is a list of the top ten stories published on just-style during the past year. To read the stories in full, please click on the headlines.

CROATIA: Puma adds another subsidiary just-style.com | 14 Dec 07

Puma has added to its growing roster of subsidiaries in eastern Europe with the opening of a new office in Zagreb to deal with its Croatian business.

HONG KONG: Yue Yuen to spin off Pou Sheng unit? just-style.com | 13 Dec 07

Footwear manufacturer Yue Yuen has proposed a spin-off and separate listing for its Pou Sheng International group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

ROMANIA: Puma to establish new subsidiary just-style.com | 16 Nov 07

Sportswear giant Puma is to set up a new Romanian subsidiary in Bucharest from the beginning of next year as the company continues its regional expansion strategy.

GERMANY: Puma 3Q profit up 2.3% just-style.com | 7 Nov 07

Third quarter profit at the world’s third largest sportswear maker, Puma AG, rose 2.3% the company said on Tuesday (6 November), with improved forward orders leading management to reconfirm earnings guidance for the year.








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