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BANGLADESH: Factory workers "struggling to survive" Leonie Barrie | 18 Jul 11

The plight of workers in Bangladesh's garment factories has come under the spotlight again, with a new report claiming thousands of women are working 14 hours a day producing clothes for poverty pay.


UK: Blacks Leisure to raise capital as sales slide just-style.com | 15 Jul 11

Outdoor clothing and footwear retailer Blacks Leisure Group Plc has agreed a temporary extension to its bank loans after seeing sales fall by nearly 11% since the start of its financial year.


Speaking with style: Abi Rushton, founder of Ethical Expert Joe Ayling | 27 Jun 11

With 20 years of experience across manufacturing, retail and international development to her name, Abi Rushton is well-placed to help steer apparel sourcing strategies of the future. just-style news editor Joe Ayling found out more in the first part of an extended inteview on the global supply chain.


Five bargain school uniform offerings to rival Tesco Katie Smith | 24 Jun 11

Despite the effect of spiralling input costs on the global supply chain, high street retailers are still managing to produce school essentials at low prices. This week the UK's largest retailer, Tesco, launched its cheapest range of schoolwear "ever", and just-style takes a look at how far its rivals are managing to push down uniform prices.


UK: Tesco has “much to prove” in central Europe just-style.com | 23 Jun 11

Retail giant Tesco’s goals for central Europe are mostly achievable, but the company still has “much to prove” in the region, according to investment bank Matrix.


VIETNAM: TNG launches US$13.7m garment plant Ngo Tuan | 22 Jun 11

Vietnam’s leading garment manufacturer TNG Investment and Trading JSC (TNG) has inaugurated the first phase of its TNG Phu Binh garment plant.


UK: Asda COO King leaves company Petah Marian | 21 Jun 11

Asda has confirmed that chief operating officer Simon King has left the company.


UK: Tesco reveals value school uniform range just-style.com | 20 Jun 11

UK supermarket chain Tesco has unveiled its one-price-fits-all school uniform from the Tesco Value range, for start of the new term in September.


UK: Tesco points to improvement as UK LFL sales fall again just-style.com | 14 Jun 11

Tesco posted an increase in first-quarter revenues today (14 June), with the company seeing an improvement in UK like-for-like sales - although they still fell.


Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 10 Jun 11

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


UK: Tesco names Atkinson as digital marketing director Petah Marian | 7 Jun 11

Tesco has appointed Matt Atkinson as group digital and marketing officer.


UK: Retailers sign up to guidance on children's wear just-style.com | 6 Jun 11

Retailers are being urged to sign up to new 'good practice' guidelines for stores selling children's clothing, joining firms including George, Next, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Tesco who helped develop the code.


Spotlight on...Turkey's apparel industry Joe Ayling | 12 May 11

The traffic in Istanbul is notoriously congested, and the Turkish fashion industry also finds itself approaching an important set of crossroads. Joe Ayling reports from the Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference 2011.


UK: Tesco CEO Clarke sets out "new vision" Dean Best | 12 May 11

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke has set out his "new vision" for the UK's largest retailer, with its F&F clothing brand to play a central role.


Sainsbury’s must maintain non-food momentum Richard Woodard | 11 May 11

Many would argue that UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, compared to rivals like Tesco and Asda, was a little late in focusing on the non-food segment of its business to drive continued growth.


Uncertainty persists despite cotton price rebound Joe Ayling | 11 May 11

The price of cotton fibre appears to be stabilising after a year-long climb which saw it reach record highs in March. The retreat comes as a relief to apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers, as Joe Ayling found out during a visit to Turkey.


Turkish apparel industry debates safeguard duties Joe Ayling | 10 May 11

Turkey's plan to introduce provisional safeguard duties on some woven fabric, apparel and accessory imports is intended to help local textile producers. But the move is also being questioned by domestic apparel manufacturers and brands, as Joe Ayling found out at last week's Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference, where industry leaders discussed the dangers of protectionism.


The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 9 May 11

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


FRANCE: Carrefour France chief McCann exits just-style.com | 5 May 11

French retail giant Carrefour today (5 May) said that the head of its core domestic business will leave the group after just 14 months in charge.


UK: Blacks Leisure narrows FY loss, names CEO just-style.com | 4 May 11

Outdoor goods company Blacks Leisure Group Plc has narrowed its full-year losses after restructuring measures helped offset lower sales – and named Julia Reynolds as its new chief executive.


VIETNAM: TCM books 150% hike in Q1 profit Ngo Tuan | 27 Apr 11

Vietnam's leading textile and apparel manufacturer Thanh Cong Textile Garment (TCM) has more than doubled its first quarter profit thanks to strong yarn and clothing exports.


In the money: Tesco faces clothing challenge Joe Ayling | 20 Apr 11

The new head of Tesco has told just-style that the retailer increased prices to cope with rising raw material costs last year, but admits that slumping demand for clothing is now presenting a problem of its own. Joe Ayling reports from the company's full-year results briefing.


UK: Improving UK clothing sales a "priority" for Tesco just-style.com | 19 Apr 11

Philip Clarke, the new CEO of Tesco, today (19 April) said the retailer "can do better" in the UK after the country's largest retailer posted flat annual sales in its domestic market - adding that improving the performance of its clothing business here "is a priority."


The week ahead on just-style... just-style.com | 18 Apr 11

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


US: Cherokee "disappointed" as Q4 profits tumble just-style.com | 15 Apr 11

Brand management company Cherokee Inc says it is "disappointed" after fourth quarter profits tumbled by 98% after being hit by lower sales and costs related to management restructuring and the departure of its former executive chairman.


Flight to value prompts greater sourcing efficiency Joe Ayling | 12 Apr 11

The success of fast fashion has prompted a subsequent need for speed in the apparel supply chain. But it also seems that complex critical paths are in many cases slowing down the sourcing process, as just-style news editor Joe Ayling finds out.


Retail London Conference 2011: Quote/unquote Joe Ayling | 8 Apr 11

This week just-style attended the first Retail London Conference in the UK capital, where speakers addressed topics including consumption, multi-channel retail and emerging markets. Here is a collection of comments from the event.


"Retail recession" looms for UK high street Joe Ayling | 7 Apr 11

UK retailers feeling weary after a sustained decline in consumer spending are now being told they face a "retail recession". So what are the key steps to survival? just-style's news editor Joe Ayling listened in on discussions at the first ever Retail London Conference earlier this week.


The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 4 Apr 11

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


Retail Week Conference 2011: Quote/unquote Joe Ayling | 17 Mar 11

Over the past two days just-style attended the Retail Week Conference 2011 in London. Key themes included the consumer environment, price inflation, emerging markets and e-commerce. Here is a collection of comments from the event.

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