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SRI LANKA: Symposium sparks green debate Joe Ayling | 15 Nov 10

Clothing firms at an industry event in Sri Lanka this week are looking for ways to ramp up their sustainability.

UK: Asda appoints new chief operating officer just-style.com | 1 Nov 10

UK supermarket giant Asda has announced that Simon King will join the business as its new chief operating officer in January 2011.

EU: Retailers caught breaching REACH chemicals law just-style.com | 22 Oct 10

European retailers including Tesco, Galeria Kaufhof and Co-Op are breaching the EU’s flagship chemical regulation by selling items like children’s flip-flops and sports shoes without providing shoppers with details of the potentially harmful substances they contain, new research claims.

UK: Tesco enjoys Europe clothing boost just-style.com | 5 Oct 10

UK supermarket retailer Tesco has posted strong interim sales growth for its clothing unit, bolstered by the European market.

UK: Tesco "to launch online shopping abroad" just-style.com | 21 Sep 10

Tesco is reportedly planning to launch online shopping in China, the Czech Republic and Poland as part of incoming chief executive Philip Clarke's expansion plans.

UK: Children's wear market feels equal pinch Joe Ayling | 16 Sep 10

The UK's children's wear market is just as open to sales pressures as the rest of the high street, just-style heard today (16 September).

UK: JJB appoints new trading director just-style.com | 15 Sep 10

Sporting goods firm JJB Sports has announced the appointment of Kate Hayes as its trading director, starting on 1 November.

UK: Topshop takes on full Goodone collection just-style.com | 27 Aug 10

Fashion label Goodone has sold its Autumn/Winter 2010 collection to high street fashion retailer Topshop.

just-style research roundup just-style.com | 16 Aug 10

Below is a list of the latest research reports now available on just-style.

VIEWPOINT: What’s the bottom line on Bangladesh? Leonie Barrie | 6 Aug 10

Far from quelling months of violent protests over pay and conditions, an 80% rise in the minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh has simply led to a fresh wave of violence over claims it still doesn't meet the high cost of living. And as the pay process has proved, there's no quick-fix to the cycle of unrest.

BANGLADESH: Labour groups urge end to worker repression just-style.com | 6 Aug 10

Labour and human rights groups in the US, Canada and Europe have accused the Bangladeshi government of repressing clothing workers after it tried to crack down on labour rights advocates leading public protests for better pay.

UK: Tesco launches "style-conscious" school uniforms just-style.com | 12 Jul 10

UK supermarket chain Tesco has launched F&F Fashion Academy, an on-trend uniform collection for "style-conscious" 9-16 year old girls.

COMMENT: Tesco stays online, for now Joe Ayling | 9 Jul 10

A few years ago, top retail executive Sir Phillip Green described the UK high street as 'saturated', and it will feel even more so if supermarket giant Tesco enters the fray.

UK: Tesco plays down dedicated fashion store talk Joe Ayling | 9 Jul 10

UK supermarket chain Tesco has thrown cold water over reports it could open a standalone fashion store of its own.

Chinese garment makers respond to currency hike Dominique Patton | 8 Jul 10

A stronger yuan will combine with rising labour costs to make China an increasingly expensive manufacturing location, warn Chinese garment makers.

SOURCING: Caution is key when buying from Bangladesh Leonie Barrie | 28 Jun 10

Western brands and retailers whose orders have been caught up in last week’s violent protests by garment workers in Bangladesh will no doubt take some comfort from news that hundreds of garment factories have now reopened for business. But their relief is likely to be short-lived unless the issues at the core of this long-term and simmering unrest – an increase in the national minimum wage and better working conditions – are addressed.

US: Gap to make first move into China with four stores just-style.com | 24 Jun 10

US clothing retailer Gap Inc has revealed details of its long-awaited entry into China, with plans to open four Gap brand stores and an online shopping site later this year.

ANALYSIS: Sainsbury's King cautious on UK consumers just-style.com | 16 Jun 10

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King today (16 June) cautioned that consumer confidence in the UK remained weak and warned next week's Budget could dampen sentiment still further.

UK: Tesco freezes rock-bottom school uniform prices Joe Ayling | 14 Jun 10

Retailer Tesco has frozen its school uniform prices in the UK and hailed them as the cheapest available.

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

US: Lower royalty revenues dent Cherokee Q1 profit just-style.com | 7 Jun 10

Cherokee Inc, which licenses brands such as Cherokee, Carole Little and Sideout to retailers and clothing makers, has seen its first quarter profit fall 23.7%.

GLOBAL: Ash cloud forces World Retail Congress to reschedule just-style.com | 19 Apr 10

The volcanic ash cloud sitting over northern Europe has forced the organisers of the World Retail Congress to postpone this year's event, which was due to start on Wednesday (21 April).

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.

COMMENT: A fair future for Fairtrade fashion? Mudpie | 30 Mar 10

As consumers tightened their belts during the recession, Fairtrade clothing saw its sales slump. But now that shoppers are again starting to seek out ethical options, is it time to revisit the debate on whether Fairtrade really is fair?

UK: Tesco to launch ‘couture’ fashion line just-style.com | 24 Mar 10

UK-based supermarket chain Tesco is making its first foray into high fashion with a top-end range due to launch later this month with items priced up to GBP140 (US$208).

UK: Tesco extends Cherokee licensed apparel deal just-style.com | 1 Mar 10

Leading UK supermarket retailer Tesco has extended its licensing deal with licensor and global brand management company Cherokee until January 2014.

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.

BANGLADESH: Retailers urge action on garment wages just-style.com | 5 Feb 10

Eleven global retailers, including Walmart, Gap Inc and H&M, are urging the Bangladeshi Prime Minister to take “swift action” over low wages for garment workers which they fear could taint their reputations as socially responsible companies.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 15 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.








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