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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.

Meeting the challenges of the children's wear market just-style.com | 14 Oct 10

A recent seminar looking at specific challenges facing the children's wear market concluded that weight and waist sizes are a better indicator of 'fit' than age; children's wear sales are being boosted by grandparents and fathers; and cross-shopping retail strategies are paying off as consumers prefer to shop under one roof in supermarkets, discount and department stores.

UK: Sainsbury's CEO hails non-food growth just-style.com | 6 Oct 10

Sainsbury's today announced that its non-food division was growing at three times the rate of its food business.

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 H1 driven by international operations just-style.com | 5 Oct 10

Tesco posted a 16% rise in profits for the first half of its fiscal year on the back of growth strong international results.

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: Asos silent on takeover rumour just-style.com | 13 Sep 10

Online fashion firm Asos has refused to comment on speculation it is being eyed up for a takeover bid, following a surge in its share price last week.

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.

Retailers' reaction to Bangladesh unrest Joe Ayling | 6 Aug 10

Leading retailers including Primark, H&M, Asda and M&S have given just-style their reaction to news that minimum wages for garment workers in Bangladesh are set to nearly double.

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.

Continuing protests blight Bangladesh pay deal just-style.com | 2 Aug 10

Despite continuing unrest on the streets of Dhaka by garment workers unhappy with the new pay deal agreed last week, it seems the compromise wage hike will go some way towards placating calls by retailers in Europe and North America for better pay in the country's clothing industry.

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.

Bangladesh apparel industry pressured on wage issue just-style.com | 2 Jul 10

Pressure is mounting on stakeholders in the Bangladeshi garment industry to reach agreement in the latest round of pay talks which are due to conclude at the end of July.

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.

VIEWPOINT: China "cornerstone" of Gap's global growth Leonie Barrie | 24 Jun 10

US casual clothing retailer Gap Inc first mooted its plans to expand in China, the world's fastest-growing economy, last October - but it is only now, eight months down the line, that more details of this major milestone in the company's global growth have been revealed.

UK: Sainsbury's Q1 sales slow despite clothing surge just-style.com | 16 Jun 10

Despite booking its "biggest ever week in clothing," sales growth at supermarket retailer Sainsbury's has faltered during the first quarter of its financial 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.

In the money: Figleaves buy a good fit for N Brown Leonie Barrie | 15 Jun 10

N Brown's shift from catalogue specialist to online retailer took another step forward today with its acquisition of lingerie, underwear and swimwear website Figleaves for GBP11.5m (US$16.9m).

UK: Tesco cites overseas progess as UK sales fall flat just-style.com | 15 Jun 10

Tesco Plc this morning (15 June) posted a mixed trading update, citing "good progress" despite flat sales in its overseas markets on the one hand, and stagnant growth in UK revenues on the other.

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.

UK: Leahy to step down as Tesco boss just-style.com | 8 Jun 10

Sir Terry Leahy, the chief executive of UK retail giant Tesco, is to retire from the business in March.








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