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UK: Bhs suppliers hit by Arcadia merger - report | 27 May 09

UK department store Bhs will tighten its supplier payments from July following its combination with Arcadia Group, according to a newspaper report.

World Retail Congress: Quote/unquote - day one | 6 May 09

This week's World Retail Congress in Barcelona has attracted around 800 key executives from the apparel and footwear industries, together with other business areas. Here's a snapshot of quotes from day one of the event.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 3 Apr 09

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: Topshop finally opens flagship store in New York | 2 Apr 09

British fashion chains Topshop and Topman today (2 April) make their American debut with a new flagship store in New York.

Economic headwinds take toll on US apparel imports | 10 Mar 09

Year-end data on US garment imports in 2008 has just been published, and shows a decline in both units and value. But what do these figures really mean - and what do they augur for the future? asks David Birnbaum.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 27 Feb 09

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: Bhs to merge with Arcadia Group Joe Ayling | 25 Feb 09

Retail mogul Sir Philip Green is to merge his department store chain Bhs with the Arcadia Group portfolio of brands that includes Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins.

US: Delayed Topshop NY opening “set for April” | 18 Feb 09

The much-delayed opening of fashion retail group Arcadia’s flagship Topshop and Topman store in New York is now set to take place on 2 April, according to reports.

UK: Investors eyeing retail chain Principles - report | 3 Feb 09

Investors including retail mogul Sir Philip Green are reportedly interested in buying women's wear chain Principles from its current owner Mosaic Fashions.

UK: Topshop extends Kate Moss collaboration | 18 Dec 08

Supermodel Kate Moss has signed a new contract with fashion retailer Topshop, and will develop several new collections a year, including accessories and lingerie.

UK: Latest fashion is key to teenage sales - research | 11 Dec 08

Demand for teenage fashions is likely to hold up despite the current economic downturn, new research says, as nearly half of shoppers in the 13 and 24 age group strive to follow the latest trends.

COMMENT: Adding value is key to apparel retailers' survival | 14 Nov 08

Times might be tough for brand importers and retailers just now, but there are just two reasons why their goods are not moving believes David Birnbaum. Either “they are not buying what you are selling” or “you are not selling what they are buying.”

UK: Topman to launch new range from Antony Price | 14 Nov 08

Men's fashion retailer Topman is teaming up with designer Antony Price to launch a new collection.

UK: Arcadia FY profits shrink 6.1% after sales dip | 21 Oct 08

Retail operator Arcadia Group has reported a 6.1% decrease in full-year operating profit, to GBP275.3m (US$468.8m), as sales at the majority of its high street brands were hit by unseasonable conditions.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 17 Oct 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.

In the money: Iceland bank meltdown attracts Baugur bidders | 16 Oct 08

The well-documented collapse of Iceland's banking system must be making the quiet Nordic nation, stuck out in the North Atlantic Ocean, feel more isolated than ever. However, it also gives rise to an unprecedented opportunity for investors, including retail mogul Sir Philip Green, to gain control of big chunks of the UK high street by buying the retail stakes held by Icelandic investor Baugur Group. Joe Ayling reports.

UK: Baugur quiet about talks with Topshop owner | 13 Oct 08

Icelandic investment firm Baugur Group has called in retail entrepreneur Sir Philip Green for talks about a possible investment in its UK businesses after the collapse of the Icelandic banking system, according to reports in the UK press.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 19 Sep 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.

UK: Sir Philip Green delays Topshop's US launch | 18 Sep 08

Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green has postponed the US launch of Topshop from November to spring next year, due to "major logistical problems" at its New York location.

UK: Topman follows sister brand to New York | 9 Sep 08

Arcadia Group will support the launch of its first US Topshop store by sharing the location with its men's wear unit Topman when it opens in November.

UK: Topshop launches US dollar website | 8 Sep 08

Arcadia Group-owned fashion chain Topshop is to launch a US website and roll out its Kate Moss range globally tomorrow (9 September) in preparation for the opening of its first store in the country.

Speaking with style: Janice Wang, CEO, Alvanon | 28 Aug 08

With western high street stalwarts like Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Zara, H&M and C&A all setting their sights on China's 700m middle-class consumers, the pressure is on to make sure their investments generate as many sales as possible. Adapting their clothes sizes to Chinese body shapes is one sure way says Janice Wang, CEO of size and fit expert Alvanon.

UK: J Brand jeans to launch exclusive line at Topshop | 22 Aug 08

US designer denim label J Brand has signed an exclusive deal with UK fashion retailer Topshop to launch a limited-edition capsule collection.

UK: FashionExpo plans return to London | 12 Aug 08

Fashion industry trade show FashionExpo will return to London after a successful opening event last year, organisers say.

UK: Topshop and M&S compete in animal welfare stakes | 11 Aug 08

High street giants Topshop and Marks & Spencer are going head-to-head in a bid to be named the UK’s most animal-friendly fashion retailer.

INDIA: Topshop extinguishes Tata rumours | 30 Jun 08

Reports that Arcadia Group is to select India's Tata Group as a partner for its entry to the country's retail market are "pure speculation", just-style has been told.

Fashion firms fight against the elements | 26 Jun 08

This year's ASBCI conference was given the theme ‘Flip-flops or Fleeces? Weathering an unpredictable fashion climate’ and discussed how extreme weather, environmental issues and economic downturn are forcing the apparel industry to face new trading realities. Joe Ayling reports.

In the money: Inditex's resilience masks stunted growth | 12 Jun 08

Despite posting a double-digit increase in first quarter profit this week, Zara operator Inditex dropped below its own average growth rate and the expectations of some analysts. Joe Ayling reports on how well-equipped fast fashion operators are to weather the economic storm.

Brand bias drives new retail strategies | 17 Apr 08

The retail scene in the western world is changing rapidly, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the increasing number of suppliers moving into brands and wholesale brands stepping into the retail arena. The prospects and potential pitfalls of this strategy was discussed at the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, as Leonie Barrie reports.

UK: Green denies Bhs is on the block - reports | 14 Apr 08

Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green has denied rumours he plans to sell his struggling Bhs department store chain to focus on expanding Topshop, media reports say.








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