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Fast Retailing optimistic on 2021 despite FY slide Hannah Abdulla | 15 Oct 20

Fast Retailing has booked a 44% drop in earnings to JPY90.3bn (US$858m) for the full year but remains optimistic for 2021, having forecast a large increase in revenue and a considerable improvement in operating profit from all business segments in the second half.


Uniqlo to launch circular clothing collection scheme Beth Wright | 22 Sep 20

Fast Retailing clothing brand Uniqlo is gearing up to launch an initiative that collects Uniqlo clothing that is unwanted by consumers to give them a new life and keep valuable resources out of landfills.


Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update just-style | 27 Jul 20

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 


Uniqlo to discontinue use of alpaca wool Beth Wright | 17 Jul 20

Japan's Fast Retailing Group has confirmed that its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, as well as its PLST and Comptoir des Cotonniers brands, are to phase out the use of alpaca wool in their products.


Fast Retailing 9M profit, sales slide on Covid impact Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jul 20

Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing has booked a 42.9% fall in profits for the nine months to May with sales declining 15.2% year-on-year to JPY1.54trn (US$14.3bn).


Fast Retailing takes steps to safeguard suppliers Hannah Abdulla | 27 Apr 20

The owner of the Uniqlo and Gu brands, Fast Retailing, says it is rolling out a series of measures to cut the risk of Covid-19 to its manufacturing partners and workers across its supply chain, including payment to its suppliers for complete orders and orders where production has started.


Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update just-style | 15 Apr 20

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 


Uniqlo Japan uses recycled down in new line Michelle Russell | 15 Jan 20

Fast Retailing clothing brand Uniqlo Japan has begun recycling down extracted from donated items for use in new products.


Fast Retailing engages robot startups to boost warehouse efficiencies Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 19

Japan's Fast Retailing Group, the owner of brands including Uniqlo and Gu, has employed two robotic startups to help improve efficiency in warehousing and distribution.


Uniqlo and s.Oliver under fire over Indonesia workers Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 19

Worker rights campaigners have filed a complaint with the Fair Labor Association against Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing and German clothing brand s.Oliver over the failed settlement of wage and severance payments at a former supplier in Indonesia.


Uniqlo and Toray team up on recycled down and fabric Hannah Abdulla | 18 Sep 19

Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing and materials maker Toray Industries are teaming up to produce clothing made from recycled down and fabric that contains polyester fibres from recycled plastic bottles.


Uniqlo International and GU lift Fast Retailing Q3 Beth Wright | 12 Jul 19

Retail giant Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has reported revenue and profit gains for the third quarter, boosted by strong performances from the company's Uniqlo International and GU segments.


Fast Retailing to cut plastic use in its supply chain Beth Wright | 3 Jul 19

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing is to eliminate the use of unnecessary plastic throughout its supply chain and reduce up to 85% of the amount of single-use plastic packaging at group stores by the end of 2020.


Fast Retailing discloses all garment supplier factories Hannah Abdulla | 13 May 19

Japan's Fast Retailing has moved to increase its transparency efforts, disclosing all the garment factories supplying its Theory, PLST and other brand factories as well as Uniqlo and GU.


Nike retains position as world’s most valuable apparel brand Beth Wright | 28 Feb 19

US sporting goods giant Nike has once again retained its position as the world's most valuable apparel brand, strengthening its position with a 16% rise in brand value since last year, new figures show.


Warmer winter hits Q1 profits at Fast Retailing Hannah Abdulla | 17 Jan 19

Tumbling sales at Uniqlo Japan have impacted first-quarter profits at parent company Fast Retailing.


Fast Retailing publishes list of Uniqlo core fabric mills Hannah Abdulla | 10 Dec 18

Japan's Fast Retailing has published a list of the core fabric mills used by its Uniqlo casual clothing brand in a bid to boost transparency and sustainability efforts across its supply chain.


Uniqlo urged again to help Indonesia factory workers Hannah Abdulla | 29 Nov 18

Worker rights campaigners are continuing to urge Uniqlo-owner Fast Retailing to settle wage and severance payments at a former supplier in Indonesia – with the Japanese corporation again saying that even though it was not one of the factory's major buyers it has made several offers to help workers find new employment.


Uniqlo to enter South Asia with first India store Beth Wright | 9 May 18

Japanese casual clothing brand Uniqlo is to open its first store in India next year in a move that marks the Fast Retailing-owned label's entry into South Asia.


Fast Retailing joins Canopy forest-friendly sourcing policy Beth Wright | 26 Apr 18

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has become the latest company to sign up to Canopy's policy that commits brands to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.


Fast Retailing ups FY on better than expected H1 Beth Wright | 13 Apr 18

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted an increase in both earnings and revenue for the first half of fiscal 2018, booking much higher-than-expected first-half revenue and profit gains.


12 of the world's most innovative fashion companies Leonie Barrie | 26 Feb 18

Six apparel retailers have made it onto Fast Company’s annual ranking of the world's Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, while another six clothing specialists are seen as pioneers in the ‘Style’ category.


Uniqlo founder Yanai to hand over presidency in two years Beth Wright | 31 Oct 17

Uniqlo founder Tadashi Yanai is to step down from his role as president of Fast Retailing upon turning 70 in around two years time, but will continue as chairman in order to handle corporate governance and advise on how to proceed in the future.


Fast Retailing FY net profit soars by 148.2% Beth Wright | 13 Oct 17

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted record levels of revenue, operating profit and net profit in fiscal 2017, booking a 148.2% hike in net profit for the year.


Uniqlo Canada admits need to improve store worker welfare Michelle Russell | 24 Aug 17

Japanese casual clothing brand Uniqlo says it will look to improve how it engages with its employees after workers at its Toronto Eaton Store filed an application to form a union as a result of stressful and unfair working conditions.


Uniqlo workers in Canada complain of unfair conditions Beth Wright | 21 Aug 17

Uniqlo employees in Canada have filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to form a union after complaining of stressful and unfair working conditions at the company's Toronto Eaton Centre store.


Uniqlo launches on-the-go apparel vending machines Leonie Barrie | 4 Aug 17

Japanese casual clothing brand Uniqlo is attempting to raise the profile of its brand in the US by installing a vending machine dispensing clothing at Oakland Airport in California – and says it plans to roll out the concept at select airports and malls nationwide.


Fast Retailing nine-month profit soars 69% Michelle Russell | 14 Jul 17

Higher sales and a foreign exchange gain helped boost earnings for Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, in the first nine months of the year.


Fast Retailing H1 profit soars by 106.7% Beth Wright | 19 Apr 17

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted an increase in both earnings and revenue for the first half of fiscal 2017, booking a 106.7% leap in profit for the period.


Activists pressure Uniqlo on Indonesia severance pay Leonie Barrie | 8 Mar 17

After pressuring Fast Retailing to publish the supplier list for its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, activists are now urging the Japanese corporation to settle wage and severance payments at a former factory in Indonesia.

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