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Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 2015

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China. Detailing some of its efforts in its latest CSR report, the Japanese business says it has ramped up inspection efforts at its garment and textile suppliers, and set out a new initiative to spread best practices.


Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 2014

Macro factors, particularly in the US and Europe, have created a somewhat challenging environment for retailers in 2014. Many succumbed to heavy promotional activity in order to keep sales up. Subsequently, however, margins and earnings were hit. As a result, a large number of firms were forced to carry out strategic reviews on their business operations in order to turn their businesses around. Here are some of those that just-style has reported on this year.


Michelle Russell | 11 Jun 2014

Uniqlo, operated by Japanese apparel giant Fast Retailing, has confirmed plans to hike its prices this year, blaming a weaker yen. The country's biggest clothing store chain may be hoping the move will help restore profit margins.


Katie Smith | 23 Apr 2014

US clothing giant Gap Inc has set its sights on growing operating margin beyond 13%, as it looks to gain a larger share of the US$1.4 trillion global apparel market. Key to this is building a more responsive supply chain, seamless inventory, international expansion, and omni-channel capabilities.

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Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 2012

Hong Kong based Crystal Group is one of Asia's largest apparel manufacturers, producing more than 230m garments a year for customers including Victoria's Secret, Levi's, A&F, H&M, M&S, Uniqlo, JC Penney and Gap. Here CEO Andrew Lo talks to just-style about supply chain consolidation, productivity, setting up offshore factories, and why big is better when it comes to building a competitive edge.


Leonie Barrie | 9 May 2012

Luen Thai Holdings is Hong Kong's largest listed garment firm, with 34,000 employees, revenues of around US$1bn and a flagship business that produces over 80m garments a year - as well as footwear and bags - from production bases in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Cambodia. In the first of two articles based on a conversation with just-style managing editor Leonie Barrie at the recent Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong, CEO Henry Tan calls for industry-wide collaboration in a bid to increase efficiency and offset rising costs in the apparel supply chain.

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Beth Wright | 13 Apr 2018

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.


Beth Wright | 31 Oct 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 13 Oct 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 24 Aug 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 21 Aug 2017

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.


Leonie Barrie | 4 Aug 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 14 Jul 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 19 Apr 2017

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.


Leonie Barrie | 8 Mar 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 6 Mar 2017

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has published the names and locations of the 146 factories that manufacture garments for its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, in a bid to increase transparency across its supply chain.


Beth Wright | 1 Feb 2017

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has confirmed to just-style it is preparing to make its supplier list public within 2017.


Beth Wright | 12 Jan 2017

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has posted an increase in both earnings and revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, booking a 45.1% leap in profit for the period.


Beth Wright | 21 Nov 2016

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has established its first facility to research and develop new fabrics, fit and finishes for its denim products.


Beth Wright | 1 Nov 2016

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has invested JPY400m (US$3.8m) in a joint venture with specialist knit machinery manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg, in a move designed to increase production of its Wholegarment seamless knitwear.


Michelle Russell | 13 Oct 2016

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's biggest global fashion brand, saw earnings slump in its last fiscal on foreign exchange losses and impairment costs related to its Uniqlo Japan and US stores. 


Beth Wright | 25 Aug 2016

Casual clothing chain Uniqlo is preparing to enter the Canadian market, with dates set for the opening of its first two stores in Toronto.


Michelle Russell | 15 Jul 2016

Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing has cut its earnings guidance for the third time this year as a result of the stronger yen and a fall in profits for the first nine months of the year.


Beth Wright | 27 Jun 2016

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has declined to comment regarding reports it is scaling down its US operations, closing five of its US stores since January.


Beth Wright | 9 Jun 2016

Casual clothing brand Uniqlo has tapped former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire as artistic director of its newly established Uniqlo Paris R&D Centre and new Uniqlo U line.


Katie Smith | 11 Apr 2016

Japanese retailer and Uniqlo casual clothing parent Fast Retailing has cut its full-year profit guidance by almost a half after a stronger yen and weaker sales at Uniqlo Japan led to a 55.1% drop in first-half profit. 


Katie Smith | 4 Apr 2016

Helped by warm weather in early March, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at its Japanese stores rise during the month, albeit at a slower pace than February. 


Katie Smith | 2 Mar 2016

Thanks to the launch of new favourable spring ranges, casual clothing brand Uniqlo saw sales at is Japanese stores increase in February, albeit at a slower pace than the prior month. 

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Leonie Barrie | 19 Jan 2015

One of the most popular reports published on just-style each year is our annual briefing on apparel industry issues to watch in the year ahead. And for 2015 we have again asked leading executives for their feedback on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge.

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