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US Q1 in brief – Destination Maternity, Tailored Brands, Boot Barn just-style | 8 Aug 18

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH Corp saw revenues exceed guidance thanks to strength across the business, while Guess saw continued momentum in Europe and Asia push earnings and sales up in the three months ended 5 May. Dick's Sporting Goods raised its full-year outlook and Destination XL narrowed its net losses.


US Q4 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, Destination Maternity just-style | 18 May 18

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination Maternity narrowed its net loss, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.


US Q3 in brief – Deckers Brands, Boot Barn Holdings just-style | 6 Feb 18

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.


US holiday sales in brief – The Children's Place, Nordstrom, Target Corp Beth Wright | 10 Jan 18

Holiday sales have seen a solid performance at many leading US apparel and footwear retailers, with Target, American Eagle Outfitters, JC Penney, Urban Outfitters and Kohl's among those who have benefited from increased consumer spending on the back of strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising home and equity prices.


US Q1 in brief – Cherokee, The Finish Line, J Crew Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 10 Jul 17

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. 


US Q4 in brief – Cherokee, Vince Holding, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 15 May 17

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. 


US Q3 in brief – The Finish Line, Destination Maternity, Cherokee, Sears Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 9 Dec 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Sears Holdings remained optimistic despite widening its net losses, while Vince Holding blamed challenging conditions and warm weather for a fall in both earnings and sales. Abercrombie & Fitch, meanwhile, revealed a "disastrous" quarter as sales fell and earnings plummeted 80%, while American Eagle Outfitters booked record sales and its 9th consecutive quarter of profit improvement.


US Q2 in brief - The Finish Line, Cherokee, Zumiez, Vince Holding, Tailored Brands Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 9 Sep 16

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. 


US Q4 in brief: Cherokee Global Brands, Perry Ellis, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 16

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


Urban Outfitters choose tool to optimise assortment Michelle Russell | 23 Mar 16

US apparel firm Urban Outfitters is hoping to provide a more optimised shopping experience for its customers with the adoption of a new predictive analytics tool.


Urban Outfitters promotes McCreight to president  Katie Smith | 26 Feb 16

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has promoted David McCreight to president, with responsibility for overseeing strategic international development and global direct-to-consumer initiatives. 


US holiday retail roundup Katie Smith | 14 Jan 16

With the holiday season done and dusted, US apparel and footwear retailers are now counting the cost. In the most recent results, New York & Co has narrowed its fourth-quarter outlook despite posting an increase in comparable store sales, while Express has lifted its guidance. Shoe Carnival, Genesco and American Eagle Outfitters all booked increases. However, Bon-Ton Stores and Ascena Retail Group posted declines. 


US Q3 in brief: Finish Line, Gymboree, Cherokee Global Brands, Men's Wearhouse Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 7 Jan 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


Low cost sourcing less of an option for apparel retailers Katie Smith | 6 Jan 16

Upward pressure on sourcing costs is one of the new challenges set to face US apparel retailers in 2016 as a "fair, living wage" and "decent work conditions" become an integral part of product sourcing and marketing.


US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee, Gymboree Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 25 Sep 15

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 


What's in store for US apparel back-to-school sales? Katie Smith | 4 Sep 15

For the second year in a row, it seems consumers are being more restrained when it comes to back-to-school shopping. But with new fashions, a shift in spending away from electronics, and a more optimistic consumer, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic for clothing retailers.


US Q1 in brief: Finish Line, Cherokee, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 26 Jun 15

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.


Urban Outfitters chief executive Marlow to retire Michelle Russell | 21 May 15

Ted Marlow, the CEO of US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Group, has announced his intention to retire.


Urban Outfitters weathers youth storm despite declines Michelle Russell | 19 May 15

Urban Outfitters is weathering the tribulations of the youth fashion market far better than its competitors, one analyst believes, despite first-quarter profit and sales that missed expectations.


Urban Outfitters closes FY with “strong” numbers Michelle Russell | 10 Mar 15

Urban Outfitters has closed its financial year with what analysts believe is a relatively strong set of sales numbers, albeit it driven by extensive discounting.


Urban Outfitters to relocate fulfilment centre Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 15

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters is to relocate its South Carolina e-commerce fulfilment centre to a new location in Pennsylvania.


New supply chain options key amid US port problems Katie Smith | 12 Feb 15

As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months. As the congestion continues to cause headwinds for apparel businesses, retailers are being told they must investigate new supply chain options, including more near- and on-shoring.


Urban Outfitters books record holiday sales Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 15

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has booked record holiday sales and positive retail segment comps at each of its brands.


2014: Year in review - Brand winners and losers Lee Adendorff | 17 Dec 14

Successful turnaround plans, strong export growth, and innovative products paid dividends for some brands in 2014, while others were dented by takeover talk, adverse currency impacts and unsubstantiated marketing claims.


Slow fashion: a fast-growing opportunity? Michelle Russell | 24 Nov 14

Decidedly at odds with fast fashion, the slow fashion movement offers an alternative to mass-produced clothing and is steadily gaining momentum. But while some believe more work is required if the message is to really take off, others see it as an ideal opportunity for middle market players.


Urban Outfitters Q3 earnings plummet Michelle Russell | 18 Nov 14

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters has revealed record third-quarter sales but saw earnings plummet as weakness at its namesake stores offset strength at its other fascias.


Urban Outfitters negative sales trend continues Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 14

US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters said the negative comparable retail sales it reported in September have continued into its third-quarter.


Urban Outfitters outlines plan to double topline sales Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 14

Urban Outfitters has set out ambitious plans to double its topline sales by 2020 through an expanded product offering, enhanced customer experience, and wider distribution. The news has been met with a mixed reaction from analysts.


US: Urban Outfitters brand is "on the mend" Michelle Russell | 19 Aug 14

The Urban Outfitters brand is "on the mend", analysts have said, after the lifestyle retailer revealed second-quarter earnings above consensus estimates and an increase in sales.


ANALYSIS: Apparel retailers balance bricks and clicks Michelle Russell | 7 Aug 14

Where once retailers invested in e-commerce as an extension of their physical stores, an acceleration in shopping online means they are now seeking a sustainable balance between the two - in addition to adapting their supply chains in order not to lose out.

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