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Clothing and sports chains in activewear battle Michelle Russell | 10 Feb 16

With activewear now taking a more dominant space in UK consumers' wardrobes, clothing chains are increasingly competing with sports specialists in a bid to drive purchases.

H&M continues to dispel disposable fashion image Michelle Russell | 4 Feb 14

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has had a busy 12 months, including a ramp-up of its sustainability efforts, a 'living wage' project, and a focus on expanding its global presence. While its latest fourth-quarter earnings disappointed the market, the company appears forthright in its ambitions to make 2014 an equally, if not more successful, year for the group.

Olympic Games to offer UK retail sales boost Katie Smith | 18 Jul 12

UK retailers are hoping the London 2012 Olympics will contribute to a multi-million pound boost in sales. But will sportswear retailers be the only beneficiaries, or could value retailers expect to see some uplift too? Katie Smith reports.

UK: Women's wear retailers urged to rethink sourcing strategies Leonie Barrie | 15 Mar 12

Rising costs and pressure on margins will force women's wear retailers to rethink their pricing and sourcing strategies this year, according to new research, with British manufacturing poised to make a comeback.

UK high street review: what the experts say Petah Marian | 13 Dec 11

Retail expert Mary Portas today (13 December) set out her vision for revitalisting the UK's high streets. Here's how the industry has responded to her recommendations.

GLOBAL: Luxury players “need to improve e-commerce” Richard Woodard | 9 Nov 11

Luxury goods companies need to enhance their e-commerce offer if they are to cash in on a forecast boom in sales over the next few years, according to new research.

Sainsbury’s must maintain non-food momentum Richard Woodard | 11 May 11

Many would argue that UK supermarket Sainsbury’s, compared to rivals like Tesco and Asda, was a little late in focusing on the non-food segment of its business to drive continued growth.

In the money: Price hikes to worsen high street pain Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 11

UK clothing retailers planning to unleash price increases this year will be squeezing consumers with battling expenditure issues of their own. Joe Ayling reports from Verdict Research's retail outlook presentation this week.

UK: Gok Wan to design Tu fashion range for Sainsbury's | 2 Mar 11

Sainsbury's has drafted in TV fashion stylist Gok Wan to create a number of women’s wear collections for the supermarket’s Tu clothing line, the first of which is due to hit the shelves this autumn.

UK: Marks and Spencer wins retail award Joe Ayling | 2 Mar 11

UK clothing retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been voted the UK's top clothing retailer by Verdict Research’s annual poll of consumers.

UK: Arcadia cautious despite FY profit boost | 18 Nov 10

UK fashion retailer Arcadia Group Ltd, owner of the Topshop, Topman, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins chains, today (18 November) said it is cautious about the year ahead amid signs that sales have slowed in the first weeks of its new financial year.

ANALYSIS: Gap and Zara enter European cyberspace Joe Ayling | 2 Sep 10

As two of fashion's biggest brands launch e-commerce sites to serve their European consumers, one question remains; what took them so long?

UK: M&Co appoints new buying director Joe Ayling | 27 Aug 10

Value fashion retailer M&Co has confirmed to just-style the appointment of Sim Scavazza as its buying director from October.

Swannell appointment signals new era at M&S Michelle Russell | 23 Aug 10

Marks and Spencer's shares climbed 6.1 pence, or 1.8%, to GBP339 pence in London trading today (23 August) on the announcement that the retailer has appointed Robert Swannell to replace Sir Stuart Rose as chairman next year.

UK: World Cup has mixed impact on fashion sales | 17 Jun 10

The UK high street is expected to see mixed fortunes from the nation's current interest in the World Cup tournament, according to the latest research.

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).

Spotlight on...Marc Bolland's move to M&S | 19 Nov 09

The timing of Marks and Spencer's announcement that Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland will succeed Sir Stuart Rose at the helm of the company may have raised eyebrows in the City, coming as it does the day before Morrisons unveils its third quarter results. Nevertheless, the news has been roundly welcomed as a positive step for the bastion of middle England. Katy Humphries reports

Value clothing retailers shine amid recession | 22 Sep 09

In a year that is likely to go down as one of the worst on record for the pan-European apparel industry, one sector continues to shine bright: value clothing. And one retailer that truly stands out here is Primark, a new report says. If the value players can continue to see off competitive pressures and ethical concerns, then they will continue to outperform.

UK: Luxury retail readjusting to recession – research | 17 Jul 09

Luxury retailers are being forced to readjust their business models in the midst of the global crisis, a new report has found, with the luxury retail sector likely to emerge from the recession in a radically different form.

In the money: Value clothing retailers defy downturn | 9 Jun 09

Say what you like about Primark, but the "bargain basement" or "throwaway fashion" concept is working well during a time of crisis for many retailers. Joe Ayling reports on how the downturn has given rise to a shopper more concerned with prices than labels, and why the value retail sector could shape the high street for years to come.

UK: Retailers facing battle for Christmas trade – research | 23 Oct 08

Consumers will be careful and selective in their Christmas shopping this year, making it harder for retailers to win their business, according to new research.

UK: Online retail continues to defy downturn - research | 3 Jun 08

Online spending by consumers shows no sign of succumbing to the economic downturn, with Internet shopper numbers at an all time high and online spending growing at its fastest rate for six years according to new research.

SPAIN: Clothing resilient as retail boom ends | 20 May 08

The Spanish retail boom of recent years has come to an abrupt end after the country’s rapid house price inflation has gone into reverse – but the fallout for the clothing market is likely to be less severe than other sectors according to new research.

UK: Supermarkets increasingly popular with clothes shoppers | 17 Mar 08

More British consumers than ever before are shopping at supermarkets for non-food items such as clothing, according to new research.

UK: Luxury retailers driving high street growth – research | 29 Feb 08

Luxury and premium retail operators will continue to drive growth in the UK high street during 2008, according to a new report from Verdict Research.

Will Dolcis sale kick-start the shoe sector? Joe Ayling | 14 Feb 08

The UK footwear market is showing signs of a slow-down, recently illustrated by shoe chains Dolcis and Stead & Simpson being forced into administration. Both have since been acquired by other retailers, suggesting that a more consolidated marketplace could be the way forward. Joe Ayling reports.

UK: Sportswear chains come last in Which? retail survey | 24 Jan 08

Consumer research group Which? has placed JD Sports and JJB Sports at the bottom end of its customer satisfaction survey of UK retailers.

UK: John Lewis voted the nation’s favourite retailer | 11 Jan 08

Department store chain John Lewis has been voted the UK’s favourite retailer in a poll of over 6,000 shoppers.

UK: Non-food sales help Tesco to Q3 revenue rise | 5 Dec 07

Tesco Plc, the UK’s biggest supermarket group, yesterday (4 December) shrugged off fears of an economic slowdown as it reported further growth in sales, helped by a strong performance in its non-food ranges.

UK: Sales at upmarket fashion stores are booming | 29 Nov 07

Upmarket fashion stores such as Hobbs and Reiss are set to overtake budget clothing chains as the fastest growing segment of the market in 2007 according to new research released today (29 November).


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