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US Q2 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Sears just-style | 26 Oct 18

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, VF Corp raised its full-year guidance on strong sales and earnings, while L Brands reported a 28.7% drop in earnings, and Urban Outfitters achieved record second-quarter sales and a jump in profit.


Walmart snaps up online retailer Bare Necessities Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 18

US retail giant Walmart has expanded its e-commerce portfolio with the acquisition of leading intimates online retailer Bare Necessities.


Walmart to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii Beth Wright | 3 Oct 18

US retail giant Walmart continues to boost its apparel offering by acquiring women's plus-size online retailer Eloquii, tapping into a growing and under-served sector of the market.


Walmart commits to zero waste by 2025 Beth Wright | 20 Aug 18

US retail giant Walmart has committed to achieving "zero waste" in its operations in Canada, Japan, the UK and the US by 2025 – and says it will work with suppliers to prevent products and materials from becoming waste upstream and downstream.


Walmart completes investment in India's Flipkart Beth Wright | 20 Aug 18

Retail behemoth Walmart has completed its majority stake acquisition in Indian e-commerce retail giant Flipkart Group, in a move that will allow it to support local supply chains.


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.


Tesco and Target scale up supply chain sustainability Beth Wright | 26 Jun 18

US department store retailer Target Corp and UK supermarket group Tesco have joined Walmart in collecting data from suppliers to reduce environmental risk and cut carbon emissions in the supply chain.  


Advent International to acquire majority stake in Walmart Brazil Beth Wright | 5 Jun 18

Global private equity firm Advent International is to acquire a majority stake in Walmart Brazil in a move designed to strengthen the business and position it for long-term success.


Brands under fire for gender-based violence in Asia factories Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 18

Walmart, H&M and Gap Inc have all come under fire from a global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organisations that claim women who work in Asian factories making clothes for the companies are at daily risk of assault, sexual abuse and other harassment.


Target taps Walmart exec as new sourcing chief Beth Wright | 21 May 18

US department store retailer Target Corp has named former Walmart sourcing executive, William Foudy Jr, as president of its global sourcing organisation.


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.


Walmart to support India sourcing with Flipkart stake Michelle Russell | 11 May 18

Retail behemoth Walmart has its eye on growth in the Indian market with the acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce retail giant Flipkart Group, in a move that will allow it to support local supply chains.


Walmart commits to slash China supply chain emissions Leonie Barrie | 4 Apr 18

US retail giant Walmart plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its China supply chain by 50 million metric tons (MMT) by 2030.


ModCloth names Bonobos finance chief as CEO Beth Wright | 27 Mar 18

Women's online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth, which was acquired by Walmart last year, has named former Bonobo's finance chief Antonio Nieves as its new CEO.


Wamart rolls out four new apparel private brands Beth Wright | 1 Mar 18

US retail giant Walmart has boosted its apparel offering by rolling out four new apparel private brands for women, men and its first child-centric line.


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.


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.


Walmart to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs? Michelle Russell | 15 Jan 18

US retail giant Walmart is understood to be cutting around 1,000 corporate jobs by the end of the month amid a shake-up of its workforce and just days after announcing the closure of some Sam’s Club stores.


Cambodian garment makers urge buyers for support Leonie Barrie | 1 Dec 17

Cambodian garment makers have today (1 December) urged international buyers to continue sourcing from the country amid fears the European Union (EU) may withdraw preferential trade terms in protest at a government crackdown on the main opposition party.


Walmart joins responsible cotton initiative Michelle Russell | 1 Dec 17

US retail giant Walmart has joined more than 480 companies from across the global supply chain who have signed up to the Cotton Leads programme, which supports responsible production practices by cotton growers in the US and Australia.


Walmart to launch Lord & Taylor flagship online store Beth Wright | 14 Nov 17

As part of its plans to deliver luxury fashion, US retail giant Walmart is to launch a dedicated online Lord & Taylor flagship store next year, offering premium fashion brands to its customers.


Walmart acquires Parcel to leverage local delivery Beth Wright | 5 Oct 17

US retail giant Walmart is further beefing up its e-commerce strategy with the acquisition of Parcel, a technology-based, same-day and last-mile delivery company based in New York.


US Q2 in brief – Finish Line, Zumiez, Tailored Brands, Vince Holding just-style | 22 Sep 17

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH upped its full-year guidance based on strong second-quarter results, while Guess saw its results boosted by solid growth in both Europe and Asia. Oxford Industries, meanwhile, saw mixed results as earnings fell but sales edged up.


Easter contributes to 3.9% Asda Q2 sales growth Beth Wright | 18 Aug 17

UK supermarket group Asda has acknowledged it must continue to up its game despite reporting its first positive quarterly sales for the first time in three years.


Walmart sets out roadmap to boost US manufacturing Michelle Russell | 1 Aug 17

Retail giant Walmart has set out a roadmap to help tackle barriers to US manufacturing growth that it hopes will allow it – and others – to source more products domestically.


Walmart and JD.com further integrate supply chains Michelle Russell | 26 Jul 17

US retail giant Walmart and Chinese e-commerce company JD.com are strengthening their partnership in a move aimed at further integrating their platforms, supply chains and customer resources in China.


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. 


Walmart snaps up Bonobos in e-commerce push Michelle Russell | 19 Jun 17

Walmart has inked an agreement to acquire online menswear retailer Bonobos in a deal worth US$310m as part of a broader strategy being undertaken by the US retail giant to beef up its e-commerce footprint against Amazon.


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. 


Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 21 Apr 17

Top stories this week on just-style include a warning from Myanmar apparel makers that a ban on moving lorries through Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's clothing sector, the latest efforts by Amazon to embed itself deeper into the apparel industry, 12 start-ups chosen under a new global initiative to find more sustainable ways of producing fashion, and Walmart eyeing US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.

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