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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.

Walmart project to slash supply chain emissions Beth Wright | 20 Apr 17

As part of its commitment to sustainability US retail giant Walmart is inviting suppliers to join a new platform, designed to help guide companies on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and supply chains.

Walmart to acquire Bonobos for US$300m? Beth Wright | 18 Apr 17

As part of its continued bid to beef up its e-commerce strategy, US retail giant Walmart is understood to be preparing to snap up US men's clothing retailer Bonobos.

US apparel retail shifts reveal misconceptions Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 17

The death of the department store, the exaggerated rise of Amazon as an apparel retailer power, and the threat of European fast-fashion specialists to US retail are among a number of misconceptions currently bedevilling the retail  industry, a new report explains.

Sportsman's Warehouse taps Walmart exec as COO Beth Wright | 28 Mar 17

US outdoor sporting goods retailer Sportsman's Warehouse has tapped former Walmart executive, Jon Barker, as president and chief operating officer, assuming responsibility for the company's supply chain.

Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 24 Mar 17

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at what the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership might mean for the US and EU textile and apparel industries, updates on the future fashion sourcing landscape from the Prime Source Forum conference in Hong Kong, and Walmart snapping up online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth.

Walmart snaps up online fashion firm ModCloth Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 17

US retail giant Walmart is further beefing up its e-commerce strategy with the acquisition of women's online fashion and accessory retailer ModCloth.

Marks & Spencer tops human rights benchmark Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 17

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.

Asda says "work needed" despite sales improvement Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 17

Comparable store sales improved for UK supermarket group Asda in the fourth quarter, but parent company Walmart admits there is much work still to be done.

Walmart streamlines online procurement process Michelle Russell | 16 Feb 17

US retail giant Walmart is streamlining the process of how it gets in-store items – including apparel – to appear online, in a move that means suppliers will no longer need to deal with two separate buyers.

Walmart snaps up online outdoor giant Moosejaw Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 17

Walmart has acquired online outdoor apparel and gear retailer Moosejaw as the US retail giant works to close the gap on Amazon.

Walmart Foundation grants $3m to support US textiles Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 17

The Walmart Foundation is to provide US$3m in grants through its US Manufacturing Innovation Fund to six leading universities to help boost sustainability and innovation in domestic textile manufacturing.

Walmart preparing to make 1,000 job cuts? Michelle Russell | 12 Jan 17

US retail giant Walmart Stores is understood to be preparing to cut around 1,000 corporate jobs before the end of the month.

Wal-Mart promotes Furner to Sam's Club CEO Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 17

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has promoted John Furner as chief executive of its Sam's Club division following the retirement of Rosalind Brewer.

Walmart's Jet acquires ShoeBuy in $70m deal Beth Wright | 5 Jan 17

E-commerce start-up Jet.com has acquired online footwear, clothing and accessories retailer ShoeBuy through its parent company US retail behemoth Walmart, from InterActiveCorp (IAC) in a deal worth US$70m.

Brands urged to tackle child slavery in India spinning mills Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 17

Various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, have been found in around 90% of spinning mills in South India producing yarn that makes its way into garment factories in India, Bangladesh and China supplying western brands and retailers, a new report claims.

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.

Fashion firms failing to address deforestation risk Michelle Russell | 6 Dec 16

Leading international businesses – including apparel and textile companies – are ill-prepared for the risk that comes from sourcing products linked to deforestation, a major cause of climate change, a new report claims. 

Asda prioritises price and product as Q3 sales slide Michelle Russell | 17 Nov 16

The key priority for Asda is a focus on improving product availability and investing in price, the UK supermarket retailer has said, after revealing a fall in sales in its third-quarter. 

Wal-Mart sued over false Egyptian cotton claim Michelle Russell | 11 Nov 16

A lawsuit has been filed against retail giant Wal-Mart over the sale of products falsely labelled '100% Egyptian Cotton' from Indian textile company Welspun, years after it first suspected they may not have been made from the premium fibre.

Apparel brands "ignoring" refugee abuse in Turkey factories Michelle Russell | 25 Oct 16

The majority of large apparel brands are ignoring the "endemic" abuse of Syrian refugees in Turkish clothing factories supplying European retailers, a new report has found. 

Walmart turns focus to online as store openings slow Michelle Russell | 10 Oct 16

US retail giant Walmart is to slow down the pace of its store openings but plans to ramp up growth in its online division as part of a new strategic framework.

Walmart eyes China growth after doubling JD.com stake Michelle Russell | 6 Oct 16

Retail giant Walmart has nearly doubled its stake in Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com in a move that will likely allow it to grow e-commerce even faster in the country.





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