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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.

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. 

Asda Q2 sales worst on record Michelle Russell | 18 Aug 16

UK retailer Asda has recorded its worst quarterly sales performance on record as the "competitive environment" weighed on results. 

Walmex sells Suburbia clothing unit for US$853.3m Beth Wright | 11 Aug 16

Supermarket retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, has agreed to sell its Surburbia apparel division to Mexico's biggest department store chain, El Puerto de Liverpool SAB, for MXN15.7bn (US$853.3m) in a move it says will allow it to focus on its core business.

Where next for Walmart’s 3D apparel design pilot? Leonie Barrie | 11 Jul 16

For the uninitiated, 3D design and prototyping software is hailed as a disruptive technology with the potential to boost efficiency and product development workflow, speed decision-making, fuel creativity, and save time and cost. For US retail giant Walmart, it has been fraught with unexpected challenges.

Walmart's 'Made in USA' pledge misleading  Leonie Barrie | 28 Jun 16

As retail giant Walmart prepares for its annual US Manufacturing Summit today (28 June) – which includes an open call for US-made products – the company has been accused of misleading consumers over its 'Made in USA' efforts.

Wal-Mart eyes China turnaround with JD.com deal Michelle Russell | 21 Jun 16

Wal-Mart has swapped its Chinese online grocery business for a stake in the country's second largest e-commerce site, in a move that will likely see the US retail behemoth attempt to turn around its China business.





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