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US: Wal-Mart earnings growth "exceeds expectations" just-style.com | 18 Feb 10

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has boosted full-year profits by 7%, exceeding its boss' expectations.

UK: Asda “to accelerate small store openings” - analysts just-style.com | 17 Feb 10

Asda is preparing to increase the pace at which it opens smaller stores as the UK retailer looks to boost sales through in-store innovation, analysts have suggested.

EGYPT: New planning system boosts Delta Textile just-style.com | 16 Feb 10

Delta Textile Egypt, the vertically integrated underwear manufacturer and a unit of Israel’s Delta Galil Industries, has improved delivery performance and production efficiency after investing in a new planning system.

US: Supply chain meeting tackles apparel sustainability just-style.com | 16 Feb 10

Sustainability across garment supply chains in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean as well as Central and South America will form the focus of the next annual meeting hosted by the American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN).

COMMENT: Cheap clothing - the winners and losers Joe Ayling | 16 Feb 10

Discount and value retailers have transformed the clothing industry in recent years, reinventing the consumer perception of a bargain and squeezing supply margins.

The week ahead on just-style... Leonie Barrie | 15 Feb 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.

MEXICO: Walmex achieves “solid” full-year results just-style.com | 12 Feb 10

Wal-Mart de México said it achieved “solid” results in a “difficult” environment in 2009 with a lift in full-year profits.

CANADA: Wal-Mart takes sustainability index to Canada just-style.com | 11 Feb 10

US retail giant Wal-Mart is extending to its Canadian unit an environmental labelling scheme for the items sold in its stores, in a move that will effectively measure the “sustainability” of its Canadian suppliers.

CANADA: Gildan sees growth in private label brands Leonie Barrie | 10 Feb 10

T-shirt and underwear maker Gildan Activewear Inc is hoping to ramp up its role as a supplier of private label brands to US retailers following the launch of a new underwear programme for Walmart.

COMMENT: Bamboo ban hints at crackdown on green claims Leonie Barrie | 9 Feb 10

Question: When is bamboo not bamboo? Answer: When it’s used to make clothing. At least that’s according to regulators in the US and Canada, who are cracking down on marketing claims that could be misleading or deceptive in their efforts to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers.

US: Retailers warned for mislabelling rayon as “bamboo” just-style.com | 9 Feb 10

Retailers including Wal-Mart, The Gap, JC Penney and Land's End are among 78 companies who have been warned by US regulators they may be breaking the law by selling clothing labelled as being made from “bamboo” when it is actually manufactured from rayon fibre.

BANGLADESH: Walmart project to empower apparel workers just-style.com | 9 Feb 10

US retail giant Walmart is taking steps to improve the lives of apparel workers at factories in Bangladesh making clothes for its stores, by offering them workplace skills and literacy training.

US: Dollar General to add 5,000 jobs, 600 stores just-style.com | 5 Feb 10

Discount retailer Dollar General, which sells a huge range of products including basic apparel, plans to add 5,000 new jobs as part of an expansion that will see 600 stores open over the next 12 months.

US: Wal-Mart axes 300 HQ jobs just-style.com | 5 Feb 10

Wal-Mart plans to cut around 300 jobs at its Arkansas headquarters as the US retail giant looks to boost efficiency throughout its operations.

ANALYSIS: Wal-Mart deal "tip of the iceberg" for Li & Fung Dominique Patton | 1 Feb 10

Wal-Mart's new agreement with Hong Kong sourcing expert Li & Fung will bring benefits to both companies, each already a giant in its field. Not only will it help the retailer to cut costs and spread its global exposure, but it could also double Li & Fung's business, writes Dominique Patton.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 29 Jan 10

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

US: Wal-Mart agrees $2bn sourcing deal with Li & Fung just-style.com | 28 Jan 10

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has agreed a strategic alliance with Li & Fung as part of a shake-up of its global sourcing structure in a bid to reduce costs, improve quality and accelerate its speed to market.

US: Wal-Mart to shed 10% of Sam's Club workers just-style.com | 25 Jan 10

Wal-Mart's US warehouse chain Sam's Club is to cut around 11,200 jobs as it eliminates store positions and moves to outsource in-store product sampling and demonstration.

In the money: Retailers boosted by generous December Joe Ayling | 22 Jan 10

Icy weather, a "fed up of being fed up" consumer and Christmas spirit all contributed to healthy retail growth for many fashion stores in December. just-style news editor Joe Ayling now looks at whether the momentum can be maintained.

US: Sears Holdings names retail services president just-style.com | 13 Jan 10

Sears Holdings has named James H Haworth as EVP and president of retail services, succeeding Kevin R Holt who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

GLOBAL: Profits slide at world’s largest retailers just-style.com | 12 Jan 10

Despite managing to lift their sales during the economic downturn, the world’s largest retailers saw profits tumble as heavy promotions hit their bottom lines, according to the latest figures from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

US: Sears opens online Marketplace to other retailers just-style.com | 8 Jan 10

Department store retailer Sears Holdings has opened up its website to third-party sellers, including competitors, as part of a new online mall called Sears Marketplace.

US: Wal-Mart planning purchasing cost cuts? just-style.com | 5 Jan 10

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores plans to make huge cost savings in 2010 by combining store purchasing for several countries.

Retail winners and losers in 2009 Richard Woodard | 23 Dec 09

Like just about every other business sector on the planet, retailers continued to be affected by global economic turmoil during 2009. Companies previously intent on expansion and growth turned to cost-cutting, making swingeing redundancies and shuttering loss-making stores.

UK: Campaigners urge fashion chains to ban Uzbek cotton just-style.com | 23 Dec 09

Anti-slavery campaigners are urging two high street fashion retailers to stop selling clothes made with cotton which may have been picked by forced child labour.

MEXICO: Solorzano to head Wal-Mart Latin America ops just-style.com | 21 Dec 09

Wal-Mart de Mexico has appointed its CEO to head up the US retail giant's operations across Latin America.

US: Walmart agrees World Cup merchandise deal just-style.com | 3 Dec 09

US retailer Wal-Mart Stores has announced it will collaborate with FIFA's exclusive worldwide master licensee, Global Brands Group, to sell licensed goods for this summer's World Cup finals.

Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 27 Nov 09

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.

CHINA: Wal-Mart factories accused of abusing worker rights Dominique Patton | 26 Nov 09

Chinese workers making shoes and other products for Wal-Mart are working in “sweatshop conditions” because of the retailer’s pressure on suppliers’ prices, says a new report.

Spotlight on...Marc Bolland's move to M&S just-style.com | 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








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