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US: Abercrombie & Fitch appoints Crevoiserat as CFO Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 14

US apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has appointed Kohl's EVP of finance, Joanne Crevoiserat, as its CEO.


WORLD: Apparel gives strong showing in brand rankings Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 14

The latest listing of the best global brands show clothing performed well, with US department store retailer Macy's increasing its brand value by more than 25%, and H&M ranking as the top retailer in its region.


BANGLADESH: Calls reignited for Tazreen compensation Katie Smith | 4 Apr 14

The pending anniversary of Rana Plaza has reignited calls for compensation to be given to victims of the Tazreen Fashions fire, in the hope they will not be forgotten.


Comment: Sourcing segmentation is at odds with the data David Birnbaum | 28 Mar 14

The latest word is "segmentation": a trend whereby China is losing its position as a low-cost garment exporter and other countries have stepped up to claim their part of the manufacturing pie. The problem, says David Birnbaum, is that the concept is somewhat at odds with the data.


BANGLADESH: Contributions call stepped up as funds fall short Michelle Russell | 26 Mar 14

Campaigners are stepping up their calls for brands to pay into the Rana Plaza compensation fund after it was revealed to just-style that less than 20% of the amount required to make payments to all workers has so far been received.


UK: HQ jobs to go in Asda restructuring Katy Askew | 25 Mar 14

Asda, the UK supermarket arm of Wal-Mart, has confirmed it will be cutting head office jobs as part of a cost cutting drive.


Li & Fung highlights need for change in the supply chain Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 14

The apparel industry and its supply chain have experienced "profound change" and "significant action" following recent factory tragedies in Bangladesh, according to Rick Darling, executive director of government & public affairs at Li & Fung. Speaking in London this week, he discussed the industry's efforts to improve factory safety, the role played by manufacturers, retailers and authorities, and the increasing need for transparency.


Interview: Innovation backs Burlington’s 90 years in business Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 14

Founded in 1923, North Carolina-based Burlington Industries has spent the last 90 years transforming itself into the world's largest textile manufacturer. Here, president Jeff Peck talks to Michelle Russell about the secrets to the company's success, the ongoing challenges facing the textile industry, and what the future is likely to hold.


BANGLADESH: Alliance factory inspections get underway Siddique Islam | 13 Mar 14

The group of 27 North American retailers and brands working to improve safety in Bangladesh has started inspections on more than 400 garment factories used by its members.


BANGLADESH: Workers see safety offsetting output Leonie Barrie | 24 Feb 14

Garment workers in Bangladesh not only lack basic knowledge on fire and building safety but also feel fire drills and safety training take too much time and increase pressure on them to reach production targets, a survey has found.


BANGLADESH: Krilla steps down as Alliance refocuses on Dhaka Leonie Barrie | 24 Feb 14

Plans by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety to shift most of its work from Washington to Dhaka, where efforts are currently underway to accelerate its factory inspections, will also see Jeff Krilla step down as president and CEO.


BANGLADESH: Union urges brand commitment to Rana Plaza fund Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 14

Global unions and labour rights groups are calling for more brands to commit to the Rana Plaza compensation fund as the one year anniversary of the industrial disaster approaches.


In the money: Wal-Mart price investment to boost comps Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 14

Retail giant Wal-Mart says one of its priorities during the current fiscal year will be to fix US comparable store sales by sharpening its focus on lower prices.


Is the tide turning for the US cotton yarn sector? Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 14

An acceleration of investment in the US spinning and weaving sector by overseas firms - including those in China and India - appears to be driven by a number of factors including falling US energy costs, local subsidies and "yarn forward" rules of origin. But is the tide really starting to turn? asks Michelle Russell.


UK: Asda rounds off year with Q4 sales fall Dean Best | 20 Feb 14

Asda ended its 2013 financial year with a fall in underlying sales in the fourth quarter.


US: Wal-Mart shares tumble as Q4 earnings slide Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 14

Wal-Mart saw its share price tumble this morning (20 February) after the retail giant posted a fall in fourth-quarter earnings and lowered its fiscal 2015 sales guidance.


MEXICO: Walmex Q4 profit slumps on price cuts Richard Woodard | 19 Feb 14

Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, saw its fourth quarter net profit drop thanks to price cuts and falling consumer confidence.


The Flanarant: Can you choose your productivity philosophy? Mike Flanagan | 17 Feb 14

The pressure for higher wages and better working conditions looks unstoppable – and is being accompanied by a wave of new initiatives aimed at making it easier for factories to compete while making these changes. But will they work? asks Mike Flanagan.


The just-style interview: Jeff Krilla, CEO, Bangladesh Safety Alliance Leonie Barrie | 11 Feb 14

As the first-year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building approaches in April, it is inevitable that the global spotlight will focus on the promises made and progress delivered over the past 12 months on improving safety for Bangladeshi garment workers. Jeff Krilla, president and CEO of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, talks to just-style about the group's work so far.


CANADA: Wal-Mart to invest CAD500m in expansion Katy Askew | 5 Feb 14

US retail giant Wal-Mart will invest "close to" CAD500m (US$452.4m) this year to drive growth in Canada.


BANGLADESH: Alliance factory safety inspections on track Leonie Barrie | 4 Feb 14

The US-based group working to improve safety conditions for garment workers in Bangladesh says it has inspected nearly one-third (31%) of the 700 factories used by its members - and is on track to have the process finished by July.


Comment: Wal-Mart fails to capitalise on Target weakness Katy Askew | 3 Feb 14

News Wal-Mart has lowered its full-year earnings forecast reflects more than the drag of store closures as it adjusts its international portfolio. The US retail giant is struggling to grow its top-line at home and lower fourth-quarter comparable domestic sales suggest it failed to capitalise on the data breach scandal that hit key competitor Target Corp., Katy Askew suggests.


US: Wal-Mart warns on FY profits Katy Askew | 3 Feb 14

Wal-Mart has said its full-year earnings could miss previously announced forecasts.


Comment: Can Coupe build on Sainsbury's clothing momentum? Michelle Russell | 29 Jan 14

Sainsbury's this morning (29 January) announced commercial director Mike Coupe will replace Justin King as the supermarket retailer's chief executive from July. While speculation will inevitably centre on what King will do next, the focus will also be on whether Coupe is a safe pair of hands for Sainsbury's and whether his focus will turn to the fast-growing area of clothing.


GUATEMALA: Groups claim Alianza workers deprived of $6m Leonie Barrie | 27 Jan 14

Workers making clothing for JC Penney, Macy's, Kohl's and Wal-Mart at the Alianza Fashion factory in Guatemala were deprived of more than $6m in back wages, benefits and pension funds when the company shut down last year, a new report claims.


BANGLADESH: Damco seeks bank help on sea-air shipments Siddique Islam | 24 Jan 14

Global freight forwarder and logistics services provider Damco is seeking help from the central bank of Bangladesh to resolve payment difficulties around its sea-air shipment business.


CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence Katie Smith | 21 Jan 14

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.


INDIA: Wal-Mart "registers new company" Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 14

Global retail giant Wal-Mart is understood to have registered a new company in India as it prepares to enter the country's multi-brand retail market.


JAPAN: Fast Retailing makes senior Uniqlo appointments Michelle Russell | 15 Jan 14

Fast Retailing has made a number of appointments to the senior leadership team of its Uniqlo casual clothing chain.


BANGLADESH: Apparel exports soar 20% in H1 Siddique Islam | 14 Jan 14

Bangladesh's ready-made garment exports are continuing to soar, rising by nearly 20% in the first-half of the current fiscal year despite ongoing political uncertainty, labour unrest and factory safety issues.

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