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US apparel retailers' August 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 2 Sep 16

More favourable hot and dry weather and an uptick in consumer confidence resulted in a bounce-back in US same-store sales for August. For the few apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, however, an increase in technology and travel spend weighed on monthly results. 


US apparel retailers' July 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 5 Aug 16

July proved to be another challenging month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with the majority reporting comparable declines. Unseasonable weather, clearance and promotional activity, and even the impact of Pokemon Go are all blamed. 


US apparel retailers' June 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 8 Jul 16

June proved to be a more positive month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, thanks to better weather conditions and the Memorial Day holiday shift.


US apparel retailers' May 2016 sales roundup Michelle Russell | 6 Jun 16

April showers did not bring forth May revenue flowers as the slow start to the spring season continued for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales.


US apparel retailers' April 2016 sales roundup Leonie Barrie | 10 May 16

The spring season appears to be off to a slow start for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with cool, wet weather continuing to dampen demand for spring clothing collections.


US Q4 in brief: Cherokee Global Brands, Perry Ellis, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 16

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


US apparel retailers' March 2016 sales roundup  Katie Smith | 8 Apr 16

March proved to be a challenging month for the few US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales, with many hampered by the early timing of Easter this year. And the outlook for April is mixed as cold weather is cooling demand for spring clothing collections. 


Update – US apparel retailers' February 2016 sales roundup Katie Smith | 11 Mar 16

February proved to be a mixed month for US apparel retailers as market volatility spooked investors and consumers, while low gas prices, positive housing data and upbeat labour market indicators suggested consumers had the means to spend.


Update – US apparel retailers' January 2016 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 Feb 16

Hurt by adverse weather conditions, a continued shift by consumers to invest in high-value items such as cars, and a general slump after the holiday period, it's no surprise US apparel retailers suffered in January, with many reporting comparable store sales declines.


US apparel retailers' December 2015 sales roundup  Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 16

Santa delivered some generally positive holiday sales results to US apparel retailers in December as they grappled with a rapidly changing omnichannel landscape, low and middle income consumers with limited discretionary spending power, and a very mild autumn that depressed clothing sales.


US Q3 in brief: Finish Line, Gymboree, Cherokee Global Brands, Men's Wearhouse Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 7 Jan 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


US apparel retailers' November 2015 sales roundup  Katie Smith | 4 Dec 15

As US apparel retailers readied themselves for a busy Black Friday weekend, sales proved to be somewhat disappointing. Despite a more favourable macro backdrop to consumer spending this holiday season, the majority of clothing chains reported comparable store sales declines. 


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' October 2015 retail roundup Katie Smith | 10 Nov 15

Unseasonably warm weather weighed on US retailers' sales of autumn clothing in October, combining with sluggish mall traffic, softer Halloween sales, lacklustre income gains, and a continued shift in spending to motor vehicles, experiences and restaurants to push the majority of clothing chains to comparable store sales declines in the month.


US apparel retailers' September 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 Oct 15

September proved to be another mixed month for US clothing retailers. While a later Labor Day weekend and the tail end of back-to-school selling boosted sales for some, the holiday shift combined with unseasonably warm weather hampered others, leading to many chains posting comparable store sales declines. 


US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee, Gymboree Michelle Russell and Beth Wright | 25 Sep 15

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' August 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 11 Sep 15

US consumer spending was hampered by international concerns, including a China slowdown and emerging market stress, currency devaluations, and extremely volatile equity markets in August. And although back-to-school spending picked up in the latter half of the month, the majority of clothing retailers reported comparable store sales declines.


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' July 2015 retail roundup Michelle Russell | 11 Aug 15

July proved to be a difficult month for the apparel chains reporting monthly sales, with several hurt by tax holiday shifts in some southern states into August from July last year. As a result, retailers are not heading into the key back-to-school selling season with much momentum.


US apparel retailers' June 2015 retail roundup Katie Smith | 10 Jul 15

An improving US labour market, rising consumer confidence and higher wages were not enough to spark a significant break-out in spending in June, with half of the clothing chains reporting monthly comparable store sales seeing lower or flat trends.


US Q1 in brief: Finish Line, Cherokee, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 26 Jun 15

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings.


Top stories this week on just-style... Michelle Russell | 5 Jun 15

The most-read stories on just-style this week include at look at US apparel sales figures for May, just-style speaks with the chairman of sourcing specialist William E. Connor, and Levi joins forces with internet behemoth Google to design "smart jeans".


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' April 2015 retail roundup Katie Smith | 12 May 15

A shift in the timing of Easter, coupled with the lingering adverse effects of the West Coast port delays, as well as an economic soft patch in the first quarter, led to the majority of US apparel retailers recording comparable store sales declines in April.


US apparel retailers' March 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 10 Apr 15

While the earlier Easter this year helped the majority of US apparel retailers to book comparable store sales growth in March, adverse weather conditions, an economic soft patch during the first quarter, and lingering effects of the West Coast ports labour dispute weighed on overall results.


Zumiez maintains progress despite Q4 profit dip Richard Woodard | 13 Mar 15

Retailer Zumiez reported another three months of double-digit revenue increases in the fourth quarter, but charges related to its Blue Tomato acquisition led to a fall in profit.


US apparel retailers' February 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 6 Mar 15

US apparel retailers reported mixed comparable store sales in February, as significant headwinds including extreme winter weather, additional costs and delays from the West Coast ports slowdown, foreign exchange rates and higher gas prices all weighed on results.


New supply chain options key amid US port problems Katie Smith | 12 Feb 15

As the threat of a US West Coast port shutdown looms, analysts already estimate the ongoing disruption could add an eye-watering US$36.9bn to costs over the next 24 months. As the congestion continues to cause headwinds for apparel businesses, retailers are being told they must investigate new supply chain options, including more near- and on-shoring.


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' January 2015 sales roundup Katie Smith | 10 Feb 15

US apparel retailers got off to a good start in January, with the majority posting comparable store sales gains, helped by post holiday clearance sales and stronger comparisons with last year, when severe weather hampered results.


US apparel retailers' December 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 9 Jan 15

Deep discounts, lower fuel prices and an improved employment market all helped to drive better-than-expected comparable store sales gains for US apparel retailers in the crucial month of December.


US apparel retailers' November 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 5 Dec 14

Early Black Friday promotions, falling fuel prices, and labour market improvements all helped the majority of US apparel retailers to record better-than-expected comparable store sales growth in November.


Zumiez delivers double-digit Q3 earnings growth Michelle Russell | 5 Dec 14

Action sportswear and footwear retailer Zumiez delivered double-digit earnings growth in its third-quarter driven by higher than expected sales and lower than planned operating expenses.


US apparel retailers' October 2014 sales roundup Katie Smith | 7 Nov 14

October proved to be another mixed bag for US apparel retailers. While the majority reported comparable store sales gains thanks to an improving economy and strong consumer demand, others were impacted by warmer weather during the month.

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