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Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m 2 Sep 2015

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit since 2011 – and has now set its sights on yet more savings from supply chain improvements.


IN THE MONEY: Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments 14 Oct 2014

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.


“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution 10 Dec 2013

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske.


Focus: Australasia key for apparel brands going global 5 Sep 2013

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilience to the financial turmoil which has plagued much of the northern hemisphere has proved to be a key attraction for international retailers, according to Euromonitor International.


In the money: Worthless Billabong still in choppy waters 28 Aug 2013

Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong is attempting to move beyond recent turbulence and onto its turnaround plans, but uncertainty still remains.

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Boardriders acquires Billabong International 5 Jan 2018

Boardriders Inc, a global action sports and lifestyle company that owns and operates the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes brands, is to acquire embattled Australian surfwear brand Billabong International.


Call for Australia to adopt modern slavery laws 11 Dec 2017

Australia needs new laws to combat forced labour in supply chains, a parliamentary inquiry has said, similar to those introduced by the UK in 2015.


Nanollose unveils plant-free eco-friendly rayon fibre 5 Dec 2017

Australian technology firm Nanollose today (5 December) unveiled what it believes is the world’s first plant-free viscose-rayon fibre, creating a new eco-friendly material for brands, retailers and manufacturers.


Billabong shares soar on US$150m takeover bid 1 Dec 2017

Shares in embattled Australian surf wear brand Billabong International have jumped 22% today (1 December) after it said it has received a takeover bid from Boardriders, the company behind rival Quiksilver.


Australian brands urged to address factory worker wages 6 Nov 2017

Just 4% of the price of a piece of clothing sold in Australia is estimated to make it back to the pockets of factory workers, according to new research, which calls for big brands to "step up to their responsibilities" on worker wages.


Two of Australia's fashion industry bodies to merge 19 Oct 2017

Two of Australia's textile and fashion industry organisations are to merge, saying the move will result in a more influential body that is aligned around helping all parts of the industry ecosystem to grow.


Former Gap boss developing sustainable plant-free fibre 8 Sep 2017

Australian technology company Nanollose, headed up by former Gap Inc clothing boss Alfie Germano, is producing what it claims is the world’s first plant-free fibre, offering a sustainable alternative to commonly used fibres such as cotton for the textile industry.


Cotton Australia welcomes water use efficiency grant 4 Sep 2017

Cotton Australia, the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, has welcomed a Queensland Government initiative to invest in water infrastructure on the state's farms.


Billabong at turning point despite AUD77.1m loss? 1 Sep 2017

Australian surfwear company Billabong International says it has reached a turning point in returning to profitability, despite widening its losses and reporting a fall in full-year sales.


Topshop/Topman to relaunch in Australia 29 Aug 2017

Fashion retailer Arcadia Group is to relaunch four Topshop/Topman stores in Australia just months after its franchise business fell into administration.