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Has Asos taken on too much? What the analysts say 16 Oct 2019

UK online fashion retailer Asos has blamed warehouse issues in the US and EU, along with restructuring costs and slowing international sales for a 68% drop in pre-tax profit to GBP33.1m. The news, analysts say, proves the company has taken on too much with its "overambitious" plans. 

China could benefit most from UK temporary tariffs 10 Oct 2019

The temporary tariff regime due to be introduced if the UK leaves the European Union at the end of October without a deal has been extended to include 7% more products. But an unintended consequence is that the biggest group of beneficiaries would be Chinese clothing manufacturers who are effectively granted duty-free access to the UK for half their production.

Profitability benchmarking for fashion management 8 Oct 2019

This is the first of a series of two in-depth articles focusing on how a fashion company can convince external stakeholders (investors or banks) and indeed itself (directors, management and staff) that the targets set out in budgets and range plans are both fair and achievable.

Boohoo bucks trend of UK retail lull - What the analysts say 27 Sep 2019

Online retailer Boohoo has posted a 43% jump in first-half sales to GBP564.9m (US$702.1m) at a time when many UK retailers are battling slow-to-no sales growth. It marks the first time in the group's history that revenues have exceeded GBP1bn over a 12-month period. And with the recent acquisitions of women's pureplay retailer MissPap and British high street brands Karen Millen and Coast, its success shows no sign of waning anytime soon.

Steps to a more sustainable fashion sourcing model 23 Sep 2019

While the fashion industry recognises the need to move toward a more sustainable model – from sourcing to finished product – it's often a difficult balancing act to embrace these issues and still deliver efficiency and profit. Industry executives suggest that starting small, setting realistic goals, shared experiences and creative solutions are all part of the shift.

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Top stories this week on just-style... 18 Oct 2019

Top stories this week on just-style include the Trump administration's decision to delay the October hike on China tariffs, a look at the steps required to source successfully in Vietnam, Levi Strauss's long-term ambition to slash water use, and Lululemon launches an investigation into labour abuse allegations at a supplier factory in Bangladesh.

Lenzing partners on Tree Climate outdoor fabrics 18 Oct 2019

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group has teamed up with the founder of Concept III Textiles in the UK to create what is said to be the first major collection of outdoor performance fabrics to feature these fibres.

UK criticised over Cambodia trade-deal "promise" 17 Oct 2019

A campaign group has criticised the UK for promising the Cambodian government that trade privileges will continue after Brexit – potentially undermining an ongoing probe by the EU that could remove the Southeast Asian country's trade benefits.

UK shoppers believe influencers behind rise in fast fashion 17 Oct 2019

More than half of UK shoppers believe social media influencers are behind the rise in fast fashion, with their ever-changing outfits and use of swipe up or affiliate links encouraging consumers to make an instant purchase.

Primark warns customers over online products 16 Oct 2019

Value fashion giant Primark has warned its customers not to buy its products online after it emerged some of the retailer’s items were being sold on Amazon at inflated prices.

Asos FY profits tumble amid "disruptive" year 16 Oct 2019

Shares in Asos surged by more than 17% this morning (16 October) as the UK-based online fashion retailer reported a "disappointing" full-year performance marred by warehouse automation and restructuring issues.

Ted Baker appoints Ari Hoffman as US boss 16 Oct 2019

UK fashion and lifestyle brand Ted Baker has appointed former Bennetton executive, Ari Hoffman, to the newly created role of CEO of its North America business.

Sports Direct calls for sportswear industry probe 15 Oct 2019

UK-based retail business Sports Direct has called for a UK and Europe-wide probe into the sportswear industry amid complaints about the dominance of global players Adidas and Nike.

Adidas makes circular commitment with Infinite Play 15 Oct 2019

Sporting goods giant Adidas has launched a new service that will allow its UK customers to trade worn or unused gear, diverting it from landfill.

Study shows UK fashion manufacturing is 47% greener 14 Oct 2019

A study into the environmental impact of offshore manufacturing has revealed that producing clothes closer to home – such as in the UK – results in 47% fewer emissions.

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New US trade trends taking shape? 14 Oct 2019

In a reversal of trends seen in July, the three Central American countries that are the largest suppliers of clothing to the US – Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras – saw a dramatic fall in shipments in August.

Weaving a new vision for US denim 7 Oct 2019

The closure of the last US selvedge denim mill two years ago might have marked the end of an era. But thanks to the vision of Daniel Feibus and his team, the original looms have found a new home at Vidalia Mills as part of plans to build a cutting-edge, transparent and sustainable denim manufacturing chain in the United States.

New B2B marketplace connects suppliers and retailers 3 Oct 2019

A B2B fashion marketplace has launched that aims to help retailers find innovative styles at competitive prices from the best suppliers in the business, while helping sellers expand their reach and increase sales.