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Primark places GBP1bn in new orders as stores reopen

2 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

Primark is pressing ahead with new store openings and is placing GBP1bn (US$1.25bn) worth of orders for the autumn/winter season after reporting an "encouraging" start to post-lockdown trading.... read more


Primark extends supplier support by GBP370m

20 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

Value fashion retailer Primark has extended support to its suppliers by committing to pay for GBP370m (US$461m) worth of additional orders, over and above the GBP1.5bn of stock already in stores, depots and in transit.... read more


French Connection H1 hit by difficult trading

17 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

French Connection Group may have done little to assure prospective buyers of its future potential, analysts have said, after the UK fashion retailer booked falling revenues weighed down by "extremely challenging" trading conditions in the first half.... read more


Why Primark is working to do "the right thing" – Interview

31 October 2017 | Michelle Russell

Unlike many other major apparel firms, value fashion chain Primark chooses not to openly set targets for its sustainability and ethical commitments, but instead "just get on and do it," as Katharine Stewart, Primark's director of ethical trade, tells just-style. Yet in recent years the retailer has started to open up about its work to engage more closely with its supply chain: in particular, turning its focus to ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably.... read more


Primark H1 trading boosted by expansion

19 April 2017 | Michelle Russell

Value clothing retailer Primark has increased earnings in its first-half thanks to higher sales, particularly in the UK, and a "substantial" increase in selling space.... read more


Investors call for shake-up at French Connection

23 January 2017 | Michelle Russell

Three investors in French Connection Group are calling on the troubled British fashion retailer to shake-up its boardroom and replace two directors, and also consider a potential sale of the business.... read more


Primark Q1 sales climb on network expansion

12 January 2017 | Michelle Russell

Primark saw sales climb in its first-quarter thanks to increased selling space, but the value fashion giant warned of falling margins as a result of impending inflationary pressures.... read more


Primark says no plans to hike clothing prices

9 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

Value fashion giant Primark says it has no plans to increase prices next year as the industry considers the potential impact of inflation, the falling value of sterling, and a "hard Brexit" on business and the consumer.... read more


French Connection CFO Castleton to step down

10 July 2015 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion retailer French Connection has announced the departure of its finance chief, Adam Castleton, just months after issuing a profit warning.... read more


French Connection and Foot Locker “wage offenders”

24 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

French Connection and Foot Locker have become the latest firms to be named and shamed under a new scheme by the UK Government for paying workers less than the minimum wage.... read more


Primark performs well in H1 as sales grow

23 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

Primark was the key growth driver for Associated British Foods (ABF) in the first half, as sales at the value fashion giant grew and retail selling space increased.... read more


Primark latest to blame weather for sales

8 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Value fashion retailer Primark has achieved like-for-like sales below the expectations of its parent company, as unusually warmer weather hurt revenues.... read more


Lacoste joins ban on angora

8 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

French fashion brand Lacoste has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.... read more


French Connection commits to stop selling angora

17 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

French Connection has become the latest firm to impose a ban on the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.... read more


COMMENT: Brand issues add to woes for online retailer Asos

23 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

Just a week after Asos issued its third profit warning this year, reports at the weekend suggested a potential revolt from some of the brands it sells over its aggressive discounting - exacerbating issues already weighing on the online retailer.... read more


UK: French Connection buying director takes Michael Kors role

19 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

Richard Grainer has left UK fashion retailer French Connection, where he was director of retail buying and merchandising, to take up a position at Michael Kors.... read more


UK: Primark makes appointment to push US assault

22 May 2014 | Michelle Russell

UK value fashion retailer Primark has appointed Jose Luis Martinez de Larramendi to lead its expansion into the US market.... read more


UK: Amazon fashion merge to strengthen offering

20 May 2014 | Michelle Russell

Online retail giant Amazon is to merge its standalone online shoe and accessories store with its current UK fashion offering in a bid to strengthen its fashion division.... read more


UK: Primark to expand selling space by one million sq ft

9 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

The owner of UK value apparel chain Primark has revealed plans to add over one million square feet of selling space in its new financial year.... read more