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US apparel retailers' March 2018 sales roundup

12 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

March proved a positive month for the majority of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, but one continued on its negative trend after a surprise uptick in January.... read more


The Buckle promotes Heacock to finance chief

21 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

Denim retail specialist The Buckle has promoted Thomas Heacock to the role of vice president of finance, treasurer and chief financial officer.... read more


Columbia Sportswear promotes Swanson to finance chief

15 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor apparel and footwear retailer Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed long-time executive Jim Swanson as its finance chief, alongside the promotion of Peter Rauch as chief transformation officer.... read more


US apparel retailers' September 2016 sales roundup

7 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

Upside surprises were provided in September by two of the US apparel retailers who still report their monthly sales thanks to an uptick in consumer confidence and improving unemployment rates. The remaining three failed to capitalise, however, with The Buckle faring the worst. ... read more


US apparel retailers' August 2016 sales roundup

2 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more


US apparel retailers' July 2016 sales roundup

5 August 2016 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more


US apparel retailers' June 2016 sales roundup

8 July 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


US apparel retailers' May 2016 sales roundup

6 June 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


US Q4 in brief: Cherokee Global Brands, Perry Ellis, Destination Maternity

15 April 2016 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more


Fair Trade apparel programme reaching new heights

8 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

A fire that broke out at a factory in Bangladesh last month, and the impending third year anniversary of Rana Plaza, serves as a reminder that major safety concerns still exist for workers in the global apparel industry. But the proliferation of organisations working to offer tangible solutions proves that work is in progress, one of those being Fair Trade USA, whose apparel programme grew 358% in 2014. ... read more


Columbia Sportswear taps new head for Mountain Hardwear

23 February 2016 | Michelle Russell

Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed John Christian Walbrecht as president of its Mountain Hardwear brand.... read more


US apparel retailers' December 2015 sales roundup 

8 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Delta Galil and Columbia Sportswear ink underwear licensing deal

21 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

Israel-based lingerie, sleepwear and sock manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has signed a global licensing deal with Columbia Sportswear for the development, manufacture and distribution of performance-based underwear collections. ... read more


Columbia Sportswear pilots recycling initiative

28 October 2015 | Michelle Russell

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear is piloting a recycling programme in partnership with Swiss textile recycling solutions firm I:Collect, joining wider industry efforts to close the loop in the clothing supply chain. ... read more


China market woes could hit consumer spending

25 August 2015 | Michelle Russell

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the biggest risks including China revenue exposure and a potentially slower economy driving lower consumer spending, one analyst has suggested.... read more


Nike, Hanesbrands and VF top sustainability index

21 August 2015 | Michelle Russell

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF Corp have topped an analyst report of apparel and footwear firms that have made the most progress in managing environmental, social and governance issues.... read more


UPDATE: US apparel retailers' July 2015 retail roundup

11 August 2015 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


Columbia develops OutDry waterproof technology

15 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has developed a rainproof jacket that features the waterproof membrane on the outside for permanent water repellency and durability.... read more


Sourcing and supply chain promotions at Columbia Sportswear

28 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made four key leadership appointments, two of which include SVP of global sourcing and SVP of supply chain.... read more


The Buckle Q1 misses expectations

21 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

US denim specialist The Buckle has booked first-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations as both sales and margins fell.... read more


Columbia Sportswear ups FY guidance on “solid” Q1

1 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has upped its full-year guidance on the back of “solid” first-quarter results, the strengthening of advance orders in North America and Europe.... read more


Columbia Sportswear seeks growth with appointments

3 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made a number of strategic organisational changes, including appointing a president, in a bid to drive growth.... read more


PrAna achieves Fair Labor accreditation

19 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

Columbia Sportswear's prAna brand has had its social compliance programme accredited by the Fair Labor Association.... read more


Buckle appoints Applegate supply chain VP

9 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

US denim specialist The Buckle has made three senior management appointments, including that of Diane Applegate to the position of vice president of supply chain and merchandising operations.... read more


The Buckle books mixed Q3 results

21 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

US denim specialist The Buckle has booked a mixed set of results in its third-quarter with sales growing but earnings remaining flat.... read more


Columbia Sportswear ups FY profit guidance

31 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has upped its full-year outlook as it revealed increased earnings and sales in its third-quarter.... read more


US apparel retailers' September 2014 sales roundup

10 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

As back-to-school shopping tailed off in the first part of September, so too did sales for many US apparel retailers. Negative surprises from the likes of Gap, outweighed better-than-expected results from retailers such as L Brands & Zumiez.... read more


US: The Buckle Q2 earnings slide

21 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Teen fashion retailer The Buckle has booked a drop in earnings in the second quarter.... read more


US: Columbia Sportswear narrows Q2 net loss

25 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has narrowed its net losses in the second quarter, despite incurring costs from its acquisition of prAna.... read more


US: Columbia Sportswear closes PrAna deal

3 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has closed its acquisition of lifestyle apparel brand, PrAna Living.... read more


US: Higher costs push The Buckle Q1 earnings down

22 May 2014 | Michelle Russell

Teen fashion retailer The Buckle recorded a slight decline in earnings in its first-quarter thanks to higher costs and only a marginal increase in sales.... read more


US: Buckle promotes Smith to EVP of stores

14 February 2014 | Michelle Russell

Teen fashion retailer The Buckle Inc has promoted Kari Smith to the newly created role of executive vice president of stores.... read more


US: Columbia Sportswear files patent lawsuit against Seirus

11 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor apparel and footwear firm Columbia Sportswear has filed a lawsuit against Seirus Innovative Accessories for infringement on its patent for insulating Omni Heat reflective material.... read more