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French Connection H1 loss triples as Covid bites

13 October 2020 | Beth Wright

French Connection Group said the timing of the Covid-19 outbreak had a material impact on its business in the first half, which saw its underlying loss for the period more than triple and group sales tumble by 53.2%.... read more


French Connection will run out of cash unless funding secured

19 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK-based retailer French Connection has warned today (19 May) it is likely to run out of cash if it fails to secure funding to support the business.... read more


Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update

15 April 2020 | just-style

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. ... read more


French Connection reports FY loss, sales continue to fall

10 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK-based retailer French Connection has reported a loss for the full financial year, fuelled by an 11.4% drop in sales.... read more


French Connection to boost speed-to-market with PLM

30 January 2020 | Beth Wright

UK-based fashion retailer French Connection Group has upgraded to a cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help reduce time to market and facilitate growth.... read more


Buyer beware – Vietnam sourcing is not the same as China

27 September 2019 | Mark Godfrey

US clothing brands and retailers mulling a sourcing switch to Vietnam to avoid the ongoing tariff war with China need to sharpen up – because doing business with Vietnamese trading partners is very different from working with Chinese suppliers.... 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


French Connection extends sale discussions

28 June 2019 | Beth Wright

French Connection Group has extended the period for completing the strategic review and formal sale process of the company to September.... read more


French Connection sale talks "ongoing" amid return to FY profit

12 March 2019 | Beth Wright

French Connection Group has achieved its goal of returning to underlying profitability as CEO and chairman Stephen Marks notes discussions regarding a potential sale of the business are "ongoing" with several interested parties. ... read more


French Connection in sale talks with four potential buyers

22 October 2018 | Beth Wright

French Connection has announced it is in talks with four interested parties regarding a potential sale of the business.... read more


French Connection bosses mull sale

8 October 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

French Connection Group's board of directors is mulling a sale of the company, it confirmed today (8 October). ... read more


French Connection optimistic despite widening H1 loss

20 September 2018 | Beth Wright

French Connection Group CEO Stephen Marks says the company remains on target to return to profitability this year despite a drop in revenue and a widening of its statutory loss in the first six months.... read more


French Connection finalises Toast deal

1 May 2018 | Beth Wright

French Connection has completed the sale of its premium lifestyle brand Toast to Danish apparel company Bestseller, in a move it previously said is expected to generate about GBP13.9m (US$19.6m) and help its return to profitability.... read more


French Connection to sell Toast brand to Bestseller

9 April 2018 | Beth Wright

French Connection  has entered into an agreement to sell its premium lifestyle brand Toast to Danish apparel company Bestseller in a move which is expected to generate about GBP13.9m (US$19.6m) for the British fashion retailer and will help it return to profitability.... read more


French Connection close to turnaround, narrows FY loss

13 March 2018 | Beth Wright

French Connection Group has revealed it received an unsolicited takeover approach from a third party in the US last year as the British fashion retailer said it is "very close" to returning to profitability.... read more


Still much to do at French Connection as H1 losses narrow

19 September 2017 | Beth Wright

British fashion retailer French Connection Group says it is moving in the right direction as its losses narrow in the first half of year, but admits there is still much to do as one analyst warns it must engage with lapsed customers to fend off competition from the likes of Zara and Asos.... 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


French Connection losses continue in "disappointing" H1

20 September 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Troubled British fashion retailer French Connection Group has booked what it called a "disappointing" first-half, after an improved performance in its retail business was offset by tougher trading in wholesale and licensing.... read more


Poor product blamed for French Connection problems

15 March 2016 | Katie Smith

French Connection needs to make its product more consistent in design and quality, one analyst has said, after the troubled fashion retailer recorded an annual loss of GBP4.7m (US$6.7m). ... 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 shares fall on profit warning

24 April 2015 | Katie Smith

UK fashion retailer French Connection has seen its share price decline 18% this morning (24 April) after warning its full-year performance will be below market expectations.... 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


“Overpriced” French Connection cuts FY loss

17 March 2015 | Richard Woodard

Fashion retail business French Connection cut its full-year operating loss, but saw retail sales tumble by 12% on the back of store closures.... read more


Online fashion retailer Boohoo bans angora

23 December 2014 | Katie Smith

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has become the latest retailer to ban the use of angora in its products following pressure from animal rights group PETA.... 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 trading update "mixed"

26 November 2014 | Katie Smith

French Connection has delivered a "mixed" trading update, with its share price rising despite posting a decline in like-for-like sales in the UK and Europe for the 17 weeks to 22 November.... read more


Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora

29 October 2014 | Katie Smith

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize 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: French Connection remains "work-in-progress"

18 September 2014 | Katie Smith

French Connection has narrowed its loss in the first half as initiatives to turnaround the UK fashion apparel retailer continue to gain traction but remain a "work-in-progress".... read more


UK: Ted Baker “no plans” to stop using wool

17 July 2014 | Katie Smith

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.... read more


UK: Primark launches investigation after wool probe

15 July 2014 | Katie Smith

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.... read more


UK: PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe

14 July 2014 | Katie Smith

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.... read more


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