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Cold snap drives clothing growth at Sainsbury's

8 January 2020 | Beth Wright

UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury's has seen its clothing sales surge in the third quarter, buoyed by a popular party range and colder weather.... read more


Sainbury's clothing sales take hit as H1 profit slumps

7 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury's has seen its clothing sales fall in the first half, as it revealed a slump in group earnings hurt by phased cost savings and tough weather comparisons.... read more


Sainsbury's suppliers told to foot cost of no-deal Brexit duties

30 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK supermarket Sainsbury's has told its suppliers they must foot the cost of additional duties should the UK exit the European Union without a deal.... read more


Online boosts clothing growth at Sainsbury's

25 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Apparel sales growth regained its upward trajectory at Sainsbury's in the second quarter as the UK supermarket group's Tu clothing brand continued to grow market share.... read more


Investors press brands for more workforce transparency

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

A coalition of more than 120 institutional investors with combined assets of more than US$14 trillion is renewing its demand for companies across the world to come forward with better data on their staff and supply chain workers, with the aim improving the quality of jobs globally. ... read more


Sainsbury's gains clothing market share as Q1 sales slip

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Apparel sales growth slipped by more than 4% at Sainsbury's in the first quarter, with the UK supermarket group blaming challenging market conditions and poor weather for impacting demand in some seasonal categories.... read more


Sainsbury's holds apparel market share despite FY sales slip

1 May 2019 | Beth Wright

Full-year clothing sales at Sainsbury's slipped after the UK supermarket group reduced its promotional activity in the period – although the move helped lift full-price sales the company said today (1 May).... read more


The price of US imports from China continues to fall

19 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.... read more


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more


Petition calls for Sainsbury's-Asda merger to be blocked

7 March 2019 | Beth Wright

A new petition is calling one UK Government watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), to block the "damaging" proposed merger of supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's.... read more


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

4 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.... read more


M&S, Tesco to guard against supply chain exploitation

27 February 2019 | Beth Wright

A cohort of UK retailers including M&S, Tesco, and Sainsbury's - all of which boast a substantial apparel and footwear portfolio - have come together as Founding Sponsors of a new initiative which acts to guard against exploitation in supply chains. ... read more


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

25 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. ... read more


Watchdog delivers "hammer blow" to Sainsbury's-Asda merger

20 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The early findings of an in-depth investigation by UK Government watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the proposed merger of supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's has raised extensive competition concerns over the potential tie-up.... read more


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension

18 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.... read more


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts

11 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.... read more


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity?

4 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.... read more


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead

28 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.... read more


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry

21 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent ... read more


US trade updates out of date

15 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.... read more


Clothing sales decline slows at Sainsbury's

9 January 2019 | Beth Wright

The decline in apparel revenue at Sainsbury's has slowed in the third quarter, with the UK supermarket group hailing "strong" full price sales growth in the segment.... read more


2019 off to a positive start

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts

22 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.... read more


Apparel makers - Let's get virtual

21 November 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google. ... read more


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

15 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.... read more


Clothing sales drop at Sainsbury's in H1

8 November 2018 | Beth Wright

Clothing sales at Sainsbury's have dropped in the first half of the year as the UK supermarket group changed its ‘promotional phasing’ of the Tu range.... read more


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market

6 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.... read more


Why cotton is being battered on all fronts

29 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing.... read more


Sainsbury's to launch Oasis concessions

25 October 2018 | Beth Wright

UK supermarket group Sainsbury's has announced an in-store partnership with apparel brand Oasis in a move that will see five Oasis stores open in Sainsbury's supermarkets by early spring 2019.... read more


New businesses shaking up a broken retail model

23 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The convergence of disruptive new technologies, easy access to cheap capital, and changing consumer attitudes are shaking up an already-broken retail model, according to speakers at last week's IAF World Fashion Convention. But rising Phoenix-like from the ashes are nimble new players building a smart future for fashion.... read more


Kids clothing under scrutiny in Sainsbury’s-Asda merger inquiry

18 October 2018 | Beth Wright

Children's clothing is among the key areas to be considered by UK Government watchdog CMA in its in-depth investigation into the proposed merger between supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's.ury's.... read more


Apparel sourcing rules under NAFTA 2.0

15 October 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – also dubbed NAFTA 2.0 – has finally been agreed, but what does it mean for apparel sourcing? Here we take a close look at the new apparel-specific rules of origin.... read more


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