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Edinburgh Woollen Mill leaves apparel workers "in lurch"

20 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

The owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is claimed to have left workers at a supplier in Hungary in the lurch after it closed five months ago, leaving workers unpaid.... read more

Peacocks the preferred bidder for Bonmarché rescue

28 November 2019 | Beth Wright

The joint administrators of UK-based women's value clothing retailer Bonmarché have identified rival retailer Peacocks as the preferred bidder for the business amid the news 30 stores are to close next month.... read more

Debenhams and Peacocks criticised on UK minimum wage

16 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Department store retailer Debenhams and fashion retailer Peacocks have been named by the UK Government for failing to pay some of their workers the national minimum or living wage.... read more

Edinburgh Woollen Mill to relaunch Austin Reed

24 November 2016 | Beth Wright

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group is to accelerate new store openings and plans to relaunch the Austin Reed brand on the back of strong sales and record profits last year.... read more

Edinburgh Woollen Mill enjoys “bumper” Christmas

13 February 2015 | Katie Smith

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group enjoyed a “bumper” performance during the Christmas trading period, thanks to strong online sales growth and new store openings. ... read more

Edinburgh Woollen Mill to open stores as profit grows

3 December 2014 | Katie Smith

UK clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill is to continue with its expansion plans by opening 100 new stores over the next two years, after booking record annual profits.... read more

UK: Simpson named Peacocks managing director

11 December 2013 | Katie Smith

Retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) has named group commercial director Steve Simpson as managing director of its Peacocks discount fashion chain.... read more

UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill unveils expansion plans

26 November 2013 | Katie Smith

Clothing retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM) is planning to open 100 stores over the next 18 months as it ramps up its growth after booking a strong performance in the first half of the year and turning around the Peacocks chain.... read more

UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill signs Bangladesh Safety Accord

22 November 2013 | Katie Smith

Edinburgh Woollen Mill, owner of the Peacocks and Jane Norman chains, has become the latest apparel retailer to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.... read more

Speaking with style: Tim Bettley, Morrisons director of clothing

11 March 2013 | Petah Marian

With the launch of its new Nutmeg line later this month, Morrisons becomes the last of the big four UK supermarket retailers to offer a clothing range. While Morrisons may be starting small, with a focus on children's wear, it is not short on ambition, as Morrisons director of clothing, Tim Bettley, explains.... read more

UK: Retail administrations up 6% year-on-year

2 January 2013 | Katie Smith

The number of UK retailers collapsing into administration jumped 6% in 2012 and this figure could increase further in the year ahead, according to business advisory firm Deloitte.... read more

GEORGIA: Debenhams expands with first store

12 October 2012 | Katie Smith

Department store group Debenhams will open its first store in Tbilisi, Georgia this weekend as part of wider expansion plans.... read more

UK: Morrisons to launch children's wear range

6 September 2012 | Petah Marian

UK supermarket retailer Morrisons has announced that it will launch a children's wear line in early 2013, called Nutmeg. ... read more

UK: High street insolvencies shoot up over Q1

8 May 2012 | Petah Marian

The number of high street stores entering administration shot up over the first quarter of this year, according to statistics from the Insolvency Service. ... read more

UK: Retail administrations up 15% year-on-year

10 April 2012 | Katie Smith

The number of retailers falling into administration in the first quarter of this year increased by 15% compared with the same period last year, according to research by business advisory firm Deloitte, with this rising to a jump of 64% on the previous quarter.... read more

UK: Morrisons appoints Bettley as clothing director

7 March 2012 | Petah Marian

Morrisons has confirmed that it has appointed former Peacocks managing director Tim Bettley as director of clothing.... read more

UK: Peacocks buyer hopes to rescue more stores

27 February 2012 | Petah Marian

The buyer of collapsed retailer Peacocks has revealed that he hopes to re-open up to 75 stores and is in the process of re-employing 60 staff made redundant by administrators at the retailer's Cardiff headquarters.... read more

Top stories on just-style this week...

24 February 2012 | Petah Marian

Top stories on just-style this week included our report on a shooting at an apparel factory in Cambodia, a report on the future of Colombian export, and a strike at the Bangladesh head office of thread and yarn supplier Coats.... read more

UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill buys Peacocks

22 February 2012 | Petah Marian

Scottish retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill has won the race to buy collapsed UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks, it was revealed today (22 February), with the sale protecting 6,000 jobs but also leading to more than 3,100 redundancies.... read more

UK: Billionaire poised to make surprise Peacocks bid?

6 February 2012 | Leonie Barrie

A Pakistani billionaire has emerged as a surprise contender to buy UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks, according to media reports, as administrators near their deadline to secure a rescue bid for the collapsed chain.... read more

Top stories on just-style this week...

27 January 2012 | Petah Marian

Top stories on just-style this week included speculation around Bangladesh's rise as a sourcing hotspot, JC Penney's plans to overhaul its offer and Sun European Partners' plans for UK retailer Bonmarche.... read more

UK: Peacocks sale sees "huge interest" from potential buyers

26 January 2012 | Petah Marian

The administrators of UK discount fashion retailer Peacocks today (26 January) said they have received "huge interest" from potential buyers.... read more

UK: Bonmarché sale to see 160 stores shut

23 January 2012 | Richard Woodard

The Bonmarché chain owned by collapsed fashion retail group Peacocks has been sold to private equity company Sun European Partners, but about 160 stores will close as a result.... read more

UK: Asda to invest GBP500m in stores, logistics

23 January 2012 | Sam Webb

UK supermarket chain Asda will create 5,000 jobs as part of a GBP500m (US$777m) investment in the business this year.... read more

Top stories on just-style this week...

20 January 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Among the most-read stories on just-style this week was a report that Chinese clothing and textile manufacturers have instigated new wage rises, Limited Brands hit back at allegations child labour is used on farms in Burkina Faso that grow Fairtrade organic cotton used in Victoria's Secret garments, and 249 jobs were axed as value clothing retailer Peacocks went into administration.... read more

UK: Pumpkin Patch goes into administration

20 January 2012 | Leonie Barrie

The UK arm of children's clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch today (20 January) called in the administrators after becoming the latest casualty of the slump in consumer spending.... read more

UK: Clothing and footwear helped lift December retail sales

20 January 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Heavy discounting by clothing and footwear stores in the run-up to Christmas contributed to a 0.6% rise in UK retail sales volume in December, according to official retail figures released today (20 January).... read more

UK: Peacocks administrators axe 249 HQ jobs

19 January 2012 | Petah Marian

The joint administrators in UK value clothing retailer Peacocks today (19 January) said 249 head office staff are to lose their jobs.... read more

UK: ABF reports Primark sales growth

19 January 2012 | Petah Marian

Value fashion retailer Primark today (19 January) reported a rise in sales in the 16 weeks to 7 January, but admitted that operating margin fell as a result of higher cotton costs.... read more

UPDATE: UK: Peacocks enters administration

18 January 2012 | Petah Marian

Peacocks has formally entered administration this-afternoon (18 January), with KPMG appointed as administrators to the UK value clothing retailer.... read more

UK: Peacocks rescue bid “may fail”

18 January 2012 | Richard Woodard

A possible rescue of beleaguered value fashion retailer The Peacock Group was in danger of failing today (18 January), putting 10,000 jobs at risk.... read more

UK: Peacocks and Bonmarche to call in administrators

16 January 2012 | Petah Marian

Value retailer The Peacock Group today (16 January) said it intended to appoint administrators after restructuring talks with investors fell through.... read more

UK: La Senza reportedly facing restructuring

14 December 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Lingerie retailer La Senza is thought to be the latest victim of tough trading conditions on the UK high street after reportedly calling in accountancy firm KPMG to advise on a range of restructuring options.... read more

UK: 4000 jobs at risk at Barratts falls into administration

9 December 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Nearly 4,000 jobs are at risk after the owner of the Barratts and Priceless Shoes footwear shops collapsed into administration yesterday (8 December) after a downturn in trading.... read more

UK: Peacocks coy on store closure rumours

9 December 2011 | Petah Marian

UK fashion chain Peacocks is remaining tight-lipped on reports that it may close some 200 stores as it looks to restructure around GBP240m (US375m) in debts.... read more