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Global news roundup

21 May 2014 | Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.... read more


INDIA: Century Textiles halves denim fabric production

2 February 2009 | just-style.com

Cotton yarn and fabric maker Century Textiles & Industries is halving denim production at its Madhya Pradesh unit, blaming adverse markets and slowing demand.... read more


Century posts Q4 textile earnings decline

7 May 2015 | Katie Smith

Indian yarn, fabric and denim maker Century Textiles & Industries saw earnings in its textile division fall during the fourth quarter, despite sales growth.... read more


Century Textiles books mixed Q2 results

4 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

Indian manufacturer Century Textiles has booked mixed results in its second-quarter, with a fall in sales and growth in earnings.... read more


Aditya Birla "low Risk" in CanopyStyle viscose audit

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more


Fast Retailing insists "acted lawfully" in Indonesia as worker mistreatment claims linger

11 October 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

Fast Retailing — owner of the Uniqlo brand — has insisted it "acted lawfully" throughout the process of the closure of its Indonesian supplier factory, as it continues to be bombarded with allegations of worker mistreatment and failure to compensate workers since the factory went bust in 2015.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing's G.U. to reduce reliance on Chinese sourcing

4 January 2013 | Petah Marian

Fast Retailing's low priced clothing retailer G.U. plans to reduce the proportion of product it sources from China. ... read more


Fast Retailing pledges $1.8m to support Asia workers

4 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing is to invest US$1.8m in a new programme with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to improve social security systems and worker environments in Asia.... read more


UPDATE: Fast Retailing supplier continues strike talks

26 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong garment manufacturer Lever Style says it has so far failed to negotiate an agreement with striking workers at its factory in Shenzhen, which is a supplier to Fast Retailing, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain.... read more


just-style's most read stories this week...

28 June 2013 | Katie Smith

The most-read stories on just-style this week include worker shortages holding clothing exports back in Laos, President Obama suspending US trade preferences for Bangladesh, and a comment on prospects for an African clothing industry.... read more


Fast Retailing commits to UN Global Compact

14 November 2018 | Beth Wright

 Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact.... read more


INDIA: Apparel exporters to benefit from Japan trade pact

21 February 2011 | just-style.com

Indian apparel exporters have welcomed an agreement to boost trade with Japan, which was signed last week.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing sues over worker exploitation claims

6 June 2011 | just-style.com

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing is suing publisher Bungeishunju after one of its publications claimed the Uniqlo casual clothing chain exploits workers employed in its stores and at the factories that make its products.... read more


BANGLADESH: Uniqlo production venture taking shape

14 July 2010 | just-style.com

A joint venture to make fabric and garments for the Uniqlo casual clothing chain in Bangladesh is making “satisfactory progress,” according to one of the partners in the project, with a small-scale garment plant already in operation.... read more


BANGLADESH: Fast Retailing signs Fire and Safety Accord

8 August 2013 | Petah Marian

Fast Retailing, which owns the Uniqlo brand, has signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. ... read more


INDIA: Uniqlo looking to India for garment sourcing?

26 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Casual clothing company Uniqlo, owned by Japanese giant Fast Retailing Co, is looking to begin sourcing garments from India, a government statement claims.... read more


Fast Retailing takes steps to safeguard suppliers

27 April 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The owner of the Uniqlo and Gu brands, Fast Retailing, says it is rolling out a series of measures to cut the risk of Covid-19 to its manufacturing partners and workers across its supply chain, including payment to its suppliers for complete orders and orders where production has started.... read more


Uniqlo under fire again for China worker abuses

27 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has come under fire from labour rights groups for failing to improve working conditions and environmental pollution at Uniqlo supplier factories in mainland China.... read more


Fast Retailing ramps up sustainability efforts

31 March 2015 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing says it is working to raise the bar across the apparel industry, after facing criticism earlier this year of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China. Detailing some of its efforts in its latest CSR report, the Japanese business says it has ramped up inspection efforts at its garment and textile suppliers, and set out a new initiative to spread best practices.... read more


Fast Retailing reveals core Uniqlo factory list

6 March 2017 | Beth Wright

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has published the names and locations of the 146 factories that manufacture garments for its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, in a bid to increase transparency across its supply chain.... read more


Fast Retailing to reveal supplier list

1 February 2017 | Beth Wright

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain and Asia's largest fashion retailer, has confirmed to just-style it is preparing to make its supplier list public within 2017.... read more


Fast Retailing to start monitoring textile suppliers

18 February 2015 | Richard Woodard

Uniqlo brand owner Fast Retailing has outlined further plans to improve workplace monitoring, following criticism of factory conditions at two of its suppliers in China.... read more


Uniqlo to discontinue use of alpaca wool

17 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Japan's Fast Retailing Group has confirmed that its Uniqlo casual clothing chain, as well as its PLST and Comptoir des Cotonniers brands, are to phase out the use of alpaca wool in their products.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing Unveils South Korea Plan

23 August 2005 | just-style.com

Japanese company Fast Retailing Co says it will open its first three stores in South Korea on 2 September through joint venture FRL Korea Co.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing's H1 Profit Shoots 19.6%

14 April 2005 | just-style.com

Fast Retailing Co Ltd, which owns the Uniqlo casual apparel chain, has posted a 19.6 per cent profit hike to JPY21.3 billion for the first half of the year on new store openings.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing Slashes Profit Outlook

2 March 2005 | just-style.com

Fast Retailing Co has dropped its full-year group net profit outlook after warmer weather negatively affected autumn and winter sales.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing Enjoys June Sales Growth

4 July 2005 | just-style.com

Store chain giant Fast Retailing Co has announced a 13.7 per cent year-on-year same-store sales rise, on good sales of Body Tech inner sportswear and button-down shirts.... read more


JAPAN: Slow Sales Drag Down Fast Retailing Profit

18 July 2005 | just-style.com

Fast Retailing Co, operator of the Uniqlo casual clothing chain, has reported a 4.3 per cent drop in net profit for the nine-month period ended May 2005 due to slow sales and higher expenses.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing Unveils Growth Plans

5 September 2005 | just-style.com

Casual clothing giant Fast Retailing Co has announced plans to spend between JPY300 billion and JPY400bn on mergers and acquisitions in the next three years.... read more


JAPAN: Uniqlo To Open Specialist Underwear Shops

9 September 2005 | just-style.com

Japanese Fast Retailing Co, operator of the casual wear banner Uniqlo, is to open a ladies’ underwear store called Body-by-Uniqlo.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing eyes international growth

23 February 2006 | just-style.com

Three years after Fast Retailing (the Japanese company behind the Uniqlo brand of casual clothes) downsized its store operations in Britain, it said is now ready to expand again.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing buys Princesse tam.tam lingerie brand

2 December 2005 | just-style.com

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing is to buy French apparel firm Petit Vehicule, owner of the Princesse tam.tam brand and the second-largest lingerie chain in France.... read more


JAPAN: Fast Retailing FY Misses Forecasts

14 October 2005 | just-style.com

Fast Retailing Co Ltd – which operates the Uniqlo casual clothing chain – has reported a 12.9 per cent sales rise to JPY383.97 billion for the year ended in August, falling short of its target revenue for the year. ... read more


Fast Retailing to digitise operations with Accenture

15 June 2015 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing and global management consultants Accenture have joined forces on a project that will enable the casual clothing brand to digitise its operations with the potential to form a joint-venture in the future.... read more


Fast Retailing makes impressive rebound in Q1

14 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo casual clothing brand, has reported a higher-than-expected rise in earnings in its first-quarter thanks to an impressive rebound in sales.... read more


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