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Creating 2 Color Names and Numbers with Heat Transfer Film
21/04/2010
Creating 2 color names and numbers with heat applied film – Thermofilm. I’ve been spending  a lot of time speaking with customers like you who own a vinyl cutter and  a heat press.  I’m trying to uncover some of the top challenges you are facing…so far I’ve received a ton of feedback.  Thanks! Based on your feedback [...]
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Personalization Can Help You Sell More / Stand Out ? Real Life Example
16/02/2010
Just a quick little post today on how personalization can help your business sell more! My wife and I recently decided that we needed a toy box to keep our 10 month old daughter’s toys somewhat organized in our living room.  Since my wife is the decorator of the house she did the shopping online and [...]
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The Scary Truth About Decorating Team Sports Uniforms ? Heat Press Vinyl
15/02/2010
The Scary Truth About Decorating Team Sports Uniforms with Heat Press Vinyl Heat applied film gets a bad name sometimes.  It’s easy to understand why when you look at the photo below of one of the most popular brands on the market (not Stahls’). Washed just 2 times and put through the dryer on low heat. The photo [...]
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CAD-CUT® ? It?s really that simple
12/02/2010
I wanted to take a moment to share a video that we have recently produced on the process of using heat applied film. As you’ll see in the video it’s really a simple, clean technology that has a great ROI. Enjoy the video and please take the time to rate it 5 stars – this will help [...]
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Roses are Red, Profits are Green ? Making T-Shirts for Valentine?s Day Can Be A Decorators Dream
05/02/2010
Valentine’s Day Weekend is approaching quickly.  Guys, this is your advanced reminder to get something for that someone special. So when you think about classic gifts for Valentine’s Day you always come up with roses.  According to a stat I’ve read recently, 189 million stems of roses are sold in the US on each Valentine’s Day. [...]
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Stay Fully Connected ? Become a Fan on Facebook
01/02/2010
To all of my loyal readers, I’ve recently launched a Facebook Page for my new company CADCUTDirect.com If you want to stay fully connected with me and get advice on various aspects of apparel customization then become a fan. Over the coming months we’ll be posting tons of photos, links to videos, exclusive interviews, giveaways, training and more. [...]
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A New Year Gift From Target Order Online & Save 5%
20/01/2010
The start the year off on the right foot we want offer our loyal customers a extra special start to the year! Go online today and order anything from Plotter Cutters, Heat Presses, Cad-Cut® Textile Vinyl, Inkjet and Laser Transfer Media Paper, Wide Format Print and Cut Media and Accessories before midnight on the 31st January 2010 and SAVE 5% on [...]
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We Love Our Customers!
14/01/2010
The team at Target Transfers would like to thank all of you that gave feedback in our 2009 Customer Service Poll. The results were over welming and comforting, we really appreciate those of you that took time out of your busy working day to take part. We promise to strive to do better and encourage [...]
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ISRAEL: Tefron agrees last-minute deal with lenders
08/01/2010
Principal lenders in Tefron Ltd have pledged to continue and expand the firm's line of credit in a move that effectively ends a month of financial uncertainty for the intimate apparel and performance activewear maker.
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UK: Matthew Williamson launches capsule men's wear line
08/01/2010
International fashion designer Matthew Williamson is to launch a capsule men's wear range for spring/summer 2010, with a view to expanding the line seasonally thereafter.
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UK: Ted Baker sales soar 19% over Christmas
08/01/2010
Designer fashion brand Ted Baker Plc today (8 January) booked a 19.1% hike in retail sales over the Christmas trading period, and said it is "well placed" for 2010 despite the uncertain economic outlook.
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FRANCE: Bruno Saint-Hilaire names new president
08/01/2010
Toulouse-based ready-to-wear firm, Bruno Saint-Hilaire, has a new president since the beginning of the year in the shape of Nicolas Roux.
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HONG KONG: Hembly renames as 'New Environmental Energy'
08/01/2010
Apparel sourcing giant Hembly International Holdings Limited is changing its name to New Environmental Energy Holdings Limited to reflect its diversification into waste treatment and renewable energy and services.
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JAPAN: Fast Retailing lifts outlook as Q1 profit jumps 57%
08/01/2010
Japanese clothing operator Fast Retailing Co Ltd has raised its full-year forecasts after surging sales at its Uniqlo casual clothing chain helped lift first quarter profit by 57.2%.
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PAKISTAN: Government puts a limit on cotton yarn exports
08/01/2010
Pakistan's government has imposed ceiling of 50,000 tons per month on the export of cotton yarns from the country. The ceiling will be effective from 1st January 2010.
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US: Sears opens online Marketplace to other retailers
08/01/2010
Department store retailer Sears Holdings has opened up its website to third-party sellers, including competitors, as part of a new online mall called Sears Marketplace.
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BELGIUM: Van de Velde FY sales up 5.3%
07/01/2010
Belgian lingerie maker Van de Velde has seen its sales grow by 5.3% in 2009, and reiterated its outlook for 2010.
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INDIA: Knitwear technology centre launched in Tirupur
07/01/2010
A special facility to help local firms expand into new markets by developing hi-tech fabrics, functional clothing and using greener manufacturing technology is being set up in Tirupur.
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INDIA: Textile sector "showing signs of recovery"
07/01/2010
India's textile sector is showing signs of recovery, with recent upturns in production, investments and exports, according to the government Minister responsible.
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SWEDEN: H&M goes green with Garden Collection
07/01/2010
Swedish fashion chain H&M is gearing up to launch a sustainable fashion line this spring made entirely from organic and recycled materials.
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UK: Clothing boosts Sainsbury's Q3 sales rise
07/01/2010
Supermarket giant Sainsbury's posted a 3.8% increase in third quarter like-for-like sales, boosted by "good growth" from its clothing ranges.
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UK: JD Sports fears weather will dent upbeat Christmas
07/01/2010
Athletic clothing and footwear retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc today (7 December) said it expects its full-year pre-tax profit to beat expectations after like-for-like sales rose 6.6% during the Christmas trading period.
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UK: John Lewis retail boss retires
07/01/2010
John Lewis' retail director Gareth Thomas is to take early retirement. Thomas has been with the UK-based retailer for 30 years, and a member of the John Lewis management board for the last decade.
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UK: New Look toasts Christmas sales increase
07/01/2010
Value fashion retailer New Look enjoyed a successful Christmas, posting UK like-for-like sales up 5.9% in the 14 weeks to 2 January.
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US: Cherokee signs swimwear deal with Blue By Yoo
07/01/2010
Cherokee Inc has entered into an exclusive agreement in the US with Blue By Yoo for its Sideout brand in the women's, junior's and girl's swimwear category.
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US: Bruce Ash joins retail consulting practice at RPE
07/01/2010
Retail consulting firm Retail Process Engineering (RPE) has hired IT industry veteran Bruce Ash as its new vice president of strategic consulting.
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ITALY: Sportswear maker Colmar in PLM investment
07/01/2010
Italian ski and sports apparel maker Colmar is planning ahead to ensure it is well-positioned for the economic rebound by investing in new product lifecycle management (PLM), sourcing and profitability management software.
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US: Gap posts 2% rise in December same-store sales
07/01/2010
December sales at Gap Inc climbed 5%, the specialty clothing retailer said today (7 January), helped by a buoyant performance at its lower-priced Old Navy chain and an improved showing from its namesake stores.
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US: Heidi Klum to launch two maternity lines
07/01/2010
Maternity wear retailer Destination Maternity Corporation is teaming up with supermodel Heidi Klum on two new exclusive maternity lines due to launch next month.
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HONG KONG: Daphne to buy Full Pearl stake for HK$195m
07/01/2010
Chinese shoe manufacturer and retailer Daphne International Holdings Limited is investing HK$195m (US$25m) for a 60% stake in Full Pearl International Ltd, in a move that takes it into the high-end footwear market.
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US: Retailers' December 2009 sales roundup
07/01/2010
The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' December 2009 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.
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The Death of Screen Printing for Team Uniforms
07/01/2010
To commemorate 2010, I’ll be putting out top 10 lists throughout the year… Our first Top 10 is… The Top Ten Reasons Why:  New Digital Print Cut Heat Press Technology and YOUR Customer will bring about the Death of Screen Printing for Team Uniforms I urge you to share your comments at the end of this post. Let’s look [...]
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Ted Stahl Welcomes Josh Ellsworth to Stahls as General Manager of CAD-CUT(R) Direct
06/01/2010
I would like to introduce my next guest blogger, Josh Ellsworth. Many of you may already be familiar with Josh Ellsworth, since he is a well known figure in the apparel decoration world. Known throughout the industry as a CAD-CUT (R) materials specialist, with over 1,000 forum postings on T-Shirt Forums, author of Heat Press Yourself [...]
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SOUTH AFRICA: Woolworths tackles assortment management
06/01/2010
South African retail chain Woolworths is hoping to improve buying and assortment management processes for its clothing and general merchandising groups after implementing the i2 solution at the end of last year.
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SPAIN: Nearly 150 textile firms bankrupt in 2009
06/01/2010
Spanish textile bankruptcies soared 53% to 145 companies last year as the country's recession continued to dent clothing purchases, with leading firms such as Dogi and Caramelo seeking court protection from creditors.
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UK: Clothing boosts M&S Q3 sales rise
06/01/2010
Retailer Marks & Spencer posted a rise in like-for-like sales in the crucial pre-Christmas trading period - but saw the company's shares fall after the figures disappointed analysts.
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INSIGHT: Relieved M&S eyes future with caution
06/01/2010
There was a slightly sniffy City reaction to Marks & Spencer's third quarter results, but Sir Stuart Rose and his colleagues will surely have been quietly relieved to return to positive like-for-like sales growth in the run-up to Christmas.
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UK: Fashion & Textile Buyers' Guide to Britain 2010
06/01/2010
The latest annual directory of British fashion and textile firms has been published by the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).
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US: First Shoebox New York store opens in Caribbean
06/01/2010
NexCen Brands Inc has opened the first Shoebox New York franchised store in Aruba under an existing master franchise agreement with Shogun Trade International NV.
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US: JoS A Bank to trial tuxedo rentals
06/01/2010
Men's wear retailer JoS A Bank Clothiers Inc is expanding into the tuxedo rental business, and will be testing its potential from this month with a launch in around 5% of its 474 stores.
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US: True Religion appoints chief operating officer
06/01/2010
Upmarket denim and jeans brand True Religion Apparel Inc has tapped Lynne Koplin, the president of the Tommy Bahama women's division, as its chief operating officer.
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VIETNAM: Footwear exports fall 15.8% in 2009
06/01/2010
Vietnam's footwear exports were down by 15.8% in 2009 to US$4bn after the sector was hit by lower orders due to the global economic crisis and EU anti-dumping duties.
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VIETNAM: Textile and garment exports rise 1% in 2009
05/01/2010
Vietnam's textile and apparel exports rose 1% year-on-year in 2009 to US$9.1bn, as manufacturers managed to weather the global economic downturn.
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UK: Next ups guidance on "better than expected" Christmas
05/01/2010
Fashion retailer Next increased its full-year profit guidance after "better than expected" sales in the crucial pre-Christmas trading period.
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US: The Talbots repays third party debt
05/01/2010
Struggling apparel retailer The Talbots has amended its loan arrangements to repay all of its outstanding third party debt - part of the company's merger plans.
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ASIA: Region awaits effects of new China trade deal
05/01/2010
South-east Asia's textile industries are awaiting the effects of a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, which came into effect on 1 January.
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INDIA: Apparel production could be hit by dyers' strike
05/01/2010
A strike by dyeing units in Tirupur has entered its second week, prompting fears that apparel production in the region will take a knock-on hit too.
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UK: Pex hires regional business development manager
05/01/2010
Children's wear and hosiery brand Pex has appointed Mark Loveland as regional business development manager for the Midlands and north region.
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US: YKK cuts fastener lead levels below CPSIA limits
05/01/2010
Zipper and fastener maker YKK has lowered the lead content in most of its products so that they comply with the standards required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
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Textile fabrics get a boost in performance swimwear
05/01/2010
The use of polyurethane in performance swimwear is credited with securing 235 world records over the past two years. But a ban on the use of the material in competitions from 1 January 2010 is set to give textile fabrics a boost.
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US: Kohl's expands New York design office
05/01/2010
Department store retailer Kohl's Corporation is relocating its New York design office and doubling the size of the facility as part of moves to support the growth of its exclusive and private brands.
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US: PacSun taps Levi's Cameron as SVP marketing
05/01/2010
Teen casual clothing brand Pacific Sunwear of California Inc has tapped former Levi's Brand Marketing executive Robert Cameron as its senior vice president of marketing.
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COMMENT: Are apparel firms pawns in a political game?
05/01/2010
The US and EU seem to be trying to influence politicians in exporting countries by threatening to close down their garment industries. Recent examples include the EU's plans to cut off GSP+ benefits from Sri Lanka and the US decision to revoke Madagascar's AGOA status. And this could be just the beginning, believes David Birnbaum.
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US: Trade issues continue to cloud China's WTO obligations
05/01/2010
The annual report on China's compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) accession obligations suggests there is still room for improvement despite the progress achieved in 2009.
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UK: Christmas fashion sales soar at John Lewis
05/01/2010
John Lewis has posted a 15.8% rise in total sales at its department stores division for the five weeks to 2 January, driven by demand for its fashion and homeware lines.
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2010 Predictions for Decorated Apparel Industry
05/01/2010
Just a short post today… My industry predictions for 2010 have recently been posted over at Ted Stahl’s blog.  They are part of a series being published by Ted with insight from folks within Groupe Stahl from all around the world. To read the predictions, simply click here: Ted Stahl’s Blog / Josh’s Predictions Please leave your [...]
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INDIA: Pantaloon transfers value retail to separate unit
04/01/2010
Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd, the country's largest listed retailer, has transferred its value retail business to its Future Value Retail Ltd unit.
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CHINA: Textile, garment exports fall 11.4% from Jan to Nov
04/01/2010
China's textile and garment exports fell 11.4% year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2009, according to figures released last week by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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ISRAEL: OptiTex releases CutPlan software module
04/01/2010
OptiTex has released a new software module to help users of its systems cut material waste and control production costs when handling smaller order sizes.
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MADAGASCAR: Loses AGOA benefits
04/01/2010
Madagascar has been removed from the list of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) beneficiary countries after failing to make "progress" in meeting the requirements of the US trade pact.
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US: Andean trade programme gets one-year extension
04/01/2010
President Obama last week signed a one-year extension of the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Generalized System of Preferences - in a move that should help prevent business disruptions for the apparel and footwear industry.
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US: Carter's names leaders for its two core brands
04/01/2010
Children's wear maker Carter's Inc has created two new leadership positions for its core Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh brands.
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AUSTRALIA: Aussie Bum and Icebreaker turn to PLM
04/01/2010
Clothing firms AussieBum and IceBreaker are the latest to sign up for the product lifecycle management (PLM) solution from Just OnePlace.
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JAPAN: Uniqlo same-store sales up 11.5% in December
04/01/2010
Surging sales of winter garments have helped same-store sales at the Uniqlo casual clothing chain jump by 11.5% year-on-year in December.
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BANGLADESH: Uniqlo production venture taking shape
04/01/2010
The first phase of a joint venture to make fabric and garments for the Uniqlo casual clothing chain in Bangladesh is due to come on stream early this year.
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PAKISTAN: Biggest Garment City planned for Hyderabad
04/01/2010
Pakistan is planning to set up the country's largest garment city at Hyderabad in Sindh province and has set aside INR100m (US$1.8m) to carry out feasibility studies.
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US: My Vintage Baby 9-month gross profit tumbles
23/12/2009
Children's apparel company My Vintage Baby Inc has seen its gross profit and sales almost halve in the first nine-months of its financial year as it takes steps to change its business model.
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EUROPE: Bangladesh used as cover-up for textile scam
23/12/2009
European fraud officers are hoping to recoup around EUR50m (US$71.4m) in unpaid import duties after clothing companies falsely claimed duty-free Bangladeshi origin on clothing shipped from China.
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JAPAN: Teijin sells Indonesian polyester fibre unit
23/12/2009
Japanese fibre maker Teijin Limited has sold its entire stake in its Indonesian subsidiary as part of restructuring of its polyester fibres business.
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JORDAN: Garment firms to take part in Italian project
23/12/2009
Twenty-two local clothing companies have been chosen to take part in a joint project between the Jordanian and Italian authorities to help small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) grow their businesses in national and international markets.
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UK: Campaigners urge fashion chains to ban Uzbek cotton
23/12/2009
Anti-slavery campaigners are urging two high street fashion retailers to stop selling clothes made with cotton which may have been picked by forced child labour.
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US: Tax gain pushes Finish Line to Q3 profit
23/12/2009
A one-time tax gain, coupled with tight control of expenses and inventories, have all combined to push athletic clothing and footwear retailer The Finish Line Inc to a third quarter profit.
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US: Unemployment takes toll on uniform supplier Cintas
23/12/2009
Rising levels of unemployment in the US continue to take their toll on uniform and corporate clothing supplier Cintas Corporation, although the firm says it is seeing signs that business has stabilised.
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EUROPE: China, trade groups slate extended shoe duties
23/12/2009
China has threatened to take legal action against the European Union (EU) following its decision yesterday (22 December) to extend controversial anti-dumping duties on leather shoes imported from China and Vietnam.
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10 industry developments that shaped the decade
23/12/2009
Having delivered apparel and footwear industry news for the past decade, just-style takes a reflective look through its archives to highlight ten key themes that have helped shape the apparel industry over the last 10 years.
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Happy Holidays
23/12/2009
We've reached the end of another year here at just-style, and on behalf of the whole team I'd like to wish all our readers a happy, healthy and peaceful time over the festive season and into the New Year.
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EUROPE: EU extends China, Vietnam shoe duties
22/12/2009
The European Union has today (22 December) decided to extend controversial anti-dumping duties imposed on leather shoes from China and Vietnam, in a move that will come as a blow not only to China but to importers and retailers as well.
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SWEDEN: New Wave Group sells shares in Russian subsidiary
22/12/2009
Swedish brand group New Wave Group has sold its shares - representing 51% of the capital and votes - in Russian subsidiary CJSC (NW Russia) to the minority shareholders in the company.
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UK: Blacks Leisure CVAs become effective
22/12/2009
Outdoor wear retailer Blacks Leisure Group has announced that the statutory challenge period for its company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) has now expired and they have become effective.
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UK: Retailer highlights counterfeit clothing signs
22/12/2009
Bad spelling, cheap prices and poor quality are all telltale signs of fake garments, according to a UK clothing retailer.
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US: Iconix sets up European licensing unit
22/12/2009
Iconix Brand Group Inc is set to expand its brands in Europe after partnering with The Licensing Company on a new subsidiary.
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world first design conference a virtual success (gbr)
21/12/2009
The first virtual world-based fashion design conference in history was held earlier this month on December 3.
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BANGLADESH: Yarn exports hit by soaring prices
21/12/2009
The price of yarn in Bangladesh has risen 20%-30% within the last month, affecting knitwear exporters.
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JAPAN: Apparel maker World to launch web platform
21/12/2009
One of Japan's top apparel makers is collaborating with a web social network to create a trading platform for the apparel and accessories industry.
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mudpie release new graphic books to the market (gbr)
21/12/2009
Mudpie Ltd, the UKs most trusted and accurate trend forecasting company, are pleased to announce the release of two new graphic book products geared towards a variety of markets including the fashion, apparel, homewares, lifestyle and stationery markets.
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US: Wins end to Chinese brand export subsidies
21/12/2009
The Chinese government has agreed to end a range of subsidies that help boost sales of Chinese-branded merchandise around the world - including apparel and textiles - rather than face a fight with the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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VIETNAM: Strike continues at Calvin Klein supplier plant
21/12/2009
More than 500 workers at a garment plant of Hamlin Vietnam Company, located in Ho Chi Minh city, have downed tools for a strike since last week (15 December).
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MEXICO: Solorzano to head Wal-Mart Latin America ops
21/12/2009
Wal-Mart de Mexico has appointed its CEO to head up the US retail giant's operations across Latin America.
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US: CPSC postpones testing on children's, lead items
21/12/2009
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to delay plans to enforce testing and certification on many children's products covered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
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US: P2i Inc expands into heart of US footwear market
21/12/2009
P2i Inc, the company behind the Ion-mask liquid repellent nano-coating technology, has expanded its presence in the US market with the appointment of Joy Gruver as sales manager for footwear and performance textiles.
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EUROPE: Voting unclear as shoe duties decision looms
21/12/2009
Member States of the European Union are due to vote tomorrow (22 December) on the European Commission's proposal to extend anti-dumping duties imposed on shoes from China and Vietnam.
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JAPAN: Uniqlo to launch second Jil Sander collection
21/12/2009
Casual clothing chain Uniqlo is teaming up again with fashion designer Jil Sander following their hugely successful collaboration in October.
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mudpie: a strong force in global trend forecasting (gbr)
18/12/2009
Mudpie, the UKs most trusted and accurate trend forecasting company, have truly faced the global recession head on, and continued to 'spread their wings' across the globe during the last six months.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

FRANCE: Decathlon inaugurates continental logistics hub
18/12/2009
Oxylane Groupe, the new corporate signature of French sports goods retailer Decathlon, has inaugurated its continental logistics hub at the Delta 3 business park complex near Lille, northern France.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: EU commits to continue GSP+ dialogue with Sri Lanka
18/12/2009
The head of delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka, ambassador Bernard Savage, said this week that the EU is committed to pursuing a dialogue with the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure the continuation of its GSP+ trade scheme.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

AUSTRIA: Wolford improves earnings despite sales dip
18/12/2009
Luxury intimate apparel company Wolford has posted slight first-half earnings growth, having cut costs to offset declining sales during the period.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Nike Q2 profit dips, but orders signal growth
18/12/2009
Nike is poised to return to revenue growth in the fiscal third quarter, despite a 4% fall in net profit during the three months to 30 November.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

COMMENT: Nike and Tiger look to a brighter 2010
18/12/2009
When Nike president and CEO Mark Parker began the company's second quarter conference call, he must have hoped that the analysts involved would focus on better-than-expected profits and the uptick in futures orders.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Urban Outfitters hires VF's Artz as chief financial officer
18/12/2009
Specialty lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters Inc has named Eric Artz as its new chief financial officer, replacing John E Kyees who is due to retire next year.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

WORLD: Union urges action to protect fashion's migrant workers
18/12/2009
Unions are being urged to step up their efforts to protect the rights of migrant workers employed in the clothing and footwear industry.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CANADA: Olympic organisers unhappy with Lululemon range
18/12/2009
The organisers of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics have lashed out on a clothing range launched by yogawear firm Lululemon Athletica called "Cool Sporting Event That Takes Place in British Columbia Between 2009 & 2011 Edition".
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

MADAGASCAR: Could lose AGOA benefits on US ultimatum
18/12/2009
Madagascar has been threatened with removal from the list of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) beneficiary countries after the US issued it with an ultimatum last week.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Top stories on just-style this week...
18/12/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.
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US: Small retailers targeted by new management software
18/12/2009
New SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) based retail management software will be released early next year specifically for small and medium-sized apparel and footwear retailers.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: November retail sales dragged down by clothing
17/12/2009
UK retail sales grew more slowly in November than October, according to official figures released today (17 December), dragged down by a poor performance at department and clothing stores.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CANADA: Men's shoe retailer Dack's slips into bankruptcy
17/12/2009
Dack's Shoes, one of Canada's oldest and best-known men's footwear retailers, has filed for bankruptcy after 175 years in business.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Nano-Tex to move R&D operations to China
17/12/2009
Nano-Tex, the developer of nanotechnology-based textile treatments for the apparel market, is moving its research and development operations to Hong Kong.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

DENMARK: Vivienne Westwood and Anvil Knitwear launch eco T-shirt
17/12/2009
Designer Vivienne Westwood and Anvil Knitwear have joined forces to launch a limited edition T-shirt to support efforts at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to stop deforestation.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Timberland recalls 21,000 children's boots
17/12/2009
The Timberland Company has, in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a voluntary recall of around 21,000 pairs of its Classic Scuffproof Boots.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Art Gun buy takes Delta Apparel into customised clothing
17/12/2009
Activewear and headwear maker Delta Apparel Inc has agreed a deal to buy graphics apparel business Art Gun Technologies LLC in a move that takes it into the customised apparel market for the first time.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Iconix talks for Playboy acquisition fade - report
17/12/2009
Reported negotiations for fashion firm Iconix Brand Group to buy Playboy Enterprises are collapsing, according to a newspaper report.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CANADA: A million mittens sold at Hudson's in Olympic rush
17/12/2009
The organisers of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics say that one million pairs of official red mittens have been sold at retailer Hudson's Bay Company stores ahead of the February event.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

HONG KONG: Esprit to buy China retail ops for HK$3.88bn
17/12/2009
Fashion wholesaler and retailer Esprit Holdings Ltd today (17 December) confirmed reports that it will buy out its China-based retail joint venture for HK$3.88bn (US$500m), in a move that will allow it to strengthen its presence in Asia Pacific.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

SRI LANKA: EC recommends withdrawal of GSP+ status
17/12/2009
The European Commission (EC) has made a long-awaited decision to temporarily suspend preferential trade terms for Sri Lanka because of its poor human-rights record.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Shoppers to spend more on clothes this Christmas
17/12/2009
Nearly three-quarters of UK shoppers say they intend to increase their spending on clothes and shoes this Christmas, offering some hope to retailers who are desperately hoping for better results than last year's dire performance.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Lawmakers take steps to end shoe tax
17/12/2009
Two US lawmakers have put forward legislation that would eliminate tariffs on around half of the shoes imported into the US each year.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Fashion industry cuts new deal as Skillfast closes
16/12/2009
The UK fashion sector is to lose its dedicated lobbying voice on skills issues after the government on Tuesday (15 December) decided not to renew Skillfast-UK's licence when comes to an end next March.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

DENMARK: Novozymes trials eco-fabric treatment at Esquel
16/12/2009
Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has teamed up with Hong-Kong based textile manufacturer Esquel to trial an eco-friendly textile treatment that claims to improve the softness of a fabric but also produce lower carbon emissions.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

mpdclick first to forecast aw1112 colour palettes (gbr)
16/12/2009
As a subscriber to Mudpies ever popular online trend forecasting service, Mpdclick.com, you exclusively gain access to the first colour predictions for the autumn/winter 2011/2012 season, in December 2009.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Promotions drive Laura Ashley sales rise
16/12/2009
Targeted promotional activity and increased selling space boosted sales for retailer Laura Ashley in the first 19 weeks of the company's second half.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Collective Brands names Stride Rite group retail head
16/12/2009
Footwear retailer Collective Brands Inc has promoted John D Smith to the post of senior vice president and general manager of retail for its Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG), which includes the 360-store Stride Rite chain.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: G-III Apparel share offering to fund acquisitions
16/12/2009
G-III Apparel Group Ltd is planning to sell shares of its common stock in a public offering to support the growth of its business, including possible acquisitions.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Haggar inks licensing deal with Gramicci
16/12/2009
Men's apparel company Haggar Clothing has signed its second licensing agreement in as many days - this time with Gramicci for outdoor sportswear.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Jones Apparel names Lastrina chief marketing officer
16/12/2009
Apparel and footwear maker Jones Apparel Group Inc has promoted Stacy Lastrina to the post of chief marketing officer.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

JAPAN: Abercrombie & Fitch opens first Asian store
16/12/2009
US teen fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has opened its first flagship store in Japan - and its first in Asia - in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

JAPAN: Aeon to spin-off Jusco amid retail shake-up
16/12/2009
Aeon Co, Japan's second largest retailer, is to spin-off its Jusco shoe business into a separate subsidiary as part of moves to shake-up its struggling general merchandise operations.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Exclude textiles from Vietnam trade talks - NCTO
16/12/2009
The US should exclude the textile sector from free trade talks with Vietnam, says the National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) - voicing fears that the country could be "the next China".
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Hope returns to fashion sector - research
16/12/2009
Optimism and hope has returned to the UK fashion industry, according to a new survey, with more than half of respondents predicting rising sales in 2010.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CAMBODIA: Concern over garment workers' rights - report
16/12/2009
Although working conditions in Cambodian garment factories continue to improve, there are still concerns over restrictions on workers' rights and lingering discrimination, a new report said today (16 December).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: Retailers caught up in festive waiting game
16/12/2009
With just one more shopping weekend before Christmas, it seems US retailers are caught up in a festive waiting game. Will they cave in first on markdowns or will consumers hold out until the last minute in the hope of securing even bigger discounts on their purchases?
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Target Transfers Seek Further Growth Through Agents.
15/12/2009
Target Transfers are one of the longest established and best known custom heat transfer manufacturers with a reputation for high quality, fast turn round times, at competitive prices. For over 30 years Target have provided a wide range ofcustom heat transfer systems to the Sports & Leisure, Fashion, Promotional, Work wear and Merchandising markets. Many of theircustom heat transfer systems have [...]
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10 key trends in China's fashion retail market
15/12/2009
Here is a list of ten important considerations for international retailers looking to do business in the emerging Chinese retail market. The trends were presented by Brenda Wang, the managing director of Brandxcel, at the recent UKFT Seminar 'China: Today's source; Tomorrow's Market'.
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FRANCE: Ribera to lead software marketing at Lectra
15/12/2009
Lectra has promoted Philippe Ribera as software marketing director responsible for the definition and implementation of the group's software marketing action plans - including the Lectra Fashion PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) strategy.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

PAKISTAN: October exports help revive textile plants
15/12/2009
A number of textile mills in Pakistan have resumed production following the return of global textile demand and higher prices of textile and clothing products in the country.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Spotlight on...Doing business in China
15/12/2009
Selecting the right partner, building strong personal relationships and understanding local laws are all-important when doing business in the sourcing powerhouse of China. Joe Ayling found out more at a UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) Seminar on 'China: Today's source: Tomorrow's market'.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Haggar signs outerwear deal with World Cross Culture
15/12/2009
Apparel company Haggar Clothing has signed a licensing deal with World Cross Culture to manufacture and market a range of outerwear items.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Jaeger plotting Paris store opening
15/12/2009
Fashion retail brand Jaeger is engaged in talks over the possible opening of a new store in Paris, the company has confirmed.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Boston Proper names Sheryl Clark as CEO
15/12/2009
Direct-to-consumer women's wear retailer Boston Proper Inc has promoted president Sheryl Clark to the position of CEO, replacing Michael Tiernan who has decided to step down.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: House OKs renewal of Andean trade programme
15/12/2009
The US House of Representatives has renewed two important trade preference programmes for one year, in a move that now paves the way for the US Senate to cast its vote before the benefits expire at the end of this month.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Nike "standing by" Tiger Woods
15/12/2009
Sportswear giant Nike appears to be standing by golf star Tiger Woods despite his spectacular fall from grace following admitted marital infidelities.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Saks does away with "poison pill" measure
15/12/2009
Retailer Saks has got rid of a so-called "poison pill" measure designed to deter potential hostile takeovers of the company.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Wet Seal names Harold Kahn as new chairman
15/12/2009
Women's fashion retailer The Wet Seal Inc has named board member Harold Kahn as its new chairman following the retirement of Alan Siegel.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Retail sales expected to edge up this month
15/12/2009
Latest research suggests that UK retail sales will show a modest 2% growth during December, ahead of VAT increases next month.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Nike names Dave McTague as CEO of Cole Haan
15/12/2009
Sporting goods firm Nike has named Dave McTague as CEO of its Cole Haan brand.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

BFC announces NewGen recipients
14/12/2009
The British Fashion Council (BFC) today confirmed the names of nineteen fashion designer businesses that will receive BFC NEWGEN sponsorship, supported by Topshop, to show at London Fashion Week (LFW) in February 2010. NEWGEN,
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Stitch to show new menswear designers
14/12/2009
London tradeshow Stitch has announced that it is creating a dedicated space for visionary new menswear designers in order to define the very best of international and homegrown talent. Professor Louise Wilson OBE joined the Stitch team in November
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GIVe to target overseas
14/12/2009
George Davies, the retail entrepreneur who has dressed two generations of British women,
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INDIA: Kiri Dyes & Chemicals to buy Germany's Dystar
14/12/2009
Up to 800 jobs in Germany and around 2,000 worldwide may be saved after insolvent dye-maker Dystar Textilfarben GmbH agreed to sell its operations to Indian company Kiri Dyes & Chemicals Ltd (KDCL).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

HONG KONG: Planet Textiles eco-conference planned
14/12/2009
A new international event on sustainability throughout the textiles and clothing supply chain is being launched in Hong Kong next year alongside the Interstoff Asia Essential fabric show.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Retail software vendor Maple Lake appoints new MD
14/12/2009
Retail software vendor Maple Lake, which specialises in merchandise planning applications for fashion retailers, has appointed Mark Stone as managing director.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Shoppers waiting as November apparel sales fall
14/12/2009
US retail sales rose 1.3% in November, according to the latest official data, offering some hope that shoppers are in spending mood as they head into the critical holiday shopping period.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

AUSTRIA: Lenzing invests EUR120m in fibre expansion
14/12/2009
Cellulose fibre firm Lenzing Group, the company behind the Tencel and Modal brands, is investing EUR120m (US$176m) in its European and Asian sites in 2010 as part of plans to ramp up production capacity.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

JAPAN: Chori eyes new markets for growth
14/12/2009
Japanese textile maker Chori Co, producer of raw materials for knit products and uniforms, socks and tights, is to expand its operations in both China, SE Asia and the Middle east as part of strengthening its overseas operations.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Balance to dominate shopping habits in 2010
14/12/2009
Environmental and ethical issues will play a large part in rebuilding brands in 2010, a new forecast says, as consumers re-shape their lifestyles following this year's global economic recession.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Fila to debut Susan Lucci fitness apparel on HSN
14/12/2009
Sportswear brand Fila teamed up with Emmy winning actress Susan Lucci to launch a collection of Pilates and fitness apparel that will be sold exclusively on the HSN home shopping network.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Trade group calls for military clothing reform
14/12/2009
The American Apparel & Footwear Association has written to President Obama asking him to reduce the work being given to inmates in US prisons, arguing that it takes business away from domestic manufacturers.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Geox skyscraper collection
14/12/2009
To celebrate the opening of its largest flagship store, Italian footwear brand Geox launched a limited
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Fancy footwork at Moda
14/12/2009
Trade show Moda Footwear will be launching a new area for directional brands at the February 2010 show. Moda Platform, located within Moda Footwear’s Boutique fashion zone, will bring up-and-coming footwear brands to the UK’s national
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Fulton brollies record sales
11/12/2009
British leading umbrella company Fulton reported record sales for November, selling around
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Inditex sales increase
11/12/2009
Spanish retail group Inditex increased its net sales by 6% in the first nine months of this fiscal year, running from February 1st to October 31st. The net sales rose to 7,759 million euros, and sales in local currencies increased by 8% over the same
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

US: Timberland bolsters green campaign during summit
11/12/2009
Outdoor apparel firm Timberland is supporting its 'Don't Tell Us It Can't Be Done' environmental campaign with online coverage of the United Nations Climate Change Summit.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

HONG KONG: Esprit to trim new store openings?
11/12/2009
Fashion wholesaler and retailer Esprit Holdings Ltd is planning to cut the number of new stores it opens this year and is in talks to buy out its China-based retail joint venture, according to local media reports.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

SPAIN: Mango opens its first store in Iraq
11/12/2009
Spanish fashion company Mango continues on its international expansion drive with the opening of its first store in Iraq in the Kurdish province of Erbil, in the north of the country.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Retailers more confident about Christmas
11/12/2009
A snapshot survey of UK retailers suggests they are convinced that this Christmas will be no worse than last year, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said today (11 December).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Hughes to lead USA-ITA as Jones steps down
11/12/2009
The United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) has named Julia Hughes as its new executive director, taking over from Laura Jones who has led the trade group since it was founded in 1989.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Senate appoints first ever 'copyright czar'
11/12/2009
The US Senate late last week confirmed Victoria Espinel as the nation's first ever Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator or 'copyright czar'.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

2009 ? A Look Back And A Sneak Peek At What?s In Store For 2010!
11/12/2009
Throughout 2009, Target Transfers have kept up a steady stream of new, innovative products and services for the benefit of all those involved in the garment decorating industry. As part of their service to customers, Target have in 2009 provided FREE of charge on their website for customers to use, Artwork Templates, Print & Cut patterns, Marketing [...]
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CANADA: West 49 improves income despite Q3 sales dip
11/12/2009
Canadian fashion retailer West 49 has posted improved net income during the third quarter - after margins were improved.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Children's Place names Jane Elfers as CEO
11/12/2009
After a search lasting more than two years, The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc today (11 December) finally named Jane Elfers as its new president and chief executive officer.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Hanesbrands refinances debt to boost acquisitions
11/12/2009
T-shirt and underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc is considering acquisitions after refinancing its debt to give it more flexibility to focus on growing its business.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Wolverine names Blake W Krueger as chairman
11/12/2009
Wolverine World Wide has announced the appointment of Blake W Krueger as chairman of the board of directors effective 1 January.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

VIETNAM: Child labour reports a "serious worry" for buyers
11/12/2009
Confirmation from Vietnam officials last month of child labour allegations in smaller Saigon garment factories are a serious worry for Western apparel buyers.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

DENMARK: Firms back analysis of forest footprint
11/12/2009
Retailers and brands including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Adidas are throwing their weight behind a campaign calling for greater transparency in global supply chains that can contribute to deforestation.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Top stories on just-style this week...
11/12/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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Department stores benefit from late online shopping
10/12/2009
Experian Hitwise has revealed that 'Cyber Monday' December 7th and Sunday December 6th were the joint busiest days for online retailers so far this year. This means that the pre-Christmas peak in visits to online retailers has moved one week closer to
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

SWITZERLAND: Sri Lanka fears tariff proposals will hit trade
10/12/2009
Sri Lanka's director-general of commerce, Gomi Senadhira, says a draft blueprint on how to slash tariffs - yet to be agreed in the World Trade Organisation sponsored Doha liberalisation talks - for industrial goods would put his country at "a disadvantage" in the US market compared to developing nation beneficiaries.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

GERMANY: Size survey shows shoppers are getting larger
10/12/2009
Retailers and brands are preparing to offer more clothing in larger sizes for both men and women after the results of a size survey of the German population showed consumers are getting bigger and taller.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CANADA: Lululemon demand brings 38% profit growth
10/12/2009
Yoga wear maker Lululemon Athletica improved its net income and revenue during the third quarter, saying that it has worked hard on its supply chain to meet demand.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

FRANCE: Go Sport and Go Sport general manager Onillon quits post
10/12/2009
French sportswear firm Sport 2000's general manager, Jean-Paul Onillon, has stepped down for unspecified reasons.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: Sports Direct eyes World Cup glory
10/12/2009
Pinning your hopes on the success of the England football team can be a soul-destroying business, as any long-suffering fan will tell you. So it's as well that the success of retailer Sports Direct International is built on more than the penalty-taking prowess of Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and co.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Moss Bros hails "marked improvement" in trading
10/12/2009
Tailored clothing retailer Moss Bros has seen a "marked improvement" in trading since August, with like-for-like sales up 5.5% on last year.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Sports Direct raises FY guidance on buoyant H1
10/12/2009
Retail group Sports Direct International raised its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 39% hike in underlying first half pre-tax profit to GBP71.9m (US$117.1m).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

ANALYSIS: China's luxury market sees rapid growth
10/12/2009
China's luxury goods market is defying the downturn, with increasing numbers of consumers prepared to pay for high-quality, designer brands. A new study predicts the country's luxury sales will grow between 15% and 20% this year, but as Dominique Patton finds out, expanding in the Chinese market is far from easy.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CANADA: Gildan Activewear nearly doubles Q4 profit
10/12/2009
Lower manufacturing costs have helped Gildan Activewear Inc to nearly double its fourth quarter profit, although the T-shirt, sock and underwear maker continues to battle lower sales and prices.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: JJB Sports appoints Keith Jones as chief executive
10/12/2009
UK sportswear chain JJB Sports has announced the appointment of Keith Jones as its chief executive.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Adidas and Disney to launch Mickey Mouse kids' line
10/12/2009
Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with Disney to launch a new clothing line for infants and children based around classic Disney characters.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: JC Penney appoints three new vice presidents
10/12/2009
US retailer JC Penney Company is promoting three executives to expanded duties in a new senior merchandising leadership structure.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: Can Keith Jones put the spark back into JJB?
10/12/2009
The appointment of a new chief executive at major UK sportswear retailer JJB Sports, after just under a year-long search, will comfort the company's shareholders, particularly given the unsettling exit of its previous boss.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

ISRAEL: Tefron shareholder mulls $4m in rights issue
10/12/2009
One of the leading shareholders in Tefron Ltd has indicated it intends to inject up to $4m in a rights issue planned by the intimate apparel and performance activewear maker.
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UK: Eric Musgrave new director general at UKFT
10/12/2009
Fashion sector consultant Eric Musgrave has been named director general designate of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), succeeding John Wilson when he retires next summer after 38 years with the industry's leading trade associations.
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UK: JD Sports sells remaining JJB shares
10/12/2009
Sporting goods firm JD Sports has sold its remaining stake in rival retailer JJB Sports, it announced today.
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UK: Textile testing expert adds colour standards role
10/12/2009
Ian Strudwick, technical manager at textile testing laboratory Shirley Technologies (STL), has been named chairman of the BSI Committee that oversees textile colour standards.
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US: TradeStone extends PLM with Creative Design tool
10/12/2009
TradeStone Software has released a new Creative Design module that further extends and strengthens its PLM capabilities.
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British Fashion Awards
10/12/2009
The British Fashion Council announced Christopher Bailey as the winner of the prestigious Designer of the Year Award. Ten other leading fashion figures were also honoured at the 2009 British Fashion Awards, supported by Swarovski,
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US: Rue21 doubles Q3 profit to $6m
09/12/2009
Fashion retailer Rue21 plans to open 100 new stores next year after more than doubling its third quarter profit.
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US: Talbots nets Q3 profit despite sales dip
09/12/2009
Women's wear retailer The Talbots returned to profitability in its third quarter, thanks to a tight control on costs and expenses.
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Burberry to show at LFW again
09/12/2009
The British fashion industry got a jolt today upon confirmation that Burberry is to show for
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i-D Magazine celebrates 30th anniversary
09/12/2009
2010 marks the 30th anniversary of i-D and to celebrate,
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Martin Margiela leaves namesake house
09/12/2009
After month's of speculation, Martin Margiela has confirmed
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Feiyue collaborates with Steph.Cop
09/12/2009
Just in time for the Holiday season, quirky heritage brand Feiyue released a limited edition trainer. Feiyue teamed up with graffiti artist, graphic and fashion designer Steph.Cop, and is famous for co-founding the streetwear labels Homecore and
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New director at UKFT
09/12/2009
The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) appointed Eric Musgrave, the former editorial director of
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Art launches kids range
09/12/2009
February 2010 will see the launch of Spanish trademark art® Footwear’s children collection at the
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US: Cherokee revenues up, net profit down
09/12/2009
Cherokee has reported a small rise in both its third quarter revenues and operating income, although net revenues fell due to certain tax issues.
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US: The Men's Warehouse Q3 earnings rise
09/12/2009
Despite a reduction in store traffic, The Men's Wearhouse has reported a rise in its third quarter earnings per share and outdone its guidance given in September. However, the company has warned that it expects fourth quarter store sales to be flat to lower on the same period last year.
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PAKISTAN: Textile makers demand cotton yarn export ban
09/12/2009
Workers at a number of textile plants in Pakistan have taken strike action in protest against cotton yarn exports from the country.
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US: Cherokee signs footwear deal with ACI
09/12/2009
Apparel company Cherokee has signed an exclusive licence agreement with ACI International to make men's, women's and children's footwear for its Sideout and Sideout Sport brands.
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US: The Talbots refinances debt, buys out major stakeholder
09/12/2009
Japanese retailer Aeon has retired its majority shareholding in The Talbots, amid plans for the US chain to merge with a special purpose acquisition company.
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CANADA: Reitmans Q3 profit dips on flat sales
09/12/2009
Apparel retail group Reitmans (Canada) saw its third quarter profit drop 17.8% to C$18.9m (US$17.8m) amid stagnant sales.
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HONG KONG: Yue Yuen sales slip 3% during November
09/12/2009
Athletic footwear maker Yue Yuen has posted a 3% drop in November operating revenue.
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UK: Schulz appointed to CFO role at Lawson
09/12/2009
Supply chain software provider Lawson Software has announced that Stefan Schulz is being promoted to its chief financial officer.
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US: Nike launches "lowest profile" basketball shoe
09/12/2009
Sportswear giant Nike is launching what it claims is its lowest-profile and lightest basketball shoe to date - the Nike Zoom Kobe V.
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Celebrating 3 Years Online and New Opportunities ? JoshEllsworth.com
08/12/2009
Did you know that my blog –  www.joshellsworth.com has been online now for 3 years?  As far as I know, it was the first blog providing advice for apparel decorators online.  I’m glad to see that since the launch of this blog, many other have sprouted up contributing very helpful insights to you – the [...]
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FRANCE: Sport 2000 hires Nike executive
08/12/2009
French sportswear retailer Sport 2000 has appointed Catherine Soudan to head its footwear, accessories and luggage activities, replacing Fabrice Grandmougin who has left the company.
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Wonder jeans start revolution in Europe
08/12/2009
Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ), the innovative
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JAPAN: Teijin forms marine recycling plan with Henri Lloyd
08/12/2009
Teijin Fibers Limited has announced a collaboration with the UK's marine apparel maker Henri Lloyd to collect and recycle used garments.
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UK: Tesco boosts third quarter sales 8.8%
08/12/2009
UK supermarket retailer Tesco has posted an 8.8% increase in third quarter sales amid "recessionary conditions" in a number of its retail markets.
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LONDON: Permira discusses Valentino debt with major lender
08/12/2009
UK private equity company Permira is expected to buy around a third of the debt in its Italian luxury goods firm Valentino Fashion Group this week
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US: Police investigate designer shoe heist
08/12/2009
Police in Florida were called to a shoe store where US$135,OOO worth of designer footwear was stolen over the weekend, according to local news agency news-press.
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JAPAN: Knitwear firm pilots made-to-order service
08/12/2009
Japanese knitwear manufacturer Shima Seiki Mfg has launched a made-to-order knitwear service in a Shanghai department store aimed at boosting the profile of the company's high-end knitting machines.
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US: TAF launches exclusive Adidas shoe
08/12/2009
TAF, previously known as The Athlete's Foot, announced today that it is launching a brand-exclusive Adidas shoe in two colour-ways for the US holiday season.
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HONG KONG: Li & Fung and Hudson's Bay agree sourcing partnership
08/12/2009
Hong Kong-based global consumer goods exporter Li & Fung Limited and the Hudson's Bay Trading Company have announced a global sourcing strategic partnership.
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US: Frederick's of Hollywood hires licensing agent
08/12/2009
Women's intimate apparel business Frederick's of Hollywood Group has launched a licensing programme for its flagship brand, hiring Vault Agency to manage its global licensing initiatives.
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Mango expands in Iraq
08/12/2009
Further developing its international expansion, Spanish fashion brand Mango opens in Iraq. With this opening, the international retailer is now present in every country in the region, which it first entered in 1997 with the opening of its first store in
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Fur Coat & No Knickers
08/12/2009
Recently style site Fur Coat & No Knickers launched giving advice to shop stylishly for less. The
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Alice by Temperley launches
08/12/2009
Temperley London is launching its second line called Alice by Temperley for SS10. The Alice
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Amazon looks for UK store sites
07/12/2009
Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer is planning a surprise invasion of the British high street, reported The Times. Property landlords said that the American company, which has a market value of $59.1 billion (£35.6 billion), had launched a secret search
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Retailers face financial woes
07/12/2009
More than 4,000 UK retail groups experienced major financial difficulty in November and early 2010
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Handbag.com partners with The Style Show 2009
07/12/2009
Dedicated to women’s lifestyle and launched in 1999, fashion site handbag.com will be the official media partner of The Style Show, an integral part of the 21st annual Clothes Show Live. For the second year running handbag.com will be providing
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Justin Hustlin 1st birthday
07/12/2009
Premium streetwear label Justin Hustlin is celebration its first anniversary on 12th December 2009.
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Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories 10 years
07/12/2009
For ten years the Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Accessories
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Margin Feb 2010 preview
07/12/2009
Known for its directional mens and womenswear, independent trade exhibition Margin will take
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Pixie picks Kay Desmond
07/12/2009
Following in the footsteps of Lara Stone, Amanda Lepore and Alice Dellal, style icon Pixie Geldof
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CHINA: Ever-Glory director resigns
07/12/2009
Ever-Glory International has said that Bennet P. Tchaikovsky, an independent director and chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee, has resigned from each of the positions.
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CHINA: Industry demands more intellectual property control
07/12/2009
Further efforts to control intellectual property theft within the Chinese garment manufacturing industry will still be required, despite Chinese government crackdowns and a new International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) initiative, says a China-based industry manager.
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US: Iconix secures Candie's license renewal with Kohl's
07/12/2009
Fashion operator Iconix Brand Group has renewed a direct-to-retail license agreement for its Candie's apparel brand.
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US: Ross Stores changes senior management structure
07/12/2009
Discount fashion retailer Ross Stores has announced a new senior management structure, with Barbara Rentler, Michael O'Sullivan and James Fassio promoted to president roles.
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US: Stride Rite appoints president
07/12/2009
The Stride Rite Children's Group (SRCG) has appointed Sharon John as its unit president. She will begin her new role in late December.
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CHINA: Li Ning steps up global expansion plans
07/12/2009
Chinese sportswear firm Li Ning, which shot to fame when its founder headlined the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony last year, is reportedly eyeing a first international retail store in the US.
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SWITZERLAND: Textiles face sidelines in tariff cut talks
07/12/2009
More than 20 emerging nations, including India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil and Egypt, have agreed to a preferential trade blueprint to cut tariffs by at least 20% on at least 70% of goods exported, but textiles and apparel may be discluded.
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US: DSW agrees Miss America shoe deal
07/12/2009
DSW Shoe Warehouse and The Miss America Organisation have entered into a long-term partnership for the footwear firm to become the official provider of shoes for the Miss America pageant and a national sponsor for The Miss America Organisation.
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US: Hampshire Group names Peter Woodward to board
07/12/2009
US apparel firm Hampshire Group has announced the appointment of Peter Woodward to the company's board of directors, effective immediately. Woodward has also become a member of the company's audit committee.
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US: Multi-channel retailers enjoy sales holiday most
07/12/2009
E-commerce provider iCongo said its online holiday sales were substantially up last weekend, as retailers with multi-channel operations performed best.
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Monday busiest online shopping day ever
07/12/2009
Online Christmas shopping is set to soar, and £1.4 million was
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JAPAN: Showa to pilot new silk denim fabric
04/12/2009
Japanese textile firm Showa Co has announced it has developed a process for creating what it claims will be the world's first commercial luxury 100% silk denim fabric.
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US: Jensan agrees Izod G license deal with PVH
04/12/2009
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation has licensed Jensan Apparel Corporation to produce and market a full range of golfwear for men, women and children under its Izod G brand.
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US: Maidenform appoints DeHart as chief marketing officer
04/12/2009
US intimate apparel firm Maidenform Brands has named Lucille DeHart to the position of chief marketing officer.
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US: Total Apparel to launch World Cup range
04/12/2009
US clothing maker Total Apparel Group is to launch a FIFA branded collection called Event in Spring 2010, ahead of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
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COMMENT: Can Sri Lanka avoid being ethically unemployed?
04/12/2009
Over the years Sri Lanka's $3.5bn clothing industry has made a textbook transition from cut-and-sew manufacturer to value-added vertical production platform, with local fabric and accessories suppliers shoring up its supply chain and design colleges ensuring there is enough home-grown talent to add yet another layer to its skills base.
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US: Detroit police raid counterfeit stores - report
04/12/2009
Police in Detroit have seized around US$800,000 worth of counterfeit clothing at shops suspected due to their low prices, reports local media.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
04/12/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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UK: Primark faces new War on Want protest
04/12/2009
UK value fashion chain Primark faces more protests from a UK campaign group, and the retailer says it is "greatly concerned" about allegations of low pay at a third-party supplier in Bangladesh.
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UK: Crime unit takes down scam websites
04/12/2009
The UK's Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) took down 1,219 scam websites this week, including one claiming to sell the popular Ugg Australia Boots.
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UK: John Gildersleeve to be appointed New Look chairman
04/12/2009
UK retailer New Look has announced the appointment of John Gildersleeve as its non-executive chairman, with Phil Wrigley stepping down at the end of the year after nine years with the company.
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INSIGHT: EU stalls on footwear duty relief
03/12/2009
It is difficult to know who will be most affected by the EU's move to continue anti-dumping tariffs on footwear from China and Vietnam for another 15 months.
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US: Aeropostale nearly doubles Q3 net income
03/12/2009
Mall-based retailer Aeropostale has nearly doubled its third quarter net income, and now plans to open 25 stores next year.
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US: Collective Brands earnings down despite sales rise
03/12/2009
Footwear retail group Collective Brands has reported a 22% fall in third quarter net earnings, despite improving sales during the period.
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US: Skechers signs Joe Montana for endorsement deal
03/12/2009
US footwear firm Skechers has signed a worldwide endorsement deal with former American Football quarterback Joe Montana to promote its Shape-ups fitness footwear until 2010.
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US: Walmart agrees World Cup merchandise deal
03/12/2009
US retailer Wal-Mart Stores has announced it will collaborate with FIFA's exclusive worldwide master licensee, Global Brands Group, to sell licensed goods for this summer's World Cup finals.
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The new faces of Esprit SS10
03/12/2009
Lifestyle label Esprit is revamped featuring Daisy Lowe as the fresh new face of edc by Esprit,
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November 2009 retail sales: Quote/unquote
03/12/2009
Sales at US fashion chains were given a late boost by Thanksgiving and Black Friday discount events at the end of November. Here's a snapshot of how retail bosses see their stores entering the crunch holiday season.
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SRI LANKA: Eco-factories undeterred by label setback
03/12/2009
The Sri Lankan apparel industry has been thwarted in its plans to label garments stocked in major US and EU retailers with its 'Garments without Guilt' slogan - but believes its focus on eco-factories will continue to drive the campaign forward.
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UK: John Lewis' fashion sales soar in cold weather
03/12/2009
UK department store retailer John Lewis said its current Christmas revenues are being led by fashion items.
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US: Retailers' November 2009 sales roundup
03/12/2009
The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' November 2009 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.
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ISRAEL: Tefron banks on credit line agreement
03/12/2009
Tefron has agreed to send its lenders a business plan for the year 2010 before the end of the year in order to continue to operate under its current credit lines.
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Online holiday shopping to soar
03/12/2009
IMRG predicts that Monday 7th December will be the busiest online shopping day this year as shoppers look to beat the recession by going online to bag the bargains this Christmas by spending a total of £350m. Research carried out recently for
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Elastika Transfers for Neoprene, Lycra® and Spandex!
02/12/2009
  Elastika® Heat Applied Transfers from Target. This advanced transfer technology allows you to brand an extremely diverse range of garments with confidence, knowing that your products will look brilliant, before and after use.  This robust system does not crack when stretched and the inks are resistant to chlorine, giving excellent colours and opacity.  This product is [...]
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EU: China and Vietnam face shoe duty extension
02/12/2009
The European Union's (EU) controversial anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese-made leather shoes will probably be extended for another 15 months, after the European Commission concluded they should remain.
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INDIA: Admiral targets ten retail stores - report
02/12/2009
The Asian venture of UK sportswear brand Admiral is planning to open ten shops in India, according to a local report.
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JAPAN: Uniqlo reports November sales rise
02/12/2009
Uniqlo said that the strength of its winter goods has driven a rise in its November sales.
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NETHERLANDS: It Suits IT certified for Microsoft Dynamics
02/12/2009
Apparel and footwear industry software provider It Suits IT has announced that its "itSuitsFashion" NAV based solution is now Certified for Microsoft Dynamics.
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PHILIPPINES: Payless signs Philippine franchise deal
02/12/2009
Payless ShoeSource is to launch its brand in the Philippines following an an agreement with franchise partner Stores Specialists.
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the latest key global office location to add to the mudpie network has just been announced (ind)
02/12/2009
Mudpie India, in collaboration with their long serving and trusted partners, Bombay Subscription Agency, will open in Mumbai on December 6, 2009, rounding up a truly exciting year of development and change for the Mudpie brand.
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UK: Textiles category added to export awards
02/12/2009
A textiles category will be added to the UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards 2010, which will once again be hosted by Joanna Lumley in May next year.
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US: G-III Apparel boosts Q3 income, raises guidance
02/12/2009
Manufacturer and distributor G-III Apparel Group has bolstered its net income during the third quarter, having made its operations more efficient and increasing sales.
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US: Gerber Technology acquires Yunique Solutions
02/12/2009
US-based Gerber Technology has announced the strategic acquisition of supply chain technology firm Yunique Solutions.
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US: JoS A Bank reports 26% increase in profits
02/12/2009
JoS A Bank Clothiers has announced that net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2009 increased 26% to $11.7m, buoyed by improved sales.
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US: K-Swiss opens first US running store
02/12/2009
Sportswear company K-Swiss has expanded its commitment to the running market with the opening of its first US-based running retail store in Santa Monica, California.
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US: Liz Claiborne appoints Lucky Brand CEO
02/12/2009
Liz Claiborne has appointed David DeMattei as chief executive officer of its Lucky Brand Jeans division, effective 4 January 2010.
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Fashion Mavericks to launch during LFW
02/12/2009
The first of a series of events, Fashion Mavericks will launch during London Fashion Week, 19th-22nd February 2010, to present an eclectic mix of new and established designers. Fashion Mavericks aims to provide a breath of fresh air to
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Online ‘Sales Alert’ Service Launched for Fashion Shoppers
02/12/2009
A free new online alert service for bargain hunters has been launched to ensure Britain’s millions of fashion shoppers get to know about sales as soon as possible. The concept, unique to the UK, brings together the best deals fromover 300 UK
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BRC warns against holiday retail attacks
02/12/2009
As we move into the peak season for attacks on merchandise and cash delivery vehicles, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) is launching a set of security guidelines to help retailers and couriers to thwart robbers. While other categories of reported
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UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards 2010
02/12/2009
For 2010 Europe’s biggest exhibition organisers and media partners will support the UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards 2010. Organised by UK Fashion Exports, the export division of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), the 2010
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FRANCE: Christian Lacroix forced into restructuring after bids fail
01/12/2009
A commercial court in Paris today (1 December) gave its approval to a restructuring plan proposed by Christian Lacroix's owners, the Falic Group, which entails the axing of around 100 posts out of a total of 120.
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INSIGHT: Design education is key to sustainable fashion
01/12/2009
Design colleges have a key role to play if ethically-produced products are to make the move from fringe to mainstream - even though educators themselves admit they face an uphill struggle in changing the mindset of the next generation of designers.
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PAKISTAN: Government intervenes as cotton exports soar
01/12/2009
The government of Pakistan is monitoring cotton yarn exports from the country, and made it mandatory for exporters to register their orders with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
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Sri Lanka Design Festival: Quote/unquote - Part II
01/12/2009
Some more thoughts from Sri Lanka's first Ethical Fashion Symposium, organised as part of the inaugural Sri Lanka Design Festival.
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UK: Fashion operators more optimistic - research
01/12/2009
More than half the UK fashion companies surveyed recently by a technology provider predicted their sales would increase next year compared to this year, with many investing back into e-commerce.
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UK: Flannels creditors approve CVA proposal
01/12/2009
UK fashion chain The Flannels Group has announced the approval of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal that will save 12 stores but see three others close.
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UK: JD Sports "encouraged" by performance
01/12/2009
JD Sports Fashion has said that the performance of its stores remain encouraging despite the increased competition in the sector.
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US: Carter's appoints Castagna to board
01/12/2009
Carter's has appointed Vanessa J Castagna to its board of directors.
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US: First American Apparel Kids store opened in Germany
01/12/2009
Clothing retailer American Apparel has opened the first American Apparel Kids store in Berlin, Germany.
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US: Guess maintains Q3 profit despite sales drop
01/12/2009
Fashion retailer Guess has posted a slight increase in third quarter net earnings, despite reporting lower sales in the period, with tight control on costs and inventory.
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US: ILG seals licensing deal with Walls
01/12/2009
International Legwear Group has agreed a new multi-year license agreement with Walls Industries. Under the agreement, ILG becomes the exclusive manufacturer, marketer, and distributor for all Walls brand legwear products in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
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US: JC Penney adds European flavour with Mango rollout
01/12/2009
US retailer JC Penney Company and Mango have announced plans for JC Penney to become Mango's exclusive department store retailer in the US for the MNG by Mango brand.
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Jennifer Lopez homage to Louboutin
01/12/2009
Jennifer Lopez' new single is an homage to Christian Louboutin’s
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Fruit of the Loom back at B&B
01/12/2009
Clothing exhibition Bread & Butter will showcase the new collections of Fruit of the Loom. The casual wear
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Mango at US store JCPenney
01/12/2009
Spanish retail leader Mango and department store J.C. Penney Company announced an agreement to become Mango’s exclusive retailer in the US for the ‘MNG by Mango’ brand. The arrangement will combine JCPenney’s merchandising and
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Hentsch Man temporary boutique
01/12/2009
Pop up stores are a trend this season, and the latest temporary boutique to open is by Hentsch Man.Hentsch Man is a simple, elegant and wearable menswear brand, which provides men with classic wardrobe basics. The products have been
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INDIA: Timberland inks distribution deal with Reliance - report
30/11/2009
Outdoor apparel firm The Timberland Company has tied up with Reliance Brands for a distribution deal in India, according to a press report in the country.
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INSIGHT: Sustainable fashion struggles to bridge price gap
30/11/2009
Even though consumers are increasingly aware of ethical fashions, they are still reluctant to spend more money on products that have been sustainably sourced, according to industry executives in Sri Lanka this week.
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Speaking with style: Ingrid Schullstrm, CSR manager, H&M
30/11/2009
H&M has a solid reputation for social and environmental responsibility, and launched a new sustainability strategy last year aimed at further embedding ethical tenets into every area of the company. But corporate social responsibility manager Ingrid Schullstrm believes there is potential to communicate more directly to consumers how sustainability is informing the way it does business.
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Sri Lanka Design Festival: Quote/unquote
30/11/2009
A passionate, thought-provoking and stimulating discussion on consumer demand for sustainable fashion kicked off Sri Lanka's first Ethical Fashion Symposium. The event taking place in Colombo this week is part of the inaugural Sri Lanka Design Festival, which aims to put the country on the map as a source of design as well as a manufacturing destination.
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UK: Irregular Choice selects Eurostop inventory system
30/11/2009
UK footwear designer Irregular Choice has selected Eurostop retail management and EPOS systems for its e-commerce business and international store expansion.
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UK: JD Sports starts shipping internationally
30/11/2009
Leading British sports fashion retailer JD Sports has now added an international shipping option to its delivery portfolio.
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UK: New Look linked with lucrative IPO
30/11/2009
The owners of UK fashion chain New Look are expected to proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) for the company early next year.
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UK: Paul Smith extends France logistics deal
30/11/2009
UK fashion firm Paul Smith has extended its relationship with international logistics solutions provider Geodis Calberson to expand its distribution service to all of its stores across France.
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US: Blackhawk moves into men's footwear market
30/11/2009
Tactical gear manufacturer Blackhawk has entered the men's footwear market with a new Tanto Light Hiker shoe, the company announced.
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US: NexCen launches Spanish-language version of franchise site
30/11/2009
US fashion retailer NexCen Brands has introduced a Spanish-language version of its NexCen Franchise Portal Web site, which was launched earlier this year.
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US: Timberland confirms India partnership
30/11/2009
Outdoor apparel company Timberland has confirmed to just-style signing an exclusive partnership with Reliance Brands, part of Reliance Industries, to distribute Timberland footwear and apparel to the Indian market.
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Colette Cube Store London
30/11/2009
Arriving at the Old Truman Brewery just in time for Christmas, the Colette Cube Store London pop up shop will bring some Parisian style to the East London set. Previously only available to design hungry shoppers in Paris, the celebrated design emporium
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Winners of FDC Young Designers Awards 09
30/11/2009
Fashion Designers’ & Craft Makers’ Network just held its
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Launch professional fashion e-store
30/11/2009
Online career-fashion boutique WearItToWork.co.uk
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Envirosax eco-totes
30/11/2009
Designer re-usable eco-totes from Envirosax will soon be available from the new UK website.
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TJX as clean as a whistle
30/11/2009
Retailer TJX Europe is named as the leading retailer in UK's Clean Tech Revolution Carbon Trust Innovation Awards. The parent company of TK Maxx, has been awarded for its deployment of new technologies to reduce carbon emissions. As a finalist in
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Bonhams’ pearls of wisdom
30/11/2009
The Art of Jewels: Fine Jewellery in Iconic Gems will take place on Wednesday 9th December
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New womenswear label GeeGee launches
30/11/2009
This December will see the launch of new luxury designer
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Retailers discounting less than in 2008
30/11/2009
Retailers less desperate than this time last year - levels of discounting lower than in 2008According to analysis carried out this week by PwC, under half (43%) of high street retailers are currently advertising discounts or offering promotions such
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Selfridges profits on track
30/11/2009
Profits at Selfridges are on track to exceed £100m in its centenary year, buoyed by demand
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ANALYSIS: EU nomination should suit textiles sector
27/11/2009
The nomination of an Italian to the important position of European Union (EU) industry Commissioner could be good news for the clothing and textile industry.
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EU: Italy picks up industry brief in new Commission
27/11/2009
The key industry Commissioner position within the European Commission for the next five years should be occupied by an Italian right-winger Antonio Tajani, Commission president Jos Manuel Barroso proposed today.
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FRANCE: Fenchurch appoints Parot to spearhead French strategy
27/11/2009
UK apparel brand Fenchurch has appointed Jean-Charles Parot, country manager France, having previously served this market directly from London.
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GERMANY: DyStar unit strives to maintain global operations
27/11/2009
Part of the German-based DyStar group said it will continue worldwide operations despite an anticipated institution of insolvency proceedings next week, saving 70 jobs in Frankfurt.
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HONG KONG: Esprit creates Facebook profile in marketing push
27/11/2009
Global fashion brand Esprit has this week launched a Facebook profile, in a bid to attract social networking shoppers.
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JAPAN: Wacoal and Gunze look to expand Asia network
27/11/2009
Two of Japan's top lingerie brands, Wacoal Holdings Corp and Gunze, are expanding their Asian store networks to meet demand for a rising number of middle class Asian women intent on buying fine lingerie.
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NEW ZEALAND: Postie Plus to sell Waimate Knitwear business
27/11/2009
New Zealand-based clothing retailer Postie Plus is selling the North Otago manufacturing business, Waimate Knitwear, to the Malqueen family interests, as part of its restructuring.
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Paul Smith fosters student exchange programme
27/11/2009
Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith is giving talented postgraduate students from the UK and Japan a unique opportunity to develop and broaden their design skills as part of an international scholarship exchange scheme. Two Japanese students are
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British Fashion Awards announce nominees
27/11/2009
The British Fashion Awards 2009 (BFA’s), supported by Swarovski, will take place on 9th December 2009 at The Royal Courts of Justice, London, WC2. These are the industry’s most prestigious awards and are voted for by leading fashion directors and
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O'Neill launches new offices with a bang
27/11/2009
O'Neill last night celebrated the opening of a new office building at
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High street sales grow in run up to festive season
26/11/2009
Retail sales grew at their fastest pace in two years, and the high street is expecting growth to pick up further in the run-up to Christmas, the CBI said this week. Its latest Distributive Trades Survey also showed that business sentiment about the retail sector
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Lifestyle powerhouse VF Corp a top US company
26/11/2009
VF Corporation, the American lifestyle conglomerate that owns brands including Lee, Wrangler and 7 For All Mankind, has been named to the 2009 list of Top Companies for Leaders in North America. Conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global
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Target Transfers Launch the GCC Expert 24 inch Plotter Cutter for under £600!
25/11/2009
GCC Expert 24 inch Plotter Cutter for under £600! ? 600mm Plotter Cutter. ? Comes with FREE stand. ? 12 Months return to base warranty. ? Extremely Simple to use and reliable. ? Terrific value for money at £595 The ideal cutter for Premium and EconoFilm! Guaranteed 3 meter tracking GCC Expert 24 is built from the finest parts that come with every [...]
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Gant global flagship launch
25/11/2009
January 2010 will see the launch of Gant’s new London flagship store on Regent Street. It will
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Introduce a Friend and Receive £50 Worth of Goods and Services!
19/11/2009
Introduce a Friend, and get a FREE £50.00 voucher! Do you know someone who could benefit from buying Target’s range of products? Well, if you do, why not introduce them to us? If they place orders worth at least £250 (exc. VAT) within three months of trading with us, we will send you a voucher worth [...]
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Impressions Digital Edition Video
12/11/2009
If you are visiting my blog from the November/December issue of Impressions – thanks for stopping by.  The video that was referenced in the article is just below. For my regular readers – I’ve written an article on decorating performance apparel.  The article is on page 72 of Impressions November/December issue.  Here is a link to the [...]
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Direct Screen ? Look and Feel Transfers from Target!
11/11/2009
  The advanced technology of HOTS inks allows colours to be applied straight onto DARK garments without the aid of a flash white to help increase the opacity. The finished product is soft to the touch and the design can contain up to seven different colours. Gives the garment the look and feel of directly printed [...]
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Lotte targets $18bn-plus department store sales by 2018
05/11/2009
South Korea's Lotte Shopping Co aims to generate KRW22trn ($18.62bn) in sales at its department store division by 2018, it said Wednesday.
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Eurozone September retail sales fall for third straight month
05/11/2009
Retail sales in the 16 countries that use the euro unexpectedly fell for the third straight month in September as rising unemployment continued to hit consumer spending and suppress growth.
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Escada to name winning bidder by end of week
05/11/2009
Escada's administrators should have picked a winning bidder for the German luxury fashion house by the end of this week, according to unnamed sources.
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Kenneth Cole shares rise on swing to Q3 profit and positive Q4 view
05/11/2009
Kenneth Cole shares climbed 14% Wednesday after the apparel and accessories producer and retailer returned to a slender profit in Q3, on the back of cost cuts and improved inventory control, and pointed to an improving Q4.
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Tennis star Murray signs adidas deal
05/11/2009
UK tennis star Andy Murray has signed a deal with German sports giant adidas, and will wear the adidas apparel Competition line and the Barricade tennis shoe from January.
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Brazil's Minas Trend Preview opens its biggest ever edition amid upbeat atmosphere
05/11/2009
The fifth and largest edition of Brazil's Minas Trend Preview opened with a dark, punky vibe underpinning many of the autumn/winter 2010/11 collections on show – a look that feels fresh for a market known for its sunny prints.
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Inditex's Zara debuts in Chicago with biggest US flagship
05/11/2009
Inditex's flagship Zara brand has opened its first store in Chicago, Illinois.
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Liberty profit under pressure despite property market recovery
05/11/2009
Liberty International Plc's earnings remain under pressure, despite an improvement in property investment and debt markets, the retail landlord said Wednesday.
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Target denies India sale talks
05/11/2009
Target Corp denied Wednesday that it has any plans to sell its captive centre in Bangalore, claiming that it remained "firmly committed" to its 2,100-strong India team.
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Tallaght's The Square moves closer to expansion
05/11/2009
The Square town centre in Ireland's Tallaght aims to undergo its first major expansion project in its almost 20-year history, it announced Wednesday.
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Giorgio Armani units seek merger
05/11/2009
An Irish-registered Giorgio Armani financing company is seeking court approval to merge with a Dutch-registered branch of the fashion group, it said Wednesday.
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TAG Heuer targets 5-10% sales growth
05/11/2009
TAG Heuer expects its sales to expand 5-10% next year, with Asia and the Middle East driving much of the growth, it said Wednesday.
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Denmark's BTX in radical restructure
05/11/2009
Danish fashion company BTX Group has begun a major restructuring programme which will also include merging several existing companies into a single entity, it said Wednesday.
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Nordstrom launches international website to 30 countries
05/11/2009
Fashion retailer Nordstrom has launched its international shopping website. Customers in 30 countries can also browse and buy merchandise from nordstrom.com in different currencies and promising easily shipments.
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LVMH names Ouart advisor to Arnault
05/11/2009
French luxury goods giant LVMH said Wednesday it has named Patrick Ouart advisor to its chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault. He will also join the company's executive committee.
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Vionnet label to relaunch
05/11/2009
Former French haute couture house Vionnet plans to relaunch itself with new backers and a fresh designer.
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Cabela's and FLW launch joint marketing
05/11/2009
Outdoor retailer Cabela's has partnered with FLW Outdoors in a joint marketing programme, they announced Wednesday.
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Parlux profit dives 17% in Q2
05/11/2009
Parlux Fragrances Inc saw its profit dive 17% in Q2, despite an 8% sales increase, it said Wednesday.
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Toray launches recycled polyester swimwear
05/11/2009
Japanese textile company Toray Industries Inc has developed a new eco-friendly swimsuit collection for 2010.
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Cotton prices in China surge 50% in a year
05/11/2009
Strong domestic consumption and stable import quotas have meant that cotton futures prices in China have risen over 50% since November last year.
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Pakistan's textiles minister says government incentives to continue despite interest rate hikes
05/11/2009
Pakistan's federal minister for textile industries has assured the industry that rising interest rates will not affect the government incentives that are being granted.
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Bangladesh attempts to attract Japanese investors
05/11/2009
Efforts are ongoing to attract Japanese business investors to the Bangladesh market, with the garment industry at the centre of attention.
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UK: Clothing and footwear among retail losers - research
05/11/2009
UK shoppers are set to spend the same amount this Christmas as they did last year, but rising unemployment, taxes and National Insurance payments are likely to take their toll on retail sales in 2010, a new report said today (5 November).
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UK: Expansion fuels TM Lewin FY earnings growth
05/11/2009
Apparel retailer TM Lewin defied the downturn to post a strong set of full-year figures, with EBITDA up 16% to GBP12.7m (US$21.1m).
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UK: Fashion trend tool boosts forecasting accuracy
05/11/2009
UK-based trend forecaster Stylesignal has launched a new tool to help firms gauge fashion trends by automatically analysing opinions as they develop through social media sources such as Twitter.
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US: Hampshire extends Geoffrey Beene licence
05/11/2009
Apparel company Hampshire Group has extended its licence agreement covering the design, production and distribution of the Geoffrey Beene sweater brand.
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US: NGC joins scheme to create retail PLM standards
05/11/2009
NGC (New Generation Computing) is the latest firm to join the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) committee to develop retail PLM standards.
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US: Nordstrom to reach 30 new markets online
05/11/2009
US luxury retailer Nordstrom has introduced international shopping online and will now ship to 30 countries outside the US.
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MixMatchMe white label solution
05/11/2009
Fashion technology company MixMatchMe has launched the first white label outfitting solution that
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GERMANY: Andy Murray signs with Adidas
05/11/2009
British tennis star Andy Murray has signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas from 2010, replacing his previous agreement with Fred Perry.
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Pink Ribbon Gala concert ’09
05/11/2009
On Sunday 8th November 2009 the Pink Ribbon Gala concert is taking place at Cadogan Hall in London. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will help Breast Cancer Campaign continue funding vital research into beating breast cancer with an evening of music and poetry.
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FRANCE: Go Sport and Sport 2000 to pool purchasing ops
05/11/2009
Go Sport and Sport 2000, respectively France's third and fourth biggest sportswear retailers behind Decathlon and Intersport, are to pool their international purchasing activities.
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INSIGHT: Storms still battering Liz Claiborne
05/11/2009
In its recent past, Liz Claiborne has resembled nothing so much as a large and rather unwieldy oil tanker: battered and lashed by stormy seas, and not nimble enough to escape to safe harbour.
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EU: Spain granted EUR3.3m textile training fund
05/11/2009
The European Commission has now handed over EUR3.3m (US$4.91m) from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to the Spanish government to help retrain 1,100 workers in the Catalonian textiles sector.
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INSIGHT: Warnaco's high hopes for international growth
05/11/2009
With international sales accounting for nearly two-thirds of Warnaco's total group revenues, the company is, not surprisingly, focusing on international growth of brands like Calvin Klein while the domestic US market continues to be mired in the downturn.
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US: Amy Kocourek to head Hot Topic merchandising
05/11/2009
Retailer Hot Topic, which sells pop-influenced apparel and accessories, has hired Amy Kocourek from American Eagle Outfitters as its chief merchandising officer.
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New technologies set to revolutionise coated fabrics
05/11/2009
New technologies are set to slash raw material costs and allow faster, more efficient and highly flexible processing in the coated fabrics industry.
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US: Gap same-store sales rise 4% in October
05/11/2009
Strong sales at its Old Navy chain have helped US clothing retailer Gap Inc to a 4% jump in October comps and prompted third-quarter guidance above expectations.
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US: Retailers' October 2009 sales roundup
05/11/2009
The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' October 2009 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.
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Launch of Blue Inc Woman
04/11/2009
The UK recently saw the launch of Blue Inc Woman across stores in the UK and online.
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BFC launches new fund
04/11/2009
The British Fashion Council launched a new designer platform ‘The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund’ in conjunction with Vogue. The support scheme will provide one British based designer with £200,000 and high level mentoring support - additional
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US: RG Barry lifts FY outlook as Q1 profits double
04/11/2009
Accessory footwear maker RG Barry Corporation has more than doubled its first quarter earnings after the timing of shipments to retailers returned to a more normal pattern.
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US: Target denies planning to sell India unit
04/11/2009
US discount retailer Target Corporation has denied newspaper reports that it is planning to sell its captive technology centre in India, dismissing the rumours as "ridiculous speculation".
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Polo Ralph Lauren sees demand improving as profits top view
04/11/2009
An upbeat Polo Ralph Lauren Corp Tuesday posted a Q2 profit way ahead of analysts' view and upped its full-year revenue outlook on the back of slowly improving demand based on better-than-expected sales.
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Cautious M&S's flat H1 beats view, sees good start to Q3 as clothing market share improves
04/11/2009
UK retail giant Marks & Spencer delivered flat H1 earnings Wednesday, beating both its own and analysts' expectations, on tight cost and merchandise controls, and although clothing sales remained in negative territory the retailer at least grabbed market share from its rivals.
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Next beats expectations with Q3 sales, raises guidance
04/11/2009
UK-based fashion retailer Next Plc said Wednesday that its Q3 sales had beaten its expectations, with better performance at both its Next Retail and Next Directory divisions, and it raised its H2 guidance on the results.
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Santucci and Ley mount rescue bid for Escada
04/11/2009
The ex-chief of Gucci has teamed up with the son of Escada founder Wolfgang Ley to mount a rescue bid for the failed German luxury fashion house.
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Tod's now sees full-year improvement, 2010 "less complicated"
04/11/2009
Italian luxury shoe and accessories maker Tod's SpA could post full-year results above market expectations if the Holiday trading period goes well, its chief executive Diego Della Valle said Tuesday.
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Valentino spring/summer 2010 collection hits right note with buyers, media says CEO
04/11/2009
Italian fashion house Valentino's spring/summer 2010 show in Paris received "great response" from press and buyers, its CEO said Tuesday.
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American Eagle prepares to open "destination flagship" in Times Square
04/11/2009
Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters has revealed plans of its soon-to-open flagship store in Times Square, New York, which it bills as providing a "one-of-a-kind shopping experience".
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Nokia named Europe's most valuable brand corporation, LVMH in second place
04/11/2009
Nokia has been named Europe's most valuable brand corporation in the eurobrand2009 study by the European Brand Institute, with LVMH coming in second place.
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US chain store sales recovery slows at end-October
04/11/2009
US chain store sales continued their recovery as October ended but the rate of growth slowed, according to two key indices.
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Metro still eyeing Karstadt stores
04/11/2009
German retail giant Metro is still interested in acquiring some of the Karstadt department stores being sold by insolvent retail giant group Arcandor, its CEO said Tuesday. Earlier reports suggested Metro had ended any interest in its successfully trading stores.
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Australian retail sales suffer surprise dip
04/11/2009
Australian retail spending suffered an unexpected fall in September, with Australian Bureau of Statistics data released Wednesday showing a 0.2% dip instead of the anticipated 0.5% increase.
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Irish consumer sentiment reaches 18-month high in October
04/11/2009
Irish consumers became more confident in October, with the KBC Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index jumping to its highest level since April 2008.
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Retailers bypass Hong Kong to open mainland China stores
04/11/2009
Hong Kong is losing out to mainland China as international retailers leapfrog the territory to open stores in lower-rent Chinese cities.
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Savile Row tailors fight for rights over "bespoke" tag
04/11/2009
Savile Row tailors are fighting to defend their image, calling for the term "Savile Row bespoke" to be more clearly defined against made-to-measure rivals.
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Hammerson considers more property buys as confidence improves
04/11/2009
UK-based real estate investment trust Hammerson Plc is actively considering property acquisitions and investment as confidence returns to property markets, it said Tuesday.
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BFC launches new fund for fashion talent
04/11/2009
The British Fashion Council has launched a new designer support scheme, the BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, which will present one UK-based designer with £200,000 and professional mentoring support.
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Kings of Leon to launch clothing range
04/11/2009
Rock band Kings of Leon has designed a clothing range with French fashion house Surface To Air.
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Steve Madden eyes small acquisitions
04/11/2009
Steve Madden is eyeing a number of small acquisitions, its CEO said Tuesday as it posted a 61% surge in Q3 profit.
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RG Barry earnings leap 105% as shipping patterns get back to normal
04/11/2009
RG Barry Corp saw its net earnings surge 105% in the third quarter, reflecting stronger retailer demand for its accessory footwear products, it said Tuesday.
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Swarovski quits Lithuania
04/11/2009
Austria's Swarovski is pulling out of Lithuania, where it opened a workshop for its cut crystal products eight years ago.
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Burberry chosen as Brand of the Year at ACE awards
04/11/2009
British luxury giant Burberry has been honoured Brand of the Year at The Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards in New York on Tuesday, which celebrates brands making a positive impact on the accessories industry.
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AWI rejects replacement calls
04/11/2009
Australian Wool Innovation has hit back at calls for it to be replaced from Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who said a body of skills-based representatives from the industry should take its place.
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CIT bankruptcy worries Indian apparel exporters
04/11/2009
The recent bankruptcy filing of US-based financial organisation CIT Group is worrying Indian apparel exporters, with the industry concerned over the effect it will have on clients in one of its major markets.
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Pakistan's textiles minister says industry exports could rise 15% this year
04/11/2009
Pakistani textile exports could increase 15% in 2009/10, the country's textile industry secretary told Business Recorder, rising to $11.5bn.
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Indian garment exports dip in September
04/11/2009
Indian garment exports fell in September on continued sluggish demand from US and European markets.
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JoS A Bank launches new website with improved functionality
04/11/2009
JoS A bank Clothiers has launched a new e-commerce website, with a variety of functions designed to improve the shopping experience.
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Sephora opens flagship store in Singapore
04/11/2009
Sephora has opened a flagship store in Singapore in the heart of the Ion Orchard shopping centre. It becomes Sephora's largest in South East Asia.
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Japan's Kose launches Cosme Decorte luxury brand in China
04/11/2009
Japanese beauty giant Kose has introduced luxury brand Cosme Decorte AQ in China.
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Henkel sales slip in Q3
04/11/2009
Henkel AG and Co saw its sales slip in Q3, causing its profit to tumble even after one-off charges are taken into account, it said Tuesday.
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Lack of major movie release hits Marvel profit
04/11/2009
Marvel Entertainment Inc saw its earnings dive 60% in the third quarter, as film revenue and licensing sales both tumbled on the lack of a major movie release, it said Tuesday.
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Disney wins approval for Shanghai theme park
04/11/2009
Marvel Entertainment Inc saw its earnings dive 60% in the third quarter, as film revenue and licensing sales both tumbled on the lack of a major movie release, it said Tuesday.
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Wal-Mart Canada reveals Top 10 Toys for 2009 Holiday season
04/11/2009
Wal-Mart Canada announced its Top 10 Toys for the 2009 Holiday season, on Tuesday, also confirming the price drop of up to 200 toys between now and Christmas.
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UK: Next raises guidance as sales lift
04/11/2009
Better than expected revenues in October have encouraged apparel retailer Next to raise its sales guidance for the rest of the year.
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US: Kenneth Cole Q3 returns to profit
04/11/2009
Kenneth Cole Productions has exceeded its previous guidance for the third quarter by reporting a small profit for the period.
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US: Steve Madden reports record third quarter
04/11/2009
Fashion footwear and accessories maker Steve Madden has delivered record third quarter sales and earnings, driven by higher sales, lower markdowns and cost cuts.
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US: True Religion Q3 profit dips, raises guidance
04/11/2009
Upmarket denim brand True Religion has recorded an 8.8% dip in third quarter profit, but is sufficiently encouraged by its performance to raise its full-year earnings forecast.
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VIETNAM: Textiles, garments top 10-month exports
04/11/2009
Textile and garments have topped Vietnam's exports for the first time according to the latest figures from the General Statistics Office.
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ANALYSIS: China's shoe makers brace for EU dumping duties
04/11/2009
As the European Union considers extending anti-dumping duties on Chinese leather shoes, China's shoe manufacturers are bracing for a further hit to exports. Many have already shifted business away from Europe, while others are turning towards the domestic market, as Dominique Patton reports.
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UK: M&S in China for the long-term, says boss
04/11/2009
UK retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) plans to open more stores in China despite the teething problems it faced after launching a first outlet in Shanghai last year.
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US: Warnaco lifts FY guidance as Q3 profit rises 3%
04/11/2009
Apparel maker The Warnaco Group Inc today lifted its full-year guidance after third quarter profit rose 12%, helped by growth in its Calvin Klein business and tight control of inventories and costs.
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INSIGHT: M&S spreads its bets during recession
04/11/2009
Marks and Spencer (M&S) boss Sir Stuart Rose said the retailer's broad appeal helped the company towards its 1.7% growth in HY general merchandise sales today (4 November).
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Special gloves for gadgets
04/11/2009
Glove company Etre Touchy launched a special glove that will keep hands and dry while using technical
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New artists join Feiuye rooster
03/11/2009
Sneaker brand Feiuye is launching two limited editions for SS10. The company gave complete artistic freedom to three artists, from the world of graphic design, conceptual art and fashion. Each designer was encouraged to use any material or colour of their choice
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COS at Selfridges
03/11/2009
As part of the international H&M group, COS is now also available at department store Selfridges
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Mary Portas charity shop
03/11/2009
English retail adviser Mary Portas is launching her first charity shop in Edinburgh. The stylish
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EU postpones decision regarding import charges
03/11/2009
The discussions regarding the future interpretation of the EU shoe import charge regulation have once again reopened, now its official term has finished. All Northern Europe parties are in agreement: the charge must be abolished.
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US/CHINA: Tensions rise over textile and apparel subsidies
03/11/2009
US-Sino trade tensions over unfair support measures - including textiles and apparel - are not going away any time soon, judging by the latest spat between the trans-Pacific powers in a World Trade Organization (WTO) session Friday.
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US: Amazon completes Zappos buy
03/11/2009
Online retail giant Amazon has completed its acquisition of internet apparel and footwear seller Zappos.com, which was first revealed back in July.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Iconix closes acquisition of Ecko Brands stake
03/11/2009
Iconix Brand Group has completed the acquisition of a 51% controlling interest in the Ecko portfolio of brands through a newly formed joint venture company, IP Holdings Unltd LLC.
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US: Steve Madden signs license deal for new brand
03/11/2009
US footwear company Steve Madden has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Dualstar Entertainment Group to design, manufacture, and distribute a collection of footwear and accessories for its new Olsenboye brand.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Primark powers ahead for AB Foods, Europe seen as "substantial growth" prospect
03/11/2009
Associated British Foods, the owner of the highly successful value-priced UK fashion chain Primark, beat forecasts with a 5% rise in full-year earnings Tuesday, in part driven by "a remarkable year" at its prized retail chain which saw strong profit and sales growth in the year. AB Foods posted adjusted earnings of 57.7 pence a share for the year to September 12, compared to analysts' expectations of 56.1 pence. Last year's EPS came in at 54.9 pence.
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October to show signs of slight recovery at US retail say analysts
03/11/2009
It may be seen by some as a transitional month for US stores, but analysts were watching retail chains closely in October for any sign that the recovery is on its way and those signs were visible, even if only slightly. Same-store sales reports for the month that is wedged between Back-to-School on one side and Holiday on the other are due out on Thursday, and the conclusion analysts have reached is that October could be a good one – at least by the dire standards of the past year – with traffic and conversion rates rising slightly.
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Sales dip at all five top Japanese department stores in October
03/11/2009
All five major Japanese department store operators reported year-on-year sales falls in October despite the first industry-wide sales campaigns being conducted in the month, the firms said in preliminary reports on Monday.
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US Holiday online retail sales to grow 8% – Forrester
03/11/2009
US online retail sales are forecast to rise 8% this Holiday season to $44.7bn, ahead of the 5% growth seen last year amid the height of the economic crisis, according to a new forecast by Forrester Research Inc.
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Polo Ralph Lauren, Zappos and Fast Retailing to receive top NRF 2010 awards
03/11/2009
Japan's Fast Retailing, US fashion house Polo Ralph Lauren and website Zappos.com are among recipients of the National Retail Federation's annual awards.
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Starwood to sell spa business to Steiner Leisure for $100m
03/11/2009
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc is to sell its 15-unit Bliss spa and product business to Steiner Leisure Ltd for $100m as the hotelier looks to focus on its core operations. Starwood acquired the business at the start of 2004 from LVMH for $25m.
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ANRA cautions against pre-Christmas interest rate rise
03/11/2009
The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) has warned that another rise in interest rates before Christmas would hurt the economy and lead to a cut in discretionary spending.
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UK retail sector optimistic on Christmas
03/11/2009
Optimism appears to be returning to the UK retail sector in time for Christmas, with forecasts predicting a sales upswing from last year and industry executives voicing confident opinions.
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Bank accepts Blacks Leisure's turnaround plan, to exit 101 stores
03/11/2009
UK outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure Group Plc has secured the approval of its bank for the terms of its turnaround plan, which will see it exit 101 stores.
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Trinity shares soar on debut
03/11/2009
Shares in retailer Trinity Ltd soared on their Hong Kong Stock Exchange debut Tuesday, as investors weighed in due to its connections with Li & Fung.
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William Rast launches first three stores
03/11/2009
Denim lifestyle brand William Rast, operated through subsidiaries of People's Liberation, is to open two new full-price retail stores at the Westfield Century City Shopping Mall in Los Angeles, California, and the Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall in San Jose, California, in time for the Holiday shopping season.
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Charming Shoppes appoints new sourcing execs, completes sale of credit card receivables ops
03/11/2009
Women's plus-size apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc said Monday that it had strengthened its global sourcing team with four brand sourcing executives, while also announcing it had completed the sale of its credit card receivables programmes to Alliance Data Systems Corporation.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Superior Uniform buys Blade Sportswear
03/11/2009
Superior Uniform Group has bought Blade Sportswear Inc, which supplies uniforms to major domestic restaurant and foodservice chains throughout the US.
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Steve Madden in footwear licensing deal for Olsenboye
03/11/2009
US-based footwear designer and marketer Steve Madden has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Dualstar Entertainment Group to produce a footwear and accessories collection for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's new brand Olsenboye.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Philippou to be new Ben Sherman CEO
03/11/2009
Pan Philippou is to replace Miles Gray as CEO of Ben Sherman when he retires from the role in January.
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Textiles and garments become Vietnam's top earner
03/11/2009
Garments and textiles have become Vietnam's number one export earner in the first 10 months of the year, overtaking crude oil for the first time as they earned $7.5bn in the period.
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Bangladesh's prime minister urges garment sector to solve problems
03/11/2009
Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the garment industry to sort out the problems which have led to unrest in the sector, the latest of which resulted in three dead and over a hundred people wounded in violent clashes at a factory in Tongi.
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Alliance Boots set to hit FY targets
03/11/2009
UK pharmacy chain Alliance Boots said Tuesday that it traded ahead of its expectations in H1 and is on target to achieve its goals for the 2009/10 full year.
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Beiersdorf raises 2009 outlook on talk of market recovery
03/11/2009
German beauty products giant Beiersdorf AG lifted its outlook for the full-year on Tuesday, reflecting economic recovery in its key markets that helped to improve its Q3.
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CHINA: Mark Fairwhale fashion house selects DeSL PLM
03/11/2009
Chinese fashion house Mark Fairwhale Enterprises has selected DeSL's PLM solution to improve its design and development management.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

EUROPE: EC "desperate" to keep shoe anti-dumping duties
03/11/2009
The European Commission has been accused of showing "a certain desperation" to maintain anti-dumping levies against footwear imports from China and Vietnam.
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SRI LANKA: Gears up for first ever Design Festival
03/11/2009
Sri Lanka is gearing up to hold its first annual Design Festival at the end of this month in a bid to put the country on the map as a source of design as well as a manufacturing destination.
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UK: Blacks restructuring rests on CVA
03/11/2009
Struggling outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure Group has won approval from main lender Lloyds Banking Group for a restructuring plan designed to keep the company afloat.
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UK: Good Christmas forecast for retail ahead of VAT rise
03/11/2009
Retail sales will grow by 2% this December as shops gear up for a last-minute shopping rush prior to the restoration of full VAT in January, according to Mintel.
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UK: Primark looks abroad as FY profit jumps 8%
03/11/2009
Cut-price clothing retailer Primark is plotting expansion in continental Europe after posting an 8.2% increase in full-year operating profit to GBP252m (US$411m).
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US: Polo Ralph Lauren profits climb 10% in Q2
03/11/2009
US fashion company Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation saw second quarter net income rise 10%, and reported market share gains during the period.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Charming Shoppes appoints new sourcing execs, completes sale of credit card receivables programmes
03/11/2009
Women's plus-size apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc said Monday that it had strengthened its global sourcing team with four brand sourcing executives, while also announcing it had completed the sale of its credit card receivables programmes to Alliance Data Systems Corporation.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Steve Madden in footwear and accessories licensing deal for Olsenboye
03/11/2009
US-based footwear designer and marketer Steve Madden has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Dualstar Entertainment Group to produce a footwear and accessories collection for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's new brand Olsenboye.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

INDIA: S Kumars Nationwide sees Q2 profit soar 18%
03/11/2009
Indian textile major S Kumars Nationwide Ltd, which earlier this year bought the assets of US men's tailoring company Hartmarx, has seen its second quarter profit jump 18% helped by strong growth in its domestic business.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: Ralph Lauren commits cash to Asian market growth
03/11/2009
US fashion company Polo Ralph Lauren is continuing a double-pronged effort to control brand operations in Japan and South East Asia, it said during a second quarter earnings call.
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UK: Eventura to distribute Visual 2000's apparel PLM tool
03/11/2009
UK fashion ERP supplier Eventura has signed a deal to distribute Visual 2000's Visual PLM.Net throughout Europe.
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US: Organisers cancel Material World trade show
03/11/2009
Material World, the twice-yearly trade show for the fashion industry supply chain, is to be cancelled indefinitely, its organisers confirmed to just-style today (3 November).
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HONDURAS: Breakthrough talks raise hopes of trade stability
03/11/2009
Breakthrough talks late last week have moved one step closer towards restoring stability in Honduras - and have been welcomed by US apparel brands, retailers and textile manufacturers who do business there.
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globaltex: the new standard for west coast trade events (usa)
02/11/2009
Market Center Management Company (MCMC), the management company of leading wholesale trade centers and trade events around the world, have announced that the second edition of GlobalTex: LA International Textile & Sourcing Fair proved a success during the event held October 13-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC).
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Shop the M&S way
02/11/2009
British high street chain Marks & Spencer re-launched its website and extended the ‘Shop Your Way’ service. It is the first major review since the Amazon re-launch in 2007.Since the website launched in 1999, the Marks & Spencer
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Halloween a treat for retailers
02/11/2009
Halloween is one of those rare occasions to don your favourite fashion faux pas outfit without having
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Bally appoints new CEO
02/11/2009
Swiss luxury brand Bally has announced Berndt Hauptkorn has been appointed as its new
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High street recovery figures revealed
02/11/2009
The depth of the recovery on the high street will be revealed
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M&S staff to share £60m bonus
02/11/2009
Marks & Spencer's 70,000 permanent store staff are on course to share a £60m
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New fashion platform
02/11/2009
You might think there are quite a few fashion platforms around these days to nurture new talent,
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HONG KONG: Van der Vis begins CEO tenure at Esprit
02/11/2009
Hong Kong-based fashion firm Esprit Holdings Limited has confirmed the appointment of Ronald Van der Vis as its new group chief executive officer.
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JAPAN: Uniqlo sales soar 47.7% during October
02/11/2009
Japanese retail chain Uniqlo has posted a 47.7% total sales increase for the month of October, as sales of winter items benefited from cooler weather.
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Bankruptcy for US retail lender could hurt spring orders says NRF
02/11/2009
CIT Group's battle to stave off Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection finally failed Sunday as the key US commercial lender admitted defeat, creating potential problems for the Holiday season and even stronger chances of instability for spring 2010. On the plus side, it has a new $4.5bn loan to keep it operating through Chapter 11, though some of that money will go to service its debt.
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Uniqlo October same-store sales leap on winterwear demand
02/11/2009
Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing Co said Monday its October same-store sales at Uniqlo climbed 35.7% year-on-year, the biggest jump in over eight years, as the cool weather lifted demand for winter clothing and a new promotional campaign was effective in boosting customer visits.
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Mid-sized curated trade shows get industry vote, over-knee boots are season's key style – WGSN polls
02/11/2009
The mid-sized curated trade show is the industry's key venue for buying and inspiration according to the latest poll of WGSN subscribers. As many as 56% voted for this show format compared to 24% backing giant super shows and 20% smaller boutique shows.
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Mariella Burani debt grows
02/11/2009
Italian apparel maker Mariella Burani Fashion Group said late Saturday its net debt at the end of September was €479.9m, about €1.9 million more than on August 31.
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Escada sale on track say sources
02/11/2009
The sale of insolvent German luxury fashion house Escada is on track, with four parties still keen as potential buyers and a decision likely in the next few days, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Sunday.
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Marley heirs hire Hilco to enforce trademark
02/11/2009
Heirs of Bob Marley are seeking to enforce their exclusive rights to the late Jamaican reggae legend's image that has grown steadily in appeal since this death in 1981 at age 36.
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100% Design Tokyo favours sustainability and local brands
02/11/2009
Tokyo's premier interiors show 100% Design Tokyo is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an increasing number of eco-friendly products and designs, while a focus on local product is seeing a surge in quality Japanese labels.
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Hong Kong retail sales turn positive for first time in eight months
02/11/2009
There was some good news for Hong Kong's retail sector Monday, with figures released showing September retail sales rose for the first time in eight months on the back of higher tourist figures and a rebounding economy.
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Metro losing interest in buying Karstadt stores – paper
02/11/2009
German retail giant Metro is increasingly losing interest in acquiring department store group Karstadt from insolvent owner Arcandor, a German newspaper said on Sunday, citing sources.
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Baugur chief seeks £35m to save Hagar
02/11/2009
Jon Asgeir Johannesson, whose Icelandic investment firm Baugur owned a sizeable selection of UK fashion retail market before going bust earlier this year, has been ordered to raise £35m ($57.4m) to save the remains of his business empire.
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Och-Ziff becomes Debenhams' biggest shareholder
02/11/2009
US-based hedge fund Och-Ziff has become the largest shareholder in UK department store retailer Debenhams Plc, holding an 11% stake.
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South Korean consumer spending sees September boost
02/11/2009
Consumer spending in South Korea hit growth levels not seen for almost two years in September as consumption rebounded in the country, according to data from the Finance Ministry and Statistics Korea.
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JMS Just My Size and Walmart team up on women's plus-size range
02/11/2009
JMS Just My Size has signed a deal with Walmart to make it the dedicated plus-size apparel brand at the US retail giant.
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Estonian retail sales fall in September
02/11/2009
Estonian retail sales fell 17% in September year-on-year, Statistics Estonia said, to total EEK4.3bn ($405.9m) in the month.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Vietnamese retail sales see 10-month hike but still lag 2008
02/11/2009
Vietnamese retail sales lifted 18% in the first 10 months of the year, according to the General Statistics Office.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Bijou Brigitte posts flat nine-month net profit
02/11/2009
German jewellery retailer Bijou Brigitte Modische Accessoires AG recorded a net profit of €54.3m ($80.3m) in the January-September period, against €54.5m a year earlier, while pre-tax profit stagnated at €78.9m.
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El Corte Ingles names Indetex's Garcia-Poveda general director for Sfera unit
02/11/2009
Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles has appointed Agustin Garcia-Poveda general director at its fashion chain Sfera, local daily Expansion said. The newly created position is part of the group's plan to reorganise its top management.
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eBay launches Holiday advertising campaign
02/11/2009
Online auction giant eBay Inc launches a new marketing campaign Monday to boost its standing as a Holiday shopping destination.
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Agent Provocateur ad with Kylie Minogue is web's biggest viral hit
02/11/2009
An Agent Provocateur online video featuring singer Kylie Minogue has been voted the best internet advert ever after attracting 350m hits.
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McQueen expands e-commerce offer to UK
02/11/2009
Alexander McQueen is to launch his e-commerce website in the UK in December, following its debut in the US in 2008. The on-line flagship store offers women's and men's ready to wear and accessories and some exclusive product.
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Administrators for Cubbie Station say all options being considered
02/11/2009
Administrators for Cubbie Station, Australia's biggest cotton farm, have said they are considering all options for the company including its break-up.
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Baldinini plots Belarus footwear production
02/11/2009
Italian footwear maker Baldinini Srl is planning to begin production in Belarus, according to its president Gimmi Baldinini.
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Estée Lauder 1Q profit more than doubles as skincare performs, fragrance suffers
02/11/2009
Estée Lauder saw its Q1 profit more than double on strong skincare sales and improved international performance and lower expenses, helping the beauty giant raise its full-year forecast.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Jackson film tops worldwide weekend box office
02/11/2009
Michael Jackson's This Is It movie grossed $101m at the worldwide box office over five days, making it the highest-grossing concert film of all time.
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INDIA: Pantaloon plans value retail subsidiary
02/11/2009
Indian retail group Pantaloon is planning to place its Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar and related formats into a wholly-owned subsidiary with a view to enable capital infusion.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

FRANCE: Royer acquires worldwide rights to Von Dutch brand
02/11/2009
France's leading shoe wholesaler, Groupe Royer, has acquired all worldwide rights to the US clothing brand, Von Dutch, covering all product categories.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Charming Shoppes sells credit card business
02/11/2009
Women's plus-size apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc has sold its private label credit card programme to Alliance Data for $136m.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Charming Shoppes strengthens global sourcing team
02/11/2009
Women's plus-size apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc has strengthened its global sourcing team through the addition of four brand sourcing executives to the organisation.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Milliken launches lightweight FR workwear fabrics
02/11/2009
Milliken & Company, one of the world's largest privately-held textile and chemical manufacturers, has launched a new lightweight flame resistant (FR) fabric for industrial workwear.
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Estée Lauder Q1 profit more than doubles as skincare performs, fragrance suffers
02/11/2009
Estée Lauder saw its Q1 profit more than double on strong skincare sales and improved international performance and lower expenses, helping the beauty giant raise its full-year forecast.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US: Ralph Lauren to collect top NRF retail award
02/11/2009
The National Retail Federation has selected US fashion firm Polo Ralph Lauren for its Gold Medal Award in retail.
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Elizabeth Arden jumps back to profit in Q1
30/10/2009
Elizabeth Arden surprised the market Thursday by swinging back into the black in the first quarter.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Avon profit dives 30% on slow sales
30/10/2009
Avon Products Inc saw its profit tumble almost a third in Q3 as cost-cutting failed to make up for slower sales, it said Thursday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Bare Escentuals beats expectations on strong US sales
30/10/2009
Cosmetics maker Bare Escentuals did better than expected in its latest quarter, posting Thursday a 4% sales rise and slightly better profit.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

UK same-store sales show improvement in latest week, fashion maintains positive territory
30/10/2009
UK fashion retailers enjoyed another relatively good week, with same-store sales this time rising 1.6% for the period ending October 25 after lifting 1.4% in the previous week, thus stemming a sustained run of negative figures. Footwear, lifestyle and formalwear performed especially well, while in other areas gains were more modest, with sales held back by the warmer weather, figures from BDO's High Street Sales Tracker showed.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Stella McCartney set to debut kids' collection for Gap
30/10/2009
Stella McCartney launches her kidswear collection for apparel retail giant Gap Inc in the US and Canada on November 2.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wal-Mart plans Argentinian investment, technical issues hit walmart.com
30/10/2009
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said it will invest $150m to expand its operations in Argentina in 2010.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

COMMENT: Luxury firms must adapt to the 'new normal'
30/10/2009
Luxury retail has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the global recession, as shoppers increasingly defer new purchases, spend less, or simply trade down to discounts on higher-end brands or fast fashion alternatives. However, amid signs the market is starting to stabilise, retailers are warned the post-recession luxury market will be far different from the one that came before.
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INSIGHT: Earthkeepers central to Timberland growth plan
30/10/2009
The Timberland Company is hoping its Earthkeepers range of recyclable shoes can help it climb towards consistent and sustainable top-line growth, after reporting broadly flat third quarter revenues this week.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: MAGIC unveils new men's and women's wear plans
30/10/2009
Fashion's largest trade event, The MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas, has unveiled new plans to reinvent the show when it takes place next February, including two separate campuses dedicated to women's and men's wear, and the launch of a new footwear section.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

VIETNAM: Viet Tien expands to Cambodia
30/10/2009
Vietnam's leading garment maker Viet Tien Garment Joint Stock Company (VTEC) has opened its first outlet in Cambodia, as part of a strategic step to expand in South East Asia.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

GERMANY: Adidas denies Bangladesh plant investment
30/10/2009
Sporting goods company Adidas Group has dismissed a report it will invest US$100m in a footwear plant in Bangladesh.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
30/10/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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US: Gap gears up to launch Stella McCartney kids' line
30/10/2009
The new children's wear line created by fashion designer Stella McCartney for specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is due to make its in-store debut on Monday (2 November).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Hirsch CEO completes company buyout
30/10/2009
The CEO of embroidery equipment supplier Hirsch International completed the deal to acquire the company in a move that takes the company private.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Porini applications achieve Windows 7 certification
30/10/2009
Apparel software developer Porini has achieved Windows 7 certification for all its applications and solutions.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Target cuts 85 jobs in marketing reorganisation
30/10/2009
Discount retailer Target Corporation has axed around 85 jobs from its marketing unit as part of a reorganisation "to meet the changing needs of our business."
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Wal-Mart linked to $150m Argentina investment
30/10/2009
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores will invest US$150m in its Argentina operation next year, according to media reports, having already signalled its intent for expansion in China and Brazil.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Timberland impresses with Q3 surprise strength and improved outlook as eco-friendly brands appeal
30/10/2009
Timberland's shares jumped almost 30% Thursday as the outdoor apparel and footwear producer and retailer not only posted Q3 profits up an analyst-beating 23% but also forecast improved gross margins for Q4. Tighter cost control and improved demand for key heavily promoted eco-friendly merchandise, especially in North America, were the successes behind the upbeat message.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Victoria's Secret aims to double Canada market share
30/10/2009
The owner of lingerie giant Victoria's Secret believes it can double its market share in Canada within three years, according to a senior executive.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Affluents to spend less this Holiday season, focus on practical gifts
30/10/2009
Nearly 40% of affluent shoppers expect to spend less this year on Holiday gifts, although 50% see themselves spending the same, according to new Unity Marketing research.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Economists divided over US economic recovery
30/10/2009
Leading economists remain divided over what form a US economic recovery will take, and how fast it could come about.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Eurozone consumer prices down fractionally in October as unemployment hits 10-year high
30/10/2009
Eurozone consumer prices edged down only slightly in October on a year-on-year basis, according to the EU's statistics agency Eurostat, as unemployment hit its highest level for 10 years in September.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Bally appoints Hauptkorn CEO
30/10/2009
High-end accessories producer and retailer Bally has appointed Berndt Hauptkorn CEO, effective November 1, to take the brand to the next level. He ends his tenure as CEO of Labelux group which he helped set up in 2007 and whose portfolio includes Bally, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Derek Lam and Zagliani.
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Target cuts 85 marketing jobs
30/10/2009
Value-priced retail giant Target Corp said Thursday it is cutting some 85 marketing jobs, representing around 8% of the 1,100-strong department. All are located at its Minneapolis headquarters.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Sex and the City spot boosts Westwood sales
30/10/2009
The use of a Vivienne Westwood wedding gown in the Sex and the City movie helped the label's sales jump nearly a fifth last year.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

J Crew's Lyons wins $1m bonus
30/10/2009
J Crew Group Inc has paid its creative director a $1m bonus, according to a filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Stella McCartney set to debut kid's collection for Gap
30/10/2009
Stella McCartney launches her kidswear collection for apparel retail giant Gap Inc in the US and Canada on November 2.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wet Seal partners DeBarge for fashion collection
30/10/2009
Teen retailer The Wet Seal Inc is to partner SodaPop/Island Def Jam recording artist Kristinia DeBarge to co-design a collection of fashion pieces.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Too-low inventories and price wars to hurt US retailers in Holiday period – Buxbaum
30/10/2009
The festive season will bring little cheer to US retailers this year as under-stocked inventories and a brutal price war combine to make the Holiday period a difficult one, according to Buxbaum Group's Stevan Buxbaum.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wal-Mart plans Argentinean investment, technical issues hit walmart.com
30/10/2009
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has said it will invest $150m to expand its operations in Argentina in 2010.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

John Lewis takes nothing for granted despite another strong week
30/10/2009
UK department store retailer John Lewis enjoyed another solid sales increase in its latest week, saying that Christmas trade was beginning to grow, but with last year's comparable results coming at the height of the economic crisis is said it was keeping a close eye on two-year comparisons – and added that there was still some work to be done.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Half of Canadian consumers to spend the same as last two years for Holiday – Deloitte
30/10/2009
Just over half of Canadian consumers are planning to spend the same amount on Holiday this year as they did in the last two years, but a significant proportion say they are planning to spend less and the breakdown of where the money will go has undergone a shift, according to a survey by Deloitte.
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H&M plans to move into two former Tokyo department store spaces
30/10/2009
Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Maruitz is finalising plans to take over spaces in two former Tokyo department stores next March.
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Aberdeen shopping centre attracts 58,000 visitors on first day
30/10/2009
More than 58,000 people visited Aberdeen's newest shopping centre Thursday during its first eight hours of trading.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Shoppers Stop swings to profit
30/10/2009
Retail chain Shoppers Stop swung to a profit in its latest quarter, it said Thursday, crediting the improvement to a change in its depreciation policy.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Kathmandu is vulnerable to competition says co-founder
30/10/2009
The co-founder of Australian outdoor clothing retailer Kathmandu continued to slam its share float Thursday, saying the its high prices are not realistic in the current climate.
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GVA to manage Belgrade Outlet Shopping Centre
30/10/2009
Black Oak Development has appointed GVA Outlets to manage, operate and lease the Belgrade Outlet Shopping Centre, the first outlet centre in Serbia.
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Diadora relaunch plans expected in weeks
30/10/2009
Plans for the relaunch of Italian sports brand Diadora are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks after a court approved its sales to the founder of Geox, a person familiar with the matter told Dow Jones.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Sport Chek launches new e-commerce site in Canada
30/10/2009
Forzani Group's Canada Sport Chek has launched a new e-commerce website offering almost all items under the brand, it said Thursday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Unifi returns to Q1 profit, beats guidance
30/10/2009
Textured yarn maker Unifi Inc swung to a profit in Q1 and exceeded its adjusted earnings guidance for the period as an improvement in gross margin helped propel results.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Pakistani textile exports gain in Q1
30/10/2009
Pakistan's textile sector has had a positive Q1 with average monthly exports from the sector increasing year-on-year.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Diamonds are the world’s best friend
29/10/2009
Already picked up on by O Magazine for a cover shoot, Dutch diamond house Royal Asscher® launched a collection with floating diamonds in aid of fundraising initiative ‘Star of Africa’. The collection is the latest innovation of the fine jewellery company
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

3 trends likely to impact holiday retail sales
29/10/2009
Retailers in North America can expect this year's holiday sales to be marginally better than last year's dismal season according to the latest predictions from retail advisory firm Karabus Management Inc, a subsidiary of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Canada.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INDONESIA: Intertek accredited for CPSIA testing
29/10/2009
Testing and certification firm Intertek has become what is thought to be the first third-party laboratory in Indonesia accredited to provide both lead and small parts testing under the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Macy's to launch exclusive new men's wear line
29/10/2009
Department store retailer Macy's is adding a new men's fashion brand to its line-up from next spring as part of its ongoing strategy to sell exclusive collections in its shops.
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No Excess customers can now buy stock online as well
29/10/2009
Last week, with a certain degree of pride, No Excess invited
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Italy's Gruppo Coin in talks to buy smaller peer Upim
29/10/2009
Italian department store chain Gruppo Coin is in talks to buy retailer Upim, controlled by rival La Rinascente, sending its shares 2.7% higher Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Myer IPO raises a below budget A$2bn
29/10/2009
Australian department store giant Myer raised A$2.2bn ($2bn) in the country's biggest IPO in two years, selling shares at the lower end of an indicative range as institutional investors baulked at the rich valuation.
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Esquire goes high-tech with AR content in December issue
29/10/2009
US magazine Esquire is taking a high-tech approach to some of the features and adverts in its December issue by using webcams and the internet to make them interactive, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Online retailers up service standards in battle for Holiday sales
29/10/2009
Good service has become the weapon of choice this Holiday season as online retailers aim to win market share from each other and brick-and-mortar peers.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Fashion's Night Out to return next year
29/10/2009
Fashion's Night Out, the September global store promotion event to entice consumers back into spending mode, is to be repeated next year on September 9.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Macy's to launch exclusive Threads & Heirs men's line
29/10/2009
Macy's is to launch a new men's fashion brand, Threads & Heirs, exclusively through 200 of its stores and online from next March.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Kroell opens Madison Avenue store, Las Vegas to follow
29/10/2009
New York-based luxury womenswear designer Devi Kroell opened a 2,800 sq ft Madison Avenue flagship Wednesday, part of an ongoing nationwide rollout.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Jeronimo Martins beats Q3 expectations, positive on rest of year
29/10/2009
Portugal's Jeronimo Martins beat analysts' expectations in Q3 with a 16% net profit rise and said it was keeping a positive outlook for the rest of the year after revenues also rose in the period.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

People's Liberation and Charlotte Russe in legal dispute
29/10/2009
People's Liberation Inc and Charlotte Russe are taking legal action against each other in a dispute over a three-year, $65m deal the two entered into less than a year ago, Reuters reported.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Sears to launch weekly Black Friday deals from this Saturday
29/10/2009
US retailer Sears isn't waiting for the traditional date to start its Black Friday promotions, announcing that it will offer Black Friday deals each week from this Saturday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Saks launches 36-hour discounted designer sale
29/10/2009
Saks Inc is taking on discounters with the introduction of "private event" sales of discounted designer goods.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US returns fraud to fall 17% this Holiday season
29/10/2009
Retail returns fraud in the US is expected to shrink more than 17% this Holiday season after many retailers adopted stricter return policies, according to a new National Retail Federation survey.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Irish shoppers spend less per transaction, Budget predicted to hurt Holiday sales
29/10/2009
Irish retail sales may be falling less quickly than at the height of the recession, but consumers are spending their least per transaction for more than two years, according to Retail Excellence Ireland's latest sector review.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wing Tai posts 42% profit jump
29/10/2009
Singapore property and retail group Wing Tai Holdings saw its net profit jump 42% year-on-year in the first quarter to S$46.3m ($33.1m), it said Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Vietnamese business targets middle-class consumers
29/10/2009
Vietnamese retailers are increasingly targeting middle-class shoppers to compensate for declining purchasing power among upper-income consumers.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Bernard Krief buys stake in fashion house MFG
29/10/2009
French strategic consultancy company Bernard Krief Consulting has bought a 26% stake in troubled Montaigne Fashion Group for €3.4m ($5m).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Hanesbrands predicts 5% sales gain on expanded shelf space
29/10/2009
Hanesbrands Inc expects new retail shelf-space and distribution growth to boost sales by around 5% in 2010, even as the recession continues to erode retail comps, it said Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

China cracks down on illegal Taiwan trademarks
29/10/2009
Beijing is cracking down on Chinese companies selling goods illegally under fake Taiwanese-registered trademarks, China's spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office said Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Amazon launches speedy payment system
29/10/2009
Amazon.com Inc has launched a new payment system called PayPhrase that it hopes will speed up payments and deliveries amid the Holiday rush.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Versace Home e-boutique goes global
29/10/2009
The new Versace Home e-boutique, dedicated to the home collection just a year after the launch of its website, has gone global. The virtual shopping experience has been created especially for the net featuring one of a kind sophisticated, limited edition pieces, the Italian fashion house said.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Danner launches new website
29/10/2009
Footwear retailer Danner has launched a new website that it says offers better imagery, improved navigation and increased user-generated content.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Matthews appointed Children's Place chairman
29/10/2009
The Children's Place Retail Stores has promoted its director Norman Matthews to chairman. He succeeds Sally Frame Kasaks who served as acting chair and lead director since January 2007. She will continue to serve as a company director.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

adidas plans $100m Bangladesh footwear plant
29/10/2009
Sporting goods giant adidas will invest $100m to set up a footwear manufacturing plant in Bangladesh, it said Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Indonesian footwear association says customers planning order spike next year
29/10/2009
key customers are to increase orders by 20% next year as international demand increases.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Brazil confirms retaliation against US cotton subsidies
29/10/2009
The Brazilian Foreign Trade Council (Camex) has confirmed that it will retaliate against cotton support programmes in the US.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Premier Fine Linen to launch own-brand bed linen in India
29/10/2009
Premier Fine Linens plans to launch an own-brand line of bed linen in India, rolling out in southern India by February and going national by next June.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

NORTH AMERICA: Holiday retail sales eye marginal growth
29/10/2009
This year's retail holiday sales are likely to be marginally better than last year's dismal season according to the latest predictions from a North American retail advisory firm, with Halloween likely to be the bellwether of expected performance.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Hanesbrands Q3 profit surges on cost-cutting
29/10/2009
Apparel group Hanesbrands posted a 153% surge in third quarter profit to US$41.1m, driven by lower expenses and cost reduction initiatives.
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INSIGHT: Hanesbrands' enviable three-card trick
29/10/2009
By combining a creditable set of third quarter results with some upbeat news about its prospects for 2010, Hanesbrands has pulled off an enviable three-card trick.
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US: CPSC tries to explain textile lead-testing rules
29/10/2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released a new policy statement to try to clarify its decision in August to exempt textiles from the lead testing and certification requirements for children's products covered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
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US: The Children's Place appoints new chairman
29/10/2009
Apparel retailer The Children's Place Retail Stores has announced that Norman Matthews, a director, has been appointed chair of the company's board of directors.
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US: Timberland Q3 profit jumps 23%
29/10/2009
Strong sales in North America and in its footwear business, coupled with aggressive cost cutting, have helped The Timberland Company to a surprise 23% jump in third quarter profit - but the firm says it still has a lot of work ahead before the brand "has reached its full potential."
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US: Unifi Q1 income climbs on improved margins
29/10/2009
Yarn maker Unifi exceeded its operating targets in the first quarter, and said inventory de-stocking across its supply chains seems to have abated.
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Beyond Skin for Anthropologie
28/10/2009
Taking home various awards for its innovative designs in sustainable shoewear, Beyond Skin
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John Galliano introduces eyewear
28/10/2009
Fashion designer John Galliano launches a sunglasses range, which is produced by Marcolin. The sunwear
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Sam Ubhi workshop
28/10/2009
Womens accessory label Sam Ubhi will be hosting workshops to create special gifts for the
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global industry first: a virtual reality world fashion trend seminar (gbr/usa)
28/10/2009
Fiona Jenvey, CEO of Mudpie presents trends at the first virtual world-based fashion design conference in history this December.This spring/summer 2011 forecast season, Mudpie are entering into a new realm of trend seminar presentations delivery via an avatar in an online virtual world.
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Tommy Hilfiger med-term growth continues despite 15% European customer base cut
28/10/2009
Tommy Hilfiger Group gave itself a satisfactory mid-term report Tuesday saying total global sales for the six months to September 30 increased 3.5% to €772m ($1.14bn) despite the fashion wholesaler and retailer having cut its European customer base by 15% in the period.
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UK retail sales power hit fastest growth in almost two years in October – CBI
28/10/2009
UK retail sales rose at the fastest pace in almost two years in October, promoting optimism in the sector for November as well, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), although the body still had some words of caution for the sector.
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US consumer confidence slips in October, but Deloitte survey says Holiday spending is set to thaw
28/10/2009
Conflicting reports coming out of the US Wednesday showed there is still much room for confusion over the state of the economy and resulting consumer confidence.
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Penney to tests urban store model based on new Manhattan flagship
28/10/2009
Department store giant JC Penney Corp sees its new Manhattan store as a model for expanding into other US metro areas, saying suburban malls no longer serve as foundations for growth.
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Spanish retail sales fall again in September
28/10/2009
Spanish retail sales fell again in September, dipping 3.4% year-on-year, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said Wednesday, as high unemployment continues to weigh on consumer spending.
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Argentine mall sales jump 15.2% in September
28/10/2009
Argentine shopping malls enjoyed a sales spike in September as shoppers took advantage of deep discounts by credit cards and shopping centres.
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US chain store sales continue recovery
28/10/2009
US chain store sales kept up their recovery in October's third week, with two key indices both posting Halloween-driven growth.
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K&G to up its offer says paper
28/10/2009
K&G, the deep-discount clothing chain owned by Men's Wearhouse – is gearing up to sell more expensive designer labels at around a third of its 100-plus stores, beginning next spring and accompanied by a major marketing push, sources have told the New York Post.
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Luxottica to expand Sunglass Hut roll-out in South Africa, enter The Philippines
28/10/2009
Italian eyewear giant Luxottica Group is to expand its Sunglass Hut Asia-Pacific ops, taking the retail brand into The Philippines, while also expanding its presence in South Africa through two separate agreements.
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Noni B expects better first half net profit than last year
28/10/2009
Australian womenswear retailer Noni B Ltd said Wednesday it expects H1 net profit to rise year-on-year, with its chairman Lynn Wood telling AAP confidence among the 40-plus age demographic remains fragile but demand seems to have stabilised. Q1 same-store sales are 1.3% ahead of last year, she noted.
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Lojas Renner profit jumps 7.7% in Q3
28/10/2009
Brazilian retailer Lojas Renner saw its net profit rise 7.7% year-on-year in the third quarter as the company transitioned into its spring-summer collection, it said Tuesday.
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Metro seeks expansion into Singapore suburbs
28/10/2009
Retail chain Metro is in search of more opportunities, with intentions to expand into "underserved" areas of Singapore after its forth store was launched at City Square Mall near Little India earlier this month.
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Colombia's Almacenes Exito plans COP435bn share sale
28/10/2009
Colombia's Almacenes Exito SA plans to raise around COP435bn ($220.3m) from a share sale, it said Monday.
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Perth sees vacancies fall in retail malls
28/10/2009
Retail malls in Perth, Australia, saw vacancy rates dropping in the quarter, as vacancies in some other areas of the CBD rose in the same period, according to data from Savills' CBD prime retailing report.
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Lithuanian retail sales dive 31.9% in September
28/10/2009
Lithuanian retailers saw sales tumble 28.3% year-on-year in the first nine months of this year, with the drop-off accelerating in September to 31.9%, the country's Statistics Department said Tuesday.
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Olen twins launch juniors line at JC Penney
28/10/2009
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen hosted a preview of their new Olsenboye juniors' line, exclusive to JC Penney. It launches November 6 online and in 50 selected Penney stores and will roll out nationwide with the spring 2010 collection launch.
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Moss includes sleepwear in her 12th collection for Topshop
28/10/2009
UK-based fashion retailer Topshop is set to launch its Kate Moss Christmas collection Thursday featuring sleepwear for the first time.
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Wood launches clothing and accessories collection
28/10/2009
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has launched a clothing and accessories range based on his art work with Liberty of London.
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HONG KONG: Anta shareholders in HK$800m sell-off
28/10/2009
The controlling shareholders of Hong Kong-listed Anta Sports Products Limited are to sell shares with a combined value of HK$800m (US$103m).
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NETHERLANDS: Tommy Hilfiger in 3.5% H1 sales rise
28/10/2009
Fashion label Tommy Hilfiger delivered a 3.5% increase in first half sales, boosted by a surge in retail revenues from its European business.
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UK: Private equity firm sells Debenhams stake
28/10/2009
Private equity firm Texas Pacific Group has sold its remaining stake in UK department store chain Debenhams.
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US: Rockport unveils DresSports special edition
28/10/2009
Footwear specialist The Rockport Company is launching a limited edition style of its DresSports Collection - and will give the first pair to President Barack Obama.
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US: Shopko promotes Csuy to senior VP post
28/10/2009
Retailer Shopko has announced the promotion of Jeff Csuy to the position of senior vice president/GMM of apparel and accessories.
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UK retail sales hit fastest growth in almost two years in October – CBI
28/10/2009
UK retail sales rose at the fastest pace in almost two years in October, promoting optimism in the sector for November as well, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), although the body still had some words of caution for the sector.
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Hanesbrands to close North Carolina plant
28/10/2009
US apparel maker Hanesbrands is to close its Weeks hosiery plant in Winston-Salem by the end of 2010, ending its manufacturing presence in Forsyth County, North Carolina.
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Texas Pacific sells entire Debenhams stake
28/10/2009
Private equity investor Texas Pacific Group has sold its entire stake in UK department store chain Debenhams for around £97m ($158m). Analysts say TPG's 9% was bought by one institutional investor.
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Trinity raises HK$746m in Hong Kong IPO
28/10/2009
Retailer Trinity Ltd, the privately held entity owned by Hong Kong's Fung family, which controls Li & Fung, has raised HK$746m ($96.2m) from an initial public offering ahead of a Hong Kong listing, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday, reported Dow Jones.
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Olsen twins launch juniors line at JC Penney
28/10/2009
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen hosted a preview of their new Olsenboye juniors' line, exclusive to JC Penney. It launches November 6 online and in 50 selected Penney stores and will roll out nationwide with the spring 2010 collection launch.
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Australian fashion industry to sign up to new model standards
28/10/2009
Australia's fashion industry, magazines and advertisers will be required to use models aged over 16 and with a variety of body shapes and sizes under new voluntary guidelines.
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Iconix beats analysts with Q3 profit, announces majority stake buy of Ecko brand portfolio
28/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group beat analysts' expectations with a 23% adjusted net profit surge in Q3, as revenue also moved ahead in the period, while the company also announced the purchase of a majority stake in the Ecko portfolio of brands.
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Under Armour beats estimates in Q3 as profit edges up
28/10/2009
Sports apparel and footwear company Under Armour Inc posted a healthy sales gain in Q3 that helped its net profit to edge up in the period, beating analysts' expectations as the company lifted its guidance on the positive results.
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Royalty attends inaugural Fashion Expo Arabia
28/10/2009
Fashion Expo Arabia's inaugural show opened in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Shamma Bint Zayed Al Nahyan, a measure of how significant the first fashion trade show for the region is viewed.
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Sri Lanka to launch Design Festival
28/10/2009
Local and international design talent as well as Sri Lanka's role as a manufacturing base will form the focus for the country's inaugural Design Festival in November.
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Australian Fantastic predicts "promising" times
28/10/2009
Australian furniture retailer Fantastic Holdings Ltd saw its comps advance 4% in September, while total sales jumped 15%, it said Wednesday.
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Amazon reveals 2009 Holiday Toy List
28/10/2009
Online retail giant Amazon has unveiled its Holiday Toy List, where customers can find the season's hottest toys, video games, sporting goods, electronics, movies and more.
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Spotlight on...Sustainability in design
28/10/2009
Today's retailers and brand owners work at a frantic pace, producing and selling more and more garments at ever-cheaper prices - even though it's a model that seems at odds with steps being taken by many of these firms to build sustainability into their supply chains. However, the keys to narrowing this divide are increasingly held by designers, as Leonie Barrie finds out.
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HONDURAS: US textile trade groups warn of trade damage
28/10/2009
Trade groups representing US textile and apparel importers and retailers have warned that the ongoing crisis in Honduras is causing permanent damage to what once was the most economically vibrant textile and apparel trade platform in the CAFTA region.
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UK: Asos tops fashion web searches
28/10/2009
The most visible websites in UK Internet searches during July 2009 were Asos, Debenhams and House of Fraser, found latest research.
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US: Jones Apparel boosts Q3 income despite sales dip
28/10/2009
Branded apparel and footwear firm Jones Apparel Group has reported improved third quarter net income, thanks to inventory and cost control.
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US: Steve Madden inks licensing deal with L'Koral
28/10/2009
US fashion company Steve Madden has entered into a licensing agreement with L'Koral Industries to design and market a women's fashion apparel line for the Steve Madden brand.
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US: Dassault buys IBM's apparel software business
28/10/2009
French technology firm Dassault Systmes has agreed a deal to buy the IBM sales and support unit that handles Dassault's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for around $600m in cash.
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Matalan sale sparks interest
28/10/2009
Some of the world’s biggest private equity groups are queuing to examine £1.5bn bids for Matalan, UK's conglomerate discount retailer, which has received interest in recent days from KKR, Blackstone, Cinven and TPG. According to the Financial Times, CVC Capital
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Boxfresh goes technical with Berghaus
28/10/2009
British streetwear originators Boxfresh has teamed up with the
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Designers at Debenhams help deliver profits
27/10/2009
Department store chain Debenhams hailed the success of its "Designers at Debenhams" range in helping to deliver a 14 per cent rise in annual profits. Debenhams, which has 15 branches in Scotland including new outlets it opened in Livingston and
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US: Limited Brands edges up outlook
27/10/2009
Victoria's Secret operator Limited Brands has raised its outlook for third quarter earnings and 2009 free cash flow.
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US: Tandy Brands Accessories expects Q1 sales growth
27/10/2009
US fashion firm Tandy Brands Accessories has announced a preliminary drop in fiscal 2010 first quarter profits, but a first sales increase in 12 quarters.
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CANADA: Lululemon raises Q3 guidance as sales rise
27/10/2009
Sportswear company Lululemon Athletica has raised its third quarter guidance after revenues outstripped its expectations.
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US: Lacrosse Q3 profit dips despite military success
27/10/2009
Increased sales to the US military failed to protect Lacrosse Footwear from declining profits during the third quarter, with net income down 21.4% on last year.
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US: Limited lifts quarterly outlook, cuts October comps
27/10/2009
Limited Brands Inc, operator of the Victoria's Secret, Pink, and La Senza chains, has raised its third-quarter earnings outlook, but says October same-store sales are likely to be lower than expected.
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US: Warnaco names Prendergast as Chaps president
27/10/2009
Michael Prendergast has been appointed as president of the Chaps division of apparel company The Warnaco Group.
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UK: "Business as usual" after BLC management buyout
27/10/2009
Three directors of the BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd have staged a management buyout (MBO), but say there will be a seamless transition of ownership and that they plan to operate the business as before.
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US: Blair expands robe recall following death reports
27/10/2009
An earlier recall of women's chenille robes sold by Blair LLC has been expanded to include more garments made by the same supplier after being linked to nine fire-related deaths.
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US: Lectra and Eastman settle patent dispute
27/10/2009
Lectra and Eastman Machine Company have settled a patent infringement action relating to the use of Lectra's 'Eclipse' non-stop cutting process.
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US: October sales boost Bon-Ton outlook
27/10/2009
Strong October sales have led retailer The Bon-Ton Stores to improve its earnings guidance for fiscal 2009.
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Upbeat VF Corp sees a stabilising market help improve confidence as its top brands perform
27/10/2009
Apparel giant VF Corp delivered a still-lacklustre performance in Q3 – but much improved relative to its H1 – as lower revenue, higher pension expense and foreign currency translations offset continued cost savings. That meant CEO Eric C Wiseman was in an more upbeat mood Monday, saying: "We achieved an important improvement in our third quarter performance relative to the first half of the year as conditions have stabilised."
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Billabong says tide to turn in the US, reiterates guidance
27/10/2009
A turning economic tide in the US and a performance just ahead of expectations was the positive news Tuesday from surfwear retailer Billabong International Ltd, with its expectations of lower H1 results to be offset by a strong H2 meaning it can stand by its forecast for net profit growth for the year.
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Lululemon lifts Q3 guidance on strong sales
27/10/2009
Canadian athletic apparel producer and retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc on Monday raised its Q3 profit and revenue forecasts, citing stronger than expected sales, sending its shares up 8% in after hours trading.
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Borletti confirms consortium stake in bid for Escada
27/10/2009
Italian investment group Borletti has confirmed it is part of a consortium bidding for troubled German fashion house Escada.
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Indian government to reiterate ban on FDI in multi-brand retail
27/10/2009
The Indian government is planning to clarify that foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail will not be allowed, a move that is likely to disappoint a section of the country's retail industry.
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São Paulo retailers planning investment next year
27/10/2009
The vast majority of São Paulo-based retailers are planning to boost investments next year, according to a new survey by retail research agency Fecomércio.
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US Halloween retailers taking advantage of retail graves
27/10/2009
Speciality Halloween retailers in the US are taking advantage of the troubled conditions in the country to open-up temporary stores in empty locaqtions where other retailers have failed.
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Electric lights up Tokyo Motor Show as major car producers battle for clean drive spotlight
27/10/2009
Reflecting a growing concern for the environment, the Tokyo Motor Show is filled with an increasing range of electric vehicles and eco-friendly solutions as the major Japanese auto companies reveal new concepts and designs. By day two, the event had already attracted 150,500 visitors.
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Moncler to close French production facility
27/10/2009
Moncler is to close a production facility in Echirolles, southern France, with the Italian luxury goods company instead planning to move its activities to Trebaseleghe in northeastern Italy, Les Echos reported.
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Westfield London's 23m visitors top first year footfall estimate
27/10/2009
Major UK mall Westfield London exceeded footfall expectations in its first year of operation by 15% to almost 23m, according to operator The Westfield Group.
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Myer's IPO gains strong retail demand
27/10/2009
There has been strong demand from retail investors in Australian retailer Myer's IPO, with early counting revealing there have been bids for more that A$1bn ($918.9m) of stock.
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Kirkcaldie & Stains sees FY profits rise despite sales fall
27/10/2009
New Zealand-based retailer Kirkcaldie & Stains has posted a healthy increase in profit in its full-year to August 31, despite a fall in retail sales.
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Vodafone and Shopper's Stop team up on ZooZoo merchandise
27/10/2009
Indian telecoms company Vodafone Essar is partnering with retailer Shopper's Stop to launch a range of ZooZoo merchandising.
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Prendergast named president of Warnaco's Chaps
27/10/2009
The Warnaco Group has appointed Michael Prendergast president of its Chaps division to oversee design, development, merchandising, marketing and sales for the brand. He will report directly to president of the Sportswear Group, Frank Tworecke.
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Ferragamo launches online store
27/10/2009
Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo SpA has launched an online boutique, initially catering for customers in Italy and the UK. In the next few months, the service will be extended to the US and main European countries.
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Giorgio Armani launches m-commerce store
27/10/2009
Giorgio Armani SpA is moving into m-commerce, allowing users of certain smartphones to shop for new Armani collections straight from their handsets.
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Bottega Veneta and University of Tokyo launch design competition
27/10/2009
Bottega Veneta has launched a furniture design competition with the University of Tokyo. The brief is to create a piece of furniture "that serves a function for someone seated", with the winners to be announced next April.
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India's cotton output tipped to rise
27/10/2009
The Cotton Association of India is expecting an increase in cotton production in the current marketing year, which began at the start of the month.
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Oriflame Q3 profits slip
27/10/2009
Swedish beauty direct marketer Oriflame Cosmetics SA has seen its Q3 net profit shrink to €13.4m ($20.1m) from €23.1m a year earlier.
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Shiseido signs JV deal in Greece
27/10/2009
Japanese beauty giant Shiseido Co said Tuesday its European unit has agreed to set up a joint venture in Greece with Gerolymatos Cosmetics SA to strengthen business in new and emerging markets.
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Ikea planning Spanish investment, targets 12 new stores by 2015
27/10/2009
Home furnishings retail giant Ikea is planning a €2bn ($3bn) investment in its Spanish operations over the next six years, adding 12 new stores and 20,000 jobs in the country.
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Toys R Us to open in-store FAO Schwarz boutiques
27/10/2009
Toy store giant Toys R Us is opening FAO Schwarz boutiques in some of its locations and relaunching the toy store's website, it was announced Monday.
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UK: High street sales steady despite recession
27/10/2009
UK high street sales grew modestly in the year to October, according to a CBI survey out today (27 October), but experts forecast a "slow and painful" recovery for some retailers.
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US: Iconix net income rises 23% in Q3
27/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group saw its net income increase 23% during the third quarter, to approximately $22.6m, as compared to $18.3m in the prior year quarter, thanks to growing revenues.
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US: Iconix to acquire 51% of Ecko Brands for $63.5m
27/10/2009
Apparel firm Iconix Brand Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the Ecko portfolio of brands for $63.5m.
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US: TAG acquires new credit line
27/10/2009
Apparel brand distributor Total Apparel Group has secured a line of credit through Hartsko Financial Services that will assist the company in financing purchase orders for Active Apparel and Kappa North America, two of its wholly-owned subsidiaries.
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AUSTRALIA: Ed Hardy selects Island Pacific Planning
27/10/2009
Ed Hardy Australia, a high end, vintage tattoo clothing line, has selected Island Pacific Planning along with the QQQ Systems retail software solution for its Australian and United Kingdom stores.
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US: Tandy launches new logo and tag line
27/10/2009
US fashion firm Tandy Brands Accessories has launched a new logo and tag line as part of a new corporate identity.
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US: Under Armour Q3 income climbs 2%
27/10/2009
Performance apparel company Under Armour has announced improved earnings for the third quarter, on the back of strong apparel sales.
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Arcadia appoints CEO
27/10/2009
Arcadia has a new chief executive following the decision by Sir Philip Green to step back from the role
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Farah at Selfridges
27/10/2009
This season, it’s all about heritage revival at Farah, which has been known for clean, sharp
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Smythson stationers collaborate with Erdem
27/10/2009
British luxury stationers Smythson have collaborated with London
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Lee Cooper RDLC feat. The Paddingtons
26/10/2009
To launch its SS10 collection, British denim brand Lee Cooper
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Pringle and BFC design competition
26/10/2009
Luxury knitwear label Pringle of Scotland is launching a design competition in association with the British
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MONGOLIA: Louis Vuitton opens first store
26/10/2009
LVMH subsidiary Louis Vuitton has opened its first store in Mongolia to a backdrop of strong economic growth in the Centre-East Asian state.
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UK's Matalan targeted for £1.5bn private equity buyout
26/10/2009
The chief executive of Matalan has admitted he is considering a number of offers for the UK discount clothing chain. Alistair McGeorge said the retailer has received several unsolicited approaches and that he had asked accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to consider their merits. But he said there would be no deal until the new year.
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Sequinned daywear gets industry backing, curated mid-sized trade shows are way forwards – WGSN polls
26/10/2009
Sequin embellishment on daywear is a major retail trend, according to WGSN subscribers responding to our latest poll. As many as 61% backed sequinned daywear as a key trend for autumn/winter with 13% unsure and only 26% saying sequins should be kept for partywear.
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Italy's Borletti "helping bidder" on Escada
26/10/2009
Italian investment group Borletti is assisting a bidder for troubled German fashion house Escada, after dropping out of the race for French fashion house Christian Lacroix.
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Germany's Karstadt operations profitable says Arcandor administrator
26/10/2009
Germany's Karstadt department store chain is performing profitably despite of the insolvency of its parent Arcandor AG, co-insolvency administrator Rolf Weidmann told weekly Focus for its Monday edition.
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Italy's Antichi Pellettieri buys CMC
26/10/2009
Italian leather goods maker Antichi Pellettieri SpA said Friday it has bought 100% of local CMC Srl, which owns the Mario Cerutti brand, and a 27% stake in clothing maker Enrico Mandelli SpA.
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Benetton signs accord with Falabella to expand in Colombia, more units expected in Mexico
26/10/2009
Italy's Benetton Group said Friday it had signed an agreement with Chile-based retailer Falabella to open seven corners at Falabella stores in Colombia in the autumn and winter.
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New Zealand plans consumer-targeted fashion festival
26/10/2009
The founders of Air New Zealand Fashion Week are following up the event with a fashion festival aimed at engaging consumers. Called Auckland Fashion Festival it will be launched in March following the Auckland Cup Week horseracing event at Ellerslie.
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Early poor shoe choice raises risk of foot pain later in life confirms report
26/10/2009
Women who make poor shoe choices early in life suffer with foot pain in later years, The American College of Rheumatology confirmed Monday.
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Arcadia's Green hoping for cold winter, plots new stores in Europe, Asia
26/10/2009
The owner of UK retail group Arcadia, Sir Philip Green, has spoken of his desire for a cold winter, saying that warmer weather could hurt the initial signs of recovery beginning to be seen on the high street, and added that he is eyeing opening stores in new European and Asian locations.
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Australian retailers upbeat on Christmas
26/10/2009
Australian retailers are hopeful that the coming Christmas season will herald some good sales results, with improving consumer confidence and a strong local currency lifting the mood in the sector.
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Cautious Specialty Fashion Group positioned for growth, AGM told
26/10/2009
Australian womenswear retailer Specialty Fashion Group Ltd is performing to expectations and is well positioned for growth, shareholders at its AGM were told Monday.
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Canadian consumers dither on economy's future says survey
26/10/2009
Canadians remain unconvinced that they should start making major purchases despite some positive news on the economy, according to the TNS Canadian Facts' Consumer Confidence Index which slipped to reading of 98.0 in October compared to September's 98.7.
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Pantaloon Retail defies analysts with Q1 profit increase
26/10/2009
India's Pantaloon Retail India Ltd beat expectations with its Q1 profit hike, as sales rose in the period and 'other income' surged.
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LL Bean eyes 40 China stores by year-end, 80 for 2010
26/10/2009
US outdoor apparel retailer LL Bean Inc aims to have 40 stores in China by the end of this year, after entering the Chinese market last year, the Shanghai Daily reported.
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Costco invest further in Australian ops
26/10/2009
US retailer Costco has invested another A$25m ($23.2m) into its Australian operations as it gears up to opening its first store in Sydney.
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Republic enters retail partnership with Miss Sixty
26/10/2009
UK men's and women's fashion retailer Republic has partnered with Miss Sixty to launch the denim-based fashion brand through 20 of its 100 stores and online from November 16.
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Anthropologie opens London store
26/10/2009
Urban Outfitters sister brand Anthropologie opened its first European store on London's Regent Street Friday.
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Flagship Nike store to open in Harajuku
26/10/2009
Sports giant Nike will open a flagship store in Tokyo's fashionable Harajuku district on November 14.
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COLOMBIA: Benetton to expand through Falabella deal
26/10/2009
Italian fashion firm Benetton Group is to expand its operations in Colombia after signing a deal to open seven corners in South American department store chain Falabella.
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FRANCE: Lectra updates fashion-specific PLM solution
26/10/2009
A new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for the fashion industry, which integrates design tools and product development functions with end-to-end collection management features, has been unveiled by Lectra.
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Sequinned daywear gets industry backing, curated mid-sized trade shows are way forward – WGSN polls
26/10/2009
Sequin embellishment on daywear is a major retail trend, according to WGSN subscribers responding to our latest poll. As many as 61% backed sequinned daywear as a key trend for autumn/winter with 13% unsure and only 26% saying sequins should be kept for partywear.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Michelle Obama's fashion choices explored in new book
26/10/2009
Michelle Obama is the subject of a new book exploring her fashion choices, with the author keen to focus on the mix of designer labels and high street brands that have been winning praise, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
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Galeries Lafayette launches own footwear brand
26/10/2009
French department store Galeries Lafayette has launched its own footwear brand with shoes costing between €75 for a pair of pumps to €190 for boots.
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Delta Apparel positive on full-year after Q1 delivers earnings surge
26/10/2009
Delta Apparel Inc issued an upbeat view for the remainder of the year as it unveiled a Q1 earnings leap and a steady sales increase.
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Chinese cotton imports tumble in September
26/10/2009
China saw a significant fall in its cotton imports in September, with the General Administration of Customs saying that they fell 21% to 102,115 metric tons in the month.
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Philippines garment firm says it will double exports if US Congress passes preferential trade bill
26/10/2009
The biggest garment exporter in the Philippines has pledged to double its exports, hire thousands more employees and provide significant further investment once a bill filed in the US Congress, seeking preferential tariffs on the country's garment exports to the US, is passed, the Manila Bulletin reported.
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Bangladesh garment workers reiterate calls for wage hike
26/10/2009
Garment workers in Bangladesh have said they are prepared to take stronger action if their demands, which include a hike in the minimum wage, are not met by November 5.
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Sephora survey reveals three very different demands for what beauty products men need
26/10/2009
Men are becoming increasingly concerned with their looks and by what beauty products they invest in, a survey revealed.
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Low-budget Paranormal Activity tops North American box office
26/10/2009
Low-budget thriller Paranormal Activity took the top spot at the North American weekend box office grossing an estimated $22m in ticket sales. The $15,000 budget film beat Saw VI, the latest installment in the long-running horror franchise.
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Danyl Johnson, X Factor Finalist Gets the Target Transfers Vote!
26/10/2009
When the friends and family of Danyl Johnson, X Factor finalist and primary school teacher called for assistance in preparing support t-shirts for Danyl we just asked how many! He is already being tipped to win this year’s X Factor after what Simon Cowell said was the best audition he’d ever seen. Danyl Johnsons friends and family [...]
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CANADA: Amiee Lynn implements Visual PLM
26/10/2009
Design Studio, a division of accessories and leg-wear maker Amiee Lynn Inc, has selected Visual 2000's PLM solution to integrate all departments into a collaborative work environment.
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HONG KONG: Prime Source launches ThinkTank platform
26/10/2009
The organisers of the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong have expanded the event's round-table discussion format with the launch of a new online platform where international apparel executives can discuss key industry issues throughout the year.
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ITALY: Geox merges manufacturing unit
26/10/2009
Italian footwear firm Geox is to merge its Geox Manufacturing Italy Srl unit into its main operations.
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UK: Matalan remains silent on sale rumours
26/10/2009
UK retailer Matalan has made no comment on reports that the company has held sale talks with a private equity firm.
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US: Levi's teams with artist Shepard Fairey on denim line
26/10/2009
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US: Olsen twins launch juniors line at JCPenney
26/10/2009
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the television star turned fashion designer twins, are launching a new juniors brand exclusively at US department store retailer JC Penney.
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UK: Supply chain seminar tackles sourcing strategies
26/10/2009
The changes that retailers need to make to their sourcing strategies in this recessionary climate are among the topics that will be discussed at a seminar on 'Global Sourcing Skills and Supply Chains' taking place in London next month.
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Jena.Theo moves to Fashion Fringe Studio
26/10/2009
Fashion Fringe 2009 winner Jena.Theo have been given exclusive
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Jacqueline Groag at the FTM
26/10/2009
Until 20th December, British textile designer Jacqueline Groag will be on show at the Fashion and
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Jaeger teams up with Begg Scotland
26/10/2009
Two of Britain’s heritage brands are joining forces to present
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Shoppers face bigger VAT bills in January
25/10/2009
Consumers face paying more at the till than is marked on labels throughout most of January after the government said it would consider relaxing the rules on goods labelling when value-added tax returns to
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Online sales growth slows
25/10/2009
The monthly IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index reveals that online spending rose by 7.6% in
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Multi Channel Retail Summit
25/10/2009
The Multi Channel Retail Summit to be held January 2010 isa highly sought after conference for
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Matalan hires PWC for its sale
25/10/2009
Matalan has hired Price Waterhouse Coopers to advise on a possible £1.5 billion sale
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Mexican retail sales suffer steeper than expected slide in August
23/10/2009
Mexican retail sales suffered a bigger fall than expected in August, sinking 5.5% year-on-year and 1.4% compared with July, the national statistics agency said Thursday.
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Canadian retail sales return to growth in August but still fall year-on-year
23/10/2009
Canadian retail sales rose 0.8% month-on-month in August but compared with a year ago they were still down 3.7%, Statistics Canada said Thursday.
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Macdonald appoints Shaw marketing and merchandise director
23/10/2009
Julien Macdonald has appointed Damian Shaw his marketing and merchandise director, based at the designer's London, Mayfair, HQ.
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UK: Sir Philip eyes three new markets for Topshop
23/10/2009
The owner of UK retailer Arcadia Group is to take his popular Topshop chain to France, Italy and China, after a successful launch in New York.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
23/10/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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US: Asics opens New York retail store
23/10/2009
Footwear and apparel firm Asica America will open its first US-based retail store today (23 October) in New York City.
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US: Delta bolsters Q1 earnings on improved margins
23/10/2009
Apparel design, manufacturing, sourcing and marketing company Delta Apparel said net income for the quarter increased $1.9m to $2.6m, compared with first quarter earnings of $0.7m in the prior year.
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Speaking with style: Dieter Braun, MD, Triumph International
23/10/2009
Underwear, lingerie and swimwear manufacturer Triumph International celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2011. Here the company's managing director and co-owner Dieter Braun, and Jrg Wagner from the Corporate Process Organisation (CPO) department in charge of global CAD and CAM, tell just-style about their formula for success.
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US: Deckers boosts Q3 profits on strong sales
23/10/2009
Deckers Outdoor Corporation has posted third quarter net income of US$33.8m, compared to $26m in Q3 last year, buoyed by sales of its Ugg brand.
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Amazon delivers in Q3 with soaring profit as Kindle device powers ahead
23/10/2009
Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc soared passed analysts' expectations Thursday delivering a set of Q3 results that showed sales substantially up and net profit powering ahead, with its Kindle device (pictured left) proving its standout product. Sales were 28% higher in the quarter to $5.45bn, and Amazon said there would have been a 29% increase were it not for the effect of foreign exchange rates.
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Wal-Mart predicts 4-6% sales growth next year, vows to remain price leader
23/10/2009
Wal-Mart Stores Inc expects modest sales growth this year but a better pick-up in 2010 as the economy improves, its CEO told an analyst meeting Thursday.
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Sam's Club to remodel old stores and cut labour costs
23/10/2009
Warehouse club operator Sam's Club will remodel old stores rather than open news ones in a bid to boost sales, it said Thursday.
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Opening-up EU online retail is "top priority" for European Commission
23/10/2009
The European Commission is taking steps to open up online shopping between EU states, describing it as a top priority for the re-launch of the EU's single market.
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Chinese retail sales jump 15.1%
23/10/2009
China's retail sales grew 15.1% year-on-year in the first nine months of this year, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday.
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Upbeat Deckers sees strong Q3 gains on high Ugg brand demand
23/10/2009
Footwear maker Deckers Outdoor reported a 30% jump in Q3 profit that soundly beat analysts' expectations, helped by runaway sales of its star Ugg brand, and upped its Q4 earnings forecast.
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Dufry expands into Italian railway station retail, acquires duty-free stores in Mexico
23/10/2009
Swiss travel retailer Dufry AG said Thursday it has secured contracts to operate stores at railways stations in Italy and acquire the duty-free units of Mexico's Latinoamericana Duty Free.
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Harvey Nichols boss warns of slow luxury recovery
23/10/2009
Harvey Nichols chief executive Joseph Wan believes a "substantial shift" has occurred in the luxury retail landscape since the banking meltdown from which it will not recover for at least five years.
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Quelle administrator denies lack of transparency charge
23/10/2009
The administrator managing the attempted salvage of German retailer Quelle has hit back at accusations that its efforts lack transparency.
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J Crew boosts Q3 profit forecast on improving sales
23/10/2009
Apparel retailer J Crew Group raised its Q3 profit forecast Thursday, citing better-than-expected sales and margins, and remains upbeat on its outlook for Q4, ending January 30.
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Mattel launches online shopping site
23/10/2009
Mattel Inc has launched a new online shopping site offering a complete selection of Mattel products, it said Thursday.
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Fashion apps launch on iPhone
23/10/2009
A raft of new fashion apps have launched on the iPhone, including a shopping offer from designer Norma Kamali and a new product alert app from Gucci.
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Efficient Rocky Brands climbs on good housekeeping
23/10/2009
Footwear and apparel producer Rocky Brands saw its Q3 sales slip marginally while pre-tax earnings jumped 53% as reduced expenses and improved efficiencies boosted the bottom line.
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Michael Jordon's son breaks university's contract with adidas
23/10/2009
Michael Jordan's son could leave his university out of pocket, saying he will only wear his father's Nike Air Jordan shoes rather than the adidas footwear that the school's athletes are under contract to wear.
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Macdonald appointments Shaw Marketing and Merchandise director
23/10/2009
Julien Macdonald has appointed Damian Shaw his Marketing and Merchandise director, based at the designer's London, Mayfair, HQ.
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Jaeger signs Begg Scotland for luxury scarf and stole line
23/10/2009
UK fashion brand Jaeger has teamed up with luxury woven accessories producer Begg Scotland to create an exclusive collection of printed scarves and stoles, in silk chiffon and cashmere.
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Debenhams and Ben de Lisi to bring back Principles
23/10/2009
High Street fashion brand Principles is set to make a reappearance after the intervention of Debenhams and renowned designer Ben di Lisi, it was announced Wednesday.
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Pringle and BFC launch design competition
23/10/2009
The British Fashion Council (BFC) and Pringle of Scotland are to launch the Pringle of Scotland Design Competition.
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Beiersdorf to close North American facility
23/10/2009
Beiersdorf Inc is to close its North American manufacturing facility in South Norwalk as part of a "broad and strategic review of its supply chain operations and efforts to expand its North American market share."
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P&G in talks to buy Sara Lee's air-care biz
23/10/2009
Procter & Gamble is reportedly in talks to buy part of Sara Lee Corp's international household unit.
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Dwell mulls Habitat buy
23/10/2009
Homewares chain Dwell may buy larger rival Habitat from Ikea as part of a plan to expand to 45 stores over five years, its managing director has said.
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UK: Zara and Mango feel the crunch
23/10/2009
Spanish fashion darlings Inditex and Mango may have made brave expansions in the UK in recent years but they are starting to feel the pinch from sluggish consumption and high operating costs, according to analysts.
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US: Columbia ups targets on Q3 results
23/10/2009
Columbia Sportswear Company has reported a fall in net sales and income for its third quarter, though the results were better than expected.
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US: Rocky Brands Q3 profits up as costs fall
23/10/2009
Falling costs have seen Rocky Brands report a third quarter increase in profits, despite a fall in net sales.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Counterfeit seizures up 46%
23/10/2009
Seizures of counterfeit clothing and textiles in South Africa have increased from 756,000 units in 2007-08 to 1.4m units this year, according to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
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New owners of Filene's Basement launch ad campaign
23/10/2009
Filene's Basement is planning to launch major advertising campaign to coincide with the retailer's 100th anniversary.
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John Lewis has strong week as new store format makes debut
23/10/2009
UK department store retailer John Lewis saw another strong week in the period to October 17, with sales rising 13% year-on-year with fashion again leading the way at an almost 20% growth.
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Topshop to open stores in Paris and Milan
23/10/2009
UK fashion retailer Topshop is planning to expand further overseas with owner Sir Philip Green in talks to open flagship stores in Milan and Paris, The Daily Telegraph reported.
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Adams' new owner plans expansion to reclaim UK childrenswear market share
23/10/2009
The new Adams Childrenswear owner has vowed to return the retailer to its former position as a high street leader with an aggressive store expansion programme and a more premium offer.
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Zegna expands into the world
22/10/2009
Men's luxury clothing label Ermenegildo Zegna announced the opening of three stores around the
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Moschino's darkness at sunrise
22/10/2009
Especially to celebrate the Whitney Contemporaries, a young patron group affiliated with the
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INSIGHT: Arcadia boss cools retail recovery talk
22/10/2009
Such is the pedigree of retail fashion mogul Sir Philip Green that another solid set of full-year results for his Arcadia group comes as no surprise to the industry.
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UK: Arcadia Group announces new CEO
22/10/2009
UK retailer Arcadia Group has announced that current COO Ian Grabiner is to become the CEO of the company.
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UK: Stagnant September for high street
22/10/2009
Latest UK high street retail statistics show total sales volumes between August and September showed no growth for the second consecutive month.
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PayPal swings to eBay's rescue as core business sales slip, earnings fall in Q3
22/10/2009
Online auction giant eBay Inc Wednesday posted net income down 29% in Q3, but its overall revenue rose 6% largely because more buyers and merchants used the PayPal system of payment.
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Retail and international ops boost Skechers' Q3
22/10/2009
Lifestyle footwear producer and retailer Skechers USA reported a slender rise in Q3 net sales and a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by improved business in its international and retail segments and reduced inventory.
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UK retail sales disappoint in September
22/10/2009
UK September retail sales failed to grow on a monthly basis for a second consecutive month, The Office for National Statistics said Thursday, confounding expectations for a 0.5% rise.
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US Holiday shopping to start early but discount hunters may be disappointed says report
22/10/2009
Although US consumers intend to shop early this Holiday season many will be disappointed not to find discounts to match last year, according to the Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey released Wednesday.
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Wal-Mart readies for aggressive Holiday price fight
22/10/2009
US discount giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc will slash prices each week this Holiday season to fight-off rivals and maintain market share. Its shares fell more than 2% Wednesday after it pledged to "reduce prices by hundreds of millions of dollars each week" and raised investor concerns over its ability to protect margins.
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Esprit Q1 sales slip
22/10/2009
Blue chip retailer Esprit Holdings Ltd said Wednesday its Q1 sales fell 8% to HK$9.37bn ($1.21bn).
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Levi's and Goodwill launch initiative to reduce clothing in landfill
22/10/2009
Levi Strauss & Co has launched an initiative with Goodwill to help reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfill by encouraging people to donate unwanted garments.
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adidas says Quelle liquidation will have little effect on its business
22/10/2009
Sports giant adidas has said that the liquidation of the German operations of Quelle, the mail order business of insolvent Arcandor AG, is unlikely to have much of an effect on its business.
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UK's Primark plans 100,000 sq ft store in Cardiff mall extension
22/10/2009
UK discount fashion retailer Primark is poised to sign a lease in a new shopping centre in Cardiff, Wales.
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American Eagle debuts pop-up 77Kids store in Pittsburgh
22/10/2009
Teen apparel retailer American Eagle is to provide a preview of a new store format with a temporary store for 77Kids at the Mall at Robinson, Pittsburgh, for the Holiday sales season.
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China's online sales to hit $68bn by year-end
22/10/2009
China's online shopping market size should top CNY268bn ($39.2bn) in 2009 and rise to an estimated CNY464bn in 2010, a report by China IntelliConsulting Corp suggests.
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Canadian regulator says ISPs can slow traffic 'as a last resort'
22/10/2009
Canadian internet service providers (ISPs) will be allowed to slow down traffic on their networks if heavy users threaten to overwhelm them, but only as a last resort, the country's main telecoms regulator has said.
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Louis Vuitton names Chapoulaud-Floquet, Eggs regional European presidents
22/10/2009
French luxury leather goods maker Louis Vuitton has appointed Valerie Chapoulaud-Floquet president for southern Europe and Roberto Eggs president for northern Europe.
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De Villeneuve to be face of Uniqlo global fleece campaign
22/10/2009
Illustrator and writer Daisy de Villeneuve has been chosen to be the face of casualwear brand Uniqlo for its global 2009 winter fleece campaign.
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London Fog picks Parkers to head Holiday marketing campaign
22/10/2009
London Fog has signed actress Eva Longoria Parker and husband NBA San Antonio Spurs champion Tony Parker to appear in the brand's Holiday marketing campaign, debuting in December fashion and lifestyle magazines.
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Pakistan textile minister voices support for Bt cotton
22/10/2009
Pakistan's federal minister for textiles Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan said he is backing the introduction of genetically modified Bt cotton in the country.
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India aims to secure European FDI for textile industry
22/10/2009
The Indian textile industry is aiming to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) from European countries as it strives to reach the target of $6bn in FDI by 2015.
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Domestic demand to drive Chinese textile industry rebound – CNTAC
22/10/2009
Increasing domestic demand is expected to help power a further rebound in the Chinese textile industry throughout the remainder of the year before accelerating even faster in the future, the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) said.
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Economic crisis stifles Bangladeshi garment export growth
22/10/2009
Bangladeshi garment makers are hoping to see exports remaining flat in 2009/10 as the effects of the global economic crisis stifle the growth that the industry has previously enjoyed.
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Nickelodeon acquires Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rights, to develop new TV series and film
22/10/2009
MTV Networks' Nickelodeon has acquired the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment Inc for around $60m.
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Disney plots new entertainment delivery technology
22/10/2009
Walt Disney Co is working on a new technology that could change the way entertainment is stored and accessed, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Revlon targets younger UK market
22/10/2009
US cosmetics giant Revlon plans to create a new brand identity in the UK based on the concept of 'modern glamour' to increase its appeal to younger consumers.
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UK: Debenhams FY profit up 14% despite sales fall
22/10/2009
Department store chain Debenhams highlighted the success of its own bought fashion ranges as the company posted a 14.1% rise in full-year pre-tax profit to GBP120.8m (US$200.1m).
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US: New Balance opts for Optiant inventory solution
22/10/2009
Sportswear company New Balance has purchased a new system from Optiant designed to optimise inventory levels and maximise profitability.
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US: Skechers Q3 profit falls despite retail surge
22/10/2009
Footwear operator Skechers posted a 13.4% fall in third quarter profit, but saw sales edge back up thanks to strong performances in retail and international business.
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China's online sales to hit $39bn by year-end
22/10/2009
China's online shopping market size should top CNY268bn ($39.2bn) in 2009 and rise to an estimated CNY464bn in 2010, a report by China IntelliConsulting Corp suggests.
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INDIA: Government to boost textile investments in Swiss visit
22/10/2009
The Indian government is launching a campaign to attract foreign investment from Europe for its textile and clothing industry.
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UK: Asda "scorecard" to judge suppliers on packaging
22/10/2009
Asda plans to roll out a version of a scheme introduced by parent Wal-Mart to encourage suppliers to produce more sustainable packaging.
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HONG KONG: Esprit sales dip 8% in Q1
22/10/2009
Hong Kong-based fashion group Esprit has posted an 8% fall in total revenues for the first quarter, weighed down by its European operations.
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SPAIN: Iame plans luxury holding to take on LVMH
22/10/2009
Spain-based Iame has not given up on its dream to launch a Spanish luxury fashion holding to take on the likes of LVMH, despite failing to raise the funds necessary to pursue the project last year.
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UK: Debenhams chairman Lovering to step down in March
22/10/2009
UK department store chain Debenhams has announced that its chairman John Lovering intends to retire from the board on 31 March next year.
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US: J Crew raises guidance amid strong margins
22/10/2009
US fashion retailer J Crew Group has raised both its guidance for both the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and its outlook for the fourth quarter.
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US: Levi's rolls out life-cycle product tags
22/10/2009
US denim firm Levi Strauss & Co said that from January 2010 it will be the first major retailer to include messaging on product care tags that encourage people to donate unwanted clothing.
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US: London Fog signs Eva Longoria Parker for ad campaign
22/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group has announced that actress Eva Longoria Parker and her husband, NBA San Antonio Spurs champion starting point guard, Tony Parker, will appear in its London Fog brand's holiday marketing campaign.
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Off-Price Show breaks new ground in Poland!
22/10/2009
The Off-Price Show was successfully launched in mainland
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St David's shopping centre to invigorate Wales
22/10/2009
A new £675m extension to the St David's shopping centre has opened in Cardiff, with managers promising a touch of London's "West End glamour" in the city. They say shoppers will no longer need to travel to London to visit
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Jaeger clothing partner of Ford Models
22/10/2009
British fashion label Jaeger will be the official clothing partner
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Global supply chain seminar
22/10/2009
The Industry Forum Services taking place on the 19th November 2009 in London will show what
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Arcadia Group sees profits rise
22/10/2009
Arcadia Group, the retail powerhouse that owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge, and BHS, revealed its financial results for the 52 weeks ended 29 August. The group saw pre tax profit of £213.6m, up 13.0% from £188.9m and an operating 
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adidas travel pack
21/10/2009
For those who love to be out and about, adidas SLVR is launching a Travel Pack Capsule
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UK: Asos and Clarks among e-commerce award winners
21/10/2009
Fashion site Asos and the online operations of footwear firm Clarks were both awarded at the e-Commerce Awards for Excellence 2009.
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UK: Online fashion sales up 10% in September
21/10/2009
The monthly IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index showed that online clothing, footwear and accessories sector sales in the UK rose 10% compared to last year.
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Affordable ranges key to Coach's solid Q1 as company hails China success, plans Shanghai flagship
21/10/2009
New affordable product launches helped high-end accessories maker and retailer Coach Inc to beat analysts' expectations with flat Q1 earnings Tuesday, with revenue edging up in the period despite tighter inventories hurting department stores sales, while the company said it is "extremely enthusiastic" about its rapid growth in China and announced a first mainland flagship in Shanghai.
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Myer says sales growth accelerating in first 12 weeks, on track to hit FY target
21/10/2009
Australian department store retailer Myer Group said the pace of its sales growth is accelerating in the first weeks of its new fiscal year and it is on track to achieve its guidance for FY2010.
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Small uptick predicted for US Holiday shopping
21/10/2009
US retailers can expect a 1.6% year-on-year sales increase this Holiday season, although actual in-store traffic should be down 4.2%, according to retail research company ShopperTrak.
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US chain store sales extend recovery as cold weather boosts seasonal shopping
21/10/2009
US chain stores continued their recovery in the first two weeks of August, with two key measures both posting year-on-year and weekly gains.
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Online sales growth reaches all-time low in UK, clothing hit particularly hard
21/10/2009
Online shopping in the UK grew at its slowest ever pace in September as in-store promotions, warm weather and postal disruptions took their toll.
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Gucci designs limited edition foulard in honour of Gucci Masters sponsorship
21/10/2009
Gucci has created a new silk twill foulard in honour of its sponsorship of the Gucci Masters international show jumping tournament, which takes place in Paris in December.
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Lightweight layering and soft pastel shades lend sophistication to Japan Fashion Week
21/10/2009
Japan Fashion Week is slowly showing a move towards smarter silhouettes and sophisticated glamour, in contrast to the previous season's dark and sombre tones.
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Apple launches 'world first' multi-touch mouse
21/10/2009
US consumer electronics company Apple has unveiled its new Magic Mouse, which features the company's Multi-Touch technology and allows users to abandon traditional practices and instead use intuitive finger gestures for on-screen navigation.
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Barnes & Noble confirms nook eReader launch
21/10/2009
Barnes & Noble officially confirmed the launch of its eReader Tuesday, which it says will be the first such device to allow users to lend eBooks to other people.
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Steve Madden raises FY guidance after strong Q3
21/10/2009
US-based footwear designer and marketer Steve Madden has raised its full-year guidance after saying it expects a record revenue and earnings performance in Q3.
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Banana Republic to open two new London stores
21/10/2009
Banana Republic is to open two more stores in London, including its first shopping centre store in Europe, the retailer has announced.
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HMV and Arcadia shelve India plans
21/10/2009
UK retail chains HMV Group Plc and Arcadia Group have cancelled plans to enter India, according to local media reports.
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Trinity plans to raise HK$889m through share sale, open 50 more mainland China stores
21/10/2009
Hong Kong-based menswear retailer Trinity plans to raise up to HK$889m ($114.7m) and open 50 shops in mainland China next year, its managing director said Tuesday.
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Robinson targets Bangkok's wealthy Rarm Intra district
21/10/2009
Bangkok's Rarm Intra district has become one of Robinson Department Store Plc's most important selling areas, as new upscale housing developments boost sales at its store there, a senior executive said.
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Otto mulls Quelle's foreign ops
21/10/2009
German mail order company Otto is to investigate taking over all foreign units of fellow mail order firm Quelle, which is part of insolvent German retailer Arcandor AG, according to an Otto spokesman.
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Home Retail returns to profit in H1
21/10/2009
UK-based Home Retail Group Plc has returned to profit in H1 on cost cuts and the absence of weighty charges that dragged down last year's figures, meeting analysts' expectations.
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Carrefour looking for Russian franchisees – report
21/10/2009
Following the news that Carrefour was planning to exit its Russian retail ops, a source close to its Russian office has told Kommersant that the French retailer is looking for franchisees in the market.
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EU's 'made in' label plan could hike UK clothing prices by more than £1 per item
21/10/2009
Clothing prices could increase by more than £1 per item in the UK if a proposal to introduce EU-wide labelling detailing the origin of consumer goods comes into effect, according to a Brussels-based organisation.
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Analysts speculate on Richemont's CEO position
21/10/2009
Analysts are speculating as to whether Swiss luxury goods group Richemont will appoint somebody to replace CEO Norbert Platt when he steps down in April, with some suggesting that its executive chairman could be given the reins.
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Buy.com launches in UK
21/10/2009
Online retailer Buy.com announced on Tuesday it is to launch a UK-based online site as part of a coordinated multi-country expansion that also includes new websites for customers in Germany and France.
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Debenhams launches on eBay and Amazon
21/10/2009
Debenhams has started selling its products on both eBay and Amazon, becoming the first UK department store to do so.
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Puma opens Vietnamese development centre
21/10/2009
German sports company Puma has opened a product development centre in Vietnam as it aims to cut costs and bring new products out sooner.
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Asian suppliers push Brazil to second place in contest to dominate Argentine footwear market
21/10/2009
Brazil has lost its traditional domination of the Argentine footwear market, ousted by Asian suppliers, according to local media reports.
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Nike wins Brazilian court injunction over anti-dumping duties - report
21/10/2009
Nike Inc has won an injunction from a Brazilian federal court that allows it to put the anti-dumping duties it has to pay to import footwear from China into an escrow account, according to the O Estado de S Paulo newspaper.
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Nu Skin reports record quarterly revenue
21/10/2009
US-based Nu Skin Enterprises said Tuesday that it was pre-announcing record quarterly revenue and earnings in the third quarter on the back of strong international sales and company streamlining in recent years, lifting its FY guidance in the process.
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Shiseido to enter Azerbaijan market
21/10/2009
Shiseido Co is to start selling cosmetics in Azerbaijan in what will be the first time a Japanese cosmetics company makes a full entry into the country, Jiji Press reported.
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CHINA: Unifi expands Repreve recycled fibre line-up
21/10/2009
Yarn maker Unifi Inc has expanded the range of Repreve recycled products available in Asia with the launch of polyester staple fibre made from 100% recycled materials for use in spun yarns.
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US: CSC introduces fashion industry software from Milan
21/10/2009
A supply chain management software application that is already popular with Milan's fashion firms has now been launched in the US by technology supplier CSC.
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US: Dickies to expand and relocate New York showroom
21/10/2009
Work and lifestyle apparel brand Dickies is relocating its New York City showroom to an expanded space in the garment district where it will be better able to showcase the range to current and prospective retailers and suppliers.
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US: Hirsch to go private following CEO's buyout
21/10/2009
The CEO of embroidery equipment supplier Hirsch International is set to acquire the company at the end of this month after shareholders voted in favour of the deal.
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10 global luxury trends for the coming decade
21/10/2009
The luxury market has been down, but it's definitely not out - with dramatic shifts set to come in the decade ahead.
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CHINA: Makes anti-dumping moves on nylon imports
21/10/2009
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has issued a preliminary ruling to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of nylon 6 - which is widely used in the production of hosiery, knitted garments and threads - from the US, EU, Russia and Taiwan.
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GERMANY: Quelle to close down domestic ops - reports
21/10/2009
Insolvent German fashion group Arcandor will reportedly end domestic operations of its Quelle mail-order business.
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HONG KONG: Li & Fung unit Trinity starts IPO
21/10/2009
Li & Fung has listed its luxury retail unit Trinity Inc in Hong Kong, reportedly raising up to HKD$664m (US$85.7m) through an initial public offering (IPO).
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US: Luxury shoppers in Asia and online set to lift sector
21/10/2009
Strong demand for luxury goods from shoppers in China and online will help return the sector to growth next year, a new report predicts, although it cautions that a full recovery is not likely for another two years.
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US: S&K looks to sell intellectual assets
21/10/2009
Bankrupt US retailer S&K Menswear is looking to sell its remaining intellectual asset portfolio after shutting its stores in May.
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Swarovski supports BFA ‘09
21/10/2009
Crystal specialist Swarovski will support the British Fashion Awards 2009 that is taking place on 9th December 2009. The ceremony recognizes the most influential people in fashion and will celebrate British fashion over the
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NJAL pop-up shop
20/10/2009
Avant-garde designer store Not Just A Label (NJAL) is launching its online collection in
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EU: Unveils details of South Korea trade deal
20/10/2009
The European Commission (EC) has unveiled details of how the new South Korean-European Union (EU) trade agreement will benefit textile and clothing manufacturers in Europe and South Korea.
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FRANCE: LVMH nine-month revenues static as fashion takes hit
20/10/2009
Fashion brands owned by luxury goods powerhouse LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton continued to struggle as the company reported static revenues for the first nine months of 2009.
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SWITZERLAND: Dow launches new shoe sole materials
20/10/2009
A range of new materials has been developed to provide lighter weight and more durable alternatives to the traditional products used in the outside soles of fashion and sports shoes.
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UK: JJB shareholder in profit-taking move
20/10/2009
One of the major shareholders of beleaguered retailer JJB Sports has scored a GBP2.2m (US$3.6m) profit by selling more than half its stake in the company.
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US: Openbravo, DataFashion in new software hook-up
20/10/2009
ERP developer Openbravo is joining forces with fashion trading solution specialist DataFashion to form a new independent software vendor partnership.
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US: Sales rise boosts TJX Companies' outlook
20/10/2009
Rising sales have prompted cut-price retailer The TJX Companies to raise its sales and earnings outlook for the third quarter and full year.
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US: Siemens collaborates on new PLM software tool
20/10/2009
A new 'out-of-the-box' software tool has been jointly developed by Siemens PLM Software in the US and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in India to help apparel and footwear manufacturers and retailers ensure their new lines are on time to market and reflect current trends.
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Sales at Japanese department stores expected to hit lows not seen since mid-80s
20/10/2009
Japanese department store sales are expected to fall below ¥7trn ($77.5bn) in 2009, hitting a level not seen since the mid-1980s, according to industry data.
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Li & Fung buys Wear Me Apparel, says move will strengthen growth platform
20/10/2009
Hong Kong-based consumer goods giant Li & Fung has bought children's clothing company Wear Me Apparel LLC through its LF USA subsidiary, saying the deal would strengthen its growth platform.
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Tough economy to see consumers cut back on Holiday spending – PriceGrabber.com
20/10/2009
The troubled US economy has led to some new trends in Holiday shopping with consumers focusing on making savings and cutting back, according to PriceGrabber.com's latest Holiday Forecast Consumer Behavior Report.
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Apple posts record Mac and iPhone sales in Q4 as profit surges
20/10/2009
A bullish Apple hailed record Mac and iPhone sales as it described Q4 as its most profitable quarter ever Monday and voiced confidence for the future with a strong line-up for Holiday and new products coming in 2010.
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Recession hits travel retail but industry puts on confident front at Cannes show
20/10/2009
Communication is a key theme in Cannes, France, this week as the international travel retail industry gathers at the Tax Free World exhibition to show off its plans for 2010. Even for those operating outside the rarefied atmosphere of travel retail, this is a major forum to see what the world's fashion and luxury brands will do with their beauty operations next year.
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Arcandor's Quelle to be liquidated
20/10/2009
Arcandor AG's German mail-order business Quelle Deutschland will be liquidated because of a lack of investors, the failed company's administrator said Monday.
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Sales in London's West End surge in September
20/10/2009
Retailers in London's West End had a strong sales month in September, with month-on-month sales up 25% and year-on-year sales 4.6% higher, the New West End Company said citing figures from data tracker Springboard.
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M&S to make Spanish return
20/10/2009
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is making a return to Spain, eight years after it pulled out of retailing on the mainland.
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Tesco plans new retail concepts and possible online rollout in Thailand
20/10/2009
UK supermarket chain Tesco is looking for new ways to make money in Thailand and is considering options such as online shopping, the CEO of its local operator has said.
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TJX raises Q3 and FY outlook as sales improve in October
20/10/2009
The TJX Companies Inc raised its sales and earnings forecasts for Q3 and the full year Monday, citing stronger than expected October comps.
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Carrefour will be in among early post-recession winners, says shareholder
20/10/2009
Carrefour will be among the first to benefit when the recession ends, one of its biggest shareholders said Monday.
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Luxury goods sales to see H2 2010 growth – Altagamma
20/10/2009
Luxury goods sales in developed economies are expected to return to growth in H2 next year, according to Italian fashion industry trade group Altagamma.
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Columbia Sportswear to open Munich store
20/10/2009
Columbia Sportswear Company is to open its third European Columbia-branded store in Munich in December.
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Debenhams launches new brand identity, aims to win consumers in Christmas run-up
20/10/2009
UK department store retailer Debenhams has launched a new brand identity – Design in Every Department – with a new TV ad introducing the campaign debuting during primetime Monday evening.
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Fund will still be JJB's biggest shareholder despite last week's stake sale
20/10/2009
A big JJB Sports Plc shareholder played down the sale of its stake in the company just days ahead of the retailer's fundraising, saying it will ultimately end up with even more JJB shares than before.
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Australia's Woolworths posts 4.2% sales jump
20/10/2009
Australian retailer Woolworths Ltd saw its sales jump 4.2% year-on-year in the first quarter, driven by a 7.8% leap in food and liquor sales.
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Moody Mamas launches capsule maternity line at Target.com
20/10/2009
High fashion maternity line Moody Mamas launched a new affordable capsule collection on the Target.com website Monday.
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Colombian retail sales post smallest downturn for ten months in August
20/10/2009
Colombian retail sales slipped 0.9% year-on-year in August, marking their smallest contraction since October 2008, government data revealed Monday.
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Lacroix suitor plans to diversify fashion house into leisure sector
20/10/2009
The Gulf-based investor hoping to win control of Christian Lacroix has said in an interview with Reuters that he would diversify the fashion house into the leisure sector if he is successful.
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Safilo board approves recapitalisation plan
20/10/2009
Italian eyewear maker Safilo Group SpA has won board approval for a recapitalisation plan that will see HAL Holding NV buy into the firm.
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Barnes & Noble expected to unveil eReader - WSJ
20/10/2009
Barnes & Noble Inc is expected to unveil its new eReader Tuesday with a $259 price tag that matches that of Amazon's rival product the Kindle, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Kurabo develops fibre to target flu
20/10/2009
Japanese textile maker Kurabo Industries Ltd has developed a fibre that inactivates the flu virus, and plans to start selling it in November.
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US videogame sales return to growth in September
20/10/2009
US videogame sales ended six straight months of contraction in September, showing a "modest increase", industry tracker NPD said Monday.
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In the money: Fashion brands flock online
20/10/2009
The evolution of the Internet has created a fresh competition platform for clothing and footwear companies. Joe Ayling reports on a frenzy of developments in the online fashion sector.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Customs raids net clothing worth $6.1m
20/10/2009
Three hundred tons of clothing and textiles worth ZAR45m (US$6.1m), including four tons of fake branded sportswear, have been seized by customs officers in South Africa.
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US: Private equity firm buys Chinese sportswear maker
20/10/2009
Shareholders in US investment firm 2020 Chinacap Acquirco Inc have given the go-ahead to the company's acquisition of Windrace International Company Limited, one of the largest branded sportswear companies in China.
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Social networking and Asia in Replay’s sights
20/10/2009
'Cool', 'wonderful', 'the bomb': these are some of the comments left on Replay’s Facebook wall by over 22.000 fans. In truth these comments are more or less the same as those of the youngsters who try on the T-shirts with graffiti and the
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GERMANY: Puma opens development centre in Vietnam
20/10/2009
German sportswear company Puma AG today (20 October) opened a landmark product development centre in Vietnam, bringing together resources that had previously been spread across Asia in a bid to speed time to market and reduce costs.
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Top ten online retail developments this year
20/10/2009
The roll-out of high-speed broadband, a social networking frenzy and high-tech mobile devices have all served to bolster online fashion retailing in recent years. Joe Ayling lists some of the top developments making the headlines on just-style.
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US: Coach eyes China growth as Q1 sales rise
20/10/2009
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US: Iconix announces settlement with Federal Trade Commission
20/10/2009
US-based Iconix Brand Group has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) relating to an FTC's claim that the company had not complied with certain provisions of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
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Tom Ford seeking investors to launch womenswear
20/10/2009
Hot on the success of his film "A Single Man," Tom Ford
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Postal strikes discourage online shopping
20/10/2009
An IMRG survey of its retail members has revealed
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Pearl Lowe for Peacocks
20/10/2009
Pearl Lowe has collaborated with high street retailer Peacocks to design a collection of party dresses for the Christmas season. Modelled by daughter Daisy, Lowe's fashion range is available in selected Peacocks stores nationwide
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High street discounting affects online spend
20/10/2009
Discounting on the high street is affecting the growth in online spending, reported the Financial Times. In new research by IMRG, internet sales rose just 1.9 per cent between August and September as customers hunted for bargains
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UK manufacturing sector in slow recovery
19/10/2009
The UK manufacturing industry saw a fall in demand
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Burberry barks at check copy
19/10/2009
The infamous Burberry check is the subject of a legal row between the luxury British fashion
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Debenhams chief to step down
19/10/2009
John Lovering is expected to announce this week that he will stand down as chairman
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Scarlett Johansson fronts Mango
19/10/2009
American actress Scarlet Johansson will be facing the new winter 09/10 ad campaign
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Bloch launches Cruise collection
19/10/2009
Ballet shoe specialist Bloch will be launching its first Cruise collection at net-a-porter
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CANADA: Hudson's faces Olympics trademark dispute
19/10/2009
A Trademark dispute has erupted between Canadian retailer the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and the Cowichan First Nations group in British Columbia, which claims HBC stole their traditional knitted sweater design for its Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics clothing.
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HONG KONG: Li & Fung to buy Wear Me Apparel
19/10/2009
Hong Kong-based global consumer goods exporter Li & Fung Limited has agreed to buy US fashion brand manager Wear Me Apparel, which does businesss as Kids Headquarters, for approximately US$100m.
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SWEDEN: KappAhl opens new chain in Czech Republic
19/10/2009
Swedish retailer KappAhl has opened its first store in the Czech Republic, in the Olympia shopping mall in Brno.
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o'Neill launches new retail concept in UK
19/10/2009
O’Neill has confirmed plans to open a brand new flagship store at Bluewater Shopping Centre,
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It's floral vs digitals in next season's print battle, sequin trend impacts daywear – WGSN polls
19/10/2009
Next spring/summer's print headlines could be about a straight fight between digital/engineered prints and feminine florals – that's the result of the latest WGSN Poll. As many as 32% of respondents voted for digital prints, while 31% backed florals.
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Mothercare signs new Indian JV, doubles store target
19/10/2009
UK-based retailer Mothercare Plc is boosting its expansion plans in India, it said Friday, announcing a JV that will see new standalone stores complement its existing shop-in-shops deal with Shopper's Stop.
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Estée Lauder says Q1 earnings to be "significantly higher" than expectations
19/10/2009
Cosmetics giant The Estée Lauder Companies Inc has raised its Q1 earnings guidance on the back of better than expected sales in the quarter.
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Lotte Shopping wins race for Times
19/10/2009
South Korea's Lotte Shopping has won the race for Chinese supermarket operator Times Ltd, with the acquisition set to help the company drive its Chinese expansion plans.
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US luxury spending sees sharp Q3 increase on pent-up demand – Unity Marketing
19/10/2009
The is some good news for the luxury industry in the US with consumers spending more in Q3 than in Q2, although there is still some way to go before a full turnaround can be claimed and the data shows that it is mainly consumers at the higher end of the spectrum who are driving the increase, Unity Marketing said.
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Kathmandu to launch IPO
19/10/2009
Outdoor equipment and clothing retailer Kathmandu Holdings Ltd is to raise up to A$375m ($345.7m) through an IPO to be conducted in Australia and New Zealand.
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Banana Republic set for second UK store – report
19/10/2009
Banana Republic is about to sign a deal for its second UK store, which, like the first, will be located in London, Retail Week reported.
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Jimmy Choo set for Westfield as London mall beats yearly visitor target
19/10/2009
Jimmy Choo is set to open a store in London's Westfield, with the news coming as the shopping mall's owners said it had already hit its target of 20m visitors in its first year.
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Ryohin Keikaku plans Muji push in China
19/10/2009
Japan's Ryohin Keikaku Co will nearly triple the store count for its Muji chain in China, a top executive said.
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Vietnamese commercial rents stay strong
19/10/2009
Commercial rents in Vietnam's biggest cities remain high as demand continues to outstrip supply, especially in Ho Chi Minh, according to research by CB Richard Ellis.
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Mariella Burani expects debt restructuring deal soon
19/10/2009
Mariella Burani Fashion Group SpA is expecting to reach a restructuring deal with creditors ahead of a planned capital increase, its chief executive has said.
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Vietnam's textile sector on track to meet export target
19/10/2009
Vietnam's textile and garment industry is on track to meet its target this year of $9.2bn in export value despite declining during the first nine months of the year, the chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) said.
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Bangladesh garment workers protest for higher minimum wage
19/10/2009
Garment workers in Bangladesh have been protesting to try to secure an increase in their minimum wage.
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Shoe brand Church's launches online store
19/10/2009
Shoe brand Church's has launched an online shopping website to complement its 30 existing physical stores worldwide.
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Singer Fergie to launch fragrance in Avon deal
19/10/2009
Cosmetics company Avon Products Inc has formed a partnership with singer Fergie, who is to collaborate on a new fragrance due to launch in 2010.
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Where The Wild Things Are tops North American box office
19/10/2009
Where The Wild Things Are, an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book, easily topped the North American weekend box office charts with $32m in takings, figures from Exhibitor Relations show.
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Toys R Us launches layaway programme
19/10/2009
Toys R Us Inc is introducing a layaway programme for bigger-ticket items such as bikes and cribs ahead of this year's Holiday season, it said Monday (October 19).
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Habitat could be sold after owners launch strategic review
19/10/2009
UK home interiors retailer Habitat is undergoing a strategic review which could see the chain sold.
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UK: Shirtworks garments win Soil Association approval
19/10/2009
Promotional clothing supplier Shirtworks has been accredited by the Soil Association for its ethical and environmental policies, in a move that is thought to make it Europe's only certified organic garment embroidery company.
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US: Burlington Coat boosts Q2 earnings 33.3%
19/10/2009
Apparel retailer Burlington Coat Factory has announced that adjusted EBITDA increased 33.3% in the first quarter to $22.0m from $16.5m last year, thanks to expense reductions and despite sloping sales.
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US: Champion ties up apparel deal with US Lacrosse
19/10/2009
Champion Athleticwear, a unit of T-shirt and underwear giant Hanesbrands, has been selected as the official performance apparel of US Lacrosse by the sport's national governing body.
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PHILIPPINES: Lobbies for duty-free garment exports to US
19/10/2009
The Philippine government has promised to lobby hard in its efforts to get a bill giving Philippine-made apparel duty-free access to the United States passed by early next year.
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UK: Burberry quiet on dog jacket copy case
19/10/2009
Luxury goods company Burberry Group has remained silent on press rumours of a legal dispute with pet chain Pets At Home.
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US: Apparel firms pursue new strategies amid recession
19/10/2009
Apparel companies feeling the effects of constrained capital are seeking new business strategies to help them prepare for success in a changing economy, including licensing production to third parties and launching new start-up companies.
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Gucci connects with social networks
19/10/2009
Italian designer house Gucci launched a new collection of eyewear for the younger generation called Gucci Eyeweb. The new sunglasses collection is designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini and is showcased on an
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Gap to focus on China
18/10/2009
The Gap is aiming to penetrate the Chinese market and up its Asian market share by opening its first store in China. The China store, due to open in 2010, will be the first new market that Gap has entered directly for more than a decade,
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Louboutin teams up with Barbie
17/10/2009
Barbie's new cobbler is the revered shoe designer Christian Louboutin. Mattel, Barbie's manufacturer, has partnered with Louboutin for a multifaceted program under which the French designer will serve as a yearlong godfather to Barbie.
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Gok Wan joins Clothes Show Live
17/10/2009
Fashion consultant and TV presenter Gok Wan returns to join the celebrity line up of Clothes Show Live’s 21st anniversary party. Celebrities such as Fearne Cotton, George Lamb and Dave Berry will be attending the event as well.
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Sainsbury shares leap on rumours of new Qatar bid
16/10/2009
Speculation that J Sainsbury will receive another bid approach by Qatar's sovereign wealth fund boosted the UK supermarket group's shares by 20% in morning trading Thursday (October 15).
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Indian retailers say Diwali sales growth getting back on track
16/10/2009
Indian retailers expected to post much stronger sales this Diwali holiday season, although the 20-30% growth they anticipate still falls far short of 2007's record 120-250% surge.
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Brazilian retail sales edge up in August
16/10/2009
Brazilian retail sales rose again in August – the fourth consecutive monthly increase – to meet analysts' forecasts, according to figures from the Brazilian Census Bureau.
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KappAhl opens first Czech store
16/10/2009
KappAhl opened its first Czech Republic store Thursday (October 15), an 850 sq m outlet in Brno's Olympia shopping mall.
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Japan's Don Quijote launches new private brand range
16/10/2009
Japanese discount store Don Quijote Co has introduced a range of new private brand items, it announced Friday (October 16).
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Fast Retailing's g.u. launches low-cost fleece line
16/10/2009
Fast Retailing's value casualwear chain g.u. has released a range of fleece clothing costing as little as ¥490 – half the price of similar items at its flagship Uniqlo chain.
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Myer family to hold onto to 1.3% stake
16/10/2009
The Myer family will hold onto 20% of its holding – or a 1.3% stake – in the Myer retailing empire after its A$3bn ($2.8bn) float, countering rumours that it would sell up completely.
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Joe's Jeans posts double-digit sales growth for Q3 but expenses also climb
16/10/2009
Joe's Jeans Inc enjoyed double-digit sales growth in the third quarter, while its operating income jumped 22% to $2.8m, it said Thursday (October 15).
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Harris and Burnand beef up Barbour global team
16/10/2009
UK casual and country clothing specialist Barbour has strengthened its international strategic team with the appointment of Gary Burnand as director of global marketing & strategy and Simon Harris as sales manager Asia.
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Paramount Pictures appoints Dennis Maguire as Home Entertainment Worldwide president
16/10/2009
Dennis Maguire has been appointed president of Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment Worldwide, effective immediately.
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South African textile industry told to take action to spur growth
16/10/2009
South Africa's textile industry has been warned that it needs to take action if it is to return to growth in the future.
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Brazilian shoe exports dive 30% by value
16/10/2009
Brazil's shoe exports dived 30% year-on-year in the first nine months of this year to $1bn, figures from the Brazilian Footwear Association (Abicalcados) revealed Thursday (October 15).
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Amazon launches same-day delivery in seven US cities
16/10/2009
Amazon.com is launching a same-day delivery service in seven US cities as it gears up for the crucial Holiday retail period.
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Bestseller launches Taobao store
16/10/2009
Bestseller Fashion Group has launched a flagship online store on a business-to-consumer platform operated by Taobao, part of Alibaba Group.
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Wet Seal partners DeBarge to launch singer's chosen collection
16/10/2009
Teen apparel retailer Wet Seal Inc has partnered with singer Kristinia DeBarge to sell a collection of her chosen fashion pieces, launching November 19.
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Rocha and Jagger named new faces for Rimmel
16/10/2009
Coco Rocha and Georgia May Jagger were named the new faces of cosmetics company Coty Inc's Rimmel brand Friday.
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Toys R Us picks four key Holiday toy-buying trends
16/10/2009
Toys R Us has chosen four key trends it expects will dominate toy purchases this Holiday season that range from nostalgic toys that bring back comforting childhood memories to do-it-yourself craft projects.
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Harvey Norman posts Q1 sales hike but growth fails to meet analysts' expectations
16/10/2009
Australian retailer Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd disappointed investors with its Q1 sales figures Friday (October 16), with growth not reaching the level expected amid a wider improvement in the Australian economy.
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EL SALVADOR: Partex invests in 3D sample and fit tool
16/10/2009
Partex Apparel International in El Salvador has become the first firm in Central America to take delivery of Tukatech's e-fit Simulator, a 3D virtual sample and fit development system.
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FRANCE: Carrefour to exit Russia after four months
16/10/2009
Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer, is to withdraw from Russia just four months after opening its first store in the country.
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US: Brooks Brothers launches 'Mad Men' suit
16/10/2009
American retailer Brooks Brothers is launching a limited edition 'Mad Men' suit designed with Janie Bryant, the award winning costume designer of the critically acclaimed television series.
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US: The Talbots agrees Vanguard software deal
16/10/2009
US retailer The Talbots has agreed a software deal with security software firm Vanguard Integrity Professionals.
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ANALYSIS: Do lean inventories mean retail holiday woes?
16/10/2009
As consumer spending has fallen amid the economic downturn, US retail chains have cut back savagely on inventory to save cash. An understandable reaction, but one that could spell trouble for suppliers and retailers alike in the run-up to the holiday season, reports Richard Woodard.
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COMMENT: Sainsbury's silence fuels new bid rumours
16/10/2009
The silence was indeed deafening", one UK media commentator remarked on Sainsbury's refusal yesterday (15 October) to comment on the rumours that Quatar's sovereign wealth fund was plotting to renew its efforts to fully acquire the UK-based supermarket giant.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
16/10/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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US: Joe's Jeans posts Q3 profit gain
16/10/2009
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US: New guidelines for RFID-based anti-theft systems
16/10/2009
New guidelines released for RFID-based Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) are likely to help firms throughout the apparel and retail supply chain by boosting rapid replenishment and RFID tagging at source.
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US: DSW raises fiscal 2009 guidance
16/10/2009
US footwear retailer DSW has estimated same-store sales up 6% to 8% for the third quarter ending 31 October, and raised its earnings outlook for the full-year.
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Gap to make TV ad return as it plots first China store and UK, Canada online retail debuts
16/10/2009
Gap Inc is to open its first Gap store in China next year, expand its Outlet store presence internationally and debut online shopping businesses in the UK and Canada in 2010, while its namesake brand will make a return to TV adverts in November after a two-year absence – all part of a slew of measures announced Thursday as the company aims to build on the recent success it has seen in its Old Navy brand.
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US online retailers see success despite downturn, show optimism for future – shop.org
16/10/2009
Online retailers in the US have been performing well despite a wider downturn in the US economy, and many are also optimistic over the future as economic signals show early indications of a recovery, according to a new report from National Retail Federation division Shop.org.
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Carrefour quits Russia as sales fall in Q3
16/10/2009
French retail giant Carrefour is to pull out of Russia following a change of strategy, with the company also announcing that sales in Q3 had dipped by 2.9%.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Banana Republic's SoHo flagship to highlight new retail concept
16/10/2009
Banana Republic used the occasion of its spring/summer 2010 runway show in New York to announce the impending launch of its new retail concept at its SoHo flagship. The SoHo store will reopen November 11 with a design recently unveiled at two other Banana Republic stores, the first in Las Vegas and second in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

UK high street sales rise in latest week – BDO
16/10/2009
UK high street sales rose last week as both fashion and non-fashion sectors posted an increase, according to BDO's High Street Sales Tracker.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Esprit opens Peking Road flagship in Hong Kong
16/10/2009
Esprit launches a four-floor flagship concept on Hong Kong's Peking Road Friday, a world's first for its more than 800 stores globally.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

John Lewis in exclusive men's collaboration with Casely-Hayford
16/10/2009
UK department store John Lewis has tied up its first men's designer collaboration with Joe Casely-Hayford.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Google to launch Google Editions eBook store
16/10/2009
Google is planning to launch an online eBook store next year, throwing its weight behind a rapidly growing market and making digital books available for devices with a web browser.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Zucchelli heads back to New York in February to present Calvin Klein autumn 2010 men's collection
16/10/2009
Calvin Klein Collection is to present Italo Zucchelli's men's autumn 2010 runway show at New York Men's Fashion Week in February. It will be Zucchelli's second full runway show for the brand in New York.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Eco-theme dominates Manila FAME
16/10/2009
An eco theme continues at interiors and gifts fair Manila FAME, with an emphasis on recycling waste materials such as driftwood and eggshells. Now in its 50th edition, the fair also applied its green hand to other areas including fashion, art and health and wellness.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

UK's John Lewis posts sales surge in latest week
16/10/2009
UK department store retailer John Lewis powered ahead in its latest week with sales advancing 13.3%, although that good news is partially balanced by easier comparisons with last year's period which came at the height of the turmoil in the financial sector.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Clarks to enter India with Future Group tie-up
16/10/2009
UK-based footwear retailer Clarks is entering the Indian market in partnership with Future Group subsidiary Winner Sports.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Cautious DSW still raises full year comps and earnings guidance
16/10/2009
Footwear retailer DSW Inc Thursday beefed up its Q3 earnings guidance, saying same-store sales should rise around 6-8% after it experienced increased traffic and conversion since the end of Q2.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Lotte to invest in Hong Kong unit to help fuel expansion
16/10/2009
South Korea's Lotte Shopping is to invest KRW733bn ($629.7m) on its Hong Kong unit to bolster its expansion plans in the region.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

PAKISTAN: South Korea invests in garment technology centre
15/10/2009
The government of Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea for the establishment of a Garment Technology Training Centre (GTTC) in Karachi.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

JAPAN: Burberry expands Blue and Black Labels in Asia
15/10/2009
The two Japanese firms that are licensed to market Burberry apparel in Japan, Sanyo Shokai and Mitsui & Co, have announced that they are to market two lines that have been available only in Japan in other Asian countries too.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

SWEDEN: Warm weather hits H&M September sales
15/10/2009
Clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) recorded an 8% drop in like-for-like sales in September, hurt by the recession and warm weather in most of its markets.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Mothercare H1 sales up 8% on international growth
15/10/2009
The expansion of its international business helped baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare to post an 8.2% increase in first half revenues.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Apparel set to be a bright spot in holiday spending
15/10/2009
Apparel is set to be a bright spot in this year's holiday shopping, but sales will be driven by value according to an annual survey of consumers' spending intentions.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Crocs to open flagship Colorado store
15/10/2009
Footwear operator Crocs has unveiled plans to open the company's first store in Boulder, Colorado - and its biggest in the world.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Methods Workshop updates costing software
15/10/2009
Methods Workshop LLC has released the newest version of its costing and engineering software solution for the fashion and sewn-products industries.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

European fashion retailers call on the Member States
15/10/2009
AEDT urges the EU Member States to terminate the
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Blazer and safari jacket join shorts and white shirts as key summer designer pieces
15/10/2009
The blazer, safari jacket, white shirt and shorts are among key catwalk looks that top designer label buyers are backing for spring/summer 2010. After the recent shows, buyers told us that commerciality was key and also noted that the massive price inflation seen on high-end labels in recent seasons appears to be under control. Picture: Dries Van Noten, spring/summer 2010
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Growth in US retail sales ex-autos raises hopes of consumer confidence recovery
15/10/2009
US retail sales reversed August's gain in September, slipping 1.5%, although this was still better than the 2.1% drop expected and, stripping out autos, sales actually lifted 0.5%, the Department of Commerce said Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Weakness at homes drags down Q3 sales for Casino
15/10/2009
French supermarket giant Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA disappointed Wednesday, posting a 1.4% year-on-year revenue slip in Q3, but said it would stick to its strategy of defending margins.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

New Look and Valentino owner plans asset sale
15/10/2009
European private equity firm Permira plans to sell or float a number of its companies over the next six to 24 months, its co-managing partner said Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Vuitton gains unenviable billing as top fake brand in South Korea
15/10/2009
More than half of all fake branded goods confiscated in South Korea this year were replicas of Louis Vuitton, a government report stated Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

De la Fressange voted Paris's most chic woman
15/10/2009
The most chic woman in Paris is 52-year-old former Chanel model Inès de la Fressange, according to a poll by Figaroscope, Le Figaro's entertainment supplement.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Police called to quell Burlington Coat Factory riot
15/10/2009
Police in Columbus, Ohio said a riot erupted at the local Burlington Coat Factory store after a customer announced she had won the lottery and would pay for everyone's purchases. It turned out, however, she had no money.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Downtown LA Fashion Week kicks off 'LA Fashion Month'
15/10/2009
On Tuesday evening, Downtown LA Fashion Week at the MOCA Geffen Contemporary kicked off a month of LA fashion events. A small emerging designer's presentation highlighted some of the city's up and coming talent, followed by the spring/summer 2010 collections from theatrical brand Skingraft and LA favourite Louis Verdad's Louvre range.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Fox becomes Emporio Armani underwear, jeans face
15/10/2009
American actress Megan Fox has signed an intimate apparel modelling deal with Giorgio Armani's Emporio Armani fashion brand, the Italian design house said Wednesday (October 14). She will also be the new worldwide face for Armani Jeans for 2010.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

French Vogue accused of racism over "blacked up" model pictures
15/10/2009
French Vogue has been accused of racism by using pictures of a "blacked up" white model in a fashion shoot.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Arcandor to make decision on Quelle this month
15/10/2009
A decision on the future of Arcandor AG's Quelle unit is expected this month, Arcandor's insolvency administrator Klaus Hubert Goerg said Thursday (October 15).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Microsoft to open first retail stores within weeks
15/10/2009
Microsoft Corp is gearing up to open its first retail stores, with an outlet in Scottsdale, Arizona expected to open within days of the launch next Thursday (October 22) of its new operating system.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

RNB raises $14.5m in rights issue
15/10/2009
Swedish clothing retailer RNB Retail and Brands has raised SEK100m ($14.5m) in a fully underwritten seven-to-one share issue with preferential rights.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Raymond to make Notting Hill apparel brand exclusive to small towns and cities
15/10/2009
Indian textile and apparel firm Raymond Ltd is changing the strategy for its Notting Hill brand, removing it from metros and urban areas and instead focusing it solely on smaller towns and cities, the Hindu Business Line reported.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Sports Authority launches search for new CEO as Morton retires from post
15/10/2009
Apparel and equipment retailer The Sports Authority is on the hunt for a new CEO, it said Wednesday (October 14), after announcing the retirement of the current incumbent Doug Morton.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

China Cotton Association trims yearly production forecast
15/10/2009
The China Cotton Association has trimmed its forecast for the country's cotton production this year, from 7m tons to 6.7m tons.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Latin American denim producers eyeing ozone technology to help cut water usage
15/10/2009
Denim producers in Latin America are evaluating ways to process the material using less water, with ozone technology one of the avenues being pursuing, according to Business News Americas.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

South Korea and Pakistan team up on garment industry training centre
15/10/2009
South Korea and Pakistan are to team up on a Garment Technology Training Centre (GTTC) located in Karachi.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Helen of Troy eyes P&G brands amid raft of acquisition targets
15/10/2009
Beauty products producer Helen of Troy Ltd expects acquisitions to lift sales by 10% in fiscal 2011, its CEO said Wednesday (October 14).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Grand Design and BeauBeau joins hands to update Chinese women on Japanese trends
15/10/2009
Software company Grand Design Co will team up with China's leading bulletin board to update Chinese women on the latest Japanese cosmetic trends.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

BELGIUM: EU inks export terms with South Korea
15/10/2009
The clothing and textile sector will benefit from a trade agreement that signed today by the European Union (EU) and South Korea.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Sainsbury's rises on takeover talk
15/10/2009
Shares in UK retailer Sainsbury's jumped today (15 October) on reports of a fresh takeover approach from an investment fund backed by the Qatari royal family.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Textile group calls for wider export financing
15/10/2009
A textile industry pressure group is calling for changes to a loan scheme to help manufacturers gain access to credit, working capital and loan guarantees to produce products for export.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Zara Man goes graphic
15/10/2009
In over 60 countries, Zara Man will introduce a collection of T-shirts with graphics by Keith Haring.
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

GERMANY: Metro trials RFID-based anti-theft solution
15/10/2009
German retail giant Metro Group is partnering with Checkpoint Systems to launch the first customer trial of an RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) solution to tackle shrink management and merchandise visibility.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Marks and Spencer eyes further international growth
15/10/2009
Marks and Spencer said it sees expanding its international operations as a "fantastic" opportunity for growth, with plans to expand its food business in China, India and Eastern Europe in the next few years.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: M&S reinforces strategy for fashion growth
15/10/2009
Marks and Spencer director Kate Bostock has stuck by the company's clothing strategy and hailed the recent launch of its Indigo brand.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

ITALY: Luxury fashion house Brioni plots Asian expansion
14/10/2009
Italian luxury fashion house Brioni is launching a fragrance in London today (14 October), as its new CEO Andrea Perrone pushes ahead with expansion plans, especially in Asia.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

CHINA: Imposes anti-dumping tax on some polyamide chips
14/10/2009
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has imposed an anti-dumping tax on some polyamide-6,6 chips imported from the US, Italy, Britain, Taiwan and France that are used in the production of plastics and textiles.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

FRANCE: Another Carrefour executive joins Lacoste licensee
14/10/2009
French textile firm and manufacturer of Lacoste branded apparel, Devanlay, has recruited another of supermarket group Carrefour's senior executives.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: A&F seeks warehouse foreign trade zone status
14/10/2009
Apparel and footwear retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has applied for foreign trade subzone status for its warehousing and distribution facility in New Albany, Ohio - in a move that could exempt it from customs duty payments on the 2% of overseas-made products that are also exported.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

M&S outlines long-term growth strategy to investors built on improving ops and cutting costs
14/10/2009
UK retailer Marks & Spencer presented its future growth strategy at its first investor day in a decade Tuesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Optimism over US retail lifts on Deloitte's latest Consumer Spending Index
14/10/2009
Prospects for US consumer spending are looking up, according to indications from the latest Deloitte Consumer Spending Index, which rose again in September and is now at its highest level for two years.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Online sales to be added boost for UK's N Brown, could expand into the US next autumn
14/10/2009
UK home shopping group N Brown Group said Wednesday it expects to improve sales over Christmas, driven by rising online sales, bettering last year's comparisons as recessionary effects begin to ease.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Four Italian banks so far approve €30m funding increase for IT Holding
14/10/2009
The extraordinary administrators of Italian fashion group IT Holding are negotiating a new €30m ($44.6m) funding with creditor banks, daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported Wednesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Key luxury trend will be 'analogue snobbery' suggests new book
14/10/2009
"Analogue snobbery" will become a key trend in the luxury market, according to a new book Luxury World: The Past Present & Future of Luxury Brands by WGSN contributor Mark Tungate.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Polaroid to return to instant film cameras
14/10/2009
Polaroid is to return to its origins with the launch of an instant film camera, after previously ending production of them two years ago.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US chain store sales continue to outpace expectations as colder weather boosts apparel sales
14/10/2009
US chain store sales continued to perform better than expected as October opened, with two key indices rising ahead of target for the week to October 10.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Carrefour rejects Wal-Mart bid for Asian and LatAm ops - blog
14/10/2009
Carrefour has rejected an offer by Wal-Mart to buy its Asian and Latin American operations, according to French media.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Damas shuts Italian unit, ex-CEO denies unauthorised transactions
14/10/2009
Jewellery group Damas International Ltd will shut its Italian unit after shareholders voted to end operations there, it announced Tuesday.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Charles Voegele may remain unprofitable this fiscal year says CEO
14/10/2009
Swiss clothing retailer Charles Voegele Holding AG may be unprofitable this year, chief executive Andre Maeder told weekly HandelsZeitung.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Sal Oppenheim owners slash Arcandor stake
14/10/2009
The owners of the Sal Oppenheim bank have slashed their stake in insolvent German retail group Arcandor AG, reducing the level from 24.9% to 9.69%.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Thai retail to attract 20% more investment this year
14/10/2009
Investments in Thailand's retail business will grow by around 20% this year as retailers take advantage of lower construction costs during the recession to expand their store count, the president of the Thai Retailers' Association said Wednesday (October 14).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Mexican comps slip 1.3% in September
14/10/2009
Mexican retailers saw comps stagnate in September, as a drop in sales of clothing and general merchandise cancelled out better sales at supermarkets, retail association Antad said Tuesday (October 13).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Taiwan's Far Eastern New Century turnover lifts 2.12%
14/10/2009
Taiwanese retail group Far Eastern New Century saw its turnover lift 2.12% year-on-year in the first nine months, its chairman said Tuesday (October 13).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

aerie loyalty programme signs millionth member
14/10/2009
American Eagle intimates brand aerie has celebrated passing the 1m mark at its loyalty programme, just a year after it was launched.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

The Reject Shop says comps growth is accelerating
14/10/2009
Australian retailer The Reject Shop has seen its comps growth gradually accelerate since mid-August, with recent weeks particularly strong, according to its managing director.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

First Knomo store opens at Ashford Designer outlet
14/10/2009
London-based bag designer Knomo has chosen designer outlet village operator McArthurGlen to open its first ever store.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Tommy Bahama in deal with Major League Baseball for limited edition shirts
14/10/2009
In the US, Tommy Bahama and Major League Baseball have signed a deal to create a line of limited edition shirts.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Talks on Cubbie Station sale expected next week
14/10/2009
The sale process for Australian cotton farm Cubbie Station is expected to step up a gear next week when talks with shortlisted buyers are expected to begin.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Fortnum & Mason relaunches website
14/10/2009
Luxury UK retailer Fortnum & Mason is relaunching its online store this week as the retailer enters its 302nd year.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Walmart.com launches personal care online shopping service
14/10/2009
Walmart.com has launched an online shopping service for health and beauty products, it announced Tuesday (October 13).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Puff Up Your Sales With Targets Custom Printed Puff Heat Transfers!
14/10/2009
As part of Targets on-going project to educate and ensure that all customers are aware of the various heat transfer processes available, and how they work, Target Transfers are pleased to be able to provide information on the heat transfer system known as ?Puff?. As you might imagine, Puff is a novelty effect, which produces a [...]
Source: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/HeatPressItWithTarget

EUROPE: Reject anti-dumping extension, EU ministers told
14/10/2009
The European Commission's plan to extend anti-dumping duties against footwear imports from China and Vietnam ignores the concerns of importers, retailers and consumers, a leading pressure group says.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: N Brown plots US launch as H1 profits rise 13%
14/10/2009
Home shopping retailer N Brown Group posted a 13% increase in first half pre-tax profits to GBP41.8m (US$66.9m), boosted by the recruitment of younger customers.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Retail growth fuels Burberry H1 revenue rise
14/10/2009
Underlying retail revenue growth of 14% helped luxury goods company Burberry to post a 6% increase in first half revenue to GBP572m (US$915m).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: Todd & Duncan deal "good for Scotland"
14/10/2009
The GBP6.1m (US$9.8m) acquisition of cashmere spinner Todd & Duncan reinforces Scotland's international reputation for making luxury textiles, according to the country's First Minister.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Target Transfers Seek Further Growth Through Agents.
14/10/2009
Target Transfers are one of the longest established and best known custom heat transfer manufacturers with a reputation for high quality, fast turn round times, at competitive prices. For over 30 years Target have provided a wide range of custom heat transfer systems to the Sports & Leisure, Fashion, Promotional, Work wear and Merchandising markets. [...]
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Brilliant Novelty ?Glow In The Dark? CAD-CUT® Material Launched by Target Transfers!
14/10/2009
Target Transfers, the UKs leading supplier of Textile CAD-CUT® Vinyl?s, has launched a great new novelty http://www.targettransfers.com/dynamic/browse.php?department=DI01#mce_temp_url# ? namely a ?Glow in the dark? film. The film is a ?normal? brilliant white in daylight conditions, but as soon as the image is shown in a dark environment, it ?glows? brightly! The Glow in the Dark textile vinyl [...]
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US: Advent closes Charlotte Russe offer
14/10/2009
Global buyout firm Advent International Corporation and retailer Charlotte Russe Holding today (14 October) announced the official closing of Advent's tender offer for the US chain.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Checkpoint expands labelling offer with Brilliant buy
14/10/2009
Checkpoint Systems says its recent acquisition of China-based Brilliant Label Manufacturing Ltd will help apparel retailers and vendors to brand, track and secure their products at the point of manufacture using a single solution.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Gore and Milliken partner on protective coverall
14/10/2009
High performance fabric makers Milliken & Company and WL Gore & Associates have teamed up to launch the JSLIST chemical/biological (CB) coverall for combat vehicle crewman (JC3), which uses a new selectively permeable barrier based fabric system.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Via Spiga debuts new creative director's debut collection
14/10/2009
Brown Shoe Company Inc this month debuts the first collection from Italian designer Paola Venturi, the new creative director of its upmarket Via Spiga brand.
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CAMBODIA: Pesticide spray puts garment workers in hospital
14/10/2009
More than 500 workers at a garment factory in Phnom Penh are reported to have been taken ill earlier this week after being exposed to a chemical spray.
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INDIA: First digital fashion innovation lab opens
14/10/2009
India's Institute of Apparel Management (IAM) has opened a new 'Fashion Innovation Lab' lab to train students and apparel industry professionals how to work digitally at every stage of the apparel production process from concept to Consumer.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: Sizing up the global market
14/10/2009
Design, fabric choice and communication hold the key to garment 'fit,' not to mention improved brand loyalty while reducing returns and inventory.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Timberland cuts emissions, but misses renewables goal
14/10/2009
Outdoor footwear and apparel operator Timberland has reported a 27% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions since 2006, as part of its green commitments.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Nixon launches new fluro range
14/10/2009
For those who’re in the know of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding sports style, Nixon
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Burberry reports sales growth
14/10/2009
Burberry announced its six months trading results this week and saw retail revenue up 14% with comparable store sales growth of 2%. Europe and Asia saw double-digit growth, whereas the United States and Spain remained down. Wholesale revenue
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New names at Nike
13/10/2009
Nike has appointed Michaela Stitz as the new Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Jimmy Choo fragrance licence agreement
13/10/2009
Known for its slick heels and sexy shoe designs, Jimmy
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US consumers planning to spend less this Christmas but apparel still tops gift choice says NPD
13/10/2009
Almost a third of US consumers 'plan to spend less' this holiday but at least apparel still tops the 10 gift categories with 49%, the same as last year and reversing a multi-year slip, saying it will be their leading gift choice this Christmas, according to NPD's annual survey of Holiday spending intentions.
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Disney plans radical store makeover with the help of Apple
13/10/2009
Walt Disney intends to drastically overhaul its approach to shopping mall retailing with the help of Apple Corp chief executive Steve Jobs and his retailing team, who are helping rebrand the enterprise which could be named Imagination Park.
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Yue Yuen September revenue dips 6.3%
13/10/2009
Athletic footwear giant Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd said Monday operating revenue for September was $388m (US), down 6.3% year-on-year.
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Germany's Metro cools on Karstadt acquisition says report
13/10/2009
German retailing giant Metro AG is more sceptical of any merger of its Kaufhof department store chain with the Karstadt chain of insolvent Arcandor, according to Handelsblatt on Tuesday, citing Thomas Unger, an executive with Metro. He said Metro can do without Karstadt if the price is too high.
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Spillane to be new Converse CEO after Boys retires
13/10/2009
Nike Inc has announced that Michael Spillane will take over as Converse CEO following the retirement of present incumbent Jack Boys. The roles will be transitioned through to the end of the year.
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Mild weather, soft comps colour stronger UK September retail sales, BRC warns against complacency
13/10/2009
September same-store sales in the UK rose a more-than-expected 2.8%, the best comps growth since April, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) announced Tuesday, although it noted consumer sentiment still remains fragile. Total year-on-year sales last month jumped 4.9%, the biggest rise since January 2008.
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UAE retailers expect growth in 2010
13/10/2009
Retailers in the United Arab Emirates have managed to weather the global economic recession and most believe the sector is poised for reasonable growth next year, according to a survey by Emirates Business.
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Marks & Spencer revamps website, aims for £500m in annual online sales by 2011
13/10/2009
UK retail giant Marks & Spencer has upgraded its M&S Direct unit in a bid to increase online annual sales to £500m ($793m) by 2011 from £324.4m in 2008/09.
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South African broadband market tipped to continue strong growth
13/10/2009
The South African broadband market is expected to continue to show strong growth rates over the next two years, according to business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
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New Zealand retail sales beat expectations with August increase, clothing sales jump
13/10/2009
New Zealand retail sales outpaced expectations in August, figures from Statistics New Zealand show, up 1.1%, while seasonally adjusted core retail sales, which exclude motor vehicle sales, rose 1.2%.
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DLF Brands to launch DKNY in India
13/10/2009
DLF Brands, the lifestyle retail arm of India's DLF Ltd, has inked an agreement with Christina Ong's Club 21 Group, the international licensee for DKNY Jeans, to launch the brand in India.
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Puma's Indian subsidiary to enter kidswear market with Gini & Jony retail tie-up
13/10/2009
The Indian subsidiary of German sports company Puma is moving to develop its lifestyle business in the country, joining up with Gini & Jony to enter the kidswear market in an exclusive retail collaboration.
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JJB presses ahead with £100m rights issue
13/10/2009
Struggling UK athletic sportswear retailer JJB Sports said it was back on track with its £100m ($158m) rights issue Monday after shrugging off a smear campaign apparently aimed at derailing the fundraising plans (WGSN News October 12).
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Xinyu Hengdeli buys majority stake in Taiwanese watch retailer
13/10/2009
China-based watch retailer Xinyu Hengdeli Holdings is to acquire a majority stake in watch importer and retailer Taiwan Jing Guang Timepiece Holdings Limited, with the move designed to strengthen Xinyu Hengdeli's retail platform in the Greater China region.
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China backs garment and home textile firms to go public
13/10/2009
China is encouraging garment and home textile producers with their own brands to go public, the government announced Monday. Such companies are encouraged to gain finance direct from the capital market by issuing stocks or bonds, said a government document 'Guiding Opinions for Accelerating the Creation of Proprietary Brands in the Garment and Home Textile Industry'.
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Zeon and Braun team up for clock and watch launch
13/10/2009
Watch and clock manufacturer Zeon Ltd has announced a new exclusive worldwide partnership with Procter & Gamble brand Braun, to develop and produce "high-quality" clocks and watches under the Braun brand.
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Columbia Sportswear names Moser to new GM apparel merchandising role
13/10/2009
Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed Adrienne Lefebre Moser general manager, apparel merchandising for the Columbia brand – a newly created position.
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Scotland's Salmond praises Chinese cashmere firm's Todd and Duncan acquisition
13/10/2009
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has praised the move by China's Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere Company to buy Scottish cashmere firm Todd and Duncan Limited for £6.1m ($9.6m) at a special event to mark the deal.
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EC proposes 15-month extension of Chinese, Vietnamese shoe duties – report
13/10/2009
The European Commission has, as expected, proposed a 15-month extension on anti-dumping duties on certain Chinese and Vietnamese footwear imports, according to a document seen by Reuters.
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Interest subsidy to help Indian apparel exporters continue turnaround
13/10/2009
Indian garment exporters are to receive a 2% interest subsidy on their shipments as the industry continues its turnaround
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New campaign aimed at securing Bangladesh floor wage is launched
13/10/2009
A new campaign designed to achieve a certain minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh has been launched.
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Wipro in talks to buy Lornamead assets
13/10/2009
India's Wipro Ltd is in advanced talks to buy certain assets of UK-based personal care company Lornamead, reported The Economic Times.
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BANGLADESH: Garment makers launch scheme to boost quality
13/10/2009
The Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has launched a programme to improve the quality of products made in its member factories - in a move that could also enable firms to seize a larger share of the global market.
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EUROPE: Anti-dumping taxes on shoes to continue - reports
13/10/2009
The European Commission is proposing to extend anti-dumping taxes on footwear imports from China and Vietnam for another 15 months, according to reports.
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INDIA: Interest subsidy extended to apparel exporters
13/10/2009
The Indian government has extended a scheme that offers a 2% interest subsidy on shipments so that it now benefits garment exporters too, local news reports said today (13 October).
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UK: JJB confirms GBP100m rights issue
13/10/2009
Recession-battered retailer JJB Sports has confirmed details of a GBP100m (US$158m) rights issue designed to boost the company's future trading position.
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US: Cabela's opts for Texbase software package
13/10/2009
Speciality retailer Cabela's is aiming to streamline material sourcing, testing, colour approval and product integrity by choosing a software package from provider Texbase.
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UK: John Lewis strengthens multi-channel link
13/10/2009
Department store retailer John Lewis is taking measures to bring its e-commerce and high street operations closer together, just-style heard at a conference in London today (13 October).
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CHINA: Garment exporters baulk at Asian living wage plans
13/10/2009
Paying textile workers a salary of US$475, the amount called for by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, is not feasible, say Chinese garment exporters.
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COMMENT: Asian campaign takes wage talks to the next level
13/10/2009
One of the biggest hurdles in the long-running debate about paying a living wage to garment workers making clothes for leading high street retailers and brands has been trying to put an actual figure on the amount that should be paid. But all this could be about to change with a new Asia Floor Wage campaign that takes apparel pay talks to the next level.
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INDIA: NTC mill workers strike over bonus payments
13/10/2009
Around 5,000 workers in the seven National Textile Corporation (NTC) mills in Tamil Nadu state have gone on strike after bonus talks broke down yesterday (12 October).
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US: Tommy Bahama in Major League Baseball tie-up
13/10/2009
Lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama has linked up with Major League Baseball to create a co-branded collection of custom-designed shirts with baseball-inspired artwork and graphics.
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Odd Molly opens in LA
13/10/2009
Swedish fashion brand Odd Molly will be launching a store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles to increase its presence in the US. The 250 square meter store with a holistic interior will open its doors in spring 2010 in the centre of Los Angeles.
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Dazed & Confused Imagination Issue
13/10/2009
This November, Dazed & Confused charts a path through the minds of some of the film world’s most inspired creatives, in the Imagination Issue. This month’s cover star Lily Cole makes a dramatic acting appearance in director Terry Gilliam’s
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New cult brand Uzoo
13/10/2009
We've heard through the grapevine that a new cult t-shirt and lifestyle label will make its way from London and Los Angeles to stores for Spring 2010. Called Uzoo, (and pronounced 'you-zoo'), the hotly anticipated launch of its stylish T's and hoodies are a
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Timberland partners with Wyclef Jean
13/10/2009
To promote the protection of the reforestation in Haiti, Timberland is teaming up with Grammy award-winning musician Wyclef Jean. Wyclef is one of seven Earthkeeper Heroes within the company’s Earthkeepers program. The initiative aims to catalyze a
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Pretty Ballerinas supports Breast Cancer Awareness
12/10/2009
In aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October,
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GERMANY: Puma adds Algeria to African kit deals
12/10/2009
Sportswear firm Puma has agreed a kit supply partnership with the Algerian football federation, starting in January.
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JAPAN: Yamamoto to be sold after bankruptcy filing
12/10/2009
One of Japan's top-drawer fashion houses Yohji Yamamoto has filed for bankruptcy and will be bought up by a Japanese investment company Integral Corp.
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MEXICO: Walmex books bumper Q3 profits
12/10/2009
Wal-Mart de Mexico has booked a 18% jump in quarterly profits on the back of robust sales growth and lower costs.
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SRI LANKA: Apparel exports show signs of recovery
12/10/2009
Sri Lanka's apparel export incomes in August showed a slight growth and local factories expect exports to strengthen from this month (October 2009), after months of downturn.
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Tokyo investor steps in to rescue Yamamoto, will strengthen retail/wholesale channels
12/10/2009
Tokyo-based investment firm Integral Corp is set to lift Yohji Yamamoto Inc out of bankruptcy with the designer seeing his operations revamped to strengthen both retail and wholesale distribution channels.
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Narrow long shorts to be next summer's hit, bloomer shorts popular but young consumers not convinced
12/10/2009
Shorts were big news in the recent catwalk shows and next spring/summer should see a variety of styles in-store with no single stand-out look, according to the latest WGSN poll.
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Lotte Shopping joins Wumart to target Times bid says source
12/10/2009
South Korea's Lotte Shopping Co is in talks to buy a controlling stake in Times Ltd to strengthen its retail business in China, a person with a direct knowledge about the matter told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.
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Dismal week for UK fashion and homewares says BDO
12/10/2009
UK high street same-store sales continued to suffer for the week ended October 4, with fashion demand again subdued and homewares taking a sizeable hit, pulling down overall sales by 2.1%, according to BDO's High Street Sales Tracker
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Burberry shares rise as Deutsche Bank sees the brand "well positioned" in H2
12/10/2009
Shares in UK fashion house Burberry Group climb 2.2% Monday morning ahead of its Q2 earnings report to be released on Wednesday with Deutsche Bank saying the firm is well positioned for 2010 as it lifted the stock's price target.
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LVMH sees flat sales, earnings in 2009
12/10/2009
Luxury goods group LVMH expects a 0.2% rise in sales and a 0.1% increase in earnings for 2009, weekly newsletter La Lettre de l'Expansion reported in its latest edition, without citing sources.
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Conflict with labour union threatens Karstadt rescue says report
12/10/2009
German trade union Verdi has placed its talks regarding the rescue of German retailer Karstadt with the insolvency administrators of parent Arcandor on hold, daily Neue Ruhr Zeitung reported Friday.
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Safilo a "good investment" says Della Valle, Tod's has "optimistic" future
12/10/2009
The Della Valle family's stake in Italian debt-laden eyewear maker Safilo is a "good investment" and the company could do "great things" with a local rival, Diego Della Valle said in a Saturday newspaper interview.
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LiFung Trinity to raise $100m in Hong Kong IPO
12/10/2009
Hong Kong-based menswear retailer LiFung Trinity Ltd expects to raise about $100m in an initial public offering ahead of a listing next month, Dow Jones reported sources familiar with situation Monday.
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UK women more value conscious, attitude fuels accessory sales
12/10/2009
UK women have become a lot more value conscious when wardrobe-planning for a new season and are now recycling more pieces, as well as investing more in accessories to update their look. That's the conclusion of new research by Onepoll on behalf of confectionery brand Kinder Bueno.
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Liverpool women have biggest breasts UK study reveals
12/10/2009
Liverpudlian women have the biggest breasts in the UK, a study on bra sizes by department store retailer Debenhams has revealed.
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Chip-eating moms think thin catwalk models are ugly, says Lagerfeld
12/10/2009
"No one wants to see curvy women'' on the catwalk, designer Karl Lagerfeld has reportedly told news magazine Focus.
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Sweden's RNB sales down 4% in September
12/10/2009
Swedish clothing retailer RNB Retail and Brands said Monday sales fell 4% year-on-year to SEK246.3m ($35m) in September. Same-store sales fell 5.8% in all markets and 5.1% in Sweden.
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Matahari expects sales surge on post-Ramadan celebrations
12/10/2009
Indonesian retail giant PT Matahari Putra Prima is anticipating a 32% jump in sales for the first nine months of the fiscal year to IDR12trn ($1.2bn). Sales by the end of Q3 were equal to the whole of 2008, company director Danny Kojongian said.
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Efficiency drive to see Pantaloon consolidate 22 units into three
12/10/2009
India's Pantaloon Retail Ltd will consolidate the group's 22 units into three companies - retail, logistics and financial services - which will then be listed, a Mint newspaper report said Monday, citing managing director Kishore Biyani.
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JJB Sports has evidence of 'pernicious' allegations against chairman
12/10/2009
UK sporting goods retailer JJB is to hand a dossier to the Financial Services Authority detailing "pernicious" allegations made against chairman Sir David Jones which the retailer claims amounts to "market abuse" designed to wreck its £100m ($157m) rights issue.
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Thailand's Central expects higher Q4 sales
12/10/2009
Thai retail giant Central Department Store Group expects higher Q4 sales on improving consumer sentiment president Yuwadee Chirathiwat has said.
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Gitanjali heads into exclusive retail, plans 60 stores
12/10/2009
Indian jewellery and lifestyle brand Gitanjali Lifestyle has begun the rollout of its exclusive store plan with 60 units expected across the country within the next five years.
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UK: Mudpie releases S/S 2011 garment trend books
12/10/2009
Trend forecasting agency Mudpie has launched its spring/summer 2011 garment, graphic and colour trend books.
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CANADA: Government plans to drop textile import duties
12/10/2009
The Canadian government is planning to eliminate all remaining tariffs on imported textiles in a bid to reduce production costs and provide a competitive edge for the Canadian apparel industry.
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GUATEMALA: Denimatrix teams up with label maker
12/10/2009
Guatemalan denim and jeans wear giant Denimatrix is teaming up with the country's largest label maker in a move that should speed up the supply of fashion jeans and other apparel.
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INDIA: ColorPlus goes live with Lawson Fashion PLM
12/10/2009
Premium Indian casual wear brand ColorPlus has gone live with the Lawson Fashion Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help drive product development and efficiency.
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ITALY: Versace closes Japan boutiques to start afresh
12/10/2009
Italian fashion house Versace has decided to shut its Japanese boutiques following a business review, but said it will rebuild the brand in the country "with a clean slate".
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US: Nike names Michael Spillane as new Converse CEO
12/10/2009
Sportswear giant Nike Inc has named company executive Michael Spillane as the new CEO of its Converse unit, replacing Jack Boys who is retiring at the end of the year.
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UK Fashion Exports seminar to focus on China market entry strategies
12/10/2009
UK fashion and lifestyle brands considering a move into China can hear from experts in the field at a forthcoming UK Fashion Exports seminar. Called 'China: Today's Source – Tomorrow' Market' it takes place November 11 in London.
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Reda opts for Zque Merino wool
12/10/2009
Italian fine suiting fabric producer Reda has signed a contract with The New Zealand Merino Company to buy only Zque qualifying fibre.
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New Sky Songs service aims to rival iTunes
12/10/2009
BSKYB will next week launch its digital music service, Sky Songs, in a move designed to challenge the domination of iTunes and Spotify in the music downloads business.
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Bourjois to launch Une natural make-up line
12/10/2009
French cosmetics group Bourjois is to launch a new make-up brand, Une, based only on natural products, launching domestically in January 2010. International roll-out will be in early 2010 with target markets including Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Scandinavia, Luxembourg and the UK.
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Couples Retreat tops North American weekend box office
12/10/2009
Couples Retreat debuted at the top of the North American weekend box office with $35.3m in ticket sales as the Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau starring movie exceeded expectations.
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UK: Asda linked to clothing top spot
12/10/2009
UK supermarket retailer Asda is widely reported to have replaced Marks and Spencer (M&S) as the UK's biggest fashion retailer.
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US: Columbia appoints Moser to apparel merchandising role
12/10/2009
Outdoor clothing retailer Columbia Sportswear Company has announced the appointment of Adrienne Lefebre Moser to a newly created position of general manager, apparel merchandising for the Columbia brand.
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Christensen for Odd Molly
12/10/2009
Supermodel Helena Christensen is the new face of Swedish fashion brand Odd Molly. The company moved its runway show from London to the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Previously Odd Molly's annual catwalk show ‘World Premiere’ took place in
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Tips for safe Christmas shopping online
12/10/2009
E-retail expert IMRG has issued top ten tips for safe Christmas shopping online. Rocketing fuel prices, online bargains, vast choice, and the chance to beat the crowds – all these factors point to another successful Christmas for online shopping.
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JJB Sports to raise £100m
12/10/2009
JJB Sports has said it is continuing to finalise arrangements to raise £100m through selling more shares. The company had delayed the fundraising whilst its board investigated rumours about executive chairman Sir David Jones' personal financial
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Yohji Yamamoto files for bankruptcy
11/10/2009
The global recession has claimed another fashion house, this time the cult brand Yohji Yamamoto. The company last week filed for bankruptcy, although it has been reported that at the eleventh hour Yamamoto reached an agreement with
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M&S investor update
11/10/2009
About 80 leading retail analysts and investors will gather in west London this week for an
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SPAIN: Caramelo skips bankruptcy after debt refinancing
09/10/2009
Spanish upscale fashion chain Caramelo has averted a painful bankruptcy filing after renegotiating its debt with a string of banks, a company official confirmed to just style.
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FRANCE: Sheikh of Ajman submits bid for Lacroix
09/10/2009
The Sheikh of Ajman, the UAE emirate, on Thursday officially submitted a bid to acquire insolvent fashion house Christian Lacroix, according to his French lawyers, Franois & Associs.
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Columbia names new Director of Apparel Design
09/10/2009
Columbia Sportswear Company, a global leader in
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GERMANY: Body size portal goes live
09/10/2009
Human Solutions has launched its new 'body dimension portal' - believed to be a world-first - which should help apparel firms tailor their garments to shoppers in new markets by enabling them to check their ready-made size tables against international databases.
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UK: Firms team up on web-based colour management tool
09/10/2009
Two UK firms have teamed up to sell an internet-based colour management and quality control technology for fashion retailers and their supply chains, which they describe as "the missing piece" in the colour management jigsaw.
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UK: New campaign to promote fashion and textile careers
09/10/2009
Young people are far more likely to want to working in the fashion and textile industry if they know more about the types of careers available, according to a new survey - with a new campaign now planned to educate students about various job roles.
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Yohji Yamamoto files for bankruptcy protection, finds new financing
09/10/2009
Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has filed for corporate rehabilitation with a Tokyo court, citing debts of ¥6bn ($67m) after slow demand during the global recession.
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Iconix in license with HSN to launch American Glamour collection in November
09/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group Inc said Thursday its Badgley Mischka brand will be partnering with home shopping channel and e-commerce retailer HSN to launch its American Glamour collection exclusively on November 17.
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Buoyant Old Navy saves Gap's September comps from sinking
09/10/2009
Gap Inc edged closer to positive comps, mostly thanks to a resurgent Old Navy, saying Thursday September same-store sales at stores fell just 1%. Analysts, however, had expectations of an even closer call, anticipating just a 0.4% dip. Net sales for the five weeks ended October 3 also fell 1% to $1.33bn.
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Asda's George claims summer top spot in UK clothing market share
09/10/2009
Supermarket giant Asda has overtaken Marks & Spencer and Primark to become the UK's biggest apparel retailer, figures from TNS Worldpanel Fashion for the 12 weeks to August 17 showed.
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Limited Brands ahead in September thanks to Bath & Body Works strength
09/10/2009
There was good news from Limited Brands Thursday with overall September comps rising, up 1%, helped by strong performance at its Bath & Body Works unit and beating the 2.4% slide analysts had expected.
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Lacroix edges closer to sale with Gulf bid taking lead
09/10/2009
Gulf-based investor Hassan bin Ali al-Nuaimi submitted a lead offer for Christian Lacroix on Thursday, the administrator for the French fashion house said, as various reports suggested the bid has been given a seal of approval.
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Escada attracts 10-20 suitors, final offers due at month-end – report
09/10/2009
There has been no shortage of interest in insolvent German fashion house Escada, with a source close to the matter telling Reuters that there are 10-20 potential suitors.
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China's mid-autumn festival sales surge 18%
09/10/2009
China's retail sales stormed ahead 18% year-on-year during October's national holidays, boosted by a raft of promotions and festivities.
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Shopping habit shift helps foreign retailers gain ground in Japan
09/10/2009
Foreign retailers are finally gaining market share in Japan as the recession changes consumers' shopping habits.
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Uniqlo sets sights on increasing womenswear sales
09/10/2009
Fast Retailing Co said Friday it plans to bolster its Uniqlo womenswear line-up in a bid to grow Japanese unit sales by 20-30% a year and make further inroads abroad.
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Mattel's black Barbie meets with mixed reaction
09/10/2009
Toy maker Mattel has launched a new line of black Barbie dolls with more authentic features, and although many black women are praising the move some say the dolls are still not "black enough."
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Happy Kohl's heads the US department stores as the mass operators top struggling luxury players
09/10/2009
Kohl's Corp positively glowed Thursday saying September same-store rose 5.5%, well ahead of the 0.1% rise analysts had been expecting. What's more, the department store retailer noted all regions and all lines of business reported comps gains and that prompted a sharp rise is in its Q3 expectations.
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Teens mostly beat analysts' comps estimates for September as Aeropostale remains top of the class
09/10/2009
US teen apparel retailers' shares rose on Thursday after most reported same-store sales that surpassed analyst expectations. Top of the class last month was the irrepressible Aeropostale with The Buckle and American Eagle not far behind.
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The Children's Place posts strong gains
09/10/2009
The Children's Place enjoyed strong sales gains in September, posting comps ahead 4% and total sales jumping 9%.
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Gymboree hikes Q3 profit forecast
09/10/2009
The Gymboree Corp raised its Q3 profit forecast Thursday, citing better than expected margins.
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Destination Maternity to beat Q4 earnings forecasts despite 7% comps dive
09/10/2009
Destination Maternity Corp expects to beat its own earnings forecasts in the fourth quarter, despite a 7% comps slide for September, it said Thursday.
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bebe stores comps dive 25.7%
09/10/2009
bebe stores inc saw more than a quarter wiped off its comparable store sales in the first quarter, marking an acceleration of its downward spiral.
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American Apparel fortunes reverse with 15% comps slide
09/10/2009
American Apparel Inc saw its comps fall 15% in September, marking a reversal from its year-ago 15% comps gain, it said Thursday (October 8).
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Tandy Leather Factory comps leap on strong retail showing
09/10/2009
Tandy Leather Factory Inc did well in September, posting an 8% sales increase and an even better comps showing.
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Wal-Mart de Mexico posts 18% profit surge
09/10/2009
Wal-Mart de Mexico saw its profit climb 18% in the third quarter, as sales improved and operating expenses were trimmed, it said Thursday (October 8).
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John Lewis beats expectations with latest week's sales
09/10/2009
UK department store retailer John Lewis was upbeat on its latest weekly sales figures, saying they exceeded its expectations with the 6.3% rise.
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India's Provogue to open 50 stores within two years
09/10/2009
Apparel retailer Provogue India Ltd will open 50 new stores over the next two years, its deputy managing director said Thursday (October 8).
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Malaysia's Parkson predicts Q4 recovery
09/10/2009
Malaysian department store operator Parkson Holdings Bhd is upbeat on its future growth, its CEO said Thursday (October 8), predicting mid-teens revenue and profit advances this fiscal year as it rolls out new stores and cuts costs.
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Canada's Dollarama prices IPO
09/10/2009
Canadian retailer Dollarama Inc has priced its Toronto IPO at C$17.50 a share, it emerged Thursday (October 8).
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JJB Sports confirms plans for £100m rights issue
09/10/2009
UK retailer JJB Sports has confirmed it is finalising arrangements for a £100m ($159.5m) rights issue, with the funds raised in the move expected to be used to bolster stock levels (WGSN News October 5).
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New TJ Hughes store takes monthly opening total to three
09/10/2009
UK-based discount department store TJ Hughes has opened a store in Walsall, north of Birmingham, with the company having now opened three stores within the last month.
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M&S poised for online expansion
09/10/2009
Marks & Spencer is expected to reveal online expansion plans on Tuesday, when it is holding a strategy day for investors, reported Retail Week.
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Skechers signs Mexican licensing agreement
09/10/2009
Footwear company Skechers USA has signed a deal with Mexican footwear company Grupo Charly to exclusively license and distribute Skechers footwear in Mexico.
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Alliance buy to add INR3bn to Gitanjali revenue
09/10/2009
Gitanjali Gems Ltd's acquisition of Alliance Jewellery will add INR3bn to its revenue in 2009/10, its chairman said Thursday (October 8).
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South African clothing worker strike is over – union
09/10/2009
The strike by South African clothing workers has now fully ended after agreements were reached with the Twilight company in QwaQwa and Isithebe, according to a statement from the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu).
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Van Cleef & Arpels to hold retrospective exhibition in Tokyo
09/10/2009
Van Cleef & Arpels will begin a global tour of its ''Spirit of Beauty'' retrospective exhibition in Tokyo later this month, offering an overview of over 100 years of creation by the high-end French jeweller.
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Givaudan blames strong franc for 3.9% sales fall
09/10/2009
Givaudan SA posted Friday (October 9) a 3.9% sales fall for the nine months to end-September, but said it was still ahead of forecasts.
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Perfume buyers take patriotic approach to purchases
09/10/2009
Fragrance buyers are a patriotic group, if the fragrance charts from Sephora are anything to go by, with consumers seemingly preferring brands from their own countries or regions.
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Fahri celebtrates homewares 10th anniversary with Harrods installation
09/10/2009
Fashion lifestyle brand Nichol Farhi celebrates its 10th homewares anniversary by showcasing the collection for the first time outside its branded stores with an exclusive installation in London department store Harrods.
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INSIGHT: Liz Claiborne inks "next level" deal with JC Penney
09/10/2009
Women's wear marketer Liz Claiborne has entered into a ten-year licensing deal for its flagship brands with department store retailer JC Penney, in a bid to return to wholesale profit.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
09/10/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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UK: JJB Sports prepares GBP100m rights issue
09/10/2009
UK sporting goods retailer JJB Sports has confirmed reports it plans a GBP100m rights issue to raise finances.
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US: Iconix agrees luxury license deal with HSN
09/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group has announced that the company's luxury brand Badgley Mischka will be partnering with HSN, a lifestyle network and retail destination.
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Paulo Coelho ‘re-writes’ Mango
09/10/2009
Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho presents together with fashion retailer Mango the second collection
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Farhi celebrates homewares 10th anniversary with Harrods installation
09/10/2009
Fashion lifestyle brand Nicole Farhi celebrates its 10th homewares anniversary by showcasing the collection for the first time outside its branded stores with an exclusive installation in London department store Harrods.
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From London to Paris
09/10/2009
Although London Fashion Week took place only couple of weeks ago, a selection of British
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Artisan fashion invites on display
09/10/2009
When Fashion Week is around the corner the industry is filled with excitement to find out
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Mulberry for Apple
09/10/2009
Luxury label Mulberry is going tech, the British brand created a collection of laptop bags for
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Fashion photographer Irving Penn remembered
08/10/2009
Irving Penn, one of America's and the world's most celebrated and influential photographers of the twentieth century, passed away this week aged 92 at his home in Manhattan. Most famous for his fashion photographs and portraits of prominent cultural
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Liz Claiborne sees new JC Penney distribution
08/10/2009
American conglomerate Liz Claiborne this week announced steps to revitalize the Liz Claiborne brand franchise and to significantly alter its earnings trajectory. The company entered into a long-term licensing agreement with J. C. Penney Company
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New customized features for indiCustom
08/10/2009
Online fashion company indiCustom launches a new visualization feature and social sharing technology for indiDenim and custom clothing brands indiTailored. With the innovative design and sharing tools, the websites offer consumers a tailored
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Avicstar: an introduction of a clothing production and manufacturing service
08/10/2009
Avicstar is your complete clothing manufacturing service,
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Jacobs goes overboard for trims on Vuitton accessories, Gaultier plays tennis at Hermès
08/10/2009
Marc Jacobs sent an eccentric mix of looks down the Louis Vuitton runway for spring/summer 2010 on Wednesday. It may have been a rather mixed message, but it was one that got through to plenty of people as the show was broadcast simultaneously via a video link on Facebook – and judging by the sometimes slow speed of the video, lots of people were taking advantage of the front row-style view from the comfort of their desks.
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Uniqlo powers ahead as Fast Retailing posts record FY operating profit
08/10/2009
Fast Retailing scored a record operating profit in its latest year Thursday as revenue and net profit also drove ahead, saying that its success was down to the strong performance of its Uniqlo retail stores both in Japan and internationally and forecasting a bumper growth for the year ahead on the back of expansion at its star performer.
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Strip mall vacancy rates hit 17-year high in US, outlook described as bleak – report
08/10/2009
US strip malls saw vacancy rates climb to a 17-year high in Q3, while mall vacancy was its highest for at least 10 years, real estate research firm Reis Inc said Thursday.
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Vuitton "very optimistic" on Christmas sales
08/10/2009
French fashion and leather goods house Louis Vuitton said its sales continue to rise and it is looking forward to the Holiday season.
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Hermès chief predicts another 15 months of hardship for luxury goods industry
08/10/2009
The luxury goods industry is unlikely to enjoy better times for at least 15 months, the CEO of France's Hermès said Wednesday.
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Damiani to produce luxury jewellery collection for Ferrari
08/10/2009
Italian luxury jeweller Casa Damiani and luxury car maker Ferrari SpA have signed a licensing agreement for a Ferrari branded luxury jewellery line, Damiani said Wednesday.
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CEO comments lift Hugo Boss shares
08/10/2009
Hugo Boss shares jumped 3.7% Thursday on the publication of an article in which its CEO said the company will better demarcate its different brands.
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Holt Renfrew opens Calgary flagship
08/10/2009
Upscale Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew has opened a new flagship store in Calgary. The three-floor, 151,000 sq ft unit introduces 60 new brands to the local market including Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Akris, Thomas Pink, and Tiffany & Co, among others, enhanced by personal shopping suites.
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Topshop set to debut in Sydney through Incu tie-up
08/10/2009
UK fashion retailer Topshop is to debut a Sydney, Australia store on October 29. The brand will take over the second floor of fashion retailer Incu's Paddington store on Oxford Street.
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BPMW pushes (capsule) expansion further on East Coast
08/10/2009
BPMW has added yet another string to its bow with the introduction of (capsule) women's show to debut in February. The additional show will be held in the same venue as the New York flagship menswear fair, the Angel Orensanz centre, and will feature a cherry-picked selection of around 60 top-tier brands.
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Zumiez, Hot Topic ahead of analysts in September comps
08/10/2009
There was early positive signs on the US September same-store sales front early Thursday as Zumiez and Hot Topic produced analysts-topping results ahead of the main retail pack.
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Costco beats analyst expectations with 6% profit dip
08/10/2009
Costco Wholesale Corp posted a better-than-expected Q4 profit Wednesday, raising hopes that the US retail scene is starting to recover.
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Family Dollar posts profit growth in final quarter, predicts stronger Q1
08/10/2009
Family Dollar Stores Inc predicted Wednesday stronger earnings per share in Q1, as value-conscious consumers continued to migrate to its stores.
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Analysts upbeat on Malaysian retail in Q4
08/10/2009
Malaysian retail should receive a boost in the fourth quarter from year-end festivals and Back-to-School shopping, analysts have said.
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Carrefour denies plans to sell South American units
08/10/2009
Carrefour denied Wednesday (October 7) reports that it plans to sell stores in emerging markets, saying that they remain a top priority for the French retailer.
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adidas to open another 90 India stores by year-end
08/10/2009
Adidas India Market Ltd plans to have 600 exclusive retail stores in the country by year-end, the adidas subsidiary said Wednesday (October 7).
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Germany's Otto-Beisheim sells 5.2% Metro stake
08/10/2009
German investor Otto Beisheim Group said on Wednesday it has sold 17m shares, or 5.2%of its holding in German retail giant Metro AG to domestic and international institutional investors in a private placement.
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Photographer Penn dies in New York aged 92
08/10/2009
Fashion and celebrity photographer Irving Penn has died in New York aged 92, his assistant has announced.
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Amazon's Kindle goes international
08/10/2009
Amazon is launching its Kindle electronic reader device internationally, with the previously US-only product to be made available in other countries for the first time.
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Indonesian footwear makers plan restructuring on expectations of demand upswing
08/10/2009
Over 30 Indonesian footwear makers are planning to invest a total of IDR231bn ($24.5m) to restructure their operations, in a bid to cater for an expected increase in demand.
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EC makes move to extend Chinese, Vietnamese footwear duties – sources
08/10/2009
The controversial anti-dumping duties currently in place on certain Chinese and Vietnamese shoe imports into the EU could be set to remain in place for a while longer, with the European Commission reportedly having proposed that they are extended for upwards of another year.
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Indian apparel exports grow 2-3%
08/10/2009
India's apparel exports grew 2-3% year-on-year in the April to September period, the country's textiles minister said Wednesday (October 7).
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Levi's launches $100,000 hidden treasure promotional challenge
08/10/2009
Denim brand Levi's has launched a promotion entitled 'Who was Grayson Ozias IV and where is his fortune?' that challenges pioneers to uncover $100,000 buried somewhere in America by solving clues to that question.
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Jacobs, Leibovitz and Hirst head celebs to design Luxe bags for charity
08/10/2009
Louis Vuitton has commissioned contemporary artists to create one-off leather trunks and bags to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross.
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Sixty Group launches mobile phone though Alcatel
08/10/2009
Fashion retailer Sixty Group has launched a mobile phone through its Miss Sixty brand in a tie-up with Alcatel.
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Germany's Douglas beats FY sales forecasts
08/10/2009
German specialty retailer Douglas Holding AG lifted its sales by 2.2% in its latest full year, slightly ahead of its own predictions, it said Wednesday (October 7).
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Helen of Troy posts 50% profit jump for Q2
08/10/2009
Helen of Troy Ltd enjoyed record sales for the second quarter, helping lift its earnings by more than 50%, it said Wednesday (October 7).
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UK fragrance sales top 36m in nine months to July, Christmas sees peak performance
08/10/2009
Almost 37m bottles of fine fragrance were sold in the UK in nine months to July, representing sales of £955m ($1.52bn), according to data from GfK.
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Target takes on Wal-Mart with 50% price cuts on Holiday toys
08/10/2009
Target Corp has slashed as much as 50% off the price of popular toys as Barbie and GI Joe in what appears a direct response to rival Wal-Mart's latest Holiday toys promotion.
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UK: Higher sales help Ted Baker to upbeat H1
08/10/2009
British fashion brand Ted Baker Plc today (8 October) posted an 18.4% drop in first-half pre-tax profit, but said its performance was better than expected in a difficult trading environment.
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US: American Apparel teams up with Sesame Street
08/10/2009
Casual clothing brand American Apparel is teaming up with Sesame Street to produce a limited edition run of classic T-shirts to commemorate the TV show's 40th anniversary.
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US: Bebe Stores' Q1 sales down by a quarter
08/10/2009
US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores has reported sales of $120.1m for the fiscal fiscal quarter of the year, a decrease of 23.6% compared to the prior year period.
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JAPAN: Uniqlo helps Fast Retailing to 14.4% FY profit hike
08/10/2009
Japan's Fast Retailing Co Ltd is forecasting a 24.5% hike in profit for the year ahead, after surging sales at its Uniqlo casual clothing chain helped lift operating income to an eight-year high in the 12 months to August.
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US: First Ascent brand launches in Eddie Bauer stores
08/10/2009
US outdoor retailer Eddie Bauer will launch its First Ascent brand in 183 of its stores across North America on next week (12 October).
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UK: Fashion firms praised for animal welfare stance
08/10/2009
Retailers and brands including George at Asda, Marks & Spencer, New Look and Finisterre have all been praised by the animal rights group the RSPCA for their dedication to ethical sourcing and animal welfare.
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US: Badgley Mischka in home shopping license deal
08/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group Inc has agreed a license deal with the HSN home shopping network to launch a special American Glamour collection under its luxury Badgley Mischka brand.
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US: Gap September same-store sales fall 1%
08/10/2009
Specialty retailer Gap Inc today (8 October) posted a 1% drop in same-store sales for September, but was encouraged by rising demand at its Old Navy stores and higher margins.
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US: Skechers expands in Mexico with Grupo Charly
08/10/2009
Footwear maker Skechers USA Inc is to expand into Mexico after signing a new licensing and distribution deal with Grupo Charly.
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ss11 mudpie trendbooks - a complete design tool at your fingertips (gbr)
08/10/2009
Mudpie will complete their Spring/Summer 2011 Trendbook offering this week with the launch of their full range of garment, graphic and accessory trendbooks to the market.
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UK: High street retailers slated over fashion's poverty pay
08/10/2009
A scathing report published yesterday (7 October) has criticised leading British brands and high street retailers for failing to pay a living wage to the workers making their garments - and says most have no plans in place to raise wages to acceptable levels in the near future.
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US: Retailers' September 2009 sales roundup
08/10/2009
The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe chains' September 2009 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.
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Who fares best in the living wage debate?
08/10/2009
Based on feedback from 25 major high street brands, the latest 'Let's Clean Up Fashion' report from rights group Labour Behind the Label grades the firms between zero and five based on their progress towards implementing a living wage.
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Chronicles of Never launch at oki-ni
07/10/2009
The first selection from Chronicles of Never is now available from mens fashion and lifestyle
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Asda Christmas comes early
07/10/2009
Asda has launched an online Christmas gift shop on its Asda Direct site offering a range of gifts.
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US: Nike names Stitz as VP Central and Eastern Europe
07/10/2009
Apparel giant Nike Inc has named Michaela (Michi) Stitz as vice president of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where she will be responsible for driving the company's growth strategy in the region.
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FRANCE: PPR to float CFAO distribution arm
07/10/2009
Luxury lifestyle company PPR is to float its CFAO specialist distribution business on the Euronext Paris stock exchange by the end of the year, the company said.
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SPAIN: Loewe cuts time from design to shelf
07/10/2009
Spanish luxury leather goods and accessories brand Loewe has trimmed time to market and stock-outs as part of a project to make its supply chain a source of competitive advantage.
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US: McNally named new Columbia creative director
07/10/2009
Columbia Sportswear has appointed former Lucywear design vice president Kathleen McNally has the company's new creative director for apparel.
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Lagerfeld goes rustic at Chanel as McQueen offers powerful print story
07/10/2009
We saw a rustic romp over at Chanel on Tuesday as Karl Lagerfeld's girls kicked up the dust at a summer barn dance, parading his couture-like wares to the strains of new poster girl Lily Allen. But while this may have been Lagerfeld's take on the rough luxe theme sweeping the Paris runways this week, it was still anchored in Chanel's house style aimed at ladies who lunch as well as a more youthful, edgy customer.
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Valentino CEO says no problems repaying debt
07/10/2009
Valentino Fashion Group has no problems repaying its debt at this time, its CEO said Tuesday, adding that the brand's US department store sales are growing.
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Russian buyers speak of recovery at Paris Fashion Week
07/10/2009
Russian demand for French fashion is starting to recover, according to buyers at Paris Fashion Week.
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New World plans CNY1bn department store expansion, acquisitions
07/10/2009
New World Department Store China said it plans to double its capital outlay to CNY1bn ($146.7m) to fund new stores and acquisitions in the new financial year as the company reported a 14.8% rise in full-year profit Tuesday.
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Australian retailers predict gloomy Christmas following rate rise
07/10/2009
Australian retailers are blaming the country's central bank for what they say will now be a miserable Christmas.
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Wang most popular among Japanese retail buyers
07/10/2009
Alexander Wang has topped a list of Japanese buyers' favourite designers in a survey published by fashion industry newspaper Senken Shimbun.
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Neiman Marcus faces up to new a new world as Christmas Book shuns ostentatious extravagance
07/10/2009
High-end retailer Neiman Marcus Group Inc unveiled its Christmas Book Tuesday with a nod to the marketplace's new found frugality. With close to half the gifts in the catalogue's just-published 83rd edition priced under $250 there is no room this year for multi-million-dollar priced excesses that included racehorses, submarines and zeppelins in the pre-recession years.
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Roland Mouret to let viewers be directors in online show broadcast
07/10/2009
Designer Roland Mouret is to broadcast his spring/summer 2010 fashion show using technology that will allow viewers to see a real-time edited view from multiple angles.
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US chain store sales strengthen in September
07/10/2009
US chain store sales continued their recovery as September ended, with the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Retail Chain Store Sales Index rising 0.3% week-on-week in the seven days to Saturday (October 3) and another index showing the whole month was much better than expected.
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British clothing and fashion prices sink faster than overall retail scene
07/10/2009
British shop prices slipped 0.1% year-on-year in September, with clothing and footwear prices sliding a more dramatic 5.7%, the British Retail Consortium said Wednesday.
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Flu-busters and electronic notebooks defy wider Back-to-School sales slide
07/10/2009
Back-to-School sales continued their downward trend in the seven weeks to September 12, but bright spots included hand sanitizer and tissues plus heavily promoted must-haves such as office paper and notebooks, The NPD Group said Tuesday.
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Skechers expands into India
07/10/2009
Footwear company Skechers USA is expanding into India after signing a licensing and distribution deal with Winner Sports Pvt Ltd.
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Target opens 26 new stores, creates 5,000 jobs
07/10/2009
Value-priced retail giant Target Corp Tuesday announced the opening of 26 new stores, 21 of which are general merchandise stores. The stores will feature grand openings on Sunday.
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Macy's ordered to pay mall $3.37m in back charges
07/10/2009
A Macy's department store has been ordered by a judge to pay a Syracuse mall $3.37m over a dispute concerning its share of the mall's payments in lieu of taxes.
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Raymond targets INR2bn revenue from small-town push
07/10/2009
Indian apparel company Raymond Ltd is targeting revenue of INR2bn ($42.9m) from its stores in tier four and tier five cities, it said Wednesday (October 7).
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Malaysian retail sales growth revised upwards on discounter strength
07/10/2009
Malaysian retail sales growth for the year has been revised upwards thanks to steady trade at discounters, the Malaysia Retailers Association (MRA) said Tuesday.
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M&S expands global delivery service
07/10/2009
British retailer Marks & Spencer is expanding its global delivery service to include 73 more countries, it said Tuesday.
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PPR plans Africa retail unit IPO
07/10/2009
French luxury goods giant PPR Wednesday (October 7) moved to pare down its wide range of businesses, saying it plans to spin off its high-growth African retailer CFAO in an IPO by the end of the year.
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British Property Federation criticises proposals for Chapter 11-style laws in UK
07/10/2009
Plans to introduce American-style Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for US firms are "misguided," the British Property Federation said Tuesday (October 6), arguing that the British legal system is not geared up to oversee it.
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Quiksilver to host The Tony Hawk Show in Paris
07/10/2009
Quiksilver is to host an event in Paris this autumn that blends skateboarding, music and art and features skateboarding star Tony Hawk.
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Australian scientists say fungus can be used to fight sheep lice
07/10/2009
Scientists in Queensland, Australia have discovered a way to use a fungus to kill sheep lice, which damage wool and reduce yields.
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Sustainability the responsibility of all in supply chain, RITE conference told
07/10/2009
Sustainability remains a complicated topic for the textile industry but the key message from speakers at Tuesday's third annual RITE Group conference in London was that each and every person in the supply chain has a responsibility to do what they can, whether they work in design, retail, manufacturing or fibre production.
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Cambodian garment industry sheds thousands of jobs on back of global crisis
07/10/2009
Cambodia's garment sector has suffered in the wake of the global financial crisis, with at least 20,000 workers losing their jobs in the industry this year, according to a labour ministry report obtained by AFP.
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Vinatex plots two new textile parks
07/10/2009
The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) is to build two new industrial parks next year in the Ninh Binh Province and Tra Vinh, the industry group's chairman said.
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Columbia Sportswear hires McNally as creative director for apparel
07/10/2009
Columbia Sportswear has appointed Kathleen McNally as creative director for apparel.
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Nike appoints Stitz as VP Central and Eastern Europe
07/10/2009
US sports giant Nike has appointed Michaela (Michi) Stitz as vice-president of Central and Eastern Europe, replacing Marc van Pappelendam who was recently named as VP of the UK/Ireland territory.
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Moss Bros trading director McCloskey leaves, won't be replaced
07/10/2009
UK menswear retailer Moss Bros said Tuesday (October 6) its trading director has left the company and won't be replaced. No reason for either was given.
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Cussons optimistic for 2010 after profits rise
07/10/2009
UK consumer products manufacturer PZ Cussons reported a rise in profits for the quarter to October 4 and voiced guarded optimism over its prospects for 2010, the Financial Times reported.
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Bloomingdale's to offer six new cosmetics brands after 'biggest makeover in NYC'
07/10/2009
The flagship Bloomingdale's store on 59th Street is to complete the renovation of its cosmetics department next week, which it describes as the biggest makeover in New York City.
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JAPAN: Anti-flu suit ready for launch
07/10/2009
A leading Japanese men's wear chain operator has started selling a suit in Tokyo that it claims protects the wearer from influenza.
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UK: Non-food boosts Sainsbury's Q2 sales
07/10/2009
Supermarket retailer J Sainsbury posted a 3.2% increase in second quarter sales, boosted by revenue growth for the company's non-food ranges.
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HONG KONG: BASF continues to review leather, textile unit
07/10/2009
Chemicals giant BASF has confirmed it is continuing to mull the sale of its leather and textile business after failing to improve the unit's profitability in recent years.
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MEXICO: Carnaval implements item-level RFID tags
07/10/2009
Children's fashion and textiles designer Carnaval de Mxico has begun one of the country's first item-level RFID tagging projects for apparel, and plans to use to technology to track and trace more than one million garments a year.
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UK: M&S expands online delivery network
07/10/2009
UK apparel retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has expanded its online international delivery service to 73 new countries.
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Neiman Marcus faces up to a new world as Christmas Book shuns ostentatious extravagance
07/10/2009
High-end retailer Neiman Marcus Group Inc unveiled its Christmas Book Tuesday with a nod to the marketplace's new found frugality. With close to half the gifts in the catalogue's just-published 83rd edition priced under $250 there is no room this year for multi-million-dollar priced excesses that included racehorses, submarines and zeppelins in the pre-recession years.
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Jimmy Choo launches perfume
07/10/2009
Accessories and stiletto brand Jimmy Choo is expanding its shoe and bag emporium
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Paris Fashion Week: Phoebe Philo Celine debut
07/10/2009
The long awaited debut of Phoebe Philo at Celine did
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New name for Stride Rite Corporation
06/10/2009
For the future, Collective Brands Inc. will be known under a
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Third stop Nixon WTA
06/10/2009
Sports accessory label Nixon announced the countdown for the third stop of the Nixon
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Charity Award ‘Finding your Feet’
06/10/2009
In aid of the Diana Award Charity, member’s bar Movida London is hosting a fashion show entitled
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UK: Moss Bros trading director leaves
06/10/2009
Suit retailer Moss Bros has announced that Ciaran McCloskey, group trading director, has left the company.
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UK: Rumoured Matalan sale to net GBP1.5bn?
06/10/2009
The owner of discount fashion chain Matalan is reportedly considering a plan to sell the company.
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Philo's refined collection set to boost Celine in 2010, self-assured McCartney ticks all right boxes
06/10/2009
Phoebe Philo made her catwalk debut for Celine Monday (October 5), with a collection well deserving of all the hype surrounding her appointment. As if articulating a clean slate for the French fashion house, Philo's collection was refined, minimal and completely desirable, and will provide the launch pad for the brand's revival and expansion in 2010, according to its managing director Marco Gobbetti.
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CIT in talks with Goldman Sachs to extend loan deal
06/10/2009
Goldman Sachs Group Inc said Monday (October 5) it is in talks to extend the terms of a $3bn loan to troubled small-business financier CIT Group Inc.
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Choo signs 12-year license deal with Inter Parfums
06/10/2009
High-end fashion footwear producer Jimmy Choo has signed a 12-year fragrance licensing deal with Inter Parfums, commencing January 1 2010, to develop and distribute fragrances under the Jimmy Choo brand.
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Celine chief says new Philo collections will boost sales next year
06/10/2009
French fashion house Celine, owned by luxury goods group LVMH, has been holding off opening new stores this year and hopes collections from creative director Phoebe Philo will underpin sales from 2010. Philo, named creative director last year, staged her catwalk debut in Paris Monday (October 5).
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Thai consumers are most thrifty, China and India most free-spending - survey
06/10/2009
Thai consumers are ranked among the most thrifty in the Asia Pacific region while those in China and India are among the more free-spending, a new survey by Omnicom Media Group (Asia Pacific) for Asia Pulse suggests.
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German magazine axes professional models
06/10/2009
German women's magazine Brigitte is to stop using professional models in favour of 'real' women, with its editor-in-chief saying the move is a response to readers comments.
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Trade union to oppose latest La Redoute job cuts
06/10/2009
French mail-order and online clothing retailer La Redoute has announced 230 job cuts through voluntary departures, trade union CGT said.
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America surges to top of global image survey on Obama effect
06/10/2009
The US has the best overall brand of over 50 countries, a new survey suggests, with the country leaping from seventh place last year to head the 2009 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index (NBI).
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Haruyama set to launch 'anti-swine flu' suit in Japan
06/10/2009
Japanese menswear retailer Haruyama Trading Co is set to launch a business suit it claims gives protection against swine flu.
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Myer opens IPO retail component, claims strong initial demand
06/10/2009
Australian department store giant Myer Holdings Ltd opened the retail component of its IPO Tuesday (October 6) after what it describes as strong demand for stock from brokers.
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China's Golden Week starts to glow with impressive early sales hike
06/10/2009
Golden Week retail sales in mainland China rose 15% year-on-year in the first three days as vehicle, electrical appliance, clothing and jewellery sales jumped, the Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday (October 6).
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Raymond planning 300 more retail stores
06/10/2009
Indian textiles company Raymond Ltd is planning to boost its retail offering, adding up to 300 new stores by the end of March, chairman Gautam Singhania said.
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US Supreme Court says it won't review Family Dollar case
06/10/2009
The US Supreme Court has said it will not review a case lost by discount retailer Family Dollar, in which it was ordered to pay over $35m to more than 1,400 employees in a dispute over overtime pay.
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Mongolia launches signal luxury brands' search for emerging markets
06/10/2009
Two new luxury stores are opening this month in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, with the moves highlighting an industry desire to seek out pockets of wealth in emerging markets, the International Herald Tribune reported.
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Maria Luisa's Printemps boutique to open
06/10/2009
This week sees the official opening of the Maria Luisa boutique in Paris department store Printemps, located in the centre of the designer floor and featuring a number of big names including Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler and Nina Ricci.
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The Dubai Mall passes 30m visitor milestone
06/10/2009
The Dubai Mall has passed the 30m visitor milestone less than a year after opening, and is now expected to exceed its annual footfall target of 37m visitors.
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Long Tall Sally acquires Canadian business of The Tall Girl Shop
06/10/2009
UK multi-channel fashion retailer Long Tall Sally (LTS) has acquired the business of The Tall Girl Shop Ltd in Canada.
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Melbourne's retail strips start to fill again
06/10/2009
Retail strips in Melbourne, Australia, have seen a reduction in the number of store vacancies in the past six months. Despite the end of the government's stimulus package, low interest rates and steady unemployment figures have propped up the retail sector, according to research from real estate agents Knight Frank, showing vacancy rates fell to 3.25% from 3.73% in the six months to September.
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Condé Nast cut four titles as it shifts finance towards digital media
06/10/2009
US publishing group Condé Nast is to axe four titles from its magazine roster citing falling ad revenues.
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US bloggers to be required to disclose payments for product reviews
06/10/2009
Bloggers in the US are to be made to disclose gifts or money they receive for writing product reviews, following the release of new guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission.
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Ford to take lifestyle range to India
06/10/2009
Ford Motor Company is taking its lifestyle product range to India following a deal with License India to select licensees there to both make and sell the products.
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American Apparel to launch Sesame Street T-shirts to commemorate show's 40th anniversary
06/10/2009
American Apparel has joined forces with children's TV show Sesame Street to produce a limited edition runoff classic T-shirts to commemorate the show's 40th anniversary.
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Macy's in Ellen Tracy sportswear deal
06/10/2009
US-based retailer Macy's has signed a deal to be the exclusive department store retailer of Ellen Tracy branded women's sportswear from spring 2010.
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Coach sues Target over alleged handbag design infringement
06/10/2009
US-based high end accessories producer and retailer Coach Inc is suing value-priced retail giant Target Corp over allegations that it is selling handbags that infringe on its designs.
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Ask.com launches new service for coupon searching
06/10/2009
Online search website Ask.com is aiming to tap into the booming popularity of coupon use at retail with a new service that will let visitors search for the special offers online.
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Kmart to launch online layaway service
06/10/2009
Kmart is launching an online layaway facility on Friday (October 9), giving customers the chance to help spread Holiday spending by placing items on layaway via the website and then picking them up at their local store.
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Parlux Q2 sales strong on celebrity fragrances, new licenses to boost Holiday
06/10/2009
Parlux Fragrances Inc said Monday (October 5) Q2 net sales rose 8% to $56.5m year-on-year, while H1 sales lifted around 6% to $80m, boosted by new licenses and celebrity fragrance launches.
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FRANCE: Kiabi opens first store in Romania
06/10/2009
French value family clothing retailer Kiabi has opened its first store in Romania.
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UK: Tesco profits from clothing sales growth
06/10/2009
Leading UK retailer Tesco said today (6 October) that its clothing sales grew 6% during the first half of the year, contributing to profit gains during the period.
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US: Target to open 26 stores
06/10/2009
Target is to open 26 new stores, the US retailer has said, including five "full-grocery" outlets
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US: Skechers expands into India
06/10/2009
US footwear firm Skechers has signed a deal with Winner Sports Pvt to license and distribute its footwear and apparel in India.
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Condé Nast cuts four titles as it shifts finance towards digital media
06/10/2009
US publishing group Condé Nast is to axe four titles from its magazine roster citing falling ad revenues.
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Sizing up the global market
06/10/2009
Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) recently dedicated a seminar to addressing and resolving issues relating to garment sizing and fit - 'Sizing up the global market'. Nearly 160 delegates from across the fashion and corporate
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Lindsay Lohan's Ungaro debut
06/10/2009
The fashion critics who reviewed Lindsay Lohan's debut at Ungaro were menacing at the very least. The controversial choice to hire a young, Hollywood actress to consult to an established profit-making French fashion house seems as illogical as it is a
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Allumer launches charity range
05/10/2009
In aid of children’s charity Jean for Genes, jewellery designer Allumer launched an
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New era for M&S
05/10/2009
Marks and Spencer is looking for a successor to Sir Stuart Rose as chief executive. The Financial
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Eloise Grey launches sustainable store
05/10/2009
In partnership with ethical fashion label Makepiece, Eloise
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EUROPE: Garment retailers urged to pay Asian living wage
05/10/2009
Activists in 11 European countries are launching a series of campaigns this week calling for retailers to pay a living wage to all garment workers in their supply chains.
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HAITI: Garment firms eye new business opportunities
05/10/2009
US apparel brands and retailers were among hundreds of potential investors who took part in a conference last week to explore new business opportunities in Haiti - where plans for a $2m fund to help kick-start the country's garment sector were also unveiled.
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UK: French Connection to shutter Japan stores
05/10/2009
French Connection has announced it will close all of its 21 stores in Japan over the next six to nine months, in part of a previously announced strategic review at the UK fashion firm.
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UK: Tesco launches online clothing store
05/10/2009
UK supermarket retailer Tesco has launched its first dedicated online fashion store for Tesco and branded clothing.
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FRANCE: Lectra updates Kaledo design tool
05/10/2009
Lectra has launched a new version of Kaledo, its fashion-specific design solution, with modules to create realistic simulations of prints, weaves and knits.
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ISRAEL: Kornit Digital unveils entry-level garment printer
05/10/2009
Kornit Digital has developed a new entry-level direct-on-garment printer for small and medium level production businesses.
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US: Macy's inks deal for Ellen Tracy sportswear
05/10/2009
Macy's has signed a deal to be the exclusive department store retailer of Ellen Tracy branded women's sportswear, beginning in spring 2010.
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Lohan scores media frenzy as Ungaro shows first collection with Estrella Archs
05/10/2009
The first Ungaro collection produced by the Estrella Archs-Lindsay Lohan partnership produced a media frenzy in Paris on Sunday (October 4) as the presence of one of Hollywood's biggest paparazzi magnets focused attention on the Ungaro label to a degree it has rarely seen before.
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New collections, markdowns are key traffic drivers today, long narrow shorts set to be 2010 hit
05/10/2009
Fashion sales are being driven by interest in the new season's collections at present but discounts are also key to attracting customers. That is the result of the latest WGSN poll, which also showed that ad campaigns and in-store events are having little impact, although window displays do play a small-but-important part in boosting visitor traffic.
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Arabia and 60s couture colours Tisci's Givenchy show, Dries Van Noten goes on Asia grand tour
05/10/2009
Riccardo Tisci blew his audience away again Sunday evening with a Givenchy collection that focused on couture tailoring while maintaining a fierce femininity.
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Matalan eyes £1.5bn sale
05/10/2009
UK discount clothing chain Matalan could be put up for sale next year for £1.5bn ($2.4bn). Founder John Hargreaves took the business private in an £827m deal backed by £410m of debt three years ago.
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Uniqlo's Paris opening sparks buying frenzy
05/10/2009
Uniqlo's timely Paris debut during fashion week ensured the Japanese casualwear brand's flagship store near the Opera gained optimum publicity there over the weekend.
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Louis Vuitton to broadcast catwalk show live on Facebook
05/10/2009
Louis Vuitton is to follow in the wake of other fashion labels this season by making its catwalk show available live online, although this time the collection will be shown exclusively on social networking site Facebook.
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UK retailers in line for another bleak Christmas says study
05/10/2009
UK retailers are facing a worse Christmas than last year, when 15 major chains failed, according to insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor.
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Compass to march eastward for "much needed" New York boost
05/10/2009
Premium boutique footwear show Compass is turning is back on Las Vegas and is moving to New York next season. This bold move away from giant footwear fair WSA is a direct response to the requests of vendors and buyers who feel that the new location will give a much needed boost to the market.
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Abstract prints and clever draping rule an optimistic Rendez-Vous Femme
05/10/2009
Emerging trends from this season's Rendez-Vous Femme included clever draping in viscose and jersey, illustrative graphics on minimalist T-shirt shapes and abstract print and pattern in vivid colours.
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Hong Kong's Fashion Access launches Sustainable Fashion Forum
05/10/2009
Hong Kong trade show Fashion Access is launching a Sustainable Fashion Forum at its October edition.
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Clarks to form Indian JV with Future Group
05/10/2009
UK-based shoe retailer Clarks will set up a joint venture with India's Future Group to sell footwear in the Indian market by 2011, the Economic Times reported Monday (October 5) citing an unnamed executive of Future Group.
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Italy's Geox aims to double sales in Asia
05/10/2009
Italian footwear brand Geox expects to double sales in Asia Pacific next year, according to its president Mario Moretti Polegato, rising from 3% of its total in 2008 and over 5% this year through the launch of new product, new marketing initiatives and new store concepts.
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New Zealand retailers could save millions after new credit card fee deals
05/10/2009
New Zealand retailers could soon be saving millions of dollars due to agreements reached by the Competition Commission and seven financial institutions on credit card interchange fees.
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Inditex signs workers' rights deal with UNI Global Union
05/10/2009
Inditex has signed a global agreement with UNI Global Union, formally recognising their partnership and helping to ensure workers' rights.
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Chinese retail sales surge in first three days of holiday
05/10/2009
Chinese retail sales soared 15% on last year during the first three days of the National Day Holiday to CNY14bn ($2.1bn), the Ministry of Commerce said.
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UK sees competition test for supermarkets
05/10/2009
The UK's Competition Commission Friday (October 2) passed a proposal for a "competition test" that would make it harder for dominant supermarket chains to open new stores.
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Fred's opens new prototype store in Tennessee
05/10/2009
Discount retailer Fred's has opened a prototype store in Bartlett, Tennessee. Its success will depend on whether 25-30 further locations opening this year will use the new concept.
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JJB plots rights issue after talks with major shareholders
05/10/2009
UK retailer JJB Sports is to press ahead with a £50m ($80m) rights issue after holding talks with its largest shareholders, with the money raised being used to buy stock, refurbish stores and bolster the relaunch of its online operation later this month, The Mail on Sunday reported.
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Shimamura post H1 net profit hike
05/10/2009
Japanese clothing chain Shimamura has posted a slight increase in sales for the first half, as net profit also advanced.
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Aurora Fashions H1 beats view, Shearwood promoted to CEO
05/10/2009
UK retailer Aurora Fashions said Friday (October 2) it had performed ahead of expectations over the last six months and promoted Mike Shearwood from deputy CEO to chief executive. Shearwood replaces Derek Lovelock who becomes executive chairman.
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Galeries Lafayette sells identity tags to support climate change campaign
05/10/2009
Some 46,800 identity-style tags are being sold exclusively at selected Galeries Lafayette department stores in France and Berlin to support the fight against climate change.
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Report claims North Korea's household spending is one-fifth of South Korea's
05/10/2009
The level of North Korea's average annual household spending figures stands at 22% of that in the South, says a report submitted to lawmaker Rep Song Young-sun on Sunday (October 4).
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Voith promoted to president of Perry Ellis Golf and Sportswear Division
05/10/2009
Perry Ellis International has promoted John "Jack" Voith to president of the golf and sportswear division with immediate effect.
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Arvind hoping for approval for real estate development in four months
05/10/2009
Indian textiles maker Arvind Ltd is hoping to receive approval to develop additional land it owns for real estate purposes within the next four months.
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Tesco launches fashion website
05/10/2009
UK supermarket giant Tesco has launched a full online fashion catalogue featuring 3,500 items.
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Rakuten acquires majority stake in Thai e-commerce leader Tarad.com
05/10/2009
Japanese internet company Rakuten Inc has acquired a 67% stake in Thailand's largest e-commerce portal Tarad.com.
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Tatler celebrates 300 years with VM tie-up
05/10/2009
In celebration of its 300th anniversary, British magazine Tatler has linked up with designer stores across London to launch a series of window displays.
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Vietnamese textile and garment exports flat in first nine months
05/10/2009
The Vietnamese textile and garment industry has posted flat nine-month export earnings, according to figures from the General Statistics Office.
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Capacity utilisation tumbles in Indonesian footwear industry
05/10/2009
Capacity utilisation in Indonesia's footwear industry plunged in the first nine months of the year, from 70% last year to 55%.
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Sally buys Schoeneman for $61m
05/10/2009
US professional beauty supplies distributor Sally Beauty Holdings said Friday (October 2) its subsidiary Beauty Systems Group (BSG) has acquired smaller rival Schoeneman Beauty Supply for $61m in cash.
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Zombieland tops North American weekend box office
05/10/2009
Woody Harrelson scored the biggest opening of his career at the North American box office as Zombieland earned $25m in weekend ticket sales, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday (October 4).
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CANADA: Former Reebok executive purchases Dayton
05/10/2009
Former Reebok executive Stephen Encarnacao has announced purchasing a controlling interest in Canadian footwear brand Dayton Boots Enterprises.
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I Promise It?s Worth the Trip ? ISS Long Beach
05/10/2009
So people ask me every year what trade show should I go to?  What is the best trade show? The best trade show can be debated, but what can’t be debated is that the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach, California deserves to be in that conversation.  This year, if you are regular reader of my [...]
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CANADA: Rejects anti-dumping duties on Chinese shoes
05/10/2009
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has ruled against anti-dumping duties on waterproof footwear imported from China and Vietnam.
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FRANCE: New company created from Siat-Lang subsidiaries
05/10/2009
A new company has been created out of the liquidation of two subsidiaries of French family-owned fashion fabrics group, Siat-Lang, which will allow half of their 170 staff to keep their jobs.
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TURKEY: Unions speak out against temporary workers
05/10/2009
The increasing use of part-time and agency work workers is leading to a growing number of violations of workers' rights, union leaders have warned as officials from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund gathered in Istanbul at the weekend.
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Uniqlo same store sales surge
04/10/2009
Japanese retailer Uniqlo on Friday said same-store sales jumped 31.6 percent from a year earlier
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Miss Sixty announces plans for Indian market
04/10/2009
Together with Gupta H.C. Overseas, the Miss Sixty Group is opening accessory stores and a wholesale distribution network in the main cities of India. The first boutique will open its doors in Delhi on 7th October inside the DFL Saket shopping centre.
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Matalan up for sale?
04/10/2009
Matalan could be put up for sale next year with a £1.5 billion price tag. A sale would net hundreds
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UK retailers fare differently abroad
04/10/2009
Two of the biggest fashion names on the British high street are
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John Lewis call centre creates new jobs
04/10/2009
Retail giant John Lewis is to create up to 175 new jobs with the
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Adidas nine months results
04/10/2009
Sports giant adidas Group noted sales grow of 11% for the third quarter. The revenues grew on a currency-neutral basis, driven by double-digit sales growth in the adidas and TaylorMade-adidas Golf segments. While adidas revenues increased 15%,
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UK: New Nike boot taps Football+ training platform
02/10/2009
Nike's newest football boot takes an extra step to improve player performance by linking to exclusive training content from some of the biggest names in the game.
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US: Timberland teams with Wyclef Jean on Haiti project
02/10/2009
Timberland is teaming up with award-winning musician Wyclef Jean to produce an eco-friendly boot collection that will raise money to support reforestation in Haiti.
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VIETNAM: Eyes surge in exports to Japan as taxes cut
02/10/2009
Vietnam's garment exports to Japan are expected to jump to $1bn this year, a rise of 20% on 2008's figure, after the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement came into effect yesterday.
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BRAZIL: Santana Textiles unveils two-way stretch denim
02/10/2009
Brazilian fabric giant Santana Textiles has launched a new eco-friendly collection of two-way stretch denim with Creora elastane.
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INDIA: Raymond takes full ownership of Gas denim brand
02/10/2009
Apparel and textile group Raymond Ltd has taken full ownership of the Gas denim brand in India after Italian firm Grotto SpA relinquished its 50% stake in the venture.
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SWITZERLAND: Coldblack finish now available for wool
02/10/2009
Coldblack, the fabric finishing technology that helps to reduce heat build-up in garments and protect wearers from the sun's harmful rays, can now be applied to woollen garments.
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Graeme Black new Creative Consultant Boss Black Womenswear
02/10/2009
The creative segment of Boss Black Womenswear has been
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Ghesquière punches into urban sportswear for Balenciaga, Decarnin takes on Mad Max for Balmain
02/10/2009
There's a different beat at Balenciaga this season, with Nicolas Ghesquière forsaking last season's floral swags and satin drapes instead delivering hard-hitting urban sportswear on the Paris catwalks. Meanwhile, Christophe Decarnin, moved away from his 80s bling couture looks and into an apocalyptic Mad Max world of tarnished military-style splendour for Balmain (left).
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Uniqlo's September same-store sales surge, relaunches expanded Ginza flagship
02/10/2009
Japan's Fast Retailing said Friday (October 2) September same-store sales at its Uniqlo casualwear chain in Japan jumped 31.6% from a year earlier, the biggest monthly gain in 10 months.
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UK fashion and homewares comps still suffer in warm September says BDO report
02/10/2009
Overall UK same-store sales inched up 0.1% in September, the best performance since Easter, as mid-sized retailers reported a marginal uplift in high street takings, according to the latest edition of the BDO High Street Sales Tracker.
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Sincere Watch attracts S$112.7m bid
02/10/2009
Singapore watch retailer Sincere Watch has received a S$112.7m ($79.5m) cash bid from a consortium led by luxury group LVMH.
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Luxury consumption to hit $5bn in China
02/10/2009
Chinese luxury consumption is expected to hit $5bn this year, a recent report by Goldman Sachs says, up from $3bn last year.
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Montblanc unveils controversial $25,000 Gandhi pen in India
02/10/2009
German luxury pen maker Montblanc has launched a limited-edition $24,763 commemorative fountain pen in India in honour of Gandhi – to coincide with the 140th anniversary of his birth.
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Heritage and emotional connection are key at Brand Licensing Europe
02/10/2009
Brands with identifiable heritage and an emotional connection with consumers are leading the way, judging by trends seen at Brand Licensing Europe.
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Black confirmed as creative consultant for Boss Black Womenswear
02/10/2009
Hugo Boss has officially confirmed Graeme Black's post as creative consultant for Boss Black Womenswear. Black has been an external creative consultant for the brand since the start of the summer, responsible for its design and direction.
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Former Laura Ashley CEO Ng rejoins as president for the Americas
02/10/2009
UK-based fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley has appointed Kwan C Ng president, overseeing licensing and business strategy for North and South America, effective immediately. Ng replaces Lawrence Chai who retired September 30.
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Strong named Kathmandu chairman
02/10/2009
New Zealand-based outdoor equipment retailer Kathmandu named James Strong as it chairman Thursday (October 1).
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Asda chief says not interested in heading M&S
02/10/2009
Asda chief Andy Bond has ruled himself out of the race for Marks & Spencer's top job.
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Strong fashion sales boost John Lewis in latest week
02/10/2009
Strong fashion sales drove good sales figures for UK department store retailer John Lewis in its latest week, while John Lewis Direct sales also powered ahead.
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Wal-Mart preps fight to retain new customers
02/10/2009
Wal-Mart will fight to hold onto new customers that it won during the recession as low prices lured cash-strapped shoppers who previously bought their groceries elsewhere, its CEO said Thursday (October 1).
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M&S promises up to £60m in staff bonuses if it hits profit targets
02/10/2009
Marks & Spencer will pay £50m-£60m ($79.4m-$95.3m) in staff bonuses this year if the British retailer meets it profit target, according to finance director Ian Dyson.
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Hong Kong retailers hoping for Golden Week boost from tourist influx
02/10/2009
With Golden Week starting in China this week, retailers in Hong Kong are hoping for a significant sales boost from a tourist influx.
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Japan's ABC-Mart tipped for 13% profit growth
02/10/2009
Japan's ABC-Mart Inc is expected to have earned around ¥12.5bn ($138.9m) for the six months to August 31, marking a 13% rebound as sales of women's shoes and trekking footwear jumped.
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H&M opens Cork store to huge queues
02/10/2009
Swedish retailer H&M's new store in Cork, Ireland, attracted a huge queue Thursday (October 1), ahead of its 11am opening.
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Nordstrom Rack to open first St Louis Store next autumn
02/10/2009
Nordstrom Inc plans to open its first Nordstrom Rack store in St Louis in autumn 2010 with the 34,000 sq ft unit located in the Brentwood Square shopping centre.
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Ascendia heads closer to IPO
02/10/2009
Australian retailer Rebel Sport may be heading towards a possible A$800m ($703.6m) float, with investment banks Friday (October 2) pitching for a role in an IPO for Archer Capital's Ascendia Retail, which includes sporting goods retailers Amart Allsports, Rebel Sports and youth apparel chain Glue.
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Burberry amends Japan license agreements
02/10/2009
UK fashion house Burberry Group has amended its apparel license with Sanyo Shokai Ltd and Mitsui & Co Ltd in Japan to expire in June 2015 from 2020.
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Mariella Burani debt grows to €308.5m at end-August
02/10/2009
Troubled fashion apparel and accessories producer Mariella Burani Fashion Group booked a net debt of €308.5m at the end of August, up € 2.5m month-on-month.
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Global cotton production tipped to fall 1% in 2009/10 – ICAC
02/10/2009
Global cotton output is tipped to fall 1% in 2009/10 to 23.1m tons, the International Cotton Advisory Committee secretariat said in its monthly report, with improving yields unable to offset a fall in cultivation area.
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Gas Apparel becomes wholly owned Raymond unit after Italy's Grotto transfers 50% stake
02/10/2009
Indian textiles company Raymond Ltd said it has ended its Gas Apparel Ltd joint venture with Italy's Grotto SpA, with that company transferring its 50% stake to its Raymond Apparel unit.
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Vaid elected president of Indian Garment Exporters Association
02/10/2009
Rakesh Vaid has been elected as president of India's Garments Exporters Association for 2009/10.
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CITT says Chinese, Vietnamese waterproof footwear not being dumped in Canada
02/10/2009
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has said that waterproof footwear imports from China and Vietnam haven't caused and are not threatening to cause injury to the Canadian footwear industry.
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Duties removed on Vietnamese textile and apparel exports to Japan
02/10/2009
Japan has removed import duties on Vietnamese textiles and garments, with Vietnam now expected to earn 20% more from the exports than it did last year as a result.
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L'Occitane delays launch of new Australia concept
02/10/2009
L'Occitane has taken a planned new Australia concept back to the drawing board, aiming now to roll out the stores early next year, according to its managing director.
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Williams-Sonoma autumn catalogue attracts strong response
02/10/2009
US retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc enjoyed "substantially better than expected" sales from its autumn catalogue, its CFO said Thursday (October 1).
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JAPAN: Uniqlo September like-for-likes soar 32%
02/10/2009
Cooler weather helped boost September sales of its autumn and winter clothing lines, cut-price apparel retailer Uniqlo said today (2 October).
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Top stories on just-style this week...
02/10/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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UK: Alexon hires finance director from Selfridges
02/10/2009
UK women's clothing retailer Alexon Group Plc has lured John Boyle from Selfridges to be its new group finance director and company secretary.
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UK: Aurora Fashions names Mike Shearwood CEO
02/10/2009
Aurora Fashions, the company behind fashion brands including Karen Millen, Coast, Warehouse and Oasis, today (2 October) named Mike Shearwood as its new chief executive and revealed it has performed strongly over the last six months.
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US: Laura Ashley names new president
02/10/2009
Fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley Inc has named Kwan C Ng as its new president responsible for licensing operations and business strategy for North and South America.
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US: Voith to head Golf and Sportswear at Perry Ellis
02/10/2009
Apparel maker Perry Ellis International has promoted John ('Jack') Voith to the post of president of its golf and sportswear division.
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UK: Burberry amends Japanese licence deal
02/10/2009
Luxury fashion brand Burberry Group Plc has amended its Japanese apparel licence in a move that will lift near-term profits by setting higher performance levels.
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UK: Shoppers to help Asda with its buying decisions
02/10/2009
UK supermarket chain Asda is to give customers a greater say in how its stores are run as part of a new customer loyalty scheme aimed at giving it a lead over its rivals.
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UK: Amazon launches standalone footwear website
02/10/2009
Internet retail giant Amazon has launched a new standalone UK website selling shoes and handbags in a bid to boost its share of the online fashion, footwear and accessories market.
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Allumer launches charity range
01/10/2009
In aid of children’s charity Jean for Genes, jewellery designer Allumer launched an
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mudpie form strategic alliance with u.s. trend specialist denimhead (gbr)
01/10/2009
Mudpie is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance between two of the worlds leading trend forecasting companies Mudpie and Denimhead.The new relationship being formed between Mudpie and Denimhead is a great opportunity that will see Mudpie publish and distribute Denimheads printed and online products from October 2009 onwards.
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Artisan fashion illustrations
01/10/2009
The Design Museum just announced its schedule of exhibitions for 2010 and will present 'Illustrated
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VF Names Susan Kellogg President of Contemporary Brands Coalition
01/10/2009
VF Corporation announced that it has named apparel
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JAPAN: Seiyu steps up denim price war with $9 jeans
01/10/2009
Another major Japanese retailer has upped the ante in the country's jeans war, with Seiyu Ltd today (1 October) launching jeans for women and men priced at just JPY850 (US$9.44) a pair.
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SPAIN: Cortefiel reduces debt after refinancing
01/10/2009
Fashion retail company Grupo Cortefiel has reduced its debt by EUR100m (US$146m) following a cash injection from the company's three main investors.
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FRANCE: Borletti pulls out of Lacroix bid
01/10/2009
Investment group Borletti has pulled out of talks to acquire insolvent fashion house Christian Lacroix, leaving a Middle East bidder in pole position to complete the deal.
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HONG KONG: Yue Yuen posts 17% drop in 9-month profit
01/10/2009
Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd, the world's largest manufacturer of athletic footwear, has posted a 17.2% drop in profit for the first nine months of its financial year.
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PERU: Ripley selects Manthan Systems for retail analytics
01/10/2009
Ripley Corp, one of the largest department store retailers in Chile and Peru, has selected software from Manthan Systems to power its retail analytics.
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UK: George Davies launches new GIVe retail venture
01/10/2009
Fashion retail guru George Davies launches GIVe, his newest venture, today (1 October), promising affordable luxury and unrivalled in-store service.
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US: Crocs secures new US$30m credit facility
01/10/2009
Footwear operator Crocs has completed a new asset-backed revolving credit facility worth US$30m.
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COMMENT: Pre-recession problems haunt apparel industry
01/10/2009
Wherever you look just now, it seems someone's saying the recession's nearly over. Investigate the evidence, though, and many pre-recession problems in the apparel industry are coming back. Falling prices, rising wages, the fear of protectionist action, and even indentured labour are just some of the reasons to be cheerless, writes Mike Flanagan.
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CHINA: Trust is key to training in apparel factories
01/10/2009
A new guide to apparel factory training in China says workers need to be more involved if factory conditions are to improve, and that the current process of audits and corrective action plans is not enough to bring about long-term change.
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NEW ZEALAND: Textile union welcomes tariff freeze
01/10/2009
Plans by the New Zealand government to continue the freeze on unilateral tariff reductions by postponing its tariff review for another four years have been welcomed as "a victory for common sense."
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VIETNAM: 9-month textile and apparel exports fall 2%
01/10/2009
The Vietnamese General Statistics Department has reported that textile and apparel exports reached US$6.7bn in the first nine months of 2009 - a drop of 2.07% on the same period 2008.
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New directions for Hash and Pugh as Paris showtime begins
01/10/2009
Anne Valérie Hash has reinvented herself this season, bringing a new youthful vibe to a Paris collection that addressed several of summer's emerging trends.
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Jil Sander +J line hits Uniqlo stores, strict controls mean plentiful stock but some pieces sell out
01/10/2009
The Jil Sander +J line launched at Uniqlo Thursday morning (October 1) with customers queuing outside stores prior to opening time. The queues persisted into the morning as some key pieces began to sell out.
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Uniqlo also debuts Paris flagship, aims for up to 10 stores in the French capital
01/10/2009
Japan clothing giant Fast Retailing, which opened a Uniqlo flagship in the heart of Paris Thursday (October 1), said it is aiming for up to 10 stores in the French capital.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Luxury, fashion markets ready to rebound says Tod's founder
01/10/2009
The luxury and fashion industry is ready to rebound, Diego Della Valle, founder of luxury goods brand Tod's, said Wednesday (September 30).
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Disney wins Winnie the Pooh battle
01/10/2009
Walt Disney has won a legal battle over royalty rights to the Winnie the Pooh cartoon character, ending an 18-year old feud with the family of the comic book pioneer who bought the rights to the character in 1930.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Chinese factories suffer labour shortage ahead of Christmas rush
01/10/2009
Chinese factories are struggling to re-employ enough workers in time for a pre-Christmas rush, following mass layoffs at the peak of the global financial crisis.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

No! Joop loses European court appeal in bid to register exclamation mark
01/10/2009
An exclamation mark cannot be registered as an EU trademark, judges ruled Wednesday (September 30), dealing a blow to German fashion brand Joop which applied to register the symbol as part of its trade name.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Organic meets opulence head-on at the new look LA Textile Show
01/10/2009
Organic-meets-opulent is the standout trend for autumn 2010 at the LA Textile Show as the move towards natural, rustic fabrications clashes head-on with a demand for shiny and sequined textiles. Look out for heavily jewelled neckline trims, reverse sequin silks and metallic jacquard in the autumn mix.
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Wal-Mart chairman says recovery will be slow but China offers opportunities
01/10/2009
The chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc warned Wednesday (September 30) that economic recovery will be slow, but pointed to opportunities in China and Asia.
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Cortefiel shareholders inject equity to reduce debt
01/10/2009
Spanish fashion group Cortefiel has managed to reduce its debt by more than €100m ($146.1m) after fresh equity injections by its shareholders, private equity firms CVC, PAI Partners and Permira, Cortefiel said today.
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M&S's Rose attacks UK premier Brown for anti-free market speech
01/10/2009
The chairman of Marks & Spencer has hit out at British prime minister Gordon Brown's attack on the free market, urging him not to "demonise" business to win pre-election popularity.
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Genting and Simon Property units ink Malaysia JV deal
01/10/2009
Genting Plantations Bhd's Azzon Ltd unit has signed a joint-venture deal with Chelsea Malaysia LLC, a division of US-based Simon Property Group, to set up Chelsea Premium Outlet Centres in Malaysia.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

KappAhl posts falling Q4 profit, sales rise
01/10/2009
Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl Holding AB reported falling net profit for Q4, despite a sales increase due to the opening of new stores.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Woolworths offshoot to open first UK stores next month
01/10/2009
An offshoot of failed UK retailer Woolworths is set to open its first stores next month, offering everything from picture frames to the pick 'n' mix confectionary that its parent was famous for.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

German retail sales fall in August
01/10/2009
German retail sales slipped in August, reversing gains made the previous month, according to figures from the Federal Statistics Office.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Norway retail sales growth stays strong in August
01/10/2009
Norwegian retail sales lifted 2% year-on-year in August, and 0.2% on the month, indicating that a recovery in consumer spending is holding up well, Statistics Norway data revealed Wednesday (September 30).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Greek retail sales continue downward spiral but apparel and footwear are strong
01/10/2009
Greek retail sales slid an annual 10.2% by volume in July, continuing the year's downward trend, although sales of apparel and footwear actually grew, official data showed Wednesday (September 30).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Herz brothers cut Escada stake but won't exit brand says report
01/10/2009
German billionaires Wolfgang Herz and Michael Herz have reduced their holdings in insolvent luxury fashion house Escada to below 20% from close to 25%, Escada said Wednesday (September 30).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Iconix revises FY guidance
01/10/2009
Iconix Brand Group Inc has trimmed its full-year guidance, but CEO Neil Cole stressed that the company was still well placed for future growth.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Givenchy launches Redux line
01/10/2009
French fashion house Givenchy will release a less expensive clothes range called Redux in October.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Japan's Seiyu to launch ¥850 jeans
01/10/2009
Japanese supermarket operator Seiyu Ltd said Wednesday (September 30) it will sell ¥850 ($9.44) jeans, claiming to be the frontrunner in the price-cutting race for denimwear in Japan's retail sector.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wyclef Jean collaborates with Timberland to help Haiti reforestation
01/10/2009
Singer Wyclef Jean is joining forces with The Timberland Co on an eco-friendly footwear line that will help the reforestation of his native Haiti.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Gucci sponsors Paris showjumping event
01/10/2009
Luxury fashion house Gucci is to be the title sponsor of the Gucci Masters, in its first association with the annual Paris International Showjumping Competition taking place during the Paris Horse Show.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

K-Swiss partners with the LA Marathon
01/10/2009
Athletic sportswear producer K-Swiss has agreed a multi-year deal to become the official footwear and apparel partner of the Los Angeles Marathon.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wet Seal and Tommy Hilfiger launch iPhone apps
01/10/2009
US-based teen retailer The Wet Seal and fashion house Tommy Hilfiger have both launched new iPhone applications.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Shop online at AnOther Magazine
01/10/2009
AnOther Magazine has launched an online shop selling a collection of limited edition, collaborative pieces with contemporary artists and designers.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Trevira sold by bankruptcy court
01/10/2009
Trevira, the insolvent German polyester making subsidiary of India's Reliance Industries, has been sold by a bankruptcy court to two German investors.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

South African garment workers' strike could soon end as union seeks mandate for settlement
01/10/2009
The strike by South African clothing workers could be close to ending, with many returning to work on Wednesday (September 30) as their union sought a mandate on whether to accept a wage deal.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Sri Lankan union calls for higher garment worker wages
01/10/2009
An apparel workers' union in Sri Lanka is demanding that garment companies pay an Asian Floor Wage to their employees, claiming many workers do not earn enough to support their families.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Vietnamese garment makers win orders from new markets
01/10/2009
The search for new markets by Vietnamese garment manufacturers seems to be paying off, with the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) saying that new markets will account for about 5% of the industry's total export turnover this year.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Toys R Us to hire 35,000 Holiday workers
01/10/2009
Toys R Us Inc will hire 35,000 people over the Holiday season, the same number of temporary workers as it employed in both of the past two years, it said Wednesday (September 30).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Wal-Mart to offer 100 toys at $10 over Holidays
01/10/2009
Wal-Mart Stores will offer more than 100 toys at $10 each during the Holiday season, it said Wednesday (September 30).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US: Kohl's creates 5,200 jobs as new stores open
01/10/2009
Department store retailer Kohl's has created 5,200 jobs after opening 37 new stores across six states.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Lifting apparel import barriers could save $2.3bn
01/10/2009
US consumers would be around $2.3bn better off each year if the US eliminated import barriers for textile and clothing goods, according to a new study published on Wednesday (30 September).
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Paris Fashion Week: Nina Ricci SS10
01/10/2009
Peter Copping’s first show for Nina Ricci received raving reviews.
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Moschino for Coca-Cola
01/10/2009
To celebrate the iconic style of the classic Coca-Cola bottle, Italian fashion label Moschino
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Gucci sponsors Paris show jumping event
01/10/2009
Luxury fashion house Gucci is to be the Title Sponsor of the Gucci Masters, in its first association with the annual Paris International Show Jumping Event taking place during the Paris Horse Show.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Brioni to launch first new men's fragrance in over 50 years
01/10/2009
Italian luxury lifestyle brand Brioni is to launch a limited-edition signature men's fragrance in celebration of the brand's 65th anniversary. The scent becomes its first new men's fragrance since 1958.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

SWEDEN: KappAhl Q4 profit drops despite rising sales
30/09/2009
Swedish value fashion retailer KappAhl Holding AB today (30 September) posted a 6.2% drop in fourth quarter profit but says it continues to grow its market share.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: East upgrades its multi-channel business system
30/09/2009
Women's fashion chain East has upgraded its multi-channel business system to implement improvements to its critical path, reporting, product management and allocation and replenishment processes.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

GERMANY: DyStar operations in Germany file for insolvency
30/09/2009
Frankfurt-based Dystar Textilfarben GmbH, which supplies dyestuffs and auxiliaries to the textile and leather industries, has filed for insolvency of its operations in Germany.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

SOUTH AFRICA: Textile workers' strike suspended
30/09/2009
A two-week long national strike by around 55,000 South African clothing workers has been suspended after renewed talks over wages appears to have reached a deal.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UAE: Aswaaq to sell Monoprix items in Dubai
30/09/2009
Dubai government-owned company Aswaaq is teaming up with French supermarket retailer Monoprix to sell a range of products including clothing in Aswaaq stores throughout Dubai.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Nike Q1 profit static thanks to cost-cutting
30/09/2009
Sportswear giant Nike held steady with a first quarter net profit of US$513m, fractionally up on last year's figures, as cost-cutting made up for falling sales.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

asos.com sales continue to soar despite growing competition, international revenue more-than-doubles
30/09/2009
UK online fashion retailer asos.com posted yet more strong sales figures Wednesday (September 30) and was bullish about its future despite expecting increased domestic competition from the likes of Zara and H&M next year. The company also announced it will launch two new delivery options within the next month to boost sales and customer confidence.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US consumer confidence sees downturn, raises concerns for Holiday retail
30/09/2009
US consumer confidence dipped in September, a key measure has shown, with the consumer apprehension raising fears over the prospects for Holiday retail.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Internet overtakes TV as UK online ad spending grows in H1
30/09/2009
The internet has overtaken TV to become the UK's single biggest advertising medium following a 4.6% growth in H1 spending to £1.75bn ($2.8bn), according to a new study. The growth comes at a time when the entire advertising sector shrunk by 16.6% in the same period.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Davies launches GIVe retail concept in London, targets premium mass-market
30/09/2009
UK retail brand guru George Davies launched his fourth concept Wednesday (September 30) in London's Regent Street, targeting women who will pay a premium for service, quality and fit.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

IT Limited launches Izzue in France with Galeries Lafayette exclusive, plans further French expansio
30/09/2009
Chinese fashion brand Izzue is launching in France in early October with an exclusive at department store chain Galleries Lafayette. It will appear in four of its major stores, including the flagship Paris location plus Rosny, Dijon and Marseilles. The label, owned by IT Limited, is positioned in the middle-to-high-end of the young adult segment with a focus on wearable pieces.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US landlords less willing to renegotiate rents with retailers, Reuters Summit told
30/09/2009
US retail landlords are becoming less willing to renegotiate rents with retailers, a restructuring expert said at the Reuters Restructuring Summit in New York.
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Faberge aims to use internet to drive luxury brand relaunch
30/09/2009
Faberge is aiming to re-establish itself as a luxury brand following the launch of the first new fine jewellery collection bearing its name since 1917, but it is taking a non-traditional route and instead of luxury boutiques its main retail efforts will be concentrated online, the BBC reported.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Jil Sander launches online store
30/09/2009
Jil Sander Group is opening its new online store Wednesday (September 30), designed to reinterpret the sophisticated atmosphere of its boutiques online.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US chain store sales enjoy surprise gain
30/09/2009
US chain store sales enjoyed a surprise pick-up in September, according to two key measures, with gains accelerating in the final full week of the month.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Hong Kong retail recovery continues, Golden Week expected to provide lift
30/09/2009
Hong Kong retail sales continued their recovery in August, with retailers saying they expect mainland tourist arrivals during this week's 'Golden Week' holiday to provide a further boost.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Australians go on August shopping spree
30/09/2009
Australian consumers loosened their purse strings in August, spending A$19.8bn ($17.5bn) even without the benefit of government cash handouts, government data showed Wednesday (September 30).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

US retailers concerned over Holiday inventory levels, new survey shows
30/09/2009
US retailers are struggling to find the right balance between trimming inventories and providing enough choice for the forthcoming Holiday season, a recent survey by accounting and consulting organisation by BDO Seidman LLP indicates.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Saks plans $100m share sale
30/09/2009
Saks Inc plans to sell up to $100m of common stock and plans to use some of the proceeds to pay down debt, it said Tuesday (September 29).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Marks & Spencer to open second China store
30/09/2009
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is to open its second store on the Chinese mainland in Guangzhou, China Knowledge reported citing sources.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Big 5 Sporting Goods upbeat on Q3 comps lift
30/09/2009
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation has seen a 1.6% hike in same-store sales in its third quarter, and said it expects to reach the upper end of its earnings guidance for the period.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Safilo says there's been no binding offer for its stores
30/09/2009
Safilo Group SpA has denied receiving any binding offers for its stores, following a newspaper report that a Dutch firm was interested.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Uniqlo set for Paris flagship opening
30/09/2009
Uniqlo is to open its third global flagship in Paris on October 1, with the launch following flagship stores in London and New York.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Bon-Ton to operate jewellery departments
30/09/2009
The Bon-Ton Stores Inc will begin operating fine jewellery departments in 86 of its stores from October, it said Tuesday (September 29).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Gerbotto to leave Giorgio Armani general manager post
30/09/2009
The Armani Group has announced a series of management changes, effective January 1 2010, which include Gianni Gerbotto leaving his current position as general manager of Giorgio Armani SpA.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Söktaş signs exclusive licensing deal for Nano-Tex Neutralizer in Europe and Turkey
30/09/2009
Turkish mill Söktaş has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Nano-Tex, becoming the only mill in Europe and Turkey licensed to manufacture shirting fabrics with its Neutralizer technology.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

EC yet to make a decision on extending anti-dumping duties on Chinese shoes, spokesman says
30/09/2009
The European Commission has rebuffed claims that it is set to renew anti-dumping duties on Chinese footwear imports for a further two years, with a spokesman saying that a decision has yet to be made.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Disney Digital Books aims to get children reading online
30/09/2009
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) has launched a new online initiative in children's reading, designed to create a fully interactive environment for its books.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Kmart launches Fab 15 toy list
30/09/2009
Kmart has announced its first-ever Fab 15 toy list, featuring the hottest toys for the upcoming Holiday season with an emphasis on toys that it says deliver the best long-term play value.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Jade nail polish is pre-order hit for Chanel
30/09/2009
UK high-end department store Selfridges said Wednesday (September 30) that it has a growing waiting list for Chanel's latest make-up launch, the Jade nail polish that was seen on the autumn/winter 2009 Chanel catwalk. It will be available on Chanel's new counter there, retailing at £19.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

P&G signs Olympic athletes for marketing alliances
30/09/2009
Procter & Gamble has agreed a series of Team USA marketing alliances that will extend through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, it announced Tuesday (September 29).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Crate and Barrel to open Middle East stores through new franchise deal
30/09/2009
Home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel has inked a franchise deal with Al Tayer Group LLC to open stores in the Middle East next year, it announced Tuesday (September 29).
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

INSIGHT: Nike well-placed after solid Q1
30/09/2009
Sportswear giant Nike held steady with a first quarter net profit of US$513m, fractionally up on last year's figures, as cost-cutting made up for falling sales.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: International expansion fuels Asos H1 sales growth
30/09/2009
Online fashion retailer ASOS reported 47% sales growth in the six months to 30 September, largely thanks to a near-doubling of its international markets.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

PAKISTAN: Textile sector granted interest rate subsidies
30/09/2009
The government of Pakistan has authorised the payment of a PKR7.5bn (US$90m) interest rate subsidy to the textile industry during fiscal year 2009-10.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Cach chooses NGC for PLM and global sourcing
30/09/2009
Women's sportswear retailer Cach has selected the PLM and global sourcing solution from New Generation Computing (NGC) as its platform for improving speed to market, collaboration and efficiency throughout the product development and production process.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Clothes Show Live challenges young talent
30/09/2009
With all the design competitions on offer it’s certainly an interesting time for emerging fashion talent. The Clothes Show Live announced it is once more supporting emerging designers of the UK with the Clothes Show Live Design Awards.
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Accessories platform champions niche brands
30/09/2009
Fashion accessory fans looking for up and coming designers will find a great selection of unique pieces from niche brands on Boticca.com, a new online accessory platform and e-tailer. “Independent designers are a neglected niche of the fashion
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Retail sector sees stability
30/09/2009
Conditions in the retail sector are beginning to stabilise, with sales broadly flat in the year to September, and expected to remain unchanged in October. That is according to CBI’s monthly Distributive Trades Survey. Responding to the
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Blacks to close 89 stores
30/09/2009
Blacks Leisure has announced plans to close 89 stores across the group that have not "traded profitably for years". The firm, which operates Millets, Blacks and O'Neill shops, also said it plans to lay off 50 staff at its Northampton head office.
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

online trend tool hits australia (aus)
29/09/2009
The recently appointed representative of UK trend and forecasting service Mudpie is taking on Australasia. Ginger Trend Consulting, which exclusively represents Mudpie throughout Australia and New Zealand, launched its offer to the local market at Fashion Exposed in Melbourne.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

JAPAN: Mitsubishi Rayon to sell Chinese acrylic fibre unit
29/09/2009
Leading Japanese textile firm Mitsubishi Rayon is selling Ningbo Rayon Acrylic Fibers Co, its wholly owned acrylic fibre-making unit in China - part of which will then merge with its new owners Nantong Zhongxin Textile and Dyeing Co.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Susan Kellogg to head VF's contemporary brands
29/09/2009
Apparel maker VF Corporation has named apparel industry veteran Susan Kellogg, the former CEO of Elie Tahari Inc, as president of its Contemporary Brands coalition.
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VENEZUELA: Textile industry calls for cuts to Bolivian imports
29/09/2009
Venezuela's textiles industry has demanded the government act to cut rising Bolivian imports which it claims are tantamount to "unfair" competition and are hurting an already anemic apparel sector.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Austin Reed meets Savile Row
29/09/2009
This autumn sees the launch of ‘Cut’, a capsule collection exclusively designed for Austin
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GIVe to shake up fashion e-tail
29/09/2009
GIVe, the womenswear fashion label being launched by retail entrepreneur George Davies, has selected K3 to implement a fully integrated multi-channel solution that will support the web site, retail stores and concession partners, and call centres.
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

SWITZERLAND: Outdoor groups coordinate sustainability efforts
29/09/2009
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Outdoor Industry Association(OIA) in the US have agreed to work together to co-ordinate their sustainability projects.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

TURKEY: Sktas licensed to make odour-free shirt fabrics
29/09/2009
Sktas has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Nano-Tex, in a deal that makes it the only mill in Europe and Turkey licensed to manufacture shirting fabrics treated with the Neutralizer technology that eliminates body odour.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

UK: New Look plotting IPO - reports
29/09/2009
Fashion retailer New Look is mulling over the launch of an initial public offering (IPO), according to newspaper reports.
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US: Burberry expands product range
29/09/2009
Fashion label Burberry has added ranges of trench coats and boots to its US product roster in an effort to expand its retail presence.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

John Rocha jewellery
29/09/2009
Hong Kong born fashion designer John Rocha is launching a new jewellery collection this October,
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Fashion Summit 2009
29/09/2009
Already in its 9th year, Fashion Summit is a 2-day business conference for trade press and
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EUROPE: EC "planning anti-dumping compromise" on shoes
29/09/2009
The European Union will extend anti-dumping measures against Chinese footwear imports in a compromise deal next month, according to sources in Brussels.
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UK: Tesco to double size of lingerie range
29/09/2009
Supermarket giant Tesco is to double the size and availability of its Diamond Boutique lingerie range in response to "booming" sales.
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DSquared's Caten twins go camping crazy in Milan
29/09/2009
It was a day for youthful vitality on the Milan catwalks Monday (September 28) as DSquared dressed party girls for day or night. You can always rely on Dean and Dan Caten to come up with a fun-loving theme that's worked out from top to toe - and this season was no different as the high-maintenance DSquared girl went camping.
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Carrefour shareholders urge sale of Asia, South America ops
29/09/2009
French retail giant Carrefour SA is under pressure from its two main shareholders to sell its Asia and South American operations, including China and Brazil, French newspaper Le Monde reported Monday, citing unnamed sources.
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Halloween interest/spending set to dip says survey
29/09/2009
Fewer people in the US plan to celebrate Halloween this year and those who will aim to spend 15% less on the event over 2008, according to a National Retail Federation survey.
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Mariella Burani says banks ready to swap debt
29/09/2009
Italy's troubled Mariella Burani Fashion Group said Monday (September 28) its creditor banks are ready to convert debt into equity.
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Brioni's Perrone looks to securing the past and expanding in the future
29/09/2009
Andrea Perrone, recently named sole CEO of Brioni after fulfilling the post in a co-leadership role since May 2006, sees maintaining the brand's strong heritage while forging ahead with international expansion as his two main priorities.
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New Moscow malls face half-empty opening dilemma
29/09/2009
Developers of some Moscow shopping malls scheduled for completion this year are looking to either push back launch dates or open at half capacity, according to the Moscow Times.
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Dominant Apple overtakes Aston Martin as high-tech gadgets muscle in on coolest brands list
29/09/2009
Apple has toppled Aston Martin from its lofty three-year perch as the most coveted brand as high-tech gadgets dominate the latest CoolBrands survey, taking up nine of the top 10 places.
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Burberry puts catwalk trench coats online ahead of store release
29/09/2009
Burberry is to break new ground by making the two key trench coats previewed on the Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2010 womenswear catwalk last week available for pre-order via the Burberry European and US e-commerce sites.
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Gander Mountain to go private
29/09/2009
Gander Mountain Co's two largest shareholders plan to buy out most of the outdoor-recreation retailer's investors as part of a plan take the company private.
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Aeropostale, Zumiez boost guidance
29/09/2009
Teen retailers Aeropostale and Zumiez raised their Q3 earnings guidance Monday (September 28) on the back of better-than-expected results.
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Bankrupt Filene's Basement asks for plan approval
29/09/2009
Bankrupt US retailer Filene's Basement has asked a judge to approve a plan that would remove around $70m in claims, the majority of which are held by its former parent Retail Ventures Inc.
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Jacques Vert expects to beat fiscal year view as margins improve
29/09/2009
Womenswear retailer Jacques Vert Monday (September 28) said it expects to beat analysts' view for fiscal 2010 pre-tax profit as gross margin improved in the first 22 weeks of the year, offsetting a dip in comparable store sales.
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Los Angeles harbour plan seeks to draw visitors to industrial waterfront
29/09/2009
The Port of Los Angeles could provide Southern California with a new tourist destination as harbour commissioners are set to vote Tuesday (September 29) on the port's $1.2bn plan to revitalise the area into a seaside promenade that could include a massive retail complex bookended by passenger wharfs hosting some of the world's biggest cruise ships.
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Hong Kong retail sales edge down in August but lift confidence on future
29/09/2009
Hong Kong retail sales edged down only slightly in August to lift optimism that the economy is getting back on track.
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Indian retailers aim for expansion
29/09/2009
Indian retailer Future Group is planning an expansion over the next six months, aiming for two new Big Bazaar stores each month and 15 new hypermarkets during the period, with the growth mimicking a trend being seen in the sector as a whole, Business Standard reported.
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Wellington mall redevelopment wins approval
29/09/2009
The NZ$100m ($71.6m)-plus redevelopment of Wellington's Johnsonville Shopping Centre has been approved, but disagreements have arisen over the impact it could have on other retail areas in the city.
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Japan prices continue record fall
29/09/2009
Japan's core consumer prices dropped 2.4% in August year-on-year, the fourth successive month of record falls, official figures showed. Core prices, which exclude volatile fresh food, fell for a sixth month in a row.
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VF names Kellogg president of its Contemporary Brands Coalition
29/09/2009
VF Corporation has named apparel industry veteran Susan Kellogg president of its Contemporary Brands Coalition, effective immediately. She will have responsibility for leading the company's 7 For All Mankind, John Varvatos, Ella Moss and Splendid brands.
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Williams promoted to HMX Group CEO
29/09/2009
Apparel brands marketer HMX Group has promoted Doug Williams to chief executive officer, effective immediately. He joined the company earlier this month as president and chief operating officer.
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Sustainability is target of The RITE Group eco conference
29/09/2009
The RITE Group is hosting a conference on sustainable textiles on October 6 in London, questioning 'how sustainable is sustainability?'
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Warner Music could agree deal with YouTube for music videos
29/09/2009
Music videos from Warner Music Group Corp could soon be reappearing on YouTube if a possible deal between the two companies is concluded.
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Mitsubishi Rayon to offload Chinese acrylic fibre unit as part of restructuring
29/09/2009
Mitsubishi Rayon Co is to sell its wholly-owned acrylic fibre unit in China as it restructures its textile business.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Chinese cotton prices forecast to remain stable in 2009
29/09/2009
A new report has suggested that Chinese cotton prices are likely to remain stable this year, supported by falling production and increased demand.
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EC planning to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese footwear – report
29/09/2009
The European Commission is expected to propose a two-year extension to anti-dumping duties currently in place on certain Chinese shoe imports, diplomatic and industry sources told Reuters, with the move set to provoke dissatisfaction from both China as well as many EU countries.
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Italian footwear exports slide in first five months
29/09/2009
Italian footwear exports fell 14.1% in the first five months to €4.5bn ($6.6bn), according to the chairman of footwear makers' association ANCI.
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Austrian textile industry posts H1 sales slide
29/09/2009
The Austrian textile industry has suffered in the economic downturn, with sales falling 27% in H1 to €1.02bn ($1.5bn).
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FRANCE: Carrefour under pressure to quit emerging markets?
29/09/2009
Retail giant Carrefour is reported to be under pressure from its investors to sell its operations in emerging markets like China.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

INSIGHT: US textile groups urge end to Honduras crisis
29/09/2009
Trade groups representing US textile and apparel importers and retailers are stepping up their calls for a solution to the political crisis in Honduras after rioting by supporters of the former president hit the production and movement of garments last week.
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UK: High street sales beginning to stabilise?
29/09/2009
UK retail sales rose unexpectedly in September - prompting the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to suggest that conditions are beginning to stabilise.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Doug Williams named CEO of HMX Group
29/09/2009
HMX LLC, the privately held company that owns apparel brands such as Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, Coppley and Bobby Jones, has elevated Doug Williams to the role of chief executive officer.
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Desigual: the new Spanish phenomenon
29/09/2009
It’s the new made in Spain phenomenon. Comparable to the likes of Mango and Inditex' Zara. With 60% annual growth over the past seven years and a turnover in 2009 of over 250 million Euros, Desigual -famous for its patchwork designs- expands
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Sonia Rykiel pour H&M
29/09/2009
Establishing itself for getting the top-notch designers on the block to go high street, H&M will unveil colourful knits by Sonia Rykiel for winter ’09 and spring ‘10. Together with artistic director Nathalie Rykiel, the Swedish retail concern is proud to present
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mudpie announce new exclusive agents in uk and australia (gbr)
28/09/2009
This month, Mudpie have taken a unique business decision to cement their trend forecasting products as a world leader, by appointing exclusive agents in the UK and Australia.Two new agencies will now be exclusive distributors of Mudpies printed and online trend forecasting products in Australia/New Zealand and on Mudpies home ground, in the UK.
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H&M announce profit rise
28/09/2009
H&M has reported a rise in sales and profits and sales for the three months to 31 August.
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New Look plans for flotation
28/09/2009
Fashion retailer New Look is drawing up plans for a £1.7bn-plus stock market float. The company, which
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LFW facts and figures 2009
28/09/2009
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week SS10 hosted
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Jaeger teams up with Scott Wilson
28/09/2009
Accessories can make or break every outfit, for SS10 Jaeger London announced its
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Puma and adidas for peace
28/09/2009
Originally two of the largest competitors of the sports industry, especially for ‘Peace One Day’
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SRI LANKA: Nike and MAS team on apparel training centre
28/09/2009
MAS Active, the sports and active wear division of MAS Holdings, has partnered with Nike Inc to set up an apparel innovation and training centre in Sri Lanka.
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SWEDEN: H&M taps Sonia Rykiel as next guest designer
28/09/2009
Swedish fashion chain H&M is teaming up with Sonia Rykiel for its next guest collaboration - and will for the first time extend its designer venture into lingerie and related accessories.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Gap co-founder Don Fisher dies at 81
28/09/2009
Retail legend Don Fisher, the co-founder of US specialty retailer Gap Inc, has died at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer.
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US: William Rast brand to roll out first retail stores
28/09/2009
William Rast, the denim brand founded by Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake, is to roll out its first free-standing stores in the US.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

Dolce & Gabbana returns to boudoir roots as Marni opts for softness and romance
28/09/2009
In a season where almost everyone is trying their hand at boudoir-inspired looks laden with lace and transparencies, it seems only natural for the original pioneers of the look to step forward and show the world exactly how it's done. Which is just what Dolce & Gabbana achieved in Milan on Sunday(September 27).
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Rykiel is latest star designer in H&M deal, first ever lingerie offer for winter, knits for spring
28/09/2009
Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes & Mauritz has announced its latest designer tie-up with Sonia Rykiel. The French fashion house will become the next in an already long line of successful guest designer collaborations for both winter 2009 and spring 2010.
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T-shirt dress to be summer 2010 hit, new collections and markdowns drive current visitor traffic
28/09/2009
The T-shirt dress is being backed by the majority of WGSN subscribers as the major hit dress hit from New York Fashion Week, according to the results of the latest WGSN Poll. As many as 55% of those voting backed this easy commercial look with only 29% choosing draping and 16% opting for contrast panels.
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Confidence creeps into Germany's autumn outlook says report
28/09/2009
Consumer confidence in Germany will continue to grow into the autumn, according to the GfK consumer climate study for September, as economic and income expectations increase and the "propensity to buy has once again improved on its good level," the report said.
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Michigan consumer sentiment improves
28/09/2009
Michigan consumers are becoming more optimistic and therefore more likely to spend, according to the US state's latest consumer sentiment index that rose to 73.5 in September from 65.7 in August, well above expectations of 70.3, and the highest reading in two years.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Frugality replaces greed as survey shows wealthy now take a more sober view of luxury
28/09/2009
Conspicuous consumption among the rich is frowned upon and greed has been replaced by a new frugality, according to a survey of more than 400 wealthy consumers by the Luxury Institute. Some 42% admitted they are spending less on luxury items since the beginning of the year, more than half said their spending is "based on need rather than want" and 75% now regard luxury items as an extravagance.
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Gap co-founder Fisher dies aged 81
28/09/2009
Donald G Fisher, co-founder of US retail giant Gap Inc, has died in San Francisco aged 81 after a battle with cancer.
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China Holdings plans 'China Vegas' resort in Inner Mongolia
28/09/2009
Real estate development holding company China Holdings Inc is planning to turn 100 sq km of land in Inner Mongolia into "China Vegas - A New World Resort City" in the next 10 years.
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Heritage inspires Kane for Versus womenswear relaunch
28/09/2009
Christopher Kane has dipped into the rich Versace brand heritage for the relaunch of the Versus womenswear brand covering both apparel and accessories.
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Elie Saab and BPI sign beauty deal
28/09/2009
Fashion house Elie Saab and Beaute Prestige International (BPI), the core fragrance subsidiary of Japan's Shiseido, have signed a 10-year fragrance and cosmetics license.
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Arcandor's liquidator in line for multi-million euro payout
28/09/2009
Klaus Hubert Goerg, the insolvency administrator of failed German retail and tourism group Arcandor, might get royalties in the double-digit million-euro range, Manager Magazin has reported citing insolvency law experts.
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Coach plans exclusive men's stores, shop-in-shops for Japan
28/09/2009
Coach Inc's Japanese unit is to open high-end speciality stores selling exclusive men's merchandise, with the first earmarked for next spring in Tokyo.
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Louis Vuitton to open "unique" floating store
28/09/2009
Luxury retailer Louis Vuitton will open a unique "island" store at the upcoming Sands Retail Asia in Marina Bay, Singapore. The store will float on water in front of the Marina Bay Sands casino.
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William Rast begins US store roll-out in California
28/09/2009
William Rast, the denim brand founded by Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake, and operated through subsidiaries of People's Liberation, is planning to roll out up to 50 free-standing US stores over the next few years.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

Tesco to boost Diamond Boutique lingerie brand
28/09/2009
UK retailer Tesco is to strengthen its Diamond Boutique lingerie brand at the start of next year as it aims to take a greater share of the market.
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Summers looks to win bigger lingerie market share
28/09/2009
Sex toys and lingerie retailer Ann Summers is developing its intimate apparel offer in a bid to become a destination for the "everyday lingerie customer".
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Chinese retailers seeing strength on back of government economic support
28/09/2009
Retailers in both Hong Kong and China have seen strength in their recent results, indicating that government efforts to boost consumption may be having an effect.
Source: http://www.wgsn.com/public/rss/wgsn_news.xml?WT.rss=NewsFeed

El Corte Ingles signs deal with unions on working hours
28/09/2009
El Corte Ingles has formed an agreement with trade unions to alter working hours from November 1, with the change designed to improve efficiency.
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MAF opens Hyperstar hypermarket in Tehran, Carrefour says not involved
28/09/2009
The first western-style Hypermarket has opened in the Iranian capital of Tehran under the name of Hyperstar.
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Brazil to ask for US cotton subsidy data ahead of possible imposition of sanctions
28/09/2009
Brazil is to ask the US for data on its cotton subsidies in fiscal 2008/09 as it edges closer to imposing WTO-authorised sanctions on US goods.
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China's cotton production tipped to fall 10%
28/09/2009
China is expected to see a 10% fall in its cotton production this year, as farmers in the country cut back on plantings due to lower returns.
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South African clothing sector strike continues
28/09/2009
The strike in the South African clothing industry is set to continue Monday (September 28) after no agreement was reached over the weekend.
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Japanese and Chinese price comparison websites converge
28/09/2009
Japanese price comparison website Venture Republic has formed a capital and operational tie-up with Chinese rival MyETone Group.
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs holds on to North American box office top spot
28/09/2009
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the 3-D animated children's movie, has become a rare animation hit, with $60m in estimated ticket sales over nine days while holding the number one spot at the North American box office for a second weekend.
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SPAIN: Textile firms seek aid package to match auto bailout
28/09/2009
Spain's beleaguered textiles industry has asked the government to introduce an aid package similar to the EUR800m bailout package for the auto industry, or watch the sector disappear.
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UK: Jacques Vert eyes higher FY profit
28/09/2009
Women's wear retailer Jacques Vert Plc today (25 September) said it expects its full-year pre-tax profit to beat "the current market expectation," even though like-for-like sales have fallen 0.8% in the 22 weeks since April.
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Hermes to acquire Asprey's bond street boutique
28/09/2009
French luxury house Hermès is set to acquire the Bond
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FRANCE: Luxury brand owners target Chinese consumers
28/09/2009
French luxury brand owners are launching an online campaign to try to drive sales in the Chinese market.
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UK: Marks & Spencer slashes returns policy
28/09/2009
The decision by retailer Marks & Spencer to slash its returns policy from 90 days to just 35 days has led to some shoppers threatening to boycott the chain.
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US: Lawson adds new ERP search tool
28/09/2009
Lawson has launched a new tool to help users search for data across its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.
Source: http://www.mpdclick.com/mudpie/rss/rss_news.xml

US: Tukatech upgrades flagship CAD solution
28/09/2009
Tukatech has upgraded its flagship pattern making, grading and marker making solution with new features including half-size grading, proportional shrinkage, point movement enhancements and auto-guidelines.
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Triumph Inspiration Award winner
28/09/2009
On the opening night of the 2009 Milan Fashion Week, fashion design students from 28 countries and regions around the world presented their lingerie showpieces at the grand final of the Triumph Inspiration Award ’09 in a catwalk show in design
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Internet strength fuels catwalk publicity machine
28/09/2009
The strength of the internet is having a major impact on the publicity machine for those in the spotlight at the latest fashion weeks.
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Kuoni sponsors Osman Yousefzada
27/09/2009
Together with travel company Kuoni, Osman Yousefzada presented his SS10 collection during London Fashion Week. Kuoni established its name by offering diverse travel destinations and tailor-made travel. With the introduction
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LFW: A Child of the Jago SS10
26/09/2009
Josepth Corre and Simon "Barnzley" Armitage debuted their label A Child Of The Jago at the London Fashion Week men's presentations. Held at Wilton's Music Hall, the oldest music hall in the world, the spring summer collection reflects the
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H&M announce profile rise
26/09/2009
H&M has reported a rise in sales and profits and sales for the three months to 31 August.
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H&M announce profit rise
26/09/2009
H&M has reported a rise in sales and profits and sales for the three months to 31 August.
Source: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FashionUnited/UK

Takashimaya warns of 65% profit slide
25/09/2009
Takashimaya Co warned Friday (September 25) that its group operating profit could dive 65% in the first half as well as miss an earlier forecast by ¥1bn ($11.1m).
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Seven & i and Seiyu to offer more foreign private-label products
25/09/2009
Japan's Seven & i Holdings Co and Seiyu Ltd are procuring more private-label goods from abroad in an effort to offer lower-priced items in their stores.
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Administrators welcome bids for IT Holding, also to seek investors in Middle East says report
25/09/2009
IT Holding administrators are to visit the Middle East in October to officially seek interested investors, Milano Finanza Fashion (MFF) reported, without quoting sources.
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UK fashion sales lacklustre in latest week as fine weather hits autumn collections
25/09/2009
UK fashion retail remained in the doldrums for the week ending September 20, down 1.8%, holding the total sales figure for the period to just a 0.6% gain, according to the latest figures from BDO Stoy Hayward's High Street Sales Tracker.
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Hamster and thought helmet join Toys R Us list of hot toys for Holiday 2009
25/09/2009
Retailer Toys R Us has released its annual Holiday Hot Toy List including a $10 interactive squeaking toy hamster from Cepia, the $90 Mindflex, which measures brain activity through a helmet and uses it to move a ball through an obstacle course, Hasbro's Constructicon Devastator Transformer ($100) which combines six different vehicles to form a speaking and glowing robot; and a $35 Nerf dart thrower.
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Postie Plus returns to small profit
25/09/2009
New Zealand's Postie Plus edged back into the black in its latest full year, as it sold off unprofitable assets and gained market share, it said Friday (September 25).
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Gordon Brothers wins Finlay auction
25/09/2009
Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC has won the auction to buy the assets of bankrupt jeweller Finlay Enterprises, with the deal expected to complete by the end of February.
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JJB plans move upmarket
25/09/2009
The executive chairman of UK retailer JJB Sports is aiming to reposition the company at a more upmarket level, saying it wanted to hold a similar position in the market to that held in clothing retail by Next Plc.
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Brisbane shopping centre receives A$20m upgrade and new name
25/09/2009
Brisbane's MacArthur Central Shopping Centre will undergo an A$20m ($17.4m) upgrade and be renamed MacArthur on Queen, investor Precision Group announced Wednesday (September 23).
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Wal-Mart bullish on Marketplace prospects
25/09/2009
Wal-Mart Stores Inc's online unit has high hopes for its new Marketplace service, its chief marketing officer said Thursday (September 24), although analysts caution that fine-tuning the service to fend off competition will not be easy.
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Roberto Cavalli opens first online store
25/09/2009
Roberto Cavalli has opened its first online store, powered by fashion and design internet company Yoox Group.
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American Greetings posts record Q2 profit
25/09/2009
American Greetings Corp saw its earnings surge to record highs in the second quarter, as a one-off insurance benefit helped make up for lower revenue, it said Thursday (September 24).
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Canterbury and Australian Rugby Union to end 10-year relationship
25/09/2009
Canterbury is to stop being the supplier of the Australian Rugby Union team, bringing a 10-year relationship to an end.
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Gold jewellery struggles to win back "desirability"
25/09/2009
Gold has lost its status as a desirable jewellery metal, a factor that could depress gold prices once its safe-haven role in the economic crisis has faded, the chief of the World Gold Council said last week.
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Fashion-based short film festival opens
25/09/2009
The second edition of Paris's first annual film festival dedicated to fashion, style and beauty kicks off Friday (September 25) with A Shaded View on Fashion Film seeing short films made by and for different designers competing against each other.
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Esquire launches Middle East version
25/09/2009
Esquire magazine will launch a Middle East version in November, publisher Hearst Magazines announced Thursday (September 24).
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New programme lets JC Penney customers use coupons downloaded to mobile phones
25/09/2009
JC Penney has launched a new programme with Cellfire Inc that allows consumers to download coupons onto their mobile phones which can then be scanned at the checkout direct from the phone's screen.
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Nintendo trims Wii price in US
25/09/2009
Nintendo Co is to cut the price of its Wii games console in the US, following similar moves by other manufacturers Sony and Microsoft in recent weeks.
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Hugo Boss suspends business with Slovenia's Mura after strikes
25/09/2009
German fashion house Hugo Boss has suspended cooperation with Mura, Slovenia's biggest and most troubled clothing company, according to local reports.
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Italian consumers choosy over Chinese clothing – survey
25/09/2009
Italian consumers are picky about where their clothes come from, a survey has revealed, with 95% of respondents saying they checked the label and 44% saying they would not buy them if they were made in China.
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New allergen rules irritate perfume makers
25/09/2009
New rules governing perfume ingredients have angered fragrance makers and vendors, with some saying iconic scents such as Chanel No. 5 may be in danger.
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Iglesias to be face of Azzaro Pour Homme
25/09/2009
Singer Enrique Iglesias has been chosen as the face of Azzaro Pour Homme's new ad campaign starting October.
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Thailand's Osotspa launches into cosmetics with new foundation powder
25/09/2009
Consumer products and pharmaceuticals maker Osotspa Co is launching into cosmetics in a bid to tap lucrative teenage demand.
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Toys R Us-Japan to become wholly owned subsidiary
25/09/2009
Toys R Us Inc is to make its Japanese unit a wholly owned subsidiary in a bid to increase efficiency.
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COMMENT: Winning in men's apparel
25/09/2009
A recent US consumer survey by KSA to understand future spending in the men's apparel category suggests a small group of confident shoppers is key to recovery in the coming months.
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INDIA: Garment exports fall 6% in July
25/09/2009
India's garment exports fell by more than 6% in July, according to the latest figures from the country's official body of apparel exporters.
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INSIGHT: Sketchy August stunts H&M sales growth
25/09/2009
Swedish fashion chain H&M posted 3.9% third quarter profit growth this week, but disappointed analysts with an 11% dip in August same-store sales.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
25/09/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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US: Steady growth seen in global apparel manufacturing
25/09/2009
Revenues in the global apparel manufacturing industry are forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 3.5%, to $476.8bn from 2008 to 2013, according to forecasts from market research firm IBIS World.
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a successful season of global trend exposure (gbr)
25/09/2009
There was no break in the busy seminar and trade fair schedule on the Mudpie calendar this year, with the autumn/winter 2010/2011 season kicking off in May, just two weeks after closing the SS10 season at GlobalTex, LA in April 2009. In this time, Mudpie have visited 13 cities in 11 countries across the world, delivering their AW1011 trend presentations and showing their products at industry trade fairs.
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US: Tween Brands back in NYSE compliance
25/09/2009
Clothing retailer Tween Brands said it has received notification from the New York Stock Exchange that the company is now back in compliance.
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MFW: D&G Women SS10
25/09/2009

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Maximising Your Workflow with a Plotter-Cutter
25/09/2009
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JAPAN: ABC-Mart to launch in Taiwan
25/09/2009
Leading Japanese shoe store chain operator ABC-Mart will open its first store in Taiwan early next month as it seeks to expand its operations in Asia.
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SLOVENIA: Protective bankruptcy looms for textile major
25/09/2009
Slovenia's leading textile manufacturer, Mura, is poised to be declared bankrupt and a newly restructured company created in its wake after failing to deal with mounting debts.
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UK: Sustainability is good for business says M&S exec
25/09/2009
The drive for companies to differentiate themselves through creative sustainability initiatives is not only good for business but will open up "new marketplaces" over the next ten years, a leading executive from Marks & Spencer (M&S) has told just style.
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US: Trade lobbying ban to hit textile sector
25/09/2009
Plans by the White House to ban federally registered lobbyists from serving on advisory panels "sharply reduces" the textile industry's voice during internal government deliberations on critical trade policy issues, as US textile group has warned.
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Wearable clothes for real women at Prada, Armani, D&G but Milan designers still have fun for spring
25/09/2009
Milan Fashion Week has a powerful commercial strand running through it for spring 2010 as the city's fashion leaders – from the intellectual Miuccia Prada to the powerhouse that is Giorgio Armani and the provocative Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – focus on wearable pieces that will sell. But this isn't about safe or boring fashion – they know that what women want now are clothes that delight the eye and help bring back the feelgood factor.
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Unilever to buy Sara Lee's Personal Care unit for $1.87bn to strengthen Western Europe, Asia ops
25/09/2009
Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever is to buy Sara Lee Corp's Personal Care business for €1.27bn ($1.87bn) in cash to strengthen its operations in Western Europe and Asia, adding that there is "significant potential" to build the newly acquired brands in developing and emerging markets, which currently generate around 15% of unit sales for the seller.
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Geiger to end Aeropostale CEO tenure, Meads and Johnson prepare to step up
25/09/2009
High-flying mall-based teen retailer Aeropostale Inc is to lose its CEO, Julian R Geiger, at the end of the current fiscal year, under the terms of his employment agreement. Geiger, who has been in the post since 1996, will continue to serve as chairman.
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Oroton talks up growth opportunities as FY profit powers ahead
25/09/2009
Australian luxury goods company OrotonGroup Ltd was pleased with its full-year results Friday (September 25), which included a 16.1% profit hike and a healthy sales gain, and the company was also bullish on the "considerable growth opportunities" it sees for the Oroton brand.
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Online sales at John Lewis soar with fashion push, weekly sales figure up 6.6%
25/09/2009
UK department store group John Lewis has seen its overall online sales contribution soar as a result of the launch of its entire fashion offer online, while total sales at the retailer in the latest week have also registered a healthy growth.
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Gerry Weber Q3 profits up on store expansion, 100 shop-in-shops and wholesale push to mark Q4
25/09/2009
Fast store expansion was the bedrock to German fashion house Gerry Weber International's strong Q3, posted Thursday (September 24), while the group maintained its solid outlook for the year. It cited the success of opening 128 new stores in the fiscal year while another 100-plus additional shop-in-shops are set to open in Q4.
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Gucci exits India JV with Murjani, ties up with Luxury Goods Retail
25/09/2009
Italian high-end fashion house Gucci has severed ties with its Indian franchisee Vijay Murjani and moved its business there to Luxury Goods Retail with a 51:49 split.
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Marketing an Apparel Decorating Business with Videos ? Complete Guide
24/09/2009
Marketing an Apparel Decorating Business with Videos written for screen printers, embroidery companies, heat press owners, t-shirt brands, direct to garment printers, sublimation users or any apparel decorating company wanting to expand their reach and grow sales Marketing your apparel decorating business does not have to be an expensive venture.  If you are feeling the strain of [...]
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JAPAN: Fast Retailing making Asia its priority - report
24/09/2009
Japanese retail group Fast Retailing will focus the majority of its expansion on China, Hong Kong and Korea, according to a media report in the region.
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US: Columbia offers shoppers re-used box option
24/09/2009
Columbia Sportswear Company has found its reused box initiative popular among e-commerce shoppers in the US.
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US: Sport-Haley wins Como Sport licensing deal
24/09/2009
Golf apparel and outerwear maker Sport-Haley Inc has signed a licensing deal with private equity firm Windsong Brands LLC to produce and market its Como Sport label.
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US: Velcro develops new high-performance fabric
24/09/2009
Velcro USA Inc, a company best-known for its hook and loop fasteners, has launched a new high-performance breathable fabric that is said to be virtually imperceptible to the wearer.
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Do You Have Everything That You Need For Heat Printing?
24/09/2009
Target Transfers offer a great selection of accessories, including items to help make application of heat transfers easier and more accurate. There are also accessories to protect and enhance the performance of heat presses; to help promote and improve your display, and after sales aids to give that professional finish to every sale. General Accessories We provide [...]
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US: Aeropostale CEO to step down
24/09/2009
Mall-based apparel retailer Aeropostale has announced that Julian Geiger will end his service as chief executive officer at the end of the company's fiscal year.
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David Jones profits grow, compares own model to Myer as latter's float nears
24/09/2009
David Jones declared its determination to stay on top in the Australian department stores battle on Thursday (September 24) as the high-end retailer reported strong annual results and played up its own virtues compared to those of soon-to-relist rival Myer.
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Gruppo Coin pleased with analyst-beating H1
24/09/2009
Italian fashion retailer Gruppo Coin SpA recorded a sales and earnings hike in H1, with the company pleased with the performance in light of the troubled global economy, and the results also beat analysts' expectations.
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Hudson's Bay mulls IPO in 2011
24/09/2009
Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Trading Co Ltd is aiming to make a return to the stock market in early 2011, and although nothing is as yet set in stone owner Richard Baker said initial talks over the matter were occurring.
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Recession changes consumers' shopping habits – study
24/09/2009
Consumers have changed their shopping behaviour during the recession, with most becoming more economical and taking longer to choose products, a study by advertising agency BBDO Bangkok shows.
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Big names set for mid-event squeeze at Milan Fashion Week
24/09/2009
Milan Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday (September 23) with media and buyers set for a hectic schedule as a host of catwalk shows and presentations from some of the biggest names in fashion vie for attention.
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Briton wins Triumph International lingerie prize in Milan
24/09/2009
Britain's James Nolan won the Triumph Inspiration Award '09 for lingerie on the opening night of Milan Fashion Week. The €15,000 ($22,200) award featured fashion design students from 28 countries and regions and was judged by Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Hong Kong model Qi Qi, fashion photographer Giovanni Gastel, co-founder and creative director of the Miss Sixty fashion label Wichy Hassan, Jan Rosenberg, Triumph's global sales and marketing chief, and actress Hilary Swank.
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International Designers Mexico gains recognition as designers diversify
24/09/2009
International Designers Mexico is helping to highlight the growing success of the country as a fashion destination, with a number of the designers taking part having also shown at New York Fashion Week.
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Korea to be key in Fast Retailing's sales expansion
24/09/2009
Japan's Fast Retailing Co will focus on Asia to drive a dramatic sales expansion by 2020, its CEO said Wednesday (September 23).
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Kohl's set for multiple store openings at end of September
24/09/2009
Kohl's is to open 37 stores on a single day at the end of September, with the majority of those housed in former Mervyn's stores and most of those in California.
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Philippines mall operator predicts higher profits in 2009
24/09/2009
The largest mall operator in the Philippines, SM Prime Holdings Inc, expects that steady consumer spending will mean its profits come in 8-9% higher this year, a slight improvement on the 7% rise recorded in 2008, its president said.
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Pumpkin Patch plans Australian store expansion
24/09/2009
New Zealand-listed children's clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch is to put a much greater focus on matters closer to home after scaling back its US operation, with plans to open around 40 new stores in Australia in the next few years.
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India's organised retailers hoping for Diwali boost
24/09/2009
Indian organised retailers are expecting to see a sales boost during the Diwali festival on the back of new marketing efforts and a rebound in consumer sentiment.
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Game Group posts profit slide in H1, remains upbeat and raises gross margin guidance
24/09/2009
UK-based videogame retailer Game Group Plc posted a slide in H1 profit Wednesday (September 23) as sales fell, but the company remained upbeat saying profit was in line with expectations and raising its gross margin growth guidance.
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Polish retail sales post August hike but miss expectations
24/09/2009
Polish retail sales posted an increase in August although not one that matched the expectations of analysts, according to figures from the Central Statistical Office (GUS).
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Tiffany & Co reveals Las Vegas store design
24/09/2009
Tiffany & Co outlined Wednesday (September 23) the design of a store it will soon open in Las Vegas's CityCenter resort.
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Peak Sport's IPO raises HK$1.9bn
24/09/2009
Chinese sportswear retailer Peak Sport Products Co Ltd has reportedly raised more 14% more than it expected in its IPO.
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Indian rupee strength raises hopes for stronger gold demand
24/09/2009
A recent strengthening of the Indian rupee against the US dollar may boost domestic demand for gold jewellery, the country's biggest gold importer said Thursday (September 24).
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Sport-Haley wins Como Sport licensing deal
24/09/2009
Sport-Haley Inc has won a long-term licensing deal with Windsong Brands LLC to distribute Como Sport-branded fashion apparel, it said Wednesday (September 23).
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Gitanjali Group plans apparel debut
24/09/2009
Indian jeweller Gitanjali Group will launch into apparel within a month, according to its head of retail.
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UAE Sheikh joins list of those interested in Christian Lacroix – report
24/09/2009
Fashion house Christian Lacroix is attracting the attention of UAE-based Sheikh Hassan ben Ali al-Naimi, sources close to the matter told AFP.
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Russ Berrie shareholders approve name change to Kids Brands
24/09/2009
Russ Berrie and Company Inc shareholders have approved its planned name change to Kids Brands Inc, it announced Wednesday (September 23).
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Bernard Krief to buy Lil Pour L'Autre
24/09/2009
Bernard Krief Consulting is on the brink of acquiring French womenswear company Lil Pour L'Autre, according to a local media report.
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India's Raymond to sell stake in apparel unit
24/09/2009
Indian textile group Raymond plans to sell stakes in its apparel and engineering subsidiaries to private equity funds, its chairman and managing director said.
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Macy's CEO is an online convert, hails importance of multichannel integration
24/09/2009
It might have taken a while for Macy's CEO to truly get the power of the internet when it comes to retailing, but he is now a devout convert with his company's website bringing in about $1bn a year in revenue, he told a conference in Las Vegas.
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Hasbro opens Russia office
24/09/2009
Toymaker Hasbro Inc opened a representative office in Russia Wednesday (September 23) that it said would help build brand awareness and distribution.
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CANADA: Decides against import ban on cat and dog fur
24/09/2009
Canada will continue to import cat and dog fur despite a ban adopted by the United States and the UK, to avoid undermining support for the country's seal hunt.
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GERMANY: Trevira sale due to complete in November
24/09/2009
The transfer of business of the bankrupt fibre firm Trevira Group to its new owners, Stefan Messer and Dr Karl-Gerhard Seifert, will take place on 1 November 2009, the company said this week.
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US: E-Spec spins off PLM Technology arm
24/09/2009
E-Spec has spun off its software development group, PLM Technology, as an independent company.
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US: New Stay Fresh antimicrobial treatment developed
24/09/2009
A new antimicrobial textile treatment described as a "breakthrough" by its developers has been launched for apparel and workwear fabrics.
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US: Landmark study on New York's Garment District
24/09/2009
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the Design Trust for Public Space are teaming up to carry out a comprehensive study of the fashion industry's presence in New York's Garment District and its place in the city's creative economy.
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New home for lingerie industry
24/09/2009
After the launch of Moda Lingerie & Swimwear for February 2010, fashion exhibition Moda will be the new home of UK’s national lingerie and swimwear show. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 21-23 February 2010, the event caters for the
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Replay weekender
24/09/2009
On 3rd October, Italian denim brand Replay will be holding a weekender event at the store
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Temperley’s Circus Zoetrope
24/09/2009
Fashion label Temperley London unveiled the Circus Zoetrope project to celebrate its SS10
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Speaking with style: Mike Barry, head of sustainable business, M&S
24/09/2009
Recessions are difficult times for most retailers but Marks & Spencer (M&S) arguably has a harder time than most. Not only does it endure the leaner pickings all retailers suffer, but it does so under the glare of the media spotlight. That said, one area where it looks set to stay well ahead of the game is in the sustainability stakes, as Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at M&S, tells just-style.
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SRI LANKA: Asian Floor Wage campaign planned
23/09/2009
Worker representative organisations in Asia are launching a campaign in October, asking international apparel buyers and big apparel brands to pay a few cents extra for their purchases - to allow decent wages for garment workers.
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US: Perry Ellis signs Jantzen and ProPlayer licensing deals
23/09/2009
Fashion brand licensor Perry Ellis International has signed two new licensing agreements for its Jantzen and ProPlayer brands with MAG Brands and IFG Corp respectively.
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GERMANY: IMB Select supply chain show replaces IMB Forum
23/09/2009
The IMB Forum exhibition and congress is being replaced by a new event called IMB Select 2010, which focuses on IT systems, services and strategies for the fashion and textile industries.
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SRI LANKA: Apparel maker JCR Garments to begin production
23/09/2009
Sri Lanka's Board of Investment has given the go-ahead to JCR Garment Limited to begin production in the country.
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US: Hanesbrands tests next level apparel on Mount Everest
23/09/2009
T-shirt, bra, and underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc is to test apparel made under its Champion and Duofold apparel brands by sponsoring an exhibition to the summit of Mount Everest next year.
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Knots and twists mark powerful LFW return for Burberry Prorsum
23/09/2009
Knots, loops, drapes, mini lengths, trenches with shoulder and sleeve detail, gauzy silks and fresco-pale shades dominated London Fashion Week's biggest draw on Tuesday (September 22). They were the key elements of Burberry Prorsum's triumphant return to the LFW runways as Christopher Bailey celebrated the brand's heritage while also moving his vision forwards. The look is in line with next spring's youth-oriented body-conscious trend but has a softness that will appeal to a wider age range.
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Brightening UK economy to see modest H2 growth but 2010 will remain fragile says CBI report
23/09/2009
The UK's economic prospects are brightening and the country is expected to emerge from recession through modest growth in the third and fourth quarters of this year, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said Wednesday (September 23). However, it noted constraints on demand will ensure that growth in 2010 is fragile.
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Safilo says no binding offer received as Tod's Della Valle ups stake
23/09/2009
Diego Della Valle, chairman and chief executive of Italian luxury brand Tod's, has raised his stake in eyewear maker Safilo Group to 2.059%, according to the bulletin of stock market regulator Consob. The stake is considered potentially strategic, as the Della Valle family also holds about 40% in rival Marcolin.
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Premier Investments seeks A$1bn fashion and apparel acquisitions
23/09/2009
Just Group owner Premier Investments has set its sights on further acquisitions in apparel, accessories or fashion stationery, and is prepared to spend up to A$1bn on the right targets.
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Crisis is an opportunity, US to be first out of recession says Versace
23/09/2009
The world financial crisis is an opportunity that allows for more creative ideas to surface, consumers want to be stimulated in the current climate, and the US will be the first market to see economic recovery, said Italian designer Donatella Versace Tuesday (September 22).
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Richemont set to outshine other luxury stocks say analysts
23/09/2009
Richemont is set to outshine its sector peers as demand for watches and jewellery, hit hardest by the downturn, should bounce back more strongly than for other luxury goods.
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Hanesbrands to use Everest bid to showcase apparel
23/09/2009
Hanesbrands Inc is using a Mount Everest climbing expedition to test and showcase the company's advances in high-tech apparel.
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Early-bird buyers please a material focused Coterie
23/09/2009
It is all about materials this coming season at ENK's Coterie trade show, which opened to a high influx of buyers that took many exhibitors – who had expected a more pedestrian pace in an economic climate punctuated by budget cuts – by surprise. Hence, the Javits Center in mid-town Manhattan was full in the morning with the hectic tempo subsiding in the afternoon.
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US chain store sales have mixed performance in latest week
23/09/2009
US chain store sales lifted 0.3% in the first three weeks of September, according to Redbook Research, but a rival index saw shopping centre sales dipping in the latest of those weeks.
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US retailers to slash Holiday hires
23/09/2009
Almost half of the US's biggest retail chains expect to offer fewer Holiday jobs this year, indicating that retail sales over the festive season are expected to disappoint.
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Teen retailers focusing more on cheque-signing moms
23/09/2009
US teen retailers are focusing their attentions on the core customer by re-emphasising mom-appeal.
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Franchise biz drives back-to-school comps gain at Forzani
23/09/2009
The Forzani Group Ltd saw its comparable store sales edge up 0.1% over this year's back-to-school period, it said Tuesday (September 22).
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New Prada store to open in Seoul
23/09/2009
A new Prada store designed by Roberto Baciocchi is to open inside the high-end Shinsegae YDP shopping centre in Seoul, South Korea.
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Swedish retail sales continue upswing
23/09/2009
Swedish retail sales volumes expanded month-on-month in July, giving credence to views that consumer confidence is continuing to improve.
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Swiss watch sales dive in August, though China exports surge 20%
23/09/2009
Demand for Swiss watches dived 22% in August, although this marked the second straight month when the rate of contraction had eased.
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India's Future Group plans more private label launches
23/09/2009
India's Future Group plans to expand its private label business, including the launch of new products as diverse as toothpaste and noodles, it said Wednesday (September 23).
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Farhi muggers admit stealing at least £1m worth of jewellery and cash
23/09/2009
Thieves who mugged fashion designer Nicole Farhi outside her home have admitted stealing more than £1m in luxury jewellery and cash from wealthy women in London's richest suburbs.
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Kelly reinstated as head of Ireland's Brown Thomas
23/09/2009
Paul Kelly has been reinstated to his post as deputy chairman of Irish luxury retail chain Brown Thomas in a reshuffle that has also seen managing director Nigel Blow forced out of the company.
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Jo-Ann Stores names Beebe GM of craft division
23/09/2009
Jo-Ann Stores Inc has appointed Brent Beebe vice-president and general merchandise manager of its craft division, the fabric and craft specialty retailer announced Tuesday (September 22).
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Lange & Soehne CEO Krone steps down
23/09/2009
Fabian Krone, the head of watchmaker Lange & Soehne, has stepped down due to differences of opinion over strategy, the Richemont-owned German watch brand said Tuesday (September 22).
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EPA takes action against "unsubstantiated" bacteria-preventing The North Face shoes
23/09/2009
The US Environmental Protection Agency has filed a suit against VF Corporation, saying it made unsubstantiated claims about bacteria prevention for over 70 styles of footwear sold through The North Face that had not been registered with the agency.
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Iconix nears deal to buy control of Mark Ecko brand rights
23/09/2009
Iconix is reportedly nearing a deal to buy at least 51% of Mark Ecko's intellectual property rights over his name and brand.
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Macy's upgraded on better-tailored merchandise mix
23/09/2009
Macy's Inc saw its stock upgraded Tuesday (September 22) as Citigroup rewarded its efforts to better tailor its merchandise mix to local markets.
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Yahoo to debut $100m marketing campaign for new-look site
23/09/2009
Yahoo is aiming to help revitalise itself with a $100m global marketing campaign promoting its new-look website.
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South African textile dispute referred to CCMA
23/09/2009
The ongoing wage dispute in the South African textile and clothing industry has been referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
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EU court advisor sides with Google in online ad keyword dispute
23/09/2009
Internet giant Google has won backing from an advisor to the European Court of Justice in its battle with LVMH over online advertising, and specifically registered trademarks being used as keywords by other companies.
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Rexam cutting workforce in France
23/09/2009
UK-based packaging company Rexam will cut 96 jobs in central France from the 600 it employs there.
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CHINA: Li Ning embarks on recycled garment programme
23/09/2009
Chinese sportswear brand Li Ning Co is to work with Japanese chemical firm Teijin Ltd to introduce China's first ever programme to collect and recycle used garments.
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UK: Blacks appoints administrators to Sandcity unit
23/09/2009
Embattled UK outdoor apparel retailer Blacks Leisure has appointed administrators to its wholly owned boardwear subsidiary Sandcity.
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US: VF sued over antimicrobial footwear claims
23/09/2009
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced filing a suit against clothing firm VF Corporation, for making "unsubstantiated" claims about antimicrobial footwear sold under The North Face brand.
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UK Fashion Export in Paris
23/09/2009
Next month at the Paris Fashion Week shows taking place from 2-6 October 2009, UK Fashion
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Daisy Lowe models for Mango
23/09/2009
Spanish retail house Mango has signed up model Daisy Lowe to front their SS10 catalogue
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LFW: Mulberry SS10
23/09/2009
To show it’s SS10 collection, accessory label Mulberry turned Claridges Hotel into a candy-coloured
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EU: Textile industry exempt from carbon trading
22/09/2009
Key elements of the European Union (EU) textile and clothing industry are likely to be exempt from the EU's plans to auction carbon dioxide emissions permits from 2013 for a number of other industries.
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US: Collective Brands renames Stride Rite unit
22/09/2009
Collective Brands Inc has renamed its Stride Rite division in a move intended to better reflect the company's broad range of performance and lifestyle brands.
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Ferragamo wins 'Best of the best'
22/09/2009
Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion house that on 21 September, in rue Mont-Thabor, Paris, christened a new boutique called Ferragamo's Creations, recently won the title 'Best of the best' for 2009 in China, in the category of women’s shoes and
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FRANCE: Ebay loses latest LVMH counterfeiting ruling
22/09/2009
Luxury goods firm LVMH said a ruling by the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance last week found Ebay responsible for brand counterfeiting "through reproduction or imitation".
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SOUTH AFRICA: Striking textile workers reject pay offer
22/09/2009
South African clothing workers have rejected the 8% wage offer tabled by employers last week after deciding the conditions linked to it are unacceptable.
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UK: JD Sports boosts first-half profit 14.5%
22/09/2009
Sporting goods firm JD Sports has bolstered profit during the first half of the year, allowing it to open new stores and make acquisitions.
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Radio One to broadcast LFW
22/09/2009
Together with my-wardrobe.com, Radio One’s Gemma Cairney will be taking Fashion Broadcast
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Jena Theo wins Fashion Fringe ’09
22/09/2009
Design duo Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, collectively known as Jena Theo, are announced by Donatella Versace as the winner of Fashion Fringe 2009. Hosted at The Flower Cellars in Covent Garden, the fashion platform nurtures and
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UK: Clothing and footwear lift August online sales
22/09/2009
Strong demand for clothing and footwear contributed to a 16% year-on-year jump in UK online sales in August, according to new data released today (22 September).
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LFW: Richard Sorger SS10
22/09/2009
For his Spring/Summer 2010 presentation during London Fashion Week, Richard Sorger continues his exploration of traditional couture hand-embellishment techniques, while subverting expectations of beauty and traditional luxury.
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LFW: Matthew Williamson SS10
22/09/2009
It was a new city and a new look from Matthew Williamson, who came from New York for LFW's
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LFW: Antonio Berardi SS10
22/09/2009
Moving from Paris to London for the anniversary celebrations, Antonio Berardi returned after
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From ideas to assets : 25.09.09
22/09/2009
Identifying and understanding intellectual property rights. Whether you are involved in
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LFW: All Walks Beyond The Catwalk SS10
22/09/2009
A new initiative unitingin British fashion designers to create a positive message for women of all shapes, sizes and ages and celebrate diversity has been launched. The charity, called All Walks Beyond The Catwalk is inspired by charity Beat and
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LFW: Mark Fast SS10
22/09/2009
The controversy surrounding Canadian designer Mark Fast's London Fashion Week show has given the press a field day with the size zero debate. Fast decided to use size 12 and 14 models at his show on Saturday, ending in a
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Luella and Kane mix girlish innocence with grown-up sexiness for spring
22/09/2009
As London Fashion Week saw one of its biggest days Monday(September 21), the mixture of power players and important younger talent confirmed girlish sexiness that is driving next spring/summer's collections. Two of the hottest tickets, Luella and Christopher Kane, summed up the look's more ladylike incarnation, while Kane chose to relax the mood a little.
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Global luxury store rents tumble, recovery signs visible for key locations – report
22/09/2009
High-end global retail has seen its biggest fall in rents for a quarter of a century due to the effects of the recession, according to a new report released Tuesday (September 22). Real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) said that more than half of the world's most prestigious shopping streets have been affected by the global economic downturn with 54% of the 274 streets it monitors seeing their prime rents fall. The annual Main Streets Across the World report said this is the biggest global fall in retail rents in its 24-year history
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Wumart in talks to buy Times, but no price agreement has officially been met
22/09/2009
Chinese supermarket chain Wumart Stores Inc is in talks to buy its smaller rival Times Ltd, but no agreement on a price has yet been met.
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Apranga's Vilnius city department store closes
22/09/2009
Leading Baltic clothes retailer Apranga has shut down its department store in the centre of Vilnius after its opening almost two years ago.
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TJX set for $1bn share buyback after board approval
22/09/2009
The board of US-based discount retailer TJX Cos Inc has approved the buyback of up to $1bn of its common stock, representing about 6.2% of its outstanding common shares.
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Summit Fremaux's retail element delayed
22/09/2009
The retail section of the proposed $900m Summit Fremaux development in Slidell, Louisiana, has been postponed, but the developer of the site, situated 30 minutes from New Orleans, said he remains optimistic about the project.
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Fashion Distribution Lab to launch Skazka children's stores
22/09/2009
Russia's Fashion Distribution Lab is to launch a children's goods chain called Skazka (Fairy-tale), with a target of 20 stores in the next five years. The first store will open in Tverskaya, downtown Moscow, in mid-October at a cost of around RUB80m-RUB100m ($2.6m-$3.3m), excluding the rent, the company said.
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Collective Brands renames Stride Rite Corp
22/09/2009
Collective Brands has renamed The Stride Rite Corp as Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group, a move the parent said "will better reflect and communicate the broad range of premium and iconic performance and lifestyle brands… as well as its new, strengthened business model".
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Dutch investor ready to increase stake in Safilo says paper
22/09/2009
Dutch investment fund Hal Investments is about to submit an offer for an increased stake in Italian eyewear maker Safilo, La Repubblica reported Tuesday (September 22), citing people close to the operation.
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Escada defers Q3 figures
22/09/2009
Insolvent German fashion house Escada is deferring indefinitely the release of its Q3 report, Financial Times Deutschland said Monday (September 21). The release of the figures for the period from May to July was initially scheduled for Thursday.
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Jacobs to launch kid's swimwear line for 2010
22/09/2009
Marc Jacobs has signed an agreement with Swimwear Anywhere Inc to design and manufacture Little Marc Jacobs swimwear for girls and boys, sizes 2-10.
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UK: Retailers see consumer uptick, forecast slow recovery
22/09/2009
Two thirds of UK retailers are more positive about the state of the consumer market than they were at the turn of the year, suggests a recent retail survey.
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UK: Sears opens its website to other retailers
22/09/2009
Sears Holdings Corp is to sell products from other retailers on its website as part of a new online mall called Sears Marketplace - in a move that mirrors one taken by Wal-Mart Stores Inc earlier this month.
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UK: Textiles market praised for organic success
22/09/2009
An organic trade body in the UK has hailed textiles as an 'exciting' category for such goods, with organic cotton leading the way.
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Verdict forecasts poor 2009 for European apparel sector, Primark to lead way in buoyant value market
22/09/2009
A new report has forecast a dismal 2009 for the European clothing sector, although it said the value sector is expected to outperform and has tipped Primark as a shining light and a retailer for others across Europe to fear, according to Verdict Research.
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UK consumer market won't pick up until at least 2011, executives say
22/09/2009
A third of leading UK store group executives predict the domestic consumer market will not pick up until 2011 with some also seeing a lacklustre Christmas trading period, according to a suvey.
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Hermès to end year with single-digit growth
22/09/2009
French luxury group Hermès expects to close the year with single-digit growth, chief executive Patrick Thomas told Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore Tuesday (September 22). The company last month kept its full-year outlook of flat sales and a slight drop in operating margin.
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Premier Investments sees FY profit soar
22/09/2009
A strong performance by Just Group has helped drive full-year net profit at Australia's Premier Investments Ltd, with that figure almost doubling and sales in the first seven weeks of the new year ahead of plan.
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Li & Fung says seeing US strength, shares rise
22/09/2009
Hong Kong-based consumer goods giant Li & Fung is seeing orders drive higher on the back of US strength, pushing shares over 7% higher Monday (September 21).
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UK online retailers post 16% annual sales hike in August, month-on-month sales slip
22/09/2009
Online retail sales in the UK fell on a month-on-month basis in August but were up 16% from a year ago, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, with experts hailing the resilience in the sector.
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Crocs chief confident of return to profit
22/09/2009
Under-pressure footwear maker Crocs is confident it can return to profit on the back of still strong demand for its shoes, chief executive John Duerden told the Financial Times in an interview.
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Noddy at 60 heads for new global markets
22/09/2009
UK-based children's character Noddy is to be launched into new global markets on his 60th birthday, parent company Chorion has revealed. Chorion said the little wooden boy, created by Enid Blyton in 1949, will expand into Spain and Canada as the company boosts the character's global merchandising.
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JD Sports Fashion posts H1 profit hike on higher revenue
22/09/2009
UK retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc has posted a healthy rise in H1 profit as revenue advanced and same-store sales edged up, and the company said it was confident on hitting market expectations for the full-year period.
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Jacobs to launch kids' swimwear line for 2010
22/09/2009
Marc Jacobs has signed an agreement with Swimwear Anywhere Inc to design and manufacture Little Marc Jacobs swimwear for girls and boys aged 2-10.
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Binns heads line-up of designers to work on Disney's Alice in Wonderland-inspired fashion offer
22/09/2009
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has announced jewellery designer Tom Binns will be the first in a line of leading designers and brands that will be included in a lifestyle programme inspired by its upcoming feature Alice in Wonderland, the company said Monday (September 21).
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Somerset House location adds 'showroom feel' to London Fashion Week exhibition
22/09/2009
London Fashion Week's new Somerset House location gave new energy to the event's related exhibition, providing a more intimate 'showroom feel' for those brands showing there.
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Facebook to end controversial Beacon
22/09/2009
Facebook is to end its controversial Beacon marketing programme as part of a legal settlement which will also see it create a foundation to promote online privacy, safety and security.
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LFW: Ramon Gurillo SS10
21/09/2009
Debuting at the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week, Spanish knitwear designer Ramon Gurillo presented his spring summer 2010 collection ‘Natural Identity’ at at On | Off, the off-schedule LFW platform. His collection of exceptional
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LFW: Mattijs SS10
21/09/2009
Mattijs debuted his fourth ready-to-wear collection resonates the joy of fashion. After a strict and conceptual winter the new season celebrates dressing up in all its glory, as is evident by the use of sun-drenched colours and the positive playfulness of
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GERMANY: Adidas extends UEFA tournament deal
21/09/2009
Sporting goods firm Adidas and European football governing body UEFA have announced the extension of their long-term sporting goods and apparel deal to 2016.
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JAPAN: Toray invests in China unit
21/09/2009
Synthetic fibre maker Toray has announced further investments in its already burgeoning Chinese market.
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SPAIN: Mango set for Iraqi debut
21/09/2009
Spanish fashion chain Mango is set to open its first store in Irbil, Iraq in coming weeks, a company spokeswoman told just-style today (21 September).
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GERMANY: Escada sale causes conflict - report
21/09/2009
A conflict has arisen during the sale process of insolvent German fashion firm Escada, reported local media.
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Flirty femininity, covetable colour characterise London shows but sports influence also makes impact
21/09/2009
London Fashion Week rolled out some of its big names at the weekend as the 25th anniversary event continued to prove a draw for the world's buyers and press. Matthew Williamson chose the moment to leave his usual boho girl stateside, offering instead a streamlined Brit-chick. "There are times when you have to offer something fresh and new," he said.
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One-shoulder dresses dominate Emmys red carpet, colour also strong
21/09/2009
One-shoulder necklines, clever draping, power colour and a figure-hugging silhouette were all key trends on the Primetime Emmy red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday (September 20). But Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester made an impact in a beautiful white Bottega Veneta Grecian-inspired gown that ticked none of those specific trend boxes while Tina Fey also stood out in dramatic black from Gucci.
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New York leads pack as most important fashion week, WGSN readers back T-shirt dress as spring hit
21/09/2009
Fashion Week in New York is the most commercially important event of the 'big four' fashion weeks, according to WGSN subscribers. The latest WGSN Poll shows New York with a clear lead, followed by Paris, then London, then Milan.
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Esprit sees full Asia Pacific recovery by early next year
21/09/2009
Esprit Holdings' Asia Pacific sales began to lift in July and a strong recovery for the region could arrive by the start of 2010, a senior executive told The Standard over the weekend.
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Dolce & Gabbana hails financial position
21/09/2009
Dolce & Gabbana is doing well despite the effects of the global financial crisis, its designers have said, with the company paying off debt and building a healthy financial position, Reuters reported citing comments made in a newspaper interview.
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US Holiday shopping spend to remain flat says Deloitte
21/09/2009
US retailers should expect sales to remain flat compared with the 2008 Holiday shopping season, Deloitte has forecast.
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UK shoppers plan to spend less this Christmas, half have begun buying presents already – survey
21/09/2009
Half of the UK's shoppers have already begun their Christmas shopping but a third are planning to spend considerably less than last year, with 80% saying they hope to spend up to £250 ($404) less, according to a survey by supermarket chain Asda. The average spend on Christmas presents in 2008 was £320 per person.
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The zip beats Velcro to secure the top spot as most influential fashion innovation
21/09/2009
The humble zip has topped the list of the 25 most influential fashion and beauty innovations made possible through science and technology, a Science: [So what? So everything] poll reveals.
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1970s disco and Mexican buyers dominate the party mood at Madrid Fashion Week
21/09/2009
Buyers – mostly Mexican - at Madrid Fashion Week found themselves neck-deep in party clothes as designers offer a multitude of colourful, playful and sophisticated dresses, with lightweight, sheer chiffon layering. 1970s Halston-era look dominates the catwalks.
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Paris quartet revert to a four-day outing after September success
21/09/2009
Eclat de mode/Bijorhca, premiere classe, Prêt-a-Porter Paris and Who's Next's will revert to their original four-day show plan, by popular demand.
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Germans becoming more optimistic, survey shows
21/09/2009
Germans are feeling more optimistic about the economy now than they were a few months ago, according to three surveys carried out for the GfK Association.
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Arcandor's Primondo nearing sale says administrator
21/09/2009
In Germany, failed retail giant Arcandor's mail-order division is likely to be sold in October, a spokesman for the administrator said, confirming an earlier report that a sale was due in the coming weeks.
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Next sues Tesco over copied clothes claim, rival countersues
21/09/2009
UK supermarket giant Tesco will contest a writ that alleges some of its clothing lines are copies of designs produced by high street rival Next.
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Marimekko opens latest concept store in Tokyo
21/09/2009
Finnish textile and clothing design company Marimekko has opened its 20th signature concept [franchise] store in Japan through its local distributor Look Inc.
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Zale to restate 2008, some 2009 results
21/09/2009
US jeweller Zale Corp will restate its financial statements for fiscal 2008, plus interim periods in that year and 2009, to record a "significant" portion of its prepaid advertising costs as expense rather than capital costs, according to a securities filing on Friday (September 18).
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Thailand government gives new retail legislation a push
21/09/2009
The Thailand government is attempting to put some new impetus into the long-drawn out Retail and Wholesale Act, setting a three-month timeframe for a final draft and parliamentary debate.
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Argos says distribution deals exclude it from parts of sportswear retail
21/09/2009
UK catalogue store retailer Argos has criticised some of the distribution agreements between sports retailers and their suppliers, saying they effectively exclude it and other players from parts of the market.
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Ascension moves into brick and mortar, flagship London store opening in November
21/09/2009
Ethical retailer Ascension will debut flagship store in St Christopher's Place in London's West End in November, with the store marking its transition from a solely online retailer.
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Singapore retail sales post another monthly fall
21/09/2009
Singapore retail sales fell in July on both an annual and monthly comparison basis, although spending in department stores and supermarkets goods lifted in the month.
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Toy Watch keen to expand
21/09/2009
Fast-growing Italian fashion watch brand Toy Watch plans open between 10-15 stores over the next 12 months, with the Middle East a key growth area.
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eBay loses French counterfeiting case with LVMH
21/09/2009
eBay Inc has lost a court case against LVMH in France, with the luxury goods company saying a tribunal had found the online auction house responsible for counterfeit goods on its website.
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Sears to let outside retailers onto its website
21/09/2009
Sears Holdings Corp said Friday (September 18) it will allow outside retailers to sell products on its website, allowing both its signature and sister Kmart locations to provide a greater assortment of products to its online customers.
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Millen keen on buying back signature fashion brand
21/09/2009
UK designer Karen Millen has said she would consider buying back the retail chain she founded if it was put up for auction by its Icelandic owners.
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Watson to create line for ethical fashion brand
21/09/2009
Actress Emma Watson has taken on an advisory design role at London-based fair trade company People Tree.
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adidas and UEFA extend partnership, deal covers all national tournaments to 2017
21/09/2009
German sports giant adidas has extended its partnership with European football (soccer) governing body UEFA, covering the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 tournaments as well as all other national team competitions between 2010-2017.
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South African textile workers set to reject pay offer – union
21/09/2009
South African textile workers are set to reject the latest pay offer from employers, with the South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) saying it was no different to a previous offer that had been made.
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Warner Bros aims to drive character licensing in Australia
21/09/2009
Movie studio Warner Bros wants Australian ad agencies and marketers to use its characters and movie stars more as it bids to boost its marketing effort in the country, The Australian reported.
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Meatballs movie in 3-D takes top North American box office spot
21/09/2009
3-D children's film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has emerged as the top North American weekend box office performer. The movie, about a town where food falls from the sky, earned $30m in ticket sales.
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AUSTRIA: Lenzing targets Tencel at children's wear
21/09/2009
Cellulose fibre maker Lenzing AG is making a push for the children's wear market with its Tencel fibre.
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CHINA: Teijin and Li Ning in polyester recycling scheme
21/09/2009
Japanese fibre maker Teijin Group has teamed up with sportswear company Li Ning to expand its Eco Circle garment recycling system to China.
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NETHERLANDS: Zeeman TextielSupers cuts transport costs
21/09/2009
Discount clothing and textile retailer Zeeman TextielSupers is to use Ortec's routing and scheduling solution to help cut transportation costs as it rolls out new stores.
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HONG KONG: Seminar to tackle labour and compliance
21/09/2009
A seminar on labour and environmental compliance is being held in Hong Kong next month, looking at why it is such a high priority for retailers and how they can select responsible manufacturing partners.
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UK: Next brings court case against Tesco for copying
21/09/2009
A legal dispute has broken out between two of the UK's leading retailers, Tesco and Next, about the similarities of a number of clothing collections.
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COMMENT: Protectionist policies do more harm than good
21/09/2009
While the global financial outlook inevitably remains the main focus for governments around the world, fiscal stimulus and bilateral trade agreements are at the centre of many recovery packages aiming to aid the textile and apparel sectors. But there is a real danger that protectionist policies could in fact prolong the effects of recession rather than solve them.
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O’Neill teams up with Teen Vogue
21/09/2009
Lifestyle surf label O’Neill announced the 2nd Annual ‘Generation Next’ fashion show in association with Teen Vogue, taking place on Friday, September 25th at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach, CA. As part of a 6-month program based at
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Charles Anastase brings Die Fabrik to LFW
21/09/2009
It was a true fashion mayhem outside of the Vanilla club, when fashion designer Charles Anastase brought the launch of New York club Die Fabrik to London Fashion Week. Die Fabrik promises to become a global phenomenon and it was great
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Killah model contest
21/09/2009
In a global model search, denim brand Killah is looking for a model to front next season’s campaign.
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INSIGHT: Shake-up continues as Hanesbrands exits yarn ops
18/09/2009
Innerwear, outerwear and hosiery maker Hanesbrands Inc is to sell three of its yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale, and shutter a fourth facility, after deciding there is no strategic advantage to be gained from producing its own yarn.
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SWEDEN: Business as usual for highly ranked H&M
18/09/2009
Swedish fashion retailer H&M is not getting carried away by today's news it was the top-ranked global fashion retailer during 2009.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
18/09/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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Lauder to close Prescriptives, will focus on core growth brands
18/09/2009
Cosmetics giant Estée Lauder Cos is to end the wholesale distribution of its upscale Prescriptives brand as it focuses on its core growth brands, the company said Thursday (September 17). It will continue to sell the brand online in the US while inventory lasts.
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Kane fans queue for third Topshop range in London
18/09/2009
Christopher Kane's 38-piece womenswear, accessories and footwear range, including crocodile T-shirts and neon dresses covered in eyelets and mirrors, went on sale in retailer Topshop Friday morning (September 18), attracting strong demand.
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Coke stays top brand for 2009, Vuitton is fashion's number one, Zara climbs higher – Interbrand list
18/09/2009
Coca-Cola has retained its top spot in the world's premier brands list but a number of key fashion brands are also named alongside some important newcomers. The Business Week and Interbrand list of the Best Global Brands sees Coke in number one position for the ninth year in a row, but Zara was among the top gainers, although some of the luxury names that have climbed in the rankings have also lost some of their value during this difficult year for the world economy.
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UK clothing spend outstrips rivals, international market stability expected to remain says report
18/09/2009
The international apparel industry has been remarkably resilient to the global economic downturn and that stability is predicted to continue over the next four years, according to Mintel's Global Market Navigator.
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eBay delivers petition to European Parliament on possible changes to luxury retail rules
18/09/2009
With the European Commission currently mulling changes to retail distribution rules, online auction house eBay has urged it not to impose regulations that could allow luxury companies to insist that online retailers also have a physical presence, Associated Press reported.
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Aeffe denies claims of mandate for Pollini sale, investigating possible production opportunities
18/09/2009
Claims that Aeffe has given Mediobanca a mandate to sell its Pollini unit have been denied by a spokeswoman for the Italian luxury company, although she did say that potential opportunities for production agreements were being investigated, Reuters reported.
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Revolutionary rather than evolutionary, new design directions and new brands up the ante at Micam
18/09/2009
The new spring/summer footwear collections appear to be a lot fresher with new design directions and experimentation in place of repeated seasonal styles at Micam this season. There are also a number of new collections and collaborations, as well as clearly defined brand signatures throughout collections, making each stand look very different.
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Experimental Mipel sees relaxed constructions and emphasis on natural materials, colour palettes
18/09/2009
Key accessories trends noted initially at Mipel include relaxed constructions, an emphasis on natural materials and colour palettes, and less restrained designs as brands take the opportunity to experiment.
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German retail revenue down in January-July
18/09/2009
Germany's retail sector generated sales of €3.8bn ($5.6bn) in the first seven months of 2009, down 1.7% year-on-year, said Stefan Genth, head of the German Retailers Association (HDE).
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Republic opens 100th store
18/09/2009
UK fashion retailer Republic opened its 100th store Thursday (September 17), with the Chester location marking the growth from its 1986 inception as a men's only denim retailer with a single store in Leeds.
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Danish jeweller Pandora plans to open 75 UK franchise stores
18/09/2009
Danish jewellery brand Pandora is planning to open 75 franchised standalone stores in the UK by the end of the year, reports Retail Week. Its latest, in London's Westfield mall, and another on London's Oxford Street due to open in November will take its current total to 11.
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Alok looking for retail stake sale to fund store expansion
18/09/2009
Indian textiles producer Alok Industries Ltd is looking to raise INR1bn ($20.8m) by selling a stake in its wholly owned retail unit to a private equity player, it said Thursday (September 17).
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Mango opens latest store in Tokyo
18/09/2009
Spanish fashion retailer Mango will boost its presence in Japan after opening a store in Tokyo.
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Sales of Austria's clothing industry stable in H1
18/09/2009
Clothing sales in Austria dipped by 0.2% year-on-year in the first six months of 2009, Wolfgang Sima, head of the country's industry association, reported.
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First Emporio Armani store and cafe to open in Budapest
18/09/2009
Fashion and luxury goods brand Emporio Armani is opening its first store and cafe in Budapest, Hungary.
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John Varvatos launches US online store
18/09/2009
US fashion company John Varvatos Enterprises has launched its new online store and redesigned brand website.
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Overstock faces financial scrutiny again
18/09/2009
Overstock.com Inc said on Thursday (September 17) the US Securities & Exchange Commission had notified it of another investigation into the internet retailer's financial history.
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Google to sell more visual marketing messages
18/09/2009
Google Inc has announced plans to combine the technology powering its lucrative search marketing network with a system to sell online billboards and other more visual commercials, including video.
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Social networking site for Burberry
18/09/2009
Fashion brand Burberry will launch its own social networking site next month in the hope that the move will encourage a relationship with its customers, reported by the Financial Times Thursday (September 17).
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PEM America links with Jenny McCarthy to launch children's brand
18/09/2009
American celebrity mother Jenny McCarthy and bedding supplier PEM America have inked a licensing deal to launch a range of children's products under the Too Good by Jenny brand.
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Pink designs iPod tie
18/09/2009
UK shirt retailer Thomas Pink is to introduce a range of silk 'Commuter Ties' as part of its autumn/winter collection, that feature a small pocket on the reverse designed to hold an iPod nano or mp3 player.
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Pringle CEO aims for return to glamour
18/09/2009
Pringle of Scotland CEO Mary-Adair Macaire is aiming to take the brand back to values of glamour and quality and away from the golf-inspired clothing it has become famous for in more recent times, The Guardian reported.
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Unifi raises Q1 guidance on better business conditions
18/09/2009
US-based textured yarn manufacturer Unifi Inc has raised its ebitda guidance for Q1 on the back of "improving volume trends" both domestically and in Brazil.
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Raymond makes move into real estate
18/09/2009
Indian textile company Raymond is moving into real estate, with its initial plans seeing it developing almost 20 acres in its Thane unit for residential purposes.
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UK: People Tree teams with Emma Watson on teenage line
18/09/2009
People Tree, the sustainable and Fair Trade fashion brand, has teamed up with actress Emma Watson to create a capsule lifestyle collection aimed at a younger audience.
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US: Activists urge government support against sweatshops
18/09/2009
Timed to coincide with today's opening of London Fashion Week, a new campaign is calling for British government action to stop fashion retailers exploiting overseas workers.
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Hanesbrands to sell-off yarn ops
18/09/2009
US-based apparel maker Hanesbrands is to sell off most of its yarn operations, saying that making yarn itself doesn't provide a 'strategic advantage' and instead it will source all its yarn requirements from large-scale suppliers.
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India's garment exports down 6% in July
18/09/2009
India's textile industry continues to face subdued demand from overseas despite some improvement in the global economy, according to data released by the Apparel Export Promotion Council.
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Smith to leave Avon
18/09/2009
Beauty products direct marketer Avon said Thursday (September 17) its president Liz Smith is to leave after five years, effective October 30, to take up the post of CEO for an unnamed company.
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Hong Kong's Beauty China heads for liquidation
18/09/2009
Cosmetics company Beauty China Holdings is reported to be heading for liquidation as it will not be appealing against a winding-up order made last week by the High Court in Hong Kong.
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Kmart strengthens home offerings with fresh brands
18/09/2009
US discounter Kmart Corp has introduced a broader portfolio of new brands and fresh designs to its home offerings.
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SWITZERLAND: Industry group seeks 'End of Life' solution
18/09/2009
Work is underway to set up what is thought to be the first industry-wide 'End of Life' solution to limit the environmental impact of products designed and produced by fashion and footwear firms.
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UK: Sainsbury's appoints David Tyler as chairman
18/09/2009
UK supermarket retailer J Sainsbury has announced that David Tyler is to be appointed as non-executive chairman.
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US: Coldwater Creek co-founder returns to CEO post
18/09/2009
Dennis Pence, the co-founder and chairman of women's apparel retailer Coldwater Creek, has become its president and CEO for the third time, replacing Daniel Griesemer.
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US: Timberland CFO to leave company
18/09/2009
Outdoor wear retailer Timberland has announced that its CFO and vice president John Crimmins will leave the company on 30 September.
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UK: Fashion chains hold steady in brand rankings
18/09/2009
Clothing chain Zara was among this year's top gainers in latest brand value rankings, but Swedish retailer H&M still finished above its rival.
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US: Unifi lifts Q1 earnings guidance on strong demand
18/09/2009
Yarn maker Unifi Inc has raised its third quarter earnings guidance on the back of increasing demand for its products both in the US and in Brazil.
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ITALY: Aeffe plays down Pollini sale rumours
18/09/2009
Italian fashion company Aeffe Group has denied reports it is ready to sell its underperforming footwear unit Pollini.
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Nikita flagship launch
17/09/2009
To celebrate Nikita's flagship store launch, the Iceland based brand is celebrating the opening to
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Thomas Sabo releases luxury time pieces
17/09/2009
For the very first time, Thomas Sabo is launching a collection
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UK: Adams sold on to Habib Alvi
17/09/2009
UK retailer Adams Childrenswear has been sold to Habib Alvi Investments, by the man who earlier this year rescued the chain for the second time.
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US: Dress Barn Q4 underlying profit up 14%
17/09/2009
Cut-price apparel retailer Dress Barn posted a 14% increase in underlying fourth quarter profits to US$25.2m, thanks to a 4% sales increase to $398.9m.
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US: Eddie Bauer launches Heritage collection
17/09/2009
Outdoor outfitter Eddie Bauer has launched a new apparel line called The Heritage Collection.
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US: Joe's Jeans gets Nasdaq compliance letter
17/09/2009
Apparel company Joe's Jeans has received a letter from The Nasdaq Stock Market saying is not in compliance with a marketplace rule because the closing bid price per share of its common stock has been below $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive trading days.
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Som shines in New York despite smaller showing, Kors is sharp and sexy
17/09/2009
Peter Som was in good form in New York Wednesday (September 16) despite staging a much smaller presentation than his usual spectaculars. His smaller collection that proved to be one of the most interesting of the fashion week. The designer explained to WGSN that he was inspired by ukiyo, the traditional Japanese woodcut prints, both for colours and patterns.
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South Korea department store sales excel in August on luxury as discounter sales dip again
17/09/2009
Sales at South Korea's major department stores surged 7.6% year-on-year in August, as shoppers snapped up luxury and miscellaneous goods, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said Thursday (September 17). By contrast, discount stores fell for the third straight month as fewer people went shopping, the government report showed. Clothing sales fell 0.4% in the period.
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H&M mulls Japan department store units, to open biggest flagship in Tokyo, China major focus
17/09/2009
Hennes & Mauritz is considering opening shop-in-shops at department stores in Japan, Christine Edman, head of the company's Japan operations, said Wednesday (September 16).
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Abercrombie & Fitch sues Beyoncé over fragrance name, Coty says Fierce title not in its plans
17/09/2009
Teen apparel giant Abercrombie & Fitch Co has sued Beyoncé Knowles, claiming her plan for a new fragrance to be launched in early 2010 infringes on its existing trademark. However, Beyoncé's new fragrance partner Coty Inc said Wednesday (September 16) it does not intend to name the fragrance after the singer's alter-ego, Sasha Fierce, and hence it would pose no threat to Abercrombie's Fierce fragrance.
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UK retail sales are flat on month in August as clothing pressures figures, year-on-year sales rise
17/09/2009
UK retail sales volumes were flat in August on a month-on-month basis but increased 2.1% on the year, as clothing pressured the monthly figure but helped boost the yearly one, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday (September 17).
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Cavalli appoints Brozzetti new chief executive, Di Biagio is new COO
17/09/2009
Roberto Cavalli SpA has named Gianluca Brozzetti as its new chief executive, with the appointment meaning there is now an external manager at the helm of the previously family-run company.
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Global consumers are recovering, but the hangover is long-term says report
17/09/2009
A significant shift in consumer behaviour shows shoppers are spending again, but they're buying less, a new report from WPP on global retail practice reveals. What's more, the change in purchasing behaviour is long-term and will have a transforming impact on retailers, suppliers, media and brands, it said.
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adidas and Puma in "historic handshake" for first time in six decades to support peace initiative
17/09/2009
German sports giants - and intense rivals - adidas and Puma are to come together in a game of football in order to support a peace initiative.
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Tommy Hilfiger happy with return to preppy iconic image, IPO maybe in two years says CEO
17/09/2009
Tommy Hilfiger Corp has spent the last few years trying to undo the damage from its apparel brand going too mainstream and logo-centric, and is now presenting a "preppy" and "iconic American" brand, its chief executive Fred Gehring has said.
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Lohan's brief is to make Ungaro "cooler" says brand's president
17/09/2009
Actress Lindsay Lohan's new brief as "muse" of Emanuel Ungaro is to give the Paris fashion house a cooler look and be a "travelling ad" for the brand, the head of the fashion house said Wednesday (September 16).
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Canadian retailers lose over C$3bn annually to crime
17/09/2009
Canadian retailers suffered C$3bn ($2.8bn) worth of product/cash theft (shrinkage) in 2008, the equivalent of C$8.5m per shopping day, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and Retail Council of Canada survey of medium and large retailers.
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Retailers urged to target US mums through social networking
17/09/2009
A new US survey has revealed that women with children at home are more likely to use social networking sites than the average adult, suggesting that retailers should pay close attention to the opportunities there if they wish to target mothers.
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UK group calls for women's right to say no to high heels in workplace
17/09/2009
The UK-based Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is calling for women to have the right to wear comfortable shoes at work, rather than being forced to wear high heels if they pose a health risk.
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Steady Texworld welcomes new European buyers to replace North American absentees
17/09/2009
Business was steady at Texworld in Paris this week as exhibitors noted the absence of North American buyers but a continual flow of potential customers from the European markets.
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Rooms adopts a green approach through organic designs and fresh new talent
17/09/2009
Decorated with greenery and vertical gardens produced by Suntory, Tokyo's Rooms trade show presented an increasing range of sustainable products this season. Standouts were Katharine E Hamnett, under license to Itochu, revealing a range of new ethical T-shirts in collaboration with Pre Organic Cotton Program; Japanese label Si-Si-Si Comfort showing a line-up of relaxed and easy womenswear pieces with a natural feel; and in the new kidswear section, Netherlands brand The Dutch Design Bakery also presented a colourful range of kidswear, predominantly made from organic cotton.
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Dress Barn Q4 profit rises on strong signature store performance
17/09/2009
Womenswear retailer Dress Barn Inc saw its Q4 profit rise 19% on the back of strong sales from its signature stores. But it wasn't all good news as the retailer's 2010 profit guidance fell below analysts' expectations and its shares dipped over 5% in after hours trading Wednesday (September 16).
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Shopper's Stop shelves rights issue
17/09/2009
Indian retailer Shopper's Stop has shelved its proposed rights issue, as the funds it would raise are not currently required.
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Mariella Burani board proposes €100m cap hike, seeks EGM approval
17/09/2009
Italy's troubled apparel producer Mariella BuraniFashion Group has decided to call an ordinary and extraordinary shareholders' meeting, possibly on October 30, to approve an up to €100m ($147.1m) capital increase, the group said Wednesday (September 16).
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Addict secures GLD investment through 50% stake
17/09/2009
UK streetwear fashion producer Addict Holdings has completed a deal with the GLD group who will take a 50% equity stake in the owner of the Addict brand.
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Bruno Saint Hilaire to cut costs as sales fall
17/09/2009
French clothing company Bruno Saint Hilaire, which has seen a 5% fall in sales since the beginning of the year, is to focus on producing men's trousers and downsizing its collections in order to cut costs. The company has also cut prices by 5-10% for its 2010 spring-summer collection, the company reported.
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South African textile union receives new wage offer from employers
17/09/2009
Following the beginning of a strike by workers in South Arica's textile industry Tuesday (September 15), the South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) has said that it has received a new wage offer and is in the process of getting feedback from its members.
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Reliance looking for more non-food FMCG brands after soap brand buys
17/09/2009
India's Reliance Retail is seeking out non-food FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) brands as it attempts to build up a portfolio to sit alongside its private label business, the Hindu Business Line reported.
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JAPAN: Uniqlo enters shoe business
17/09/2009
Fast Retailing Co has announced at a Tokyo press conference entering the shoe business for the first time in its domestic Japanese market.
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UK: China Lilang completes Hong Kong IPO - report
17/09/2009
Men's wear company China Lilang raised HKD$1.17bn (US$151.0m) in an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong, reported local media.
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US: Oeko-Tex certification satisfies CPSIA lead limits
17/09/2009
Children's textiles and textile-based products that are Oeko-Tex certified also comply with the lead content limits of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), it has been ruled.
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US: SAP fast-tracks apparel software implementation
17/09/2009
SAP America is cutting the time it takes for apparel and footwear companies to get up-and-running on its software in a move designed to give them more value from their IT investment in the current economic climate.
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G-Star will open an outlet at Bicester Village in November 2009
17/09/2009
We are looking for a store manager who starts working by mid-October. Read more...
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North Korea department store sales excel in August on luxury as discounter sales dip again
17/09/2009
Sales at South Korea's major department stores surged 7.6% year-on-year in August, as shoppers snapped up luxury and miscellaneous goods, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said Thursday (September 17). By contrast, discount stores fell for the third straight month as fewer people went shopping, the government report showed. Clothing sales fell 0.4% in the period.
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Cavalli appoints Brozzetti new chief executive, Di Baggio is new COO
17/09/2009
Roberto Cavalli SpA has named Gianluca Brozzetti as its new chief executive, with the appointment meaning there is now an external manager at the helm of the previously family-run company.
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adidas and Puma in 'historic handshake' for first time in six decades to support peace initiative
17/09/2009
German sports giants, and intense rivals, adidas and Puma are to come together in a game of football in order to support a peace initiative.
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Lohan's brief is to make Ungaro 'cooler' says brand's president
17/09/2009
Actress Lindsay Lohan's new brief as "muse" of Emanuel Ungaro is to give the Paris fashion house a cooler look and be a "travelling ad" for the brand, the head of the fashion house said Wednesday (September 16).
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Custom Transfer Focus LITHO PLASTISOL and LITHO POLYTRAN
17/09/2009
  Litho Plastisol is one of our most popular and versatile transfer systems. Process printing (CMYK) on a conventional full colour litho press achieves optimum clarity and detail. Glitter can be incorporated within a Litho Plastisol transfer and it is also possible to modify the adhesive backer to create a Litho Polytran print. Litho Polytran transfers can be applied to more difficult fabrics, [...]
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ITALY: Diadora deal postponed until October
17/09/2009
The sale of Italian sportswear brand Diadora to the founder of footwear firm Geox has been put on hold until next month by an Italian bankruptcy court.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Striking textile workers mull new pay offer
17/09/2009
South African clothing workers are considering an improved wage offer tabled by employers after a national strike by about 55,000 workers brought the industry to a standstill earlier this week.
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UK: Burberry to launch social network site
17/09/2009
Luxury goods firm Burberry has confirmed it will launch its own social networking website, called Art of the Trench, as it bids to secure a growing online following.
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US: Coach taps Prada US head for new Reed Krakoff unit
17/09/2009
Luxury handbag and accessories maker Coach Inc has confirmed to just-style that it has hired Graziano de Boni, the head of Prada's US operations, to run its new upscale Reed Krakoff line.
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US: Tukatech to unveil latest 3D virtual prototyping tool
17/09/2009
Tukatech is set to unveil the latest version of its 3D virtual prototyping and sample making software, e-fit Simulator, later this month.
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40 years of Dockside
16/09/2009
Classic apparel Sebago commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Dockside designs by launching
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Recession-hit shoppers search for discounts online
16/09/2009
UK consumers are embracing the trend in using online
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John Lewis trials Click & Collect
16/09/2009
John Lewis is trialling a new "click and collect" service which could allow shoppers to order
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UK: IQ Textiles calls in the administrators as orders fall
16/09/2009
Waterproof and breathable fabric maker IQ Textiles has called in the administrators after orders tumbled and customers switched business to firms based in the Far East.
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US: CGS launches BlueCherry Infinity enterprise software
16/09/2009
The all-new BlueCherry Infinity business system launched today (16 September) promises to "raise the bar for enterprise software" according to its developer Computer Generated Solutions Inc (CGS).
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US: Delta Apparel signs Realtree licensing deal
16/09/2009
Delta Apparel Inc is making its first foray into the outdoor marketplace after signing an exclusive licensing deal with Jordan Outdoor Enterprises Ltd to make Realtree Girl and Realtree Outfitters casual clothing and headwear.
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INSIGHT: Inditex H1 profit down 8%, but beats expectations
16/09/2009
Clothing retail giant Inditex, owner of the Zara chain, posted first half net income of EUR375m (US$550m), down 8% on last year but still ahead of market expectations.
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JAPAN: Tommy Bahama mulls market entry
16/09/2009
Tommy Bahama is considering a possible entry into the Japanese market, teaming up with NAI ChaneyBrooks to look into the opportunities for the clothing brand there.
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SOURCING: Puma digs further down supply chain
16/09/2009
Sporting goods firm Puma has added "lower tier" suppliers to its factory monitoring programme, and continues to roll out a scheme that installs proper management systems in suppliers' factories.
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US: August retail sales up 2.7%
16/09/2009
August retail sales were 2.7% up on July's figures, but down 5.3% on last year, according to advance estimates from the US Census Bureau.
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Jacobs mixes up print and colour at Marc, Azria celebrates minimalism
16/09/2009
It was zany and it was mad, but it certainly shook up the sometimes staid New York runways as Marc Jacobs played with kaleidoscopic contrasts, African kanga prints combined with neon colour, and tailored-classics-meet-spring's-new-shapes for his marc by Marc Jacobs show. If the diffusion line is always pulling from pop culture, the spring collection rightly acknowledges the global perspective shaping today's younger generation.
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Inditex profits dip on costs but sales rise as fashion offer appeals, to start selling Zara online
16/09/2009
Spanish retail giant Inditex Wednesday (September 16) reported a better-than-expected 7.6% dip in H1 net profit as it kept a tight control on costs, especially those linked to the 166 stores it opened in the period, as shoppers continue to resonate with its fast-to-market, value-for-money fashion offer. The group also announced it will begin selling its star Zara branded merchandise online, starting with its autumn/winter 2009/10 collection, initially in Spain, France, Germany, UK, Italy and Portugal, before expanding to the rest of its global markets. Its shares responded by rising 3% in early Wednesday trading.
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Coach hires Prada's de Boni to head new Reed Krakoff unit
16/09/2009
High-end accessories maker and retailer Coach Inc has appointed Prada's head of US operations Graziano de Boni to run its new Reed Krakoff division.
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Sander's Duhm joins Versace to develop wholesale
16/09/2009
Italian fashion house The Versace Group said Wednesday (September 16) Marc Duhm has been appointed director of Wholesale for the Versace brand, effective immediately.
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NYPD impose 'security measures' on Burlington's promo coat stunt
16/09/2009
Burlington Coat Factory must comply with certain security measures if it wants to carry out a promotional stunt of leaving gift certificates in tote bags around lower Manhattan, police said Monday (September 14).
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'Islamic' jeans upset Iranian Muslins
16/09/2009
Jeans made in China and exported to Iran bearing the Islamic phrase "Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim" (In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful), have been seized by police and their importers arrested, after being deemed as disrespectful and a sleight to devout Muslims.
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Lightweights and excessive opulence rule a contradictory Première Vision
16/09/2009
Première Vision is offering up a season of contrasts with excessive cloque and tapestry-inspired fabrics alongside dense plains and lacquer coatings, grainy and wrinkled surfaces – confirming WGSN's trends for the season.
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Rodriguez confirms first capsule collection to launch exclusively on eBay
16/09/2009
Internet auction giant eBay confirmed it plans to roll out an exclusive eight-piece collection by designer Narciso Rodriguez, beginning next spring.
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US chain store sales post tiny gains
16/09/2009
US retail sales proved largely lacklustre in the week to September 12, with Back-to-School sales driving only tiny improvements, according to two key measures.
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US shoppers favour bold fashion buys as sales shrink
16/09/2009
US shoppers are being bolder with their fashion choices, even while the recession cuts their budgets, according to buyers for top department stores.
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Debenhams says shift to fewer concessions will increase its control
16/09/2009
UK department store Debenhams Plc has said that its shift towards offering more of its own-bought brands would help it to forge ahead more strongly in the future, with the success of its Designers at Debenhams range helping contribute to its FY sales increase and expectations of a profit that exceeds last year's (WGSN News September 15).
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Brazilian retail sales revive on economic recovery
16/09/2009
Brazilian retail sales posted healthy increases in July as the the South American country's economy started to recover, the Brazilian Census Bureau said Tuesday (September 15).
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Louis Vuitton Lebanon expansion moves closer
16/09/2009
High-end French accessories and fashion label Louis Vuitton is in the final stages of a planned expansion into Lebanon, a company official said Tuesday (September 15).
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India's Koutons plans INR1.2bn equity sale
16/09/2009
Koutons Retail India Ltd aims to raise at least INR1.2bn ($24.7m) through a share sale slated for later this year, according to its chairman.
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ABC-Mart to launch shoe chain in Japan
16/09/2009
ABC-Mart Inc will open 50 women's shoe stores in Japan over the next three years or so, the retailer said Tuesday (September 15).
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Japan's Point predicts strong H1 operating profit
16/09/2009
Japan's Point Inc expects to post a 9% jump in its operating profit for the first half, comfortably ahead of its earlier estimates, it said Wednesday (September 16).
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E-commerce wins bigger share of UK retail but average spend still falls
16/09/2009
UK shoppers may be doing a higher proportion of their shopping online, but they are still spending less, according to new data.
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US ad markets in recovery mode, says Murdoch
16/09/2009
Advertising markets are starting to ride the US's wider economic recovery, with sales in the sector "very much better than they were four months ago," News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday (September 15).
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Kesko lifts readership of loyalty magazine
16/09/2009
Finnish retailer Kesko Oyj has boosted readership of its loyalty magazine by 4%, figures from the National Readership Survey revealed Tuesday (September 15).
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Delta and Jordan ink Realtree deal
16/09/2009
Delta Apparel Inc has inked a licensing deal with Jordan Outdoor Enterprises Ltd to be the exclusive marketer and producer of Realtree Girl and Realtree Outfitters casual apparel and headwear, it said Tuesday (September 15).
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Puma loses South African trademark infringement case
16/09/2009
Puma has lost a trademark infringement case it brought in South Africa against footwear importer and distributor Global Warming.
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Swatch unit probed by Swiss regulators
16/09/2009
A Swatch Group unit is being investigated by Swiss regulators over price hikes introduced this year.
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China not planning to renew restrictions on South African textile exports, ambassador says
16/09/2009
China has said that it does not intend to renew the voluntary restrictions it placed on its textile exports to South Africa, with its ambassador saying the policy had not resulted in an improvement in the competitiveness of the South African industry.
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Woolworths to target women decision-makers in the home improvement area
16/09/2009
Australian retailer Woolworths entry into the A$24bn home improvements sector will make women a key target after research showed they make 80% of purchase decisions.
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Sweden's Hemtex awaits CEO change
16/09/2009
Swedish household textile goods retailer Hemtex AB said Tuesday (September 15) that it has appointed Erik Gumabon its new CEO.
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Kao expects H1 operating profit to fall as beauty suffers
16/09/2009
Japanese beauty and home products producer Kao Corp said Tuesday (September 15) it expects group operating profit to fall 18% year-on-year to ¥45bn ($495m) for H1 ending September 30, but still beat estimates by ¥2bn, on strong household product sales in Japan offsetting a fall in beauty product demand.
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Beauty Success plans major sales point expansion
16/09/2009
French cosmetics and fragrance chain Beauty Success plans to double its number of points-of-sale, particularly in the northern Ile-de-France region.
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INSIGHT: Narciso Rodriguez to launch collection on eBay
16/09/2009
eBay has scored a fashion first after inking a deal with designer Narciso Rodriguez to create a line that will be sold exclusively through its online marketplace.
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PAKISTAN: Government offers new garment subsidy
16/09/2009
The government of Pakistan pledged PKR17bn (US$205m) for the payment of 3% cash subsidy on the exports of knitted or woven garments during the fiscal year 2009-10.
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UK: Next boosts interim profits, ups profit forecast
16/09/2009
UK retail chain Next Plc posted improved profits for the half year and upped its full-year guidance.
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FRANCE: Carrefour executive joins C&A
16/09/2009
C&A has appointed Antoine Brieu as the managing director of its French subsidiary.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Clothing firm barred from moving assets
16/09/2009
Clothing company Tern Sportswear has been barred from moving its machinery and other equipment to Lesotho after failing to tell the local workers' union about its plans.
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US: Hi-visibility mesh safety fabric launched
16/09/2009
Two performance fabric specialists have teamed up to launch a high visibility mesh safety fabric that offers flame and arc flash resistant benefits but is also comfortable for wearers.
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Inditex net sales increase
16/09/2009
In the first half of 2009, Spanish retail distribution company Inditex increased its net sales with 9% in local currencies to 4,861 million Euros. The company generated net income of 375 million Euros, down 8% from the same period in 2008.
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New name for Fleur T
15/09/2009
With the relaunch of Fleur T, the luxury lingerie label is also redesigning its new website.
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Louis Mariette for LFW
15/09/2009
Known for his strikingly surreal and outrageous headpieces worn by Erin O’Connor, Jade Parfitt,
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NYFW: Duckie Brown
15/09/2009
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CHINA: Adidas files three stripes claim - report
15/09/2009
Sporting goods company Adidas Group is seeking compensation from a retailer in China accused of using its three stripes trademark without permission, reported local media.
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UK: Debenhams FY profit poised to rise
15/09/2009
Department store retailer Debenhams is on course to post an increased full-year profit, thanks to margin improvements and a slight increase in sales.
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UK: Fashion Week scheme "raises millions" for local industry
15/09/2009
A programme to attract international fashion buyers and journalists to London Fashion Week has brought "millions of pounds" into the UK fashion industry, organisers claim.
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Escada: the rise and fall of a fashion house
15/09/2009
EscadaIt may be a surprise to many, but not too long ago the top luxury fashion label for ladies in the world actually hailed from Germany. For a long time, Escada, native to Aschheim, a suburb of Munich, hit the mark with the rich and the beautiful with its
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Spring 2010 will be soft fresh and feminine say Jacobs, Thakoon and Karan
15/09/2009
The Marc Jacobs show in New York on Monday (September 14) set the seal on the fresh, light feel that has been visible in many shows over the past few days. New York's designers want to feel spring-like, it seems, and are reacting against the sombre mood that is dominating autumn 2009. For Jacobs this means pearl-tipped waves of pleats that introduce a decadent East-meets-West oceanic theme.
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Bullish Toys R Us to attack Holiday market with pop-up mall stores, to add 1m sq ft retail space
15/09/2009
Toys R Us is to open pop-up stores in 80 US shopping malls for the upcoming Holiday season in a radical move to chase sales for the all-important trading period. The retailer will also make extra space for toy sales at around 260 of its Babies R Us stores, with the combined 350-store Christmas initiative adding more than 1m sq ft of toy-selling capacity.
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Autumn/winter success for Jaeger, plans more stores, Aquascutum to target emerging markets, internet
15/09/2009
British fashion brand Jaeger is seeing strong demand for its autumn/winter collection and plans to open up to five stores over the coming year, including a possible US debut, while newly acquired sister brand Aquascutum will target new markets and the internet and expand its offer, especially in accessories.
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Tommy Bahama in deal to explore strategic Japanese entry
15/09/2009
Tommy Bahama has entered into a deal with NAI ChaneyBrooks to explore a strategic entry into the Japanese market, with the latter overseeing the search for a licensing partner for the Tommy Bahama wholesale and retail business in menswear, womenswear and accessories.
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Debenhams expects better FY profit on better sales, higher gross margin and cost management
15/09/2009
UK department store Debenhams Plc is expecting to post a higher profit for its year ended August 29 on the back of a slight increase in sales value, strong margins and "tight management" of its stock and costs.
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Coldwater Creek CEO Griesemer quits, Pence returns to post for third term
15/09/2009
Womenswear retailer Coldwater Creek Inc said Monday (September 14) its chief executive Daniel Griesemer has resigned, although it failed to give a reason.
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Coty signs Beyoncé to fragrance deal
15/09/2009
Coty Inc has signed Beyoncé to an exclusive fragrance deal. The beauty giant, an expert in the celebrity fragrance sector, said the new collaboration "will capitalise on [Beyoncé's] unique mega-watt aura and talent to create her very own first signature fragrance."
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Denim glut in US retail could lead to discounting later on, analysts say
15/09/2009
A surge in denim availability across US retail shows how its strong performance in a difficult climate is being seen as boost for retailers, but analysts say the good feeling over jeans may not last forever.
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Retail stocks to outperform in H2 says broker Thomas Weisel
15/09/2009
Thomas Weisel has raised its price targets on shares of 15 US retailers, including Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle Outfitters, and said it expects retail stocks to continue to outperform the market through the end of the year.
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Metro "still interested" in acquiring Karstadt says report
15/09/2009
German retail group Metro AG is still interested in acquiring some of Arcandor's Karstadt department stores, Metro's CEO told the Frankfurter Allgeminen Sonntagszeitung.
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Family ethos helps Italian luxury brands through crisis, say experts
15/09/2009
Italian luxury brands have been helped in their quest to navigate the stormy waters of the global economic crisis by the fact that many are family-owned, with the ethos that comes with it helping to provide stability, experts say.
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Spencer's Retail reportedly in deal with Marc Ecko Enterprises
15/09/2009
India's Spencer's Retail has reportedly entered into an exclusive licensing deal with US-based fashion and lifestyle company Marc Ecko Enterprises, which will see that company's apparel brands sold in India.
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Carrefour to rent rather than buy in Russia – report
15/09/2009
French retail giant Carrefour is reportedly altering its strategy in Russia, opting to develop stores in rented buildings rather than construct its own, The Moscow Times reported.
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Birla Retail aims to move into black within three years
15/09/2009
India's Aditya Birla Retail has its sights set on moving into the black in the next three years, after posting healthy figures for the past six months.
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Marks & Spencer gets new look for Philippines stores
15/09/2009
Marks & Spencer is giving its Philippines stores a new look as part of the retail giant's 125th anniversary, local franchisee Central Department Store Co said.
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True Religion to open new Washington store
15/09/2009
True Religion Apparel inc is opening a new retail store at Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Washington, it announced Monday (September 14), with the 1,900 sq ft location offering the entire True Religion collection for men, women and kids, including its signature jean styles.
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Apranga replaces two Latvian Mexx stores due to "changeable" economy
15/09/2009
Lithuanian clothing retailer Apranga replaced two of its Mexx stores in Latvia earlier this month with two new outlets as a result of the "changeable" economic situation, company director Aija Matvejeva said.
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Mexican retailers post August comps rise
15/09/2009
Mexican retail association Antad said Monday (September 14) same-store sales at its member stores rose 1.5% year-on-year in August.
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Quiksilver appoints Nistl president of DC Shoes business in Americas
15/09/2009
US-based sports lifestyle company Quiksilver Inc has named Anton Nistl as president of its DC Shoes business in the Americas.
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Mariella Burani denies plans to sell Antichi Pellettieri unit
15/09/2009
Italian fashion company Mariella Burani Fashion Group Monday (September 14) denied it is planning to sell its Antichi Pellettieri unit, following earlier press reports that it intended to dispose of the asset.
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EU decision on Sri Lanka could spell difficulties for garment industry
15/09/2009
Sri Lanka's garment industry could be set for difficulties if the EU decides to remove the GSP Plus trade benefits it currently receives due to alleged human rights abuses in its recent civil war, The Times reported.
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South African textile workers strike over pay
15/09/2009
South African textile workers are embarking on a nationwide strike as part of their demands for a better pay increase than the one that has been offered.
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Chinese textile and garment exports fall in first eight months
15/09/2009
Chinese textile exports have fallen year-on-year during the first eight months of 2009, dipping 12.06% to $104.89bn, according to customs data.
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Yahoo sells Alibaba.com stake, retains holding in parent Alibaba Group
15/09/2009
Yahoo Inc is selling its 1.14% stake in Chinese internet trading portal Alibaba.com, although it will retain its much larger 40% stake in parent company Alibaba Group.
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Home Depot to launch exclusive Martha Stewart Living brand
15/09/2009
Home improvement retail giant The Home Depot and media group Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia are to develop an exclusive Martha Stewart Living brand of home improvement products in categories including Outdoor Living, Home Organization and Home Décor, launching February 2010.
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IFF CEO Amen resigns
15/09/2009
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc said Monday (September 14) its chairman and CEO Robert Amen plans to step down at the end of the month. Reasons for his departure were not given.
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EUROPE: Anti-dumping measures should end, says FTA
15/09/2009
The European Commission should end anti-dumping measures against footwear imported from China and Vietnam, according to the Foreign Trade Association (FTA).
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SOUTH AFRICA: Puma loses trademark legal battle - reports
15/09/2009
Sportswear company Puma has lost its appeal in a trademark infringement case brought against South African footwear importer and distributor Global Warming, according to reports.
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US: Delta agrees licensing deal for Realtree brand
15/09/2009
US clothing firm Delta Apparel has entered into a new licensing agreement with Jordan Outdoor Enterprises to be the exclusive marketer and producer of Realtree Girl and Realtree Outfitters casual apparel and headwear.
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UK: Tweed firms not shedding Scottish roots
15/09/2009
Scottish textile manufacturer Harris Tweed Textiles (HTT) said business with the US had not been hit by the release of the Lockerbie bomber, and plans to stick by its Scottish roots.
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ANALYSIS: New safeguard concerns hit US apparel sector
15/09/2009
The decision by President Barack Obama to impose tariffs on imported tyres from China has raised fears that clothing and textile imports into the US could be the next in line to face restrictions. But while the likelihood of such measures is slim, there's plenty firms can do to prepare, as Leonie Barrie reports.
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US: Gail Strickler named assistant USTR for textiles
15/09/2009
Gail Strickler has been selected as the new Assistant United States Trade Representative for Textiles in a role where she will be responsible for supervising negotiations affecting textile and apparel products.
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US: Sport Supply wins US Communities deal
15/09/2009
US sporting goods supplier Sport Supply Group has been awarded the US Communities contract to act as its exclusive supplier.
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BFC announce Fashion Forward sponsorship
15/09/2009
The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced designers Christopher Kane, Erdem and Marios Schwab will receive British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward sponsorship for the third consecutive season. The scheme, supported by the London
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Lowest London Sales Growth in Four Years
15/09/2009
Retail sales in central London in August were 5.9% lower, on a like-for-like basis, than a year ago, when sales were up 8.6%, the lowest sales growth in four years. Retail footfall in August fell further below its year-earlier level. Better weather than last August’s
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Next founder funds new GIVe chain
15/09/2009
George Davies, the founder of Next, has invest £20m of his own money into a new fashion chain called Give, reported The Times. Give aims to offer affordable luxury on the high street offer in-store style advisers and tailors to help customers
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Moving fashion forward
15/09/2009
Christopher Kane, Erdem and Marios Schwab are announced as the fashion forward designers by the British Fashion Council. The budding creatives will receive the Council’s Fashion Forward sponsorship for the third consecutive season.
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GQ Men of the Year Awards
14/09/2009
Last week the 12th GQ Men Of The Year awards took place, marking the return of the man's
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PAKISTAN: Flooded garment plants delay shipments
14/09/2009
Garment shipments from Pakistan to the US and EU were delayed as flood water reached various garments plants.
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US: Deckers Outdoor names new CFO
14/09/2009
US footwear firm Deckers Outdoor Corporation has announced the appointment of Thomas A George as its chief financial officer.
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US: JC Penney launches She Said sportswear brand
14/09/2009
US department store retailer JC Penney Company has announced the launch of She Said - a career sportswear brand for the female professional.
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US: Levi opens new distribution depot in Kentucky
14/09/2009
US denim company Levi Strauss & Co and Workers United are today (13 September) opening a new product depot in Hebron, Kentucky.
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UK: Primark names Paul Marchant as chief executive
14/09/2009
Value fashion retailer Primark has promoted Paul Marchant as its new chief executive, replacing Arthur Ryan who has been at the company for 40 years.
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JAPAN: Muji stores to trim clothing lines - reports
14/09/2009
Japan's Ryohin Keikaku Co, operator of the value priced Muji stores, is to cut back on the amount of clothing sold in its stores, according to local news reports.
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JAPAN: Retailer halts inventory to cut costs
14/09/2009
A Japanese suit maker plans to slash the cost of its wash-at-home suits by carrying absolutely no inventory - not even the fabrics from which the suits are cut.
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US: Quiksilver taps Nistl to head DC Shoes' Americas
14/09/2009
Outdoor sports and boardwear maker Quiksilver Inc has named Anton Nistl as the new president of its DC Shoes business in the Americas after abandoning plans to sell the unit earlier this year.
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US: RFID uptake in apparel to triple by 2014 - research
14/09/2009
The ability of RFID to help apparel companies do more with less in the wake of the economic downturn is driving a surge in uptake throughout the sector, new research has shown.
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Print and colour rule weekend runways in New York for spring
14/09/2009
New York's fashion week continued at the weekend with designers rejecting the gloom of the oncoming autumn/winter season and giving themselves over to a full-blown celebration of spring and summer. Print and colour took centre stage at three of Sunday's (September 13) key shows, Derek Lam, DKNY and Diane von Furstenberg, while the key feature at both was the leg as shorts and skirts put the emphasis on toned calves and thighs for next season.
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Sodi takes helm of Versace in US
14/09/2009
The Versace Group announced has reorganised its US subsidiary and named Michele Sodi CEO of Versace USA. In this new post Sodi will be responsible for the development and growth of all Versace products in the US Market, overseeing Retail, Wholesale and Finance operations.
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John Lewis relaunches online fashion offer, adds new brands in bid to drive sales
14/09/2009
UK department store group John Lewis said on Monday (September 14) it was targeting a £70m ($116m) increase in its online fashion sales by 2011 as it relaunches the fashion area of its website, featuring 100 new brands.
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British ban on TV product placement to be lifted
14/09/2009
The UK is to lift strict rules on product placement in television shows in an attempt to boost the advertising revenues of struggling broadcasters, reports said Sunday (September 13).
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US consumer spending index at highest level since pre-recession – Deloitte
14/09/2009
The outlook for US consumer spending has been given a boost by the latest Deloitte Consumer Spending Index, which rose again in August and is now at the highest level since October 2007 – prior to the start of the recession.
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Affluent household growth slowed in 2008 says report
14/09/2009
The affluent segment of the US continued to be the fastest growing, but the rate of growth has slowed considerably compared to two years ago, according to The Census Department's 2008 income survey.
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Expanding New World in rebranding exercise
14/09/2009
New World Department Store China expects annual sales from its mainland stores to top CNY12bn ($1.8bn) in the next five years through the expansion of its 33-store network and a nationwide rebranding exercise.
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ASR sets its sights on boutique labels and a resilient youth market
14/09/2009
This season, Action Sports Retailer (ASR) presented a change in format to what was once a massive, unified layout, with the new class@ASR showcasing collections from over 100 niche action sports and designer boutique brands.
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Canada's Dollarama files prospectus for C$250m IPO
14/09/2009
Canada's biggest discount retailer Dollarama Inc has filed a preliminary prospectus for an initial public offering, seeking to raise more than C$250m ($231.9m).
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House of Fraser sets its sights on overseas expansion drive
14/09/2009
UK department store chain House of Fraser is planning international expansion on a franchise basis as part of its next three-year programme by private equity owner Highland Group.
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Lotte plans new stores in India and China
14/09/2009
South Korea's Lotte Department Store is considering expanding into India, and aims to operate 20 stores in China by 2018.
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China's retail sales up 15.4% in August
14/09/2009
China's retail sales reached CNY1.01trn ($147.9bn) in August, a year-on-year rise of 15.4%, said the National Bureau of Statistics.
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Myer can learn from discount stores says CEO
14/09/2009
Australian department stores can learn a lot from discount retailers which are taking their market share, Myer's boss Bernie Brookes said over the weekend.
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Biyani confirms international retailer talks but offers no more details
14/09/2009
The chairman of India's Future Group has confirmed it is in talks with international retailers over a possible tie-up, but refused to say whether those talks were with French giant Carrefour.
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New Zealand retail sales post surprise July fall
14/09/2009
New Zealand retail sales recorded an unexpected fall in July, with figures from Statistics New Zealand saying they fell 0.5% month-on-month.
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Hollister to debut in Scotland with Aberdeen signing
14/09/2009
Abercrombie & Fitch-owned fashion brand Hollister is on the verge of signing its first Scottish store at the new Aberdeen retail development Union Square, becoming its seventh UK store.
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Matalan takes a step into the UAE
14/09/2009
UK-based value-priced retail giant Matalan has opened in the UAE with a fashion and homewares chain in the Arabian Center Mall.
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Carrefour plans four new hypermarkets in Egypt by 2011
14/09/2009
French retail giant Carrefour SA is to open four new hypermarkets in Egypt by 2011 - two in Alexandria and two in Cairo, French business newsletter La Lettre de l'Expansion reported Monday (September 14).
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Major JJB investor welcomes OFT investigation
14/09/2009
One of the biggest shareholders in UK retail chain JJB Sports has welcomed the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into alleged cartel activity between it and rival Sports Direct.
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JC Penney unveils own womenswear line
14/09/2009
JC Penney Co Inc has launched its own womenswear brand, She Said, as part of its effort to capture "pent up" demand before the Holidays.
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Esprit India cuts prices to widen consumer appeal
14/09/2009
Madura Garments' Esprit India brand has cut prices by about a quarter as it tries to widen its consumer base.
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Asda introduces first Asian clothing range
14/09/2009
UK supermarket chain Asda has launched a clothing range for Asian customers. It said the range, part of the George at Asda line, is a response to demand from its Asian customers for affordable, authentic clothing.
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Muji to overhaul product line-up
14/09/2009
Japan's Ryohin Keikaku Co plans to overhaul the line-up at its Mujirushi Ryohin (Muji) stores by scaling back on clothing, electronic appliances and other items facing intense competition.
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Aeon to sell private label items in China
14/09/2009
Aeon Co plans to offer a line of private-label products developed for the China market by the end of the year, starting with sales at 15 of its 30 stores there, the Nikkei reported over the weekend.
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Primark's founder and CEO Ryan to step down as Marchant steps up
14/09/2009
UK-based discount fashion retailer Primark is to lose its founder and chief executive, with Arthur Ryan stepping down after 40 years.
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Sainsbury's picks Tyler as new chairman say reports
14/09/2009
UK supermarket giant J Sainsbury has appointed David Tyler to be its next chairman, replacing Sir Philip Hampton. Tyler is currently chairman of technology group Logica, but also has considerable experience in the retail sector.
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Reject Shop MD Masters resigns
14/09/2009
In Australia, the MD of The Reject Shop Gerry Masters has resigned from the company citing family reasons. He had been in the post for less than three years.
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Xtep International posts H1 revenue and profit gains
14/09/2009
Chinese sportswear company Xtep International Holdings recorded a 19.1% revenue boost in H1 on the back of an increasing retail network, as well as efforts to enhance the brand.
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Timberland links social and digital media, advertising and PR in youth-targeted marketing campaign
14/09/2009
The Timberland Company has announced a new integrated marketing campaign that aims to engage with young consumers around the world.
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Alibaba head reassures on company health following share sale
14/09/2009
The chairman and chief executive of Chinese online retail company Alibaba Group has given reassurances over the state of the company following the sale of some of his shares, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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US clothing retail chain launches mobile retail website
14/09/2009
American Eagle Outfitters is to launch a new mobile website that the site allows customers to browse and buy products and also gives extended functionality, such as Find-a-Store and Wish Lists.
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IKEA plans to double presence in Italy
14/09/2009
Swedish furniture and homewares giant IKEA is planning to double the number of its stores in Italy to 30, IKEA Italia CEO Roberto Monti said, adding the retailer could even aim for 40 stores.
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Ebony ends its 50-event run as organiser looks to re-model travelling catwalk show
14/09/2009
The Ebony Fashion Fair, the catwalk show that travels the US, Canada and the Bahamas targeting predominantly black audiences - has cancelled its autumn schedule.
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Bad movie tops North American weekend box office
14/09/2009
Tyler Perry's latest movie I Can Do Bad All By Myself topped the North American weekend box office with over $24m in ticket sales. Second spot went to the dark animation 9 with takings of $10.9m.
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US videogame sales fall again in August but hopes are high for September
14/09/2009
Videogame sales in the US fell for the sixth consecutive month in August but makers are hopeful of a strong September following the launch of key new titles.
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INSIGHT: John Lewis plans major fashion push
14/09/2009
Department store retailer John Lewis is making a renewed push into the fashion market with a number of new initiatives designed to boost its online fashion sales as well as in its stores, where a focus on upmarket labels is planned.
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UK: George at Adsa launches Asian clothing range
14/09/2009
Wal-Mart's UK subsidiary Asda has today (14 September) launched an Asian clothing range under its George fashion label.
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US: Rue21 set for IPO
14/09/2009
US fashion retailer Rue21 has filed a registration statement with the country's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to its proposed initial public offering (IPO).
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Mango facebook application
14/09/2009
Social networks are becoming more and more part of our daily life and users of social networking site Facebook will now have the chance to create their own Mango wardrobe, and win it. In addition to the new application, websurfers will participate in a
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Sergio Rossi for Puma
13/09/2009
Synonymous to glamour, Italian designer label Sergio Rossi teamed up with sneaker specialist Puma for AW09. Merging sophistication with sport lifestyle, the collaboration blends stylish street credibility with endurance via various styles for both men
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House of Fraser anticipates
13/09/2009
The chairman of House of Fraser raised the possibility of a return to the public markets. Don McCarthy, chairman of the chain that was taken private three years ago for £351m ($581m) by a consortium led by Baugur, said: “At the end of the day,
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Find your inner Chic Geek
12/09/2009
If it comes to true style for men it can be a harsh jungle out there. Online men’s magazine TheChicGeek.co.uk aims to make the life of smart men much easier by offering advice and guidance or a bit of reassurance about what they already know. The new
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Celebrities boost Fashion Night Out in NYC, London midmarket stores enjoy buzz
11/09/2009
Celebrity appearances were key to drawing in shoppers on Fashion's Night Out Thursday (September 10) with stores in New York City going the extra mile as the event coincided with the opening of its spring/summer 2010 fashion week.
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YGM Trading cites expensive running costs as reason behind very selective Aquascutum purchase
11/09/2009
Celebrity appearances were key to drawing in shoppers on Fashion's Night Out Thursday (September 10) with stores in New York City going the extra mile as the event coincided with the opening of its spring/summer 2010 fashion week.
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rue21 files for $125m IPO
11/09/2009
Teen apparel retailer rue21 Inc is seeking to raise as much as $125m in an initial public offering.
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Yoox looks to e-commerce firms for IPO valuation
11/09/2009
Italian online fashion retailer Yoox is looking to e-commerce companies for its valuation rather than fashion houses as it prepares to sell shares to investors, founder and chief executive Federico Marchetti told Reuters Thursday (September 10).
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Vibrant Levi Strauss opens largest flagship in Rome, more planned
11/09/2009
Levi Strauss Thursday (September 10) opened its world's largest flagship the heart of Rome and announced plans to open further in other capital cities.
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Armani fit and well after hepatitis
11/09/2009
Giorgio Armani said Thursday (September 10) that he was feeling "marvellously well" following his recent battle with hepatitis.
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Anderson's PETA airport ad pulled
11/09/2009
An animal rights television commercial featuring Pamela Anderson has been deemed too racy for US airports.
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Dollar General triples Q2 profit
11/09/2009
Dollar General Co more than tripled its profit in Q2, as sales of its private-label goods surged, it said Thursday (September 10).
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Bakers Footwear below plan in Q2 but outlook is positive
11/09/2009
Bakers Footwear Group's Q2 results may have come in slightly below plan but the fashion footwear retailer's relatively flat quarterly results continue to show improvements, especially a fifth consecutive quarter of positive comps, and it remained upbeat for the autumn season and beyond.
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Duckwall-ALCO comps and profit slide in Q2
11/09/2009
Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc saw its comps fall 3% in Q2, while net profit tumbled nearly 10%, it said Thursday (September 10).
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lululemon athletica margins erode despite sales jump
11/09/2009
Canadian yoga-inspired sportswear retailer lululemon athletica inc saw its margins erode in Q2 as a 14% sales surge failed to lift it bottom line, it said Thursday (September 10).
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Le Chateau income falls by a fifth
11/09/2009
Canada's Le Chateau Inc shed a fifth of its net income in the second quarter, as its sales and comps both shed more than 8%, it said Thursday (September 10).
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Failed High & Mighty immediately sold to N Brown
11/09/2009
Failed UK clothing retailer High & Mighty Ltd has been sold to N Brown Group for £1.6m ($2.6m) as it looks to build up its menswear offering, administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers said Thursday (September 10).
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JJB and Sports World face fraud probe
11/09/2009
Sportswear chains JJB Sports and Sports World are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office after JJB said it blew the whistle on alleged cartel activity in the sports retail market.
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Dunnes to remain in "Irish hands"
11/09/2009
Irish retailer Dunnes Stores will remain independent and fully Irish-owned its director Margaret Heffernan said as she opened the company's newly refurbished store at Patrick Street in Cork city centre Thursday (September 10).
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Cavalli opens first Tokyo boutique in Shinjuku Takashimaya
11/09/2009
Roberto Cavalli has opened its first boutique in the high-end Shinjuku Takashimaya department store in Tokyo.
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Italy's Damiani predicts better Christmas
11/09/2009
Italian jewellery Damiani expects this Christmas to be better than last, it said Thursday (September 10), pointing to signs of improvement in its market.
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Simon Property to run fashion shows at six malls
11/09/2009
Real estate company Simon Property Group will showcase apparel available at its shopping centres in a series of fashion shows at six of its US malls, it said Thursday (September 10).
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Labelux and Zagliani agree to long-term partnership
11/09/2009
Italy's Labelux Group and Zagliani have inked a long-term partnership deal, they announced Wednesday (September 9).
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India's Shopper's Stop to add 500,000 sq ft by next March
11/09/2009
Indian retail group Shopper's Stop Ltd will add 500,000 sq ft in retail space across four Shopper's Stop stores and three Hypercity stores by next March, a top official said Friday (September 11).
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Friven & Co buys China Children Fashion Holdings
11/09/2009
Friven & Co plans to break into China's childrenswear market via a reverse takeover deal with the owners of China Children Fashion Holdings.
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Taobao sees sales doubling on rural growth
11/09/2009
Chinese online auction site Taobao expects growth in rural markets to help double its revenue growth this year and lift it to break even, its CEO said Friday (September 11).
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Indonesian textiles sector sees demand jump 15-20%
11/09/2009
Demand for Indonesian textiles jumped 15-20% in the year to June, the secretary general of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) said Thursday (September 10).
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Smartbox takes over UK Buyagift
11/09/2009
French gift packages specialist Smartbox has acquired UK peer Buyagift, according to Ta Tribune.
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P&G predicts stronger growth
11/09/2009
Household products giant Procter & Gamble Co said Thursday (September 10) sales growth will become stronger later this year, sending its shares up over 4%.
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Kose Corp rolls out Esprique overseas
11/09/2009
Japan's Kose Corp will begin selling its Esprique Precious cosmetics brand in Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar this November, planning to roll it out in mainland China and the Philippines next year, it said Thursday (September 10).
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AFRICA: NexCen to expand TAF, Shoebox New York
11/09/2009
NexCen Brands Inc is expanding its TAF, and Shoebox New York brands in Africa through a new franchise deal with Angolan company Teixeira Development Group.
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CANADA: Lululemon Q2 profit drops despite higher sales
11/09/2009
Second quarter profit at Lululemon Athletica Inc, which sells yoga-inspired athletic apparel, managed to beat expectations despite falling by 17%.
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Top stories on just-style this week...
11/09/2009
Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style. Click on each headline for the full story.
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Celebrities boost Fashion's Night Out in NYC, London mid-market stores enjoy buzz
11/09/2009
Celebrity appearances were key to drawing in shoppers on Fashion's Night Out Thursday (September 10) with stores in New York City going the extra mile as the event coincided with the opening of its spring/summer 2010 fashion week.
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JJB and Sports Direct face fraud probe
11/09/2009
Sportswear chains JJB Sports and Sports Direct are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office after JJB said it blew the whistle on alleged cartel activity in the sports retail market.
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EU: Belarus textile deal may be extended
11/09/2009
Textile and clothing importers in the European Union (EU) will look closely at negotiations authorised this week by the European Union (EU) Council of Ministers to revise the EU's textile and clothing trade agreement with Belarus.
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SRI LANKA: Naturub to start factory in Bangladesh
11/09/2009
Sri Lanka's Naturub Group of companies is to start a new factory in Bangladesh, to supply accessories to the apparel, baggage and footwear manufacturing sectors.
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SWEDEN: RNB reports 6.6% August sales dip
11/09/2009
Swedish fashion retailer RNB said its total sales in proprietary stores in August amounted to SEK236.6m (US$33.8M), compared with SEK253.3m in the corresponding month a year earlier - a decrease of 6.6%.
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UK: High & Mighty stores sold to N Brown
11/09/2009
More than half of the stores operated by High & Mighty, the specialist retailer of clothing and footwear for tall