27th June 2018
Clothing return problems worsening, says major card owner
37% of UK clothing businesses say returns from online purchases have risen over the past two years, according to research carried out for card operator Barclaycard. 47% by value of...
20th April 2015
Can public servants predict selling hotspots businesspeople can’t?
One of the oddest rituals in our industry is the developing-world civil servant lecturing his country's businesspeople about where they should be selling. The unsolicited advice is almost always deluded,...
20th March 2013
Major retailers give few sourcing-related apparel indications in annual results.
Gap announced full year net income for 21012/3 up 32% to $1.1 bn, on sales up 8.2% to $15.7 bn, and comparable sales up 5%. Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy...
23rd February 2012
Chinese domestic sales fall as apparel retail turns down worldwide
The belief that emerging markets would provide apparel sales growth as Western demand stutters took a hitting during December, as sales worldwide started slowing. The slowdown seems to be hitting...
16th June 2011
AT Kearney names Brazil “top emerging market for retail expansion”
Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has nominated Brazil as the most attractive emerging market for retail expansion, and put three other South American countries - Uruguay, Chile and Peru...
18th May 2011
Cost increases putting growing pressure on margins and inventory
A new from bankers Citigroup claims inventory levels at US apparel and shoe businesses are growing a great deal faster than sales, putting companies that growing risk of needing heavy...
5th November 2010
Indians recommend free foreign investment in retail
In a surprise move, India's Planning Commission has given the go-ahead to foreign direct investment in retailing. It "should be permitted, since it will have both a positive direct and...