Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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23rd February 2012

US retail sales go negative

The volume of apparel sales in US clothing specialists went negative in November, as the rate of garment inflation exceeded the rate of cash sales increase for the first time...

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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...

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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...

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14th January 2011

Carrefour joins other superstore majors in India

France's Carrefour opened its first Indian store at the end of December. As local laws do not allow 100% foreign ownership of multi-brand retail, the store in Shahadra, an eastern...

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5th November 2010

Warnaco buys Italian store chain franchise

Warnaco Group Inc. is buying 22 Calvin Klein Jeans retail stores and related assets from its largest Italian franchise partner, L'Innominato SpA, a unit of the Percassi Group. Warnaco owns...

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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...

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20th October 2010

UK garment prices rise – but less than taxes

The average price of clothing in the UK rose in September by 0.9% over September 2009 - the first annual price rise since current records began in January 1996. The...

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8th October 2010

Retailers look to inland China for growth

A number of retailers have announced their intention to expand retail space in China's inland cities. Esprit Holdings, which reported an 11 per cent fall in full-year net profit in...

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