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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27th February 2017

Computer programs and flash PR won’t eliminate wage abuses by themselves

Is the British government's “name and shame” campaign High Street retailers concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes? “Minimum wage abuses will not go unpunished” announced Britain’s Business Minister Margot James...

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24th December 2016

Great article Tara – but it’s not just millennials clothes shops annoy these days

The problem with modern apparel shops is that, when it comes to annoying their customers, they’re such equal-opportunity pains in the rear. Tara Donaldson wrote a terrific article on Sourcing...

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24th October 2016

Has Peak Internet hit Britain’s clothing stores?

Between June and September 2016, something hit UK clothing stores that I don’t think’s ever happened in the history of selling clothes, anywhere, ever before. The internet’s share fell, consistently....

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30th July 2015

UK makes supply chain transparency mandatory for almost all businesses. Wherever they are

In our view, the UK government's Modern Slavery Act has profound implications for virtually all major garment buyers, sellers and manufacturers - however small their UK sales are. The UK...

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6th March 2015

EU apparel and textile retail: first annual growth for years

Sales (cash deflated by the rate of inflation) in the EU's specialist apparel and textile stores grew 2.1% in 2014 over 2013 - the first growth since 2010. Sales grew...

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20th June 2014

Major retail markets show converging apparel growth

The four major world apparel retail markets showed converging growth rates in the first quarter, with European growth accelerating while Chinese growth in the first quarter fell to a third...

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24th February 2014

UK apparel spending growing fastest among over 50s

A UK industry reports has shown spending on clothing in 2013 grew year on year among women over 50, but fell among those under 50. The research, by Kantar Worldpanel,...

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6th November 2013

Weston family apparel sales now neck and neck with M&S

An extraordinary year at Primark, while like for like sales at M&S fell in the first half, mean apparel sales in businesses controlled by Weston family closed companies now appear...

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21st July 2013

UK retailers make substantial onshoring commitments as apparel making jobs grow

Two UK retailers made substantial commitments to increasing purchases of UK-sourced products in July, as the UK government announced funding for a textile expansion programme in NW England, and employment...

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28th June 2013

Alok Industries puts its UK retail chain up for sale

It became publicly known in late June that India’s Alok Industries has started the process to sell UK retail chain Store Twenty One, which it had acquired five years ago....

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5th June 2013

Mystery over UK “binding” UK policy in developing countries

British politicians and business people were puzzled over an allegedly “binding” workers’ rights policy announced by a middle-level UK minister to an Indian newspaper. In an allegedly “exclusive” interview with...

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