6th November 2018
What’s really made Primark the most profitable British clothing retailer ever?
With an opening programme in its last quarter that included its second New York City store, Primark today announced a new record of £843 millon ($1.14 billion) in profit for...
19th October 2018
Britain’s physical stores keep growing. But is clothing now the exception?
September’s release from Britain’s Office of National Statistics show that sales in physical stores are still growing. They were 3.1% up year on year in September, and 3% for the...
19th September 2018
Are we really facing total retail collapse? Or have too many retailers just been misguided?
An awful lot of people are telling us retail's collapsing - or at least fleeing to the internet. Among recent front-page horrors have been Sears in the US hinting it’s...
5th September 2018
Credit Suisse confirm: for clothes retailers “not being online is an advantage”
Credit Suisse confirmed (download CS analysis 5 Sep) on September 5 that for clothes retailers thinking of online selling "not being online is an advantage". Their argument is that it...
6th May 2018
Does it still take union action to get compensation in a Bangladesh garment factory?
On May 4, a Bangladesh garment worker took ill. His condition was ignored by his superior, so he died. The tragic death took his colleagues out onto the street demanding...
24th April 2018
India’s handloom obsession starts talk of an “endgame” in its clothing export industry
India's obsession with the politics of hand-weaving means clothes exports are falling sharply. And they were in a surprisingly mediocre position to start with. In the financial year to February, they...
28th March 2018
Why no-one’s buying clothes any more: The introduction
No-one's buying clothes any more for much the same reason voters are disenchanted. What I originally wrote for publication after the 2016 UK Brexit referendum more or less explains...
28th March 2018
Why voters got unhappy about global supply chains: what I said in 2016
Here's an article I first published in August 2016 (between the UK's Brexit referendum and America's Trump election), after reading someone else's commentary. I believed at the time that Robert...
27th March 2018
Does Britain’s Brexit climbdown explain why no-one’s buying clothes anymore?
21 months ago, I excitedly wrote about the implications of Britain's Brexit vote to leave the EU. On March 19, the UK and EU agreed a provisional transition deal on...