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Global Apparel Markets: Business Update, 4th quarter 2014

Global Apparel Markets: Business Update, 4th quarter 2014

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight on developments relating to the global apparel industry in the following categories: corporate social responsibility (CSR); financial results; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; manufacturing facilities; new stores; online retailing; and store closures. Companies, other organisations, individuals and brands featured in this report include Abercrombie & Fitch, Asos, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Calvin Klein, Community, Fruit of the Loom, Gap, Gildan Activewear, HanesBrands, H&M (Hennes & Mauritz), Inditex, JC Penney, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Perry Ellis International, Primark, Puma, PVH Brands Australia, TAU Investment Management, Tesco, TMall, TJX Companies, Topshop, Wet Seal, Zalando and Zara.


  • SUMMARY
  • CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
    • Gap has entered into a partnership with TAU Investment Management to improve sustainability and working conditions in garment manufacturing facilities in South-East Asia
    • Tesco has entered into a partnership with Community to improve working conditions in the UK clothing supply chain
  • FINANCIAL RESULTS
    • Abercrombie & Fitch: net sales down by 12% in the third quarter of 2014/15
    • Asos: group revenues up in the fourth quarter of 2013/14, the whole of 2013/14 and the first quarter of 2014/15
    • Fourth quarter 2013/14
    • 2013/14
    • First quarter 2014/15
    • Gap: total net sales down by 0.1% in the third quarter of 2014/15
    • Gildan Activewear: net sales up in the fourth quarter and whole of 2013/14
    • Fourth quarter 2013/14
    • 2013/14
    • Outlook
    • Inditex: net sales up by 7% in the first nine months of 2014/15
    • New stores and investments
    • JC Penney: total sales down by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2014/15
    • Marks and Spencer (M&S): sales up in the first half of 2014/15 but down in the third quarter
    • Second quarter 2014/15
    • First half 2014/15
    • Third quarter 2014/15
    • Perry Ellis International: total revenues down by 4.8% in the third quarter of 2014/15
    • TJX Companies: net sales up by 6% in the third quarter of 2014/15
  • JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
    • Fruit of the Loom has entered into a yarn supply agreement with Parkdale Mills
    • Puma and United Legwear & Underwear Co have entered into a joint venture to develop a range of children's apparel
    • Puma has entered into a multi-year partnership with Rihanna
    • PVH Brands Australia has entered into new licensing and distribution agreements and made a number of acquisitions as part of its plans for expansion
    • Topshop has entered into a joint venture with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to create a new company called Parkwood Topshop Athletic
  • MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
    • HanesBrands has opened a new manufacturing facility in Kim Dong District, Vietnam
  • NEW STORES
    • Abercrombie & Fitch will open its first stores in Mexico during 2015
    • Gap will open its first Old Navy brand stores in the Middle East
    • H&M has opened its first store in the Philippines
    • Inditex will open several new Zara stores in the USA during 2015
    • Primark will open seven new stores in the USA
  • ONLINE RETAILING
    • Calvin Klein will expand its online retailing operations
    • Gap will sell its products online in Europe through Zalando
    • H&M will launch several new online stores during 2015
    • Inditex has launched an online Zara store on the Tmall online retail site in China
  • STORE CLOSURES
    • Wet Seal has closed 338 of its 532 retail stores

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