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  1. June 18, 2014

    H&M: turn the other chic

    If you believe that bricks and mortar retail is dead, look at Hennes & Mauritz’s half-year results, announced on Wednesday....

  2. June 18, 2014

    H&M steps up pace of online plans

    Hennes & Mauritz is stepping up the pace of its move online and will introduce a full range of shoes as the Swedish purveyor...

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  1. May 21, 2014

    Green Economy: Ethical sales recover but price is still driving force

    Consumers are buying sustainable products again, after the global economic downturn reduced demand. “Sustainable, welfare...

  2. May 11, 2014

    Japan’s Fast Retailing eyes shopping spree

    Tadashi Yanai, founder of the Fast Retailing group, likes to shop. Japan’s Fast Retailing, which began life in 1984 selling...

  3. Material World

    April 14, 2014

    Assessing the Alexander Wang/H&M collaboration

      Getty Images So Alexander Wang, left, is the latest runway designer to team up with H&M in their high/low limited-edition...

  4. April 4, 2014

    International invaders shake up Australia’s home grown retailers

    In a country whose previously isolated landscape has been devastated by the introduction of rabbits, foxes and other...

  5. March 30, 2014

    Retail revival helps pull Hastings back from brink

    Dance music blasts through the open doors of a shiny new shop in the southern English seaside town of Hastings . For a place...

  6. March 27, 2014

    H&M hit by higher spending on online

    Hennes & Mauritz disappointed investors by falling short of expectations for first-quarter earnings, although the Swedish...

  7. March 20, 2014

    Luxury goods: handbagged

    The hard edge of soft luxury was in evidence on Thursday. Hermès, the French fashion group, reported revenue growth of 8 per...

  8. March 4, 2014

    Fast Retailing: deals and Asian growth

    For a clothing retailer that wants to be the world number one, purchases would seem a better tactic than listing depository...

  9. January 4, 2014

    Cambodia protesters call off rally after bloody crackdown

    PHNOM PENH, Jan 4 – Anti-government demonstrators said on Saturday they had called off a mass rally they had planned to...

  10. October 30, 2013

    Entrepreneurs given a business plan

    When asked about their career ambitions, one in four UK secondary school pupils say they want to run their own company....

  11. October 25, 2013

    Halloween is a holiday not a political opportunity

    When the US celebrates Halloween next Thursday, many of its preadolescent trick-or-treaters, decked out as clowns or...

  12. October 14, 2013

    Markdowns level out in discount Britain

    In London’s West End, stores are awash with special offers. High street chains are advertising up to half-price sales, while...

  13. beyondbrics

    September 26, 2013

    Bangladesh: still the big garment hope, for now

    Garment makers are set to stay in Bangladesh despite poor factory safety and worker unrest, according to a survey of 29...

  14. September 26, 2013

    Expansion drives H&M profits

    Shares in Hennes & Mauritz surged to a record high as the Swedish fashion retailer unveiled forecast-beating profits amid a...

  15. September 23, 2013

    Companies diary: September 23 – September 29

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  16. beyondbrics

    September 22, 2013

    Week ahead: Sep 22 - 28

    The week ahead in emerging markets: a verdict for Bo Xilai is due, more Chinese economic data, Iranian president comes to...

  17. August 13, 2013

    German utilities power ahead amid economic confidence boost

    German stocks were boosted after confidence in the eurozone’s biggest economy grew in August, according to one of its most...

  18. Material World

    August 6, 2013

    A surprise solution to the fashion week problem: the Copenhagen case study

    As fashion weeks proliferate around the world (I blame IMG, which alone owns 14 different fashion weeks from Milan to...

  19. August 5, 2013

    Bangladesh: Pinned back by politics

    More than three months after the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka collapsed in one the world’s worst industrial accidents, a...

  20. July 8, 2013

    Bangladesh factories face inspections after safety deal

    Bangladeshi factories making clothes for 70 mostly European multinationals will be inspected over the next nine months under...

  21. July 5, 2013

    Asos: riding high

    Can any company be worth 90 times earnings? UK-based online fashion retailer Asos is having a decent stab at proving it can....

  22. July 1, 2013

    H&M moves up on broker upgrade

    Gains for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz set the trend for Europe’s equity markets as stocks consolidated their...

  23. June 27, 2013

    US to suspend Bangladesh trade privileges

    The Obama administration has decided to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh, citing its poor labour standards after a...

  24. June 19, 2013

    Nokia jumps on Chinese bid talk

    Merger speculation in the telecommunications sector intensified with talk of bid interest from China for Finnish mobile...

  25. June 19, 2013

    H&M second-quarter profits miss analyst expectations

    Hennes & Mauritz’s earnings failed to meet analysts’ expectations as the Swedish fashion retailer blamed the strong krona...

  26. June 16, 2013

    The Week Ahead: June 17 – June 23

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  27. June 16, 2013

    The devastating cost of cheap outsourcing

    Retailers and their investors face a wake-up call as new findings flag up health and safety risks in the supply chain of...

  28. June 12, 2013

    Inditex: still in fashion?

    Let’s build the bear case for Inditex, the fashion retailer whose shares have more than trebled in the past five years....

  29. June 10, 2013

    Inditex figures may show that the ‘miracle’ is over

    Investors in Spain’s Inditex could be forgiven for having forgotten what bad news sounds like. While many of the Zara...

  30. May 29, 2013

    Swiss financial stocks fall on US tax fears

    Swiss financial stocks were among the biggest losers on pan-European indices on Wednesday even after the country’s...

  31. May 24, 2013

    Beckham’s next goal

    It has been a week since David Beckham stepped off the field for Paris Saint-Germain in the final game of his celebrated...

  32. May 22, 2013

    Bangladesh and the clothes on our backs

    On Friday, it will be a month since the collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza, which housed several clothing factories. More...

  33. beyondbrics

    May 20, 2013

    New York headlines

    *China: property prices rising (again) *Thai minister renews rate cut call after disappointing Q1 data * H&M rethinks...

  34. beyondbrics

    May 20, 2013

    London headlines

    *Iran hangs two men for spying for US and Israel * H&M rethinks sourcing policy in wake of Bangladesh disaster * Tunisian...

  35. May 19, 2013

    Karl-Johan Persson, chief executive, Hennes & Mauritz

    Karl-Johan Persson pauses on his way out of the headquarters of Hennes & Mauritz in central Stockholm. The 38-year-old...

  36. May 19, 2013

    H&M rethinks sourcing policy in wake of Bangladesh disaster

    Hennes & Mauritz is exploring sourcing clothes from Latin America and Africa for the first time as the world’s...

  37. May 17, 2013

    Week in review, May 18

    A round-up of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories, including stakebuilding in Sony and Google’s...

  38. May 16, 2013

    US retail under pressure on Bangladesh deal

    Pressure is rising on US companies to join a Bangladesh factory safety agreement, as a labour group involved in the deal...

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