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    1. July 23, 2015

      Do not fight free trade — it makes countries richer

      In the middle of the 19th century Johan Gripenstedt realised something that his countrymen, like other Europeans, are...

    2. June 25, 2015

      H&M hit by strong dollar as profits miss forecasts

      H&M posted a weaker than expected profit for the second quarter as Europe’s second-biggest clothing retailer continues...

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    1. Sustainable Business: Green Economy

      More policy levers need to be introduced before a broader swathe of industry can be pe...
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    1. June 21, 2015

      Corporate diary: June 22 — June 26

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

    2. June 17, 2015

      Gap: not so fast

      Maybe Glenn Murphy saw what was coming. Last October, Gap’s chief executive retired unexpectedly. The clothes retailer...

    3. June 10, 2015

      Inditex: retail therapy

      Time for yet another wardrobe makeover? Fashionistas respond quickly to new influences — from which celebrities rock to...

    4. May 29, 2015

      Impending US launch of Primark arm keeps AB Foods ahead

      A sell-off in the closing minutes of trade sent the FTSE 100 sharply lower on Friday but AB Foods avoided the drop....

    5. May 28, 2015

      Abercrombie & Fitch shares jump on hopes of turnround

      Hopes that Abercrombie & Fitch could be turning a corner after one of its toughest years helped shares in the US...

    6. May 6, 2015

      Chinese manufacturers look to Rwanda

      Rwanda may be landlocked in central Africa and saddled with prohibitive energy costs, but it has become the latest...

    7. April 22, 2015

      Bangladesh garment workers face intimidation and abuse

      A day before Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza collapsed — killing more than 1,100 garment workers making clothes for western...

    8. March 24, 2015

      H&M beats forecasts but warns of impact of strong dollar

      Hennes & Mauritz warned that the strong dollar would weigh on its profitability later this year by pushing up...

    9. March 22, 2015

      Companies diary: March 23 — March 27

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

    10. March 12, 2015

      Cambodia under fire over worker rights

      Multinational clothes companies face fresh pressure in their search for low-wage Asian manufacturing after a new report...

    11. March 4, 2015

      American Eagle on top as A&F struggles

      In the battle between once-fashionable US teen retailers, American Eagle seems to be coming out on top. Shares in the...

    12. January 28, 2015

      H&M more cautious than Ikea on European consumers

      Two of Europe’s top retailers offered conflicting views on the strength of the continent’s consumer recovery. Peter...

    13. January 15, 2015

      Employers fined for failure to pay staff the minimum wage

      Jo Swinson, the business minister, has fined 37 employers including fashion retailer H&M and motorway services provider...

    14. December 9, 2014

      Abercrombie & Fitch chief executive leaves ‘immediately’

      Mike Jeffries, the Abercrombie & Fitch chief executive, has left the US-based teen retailer amid flatlining sales,...

    15. September 25, 2014

      H&M profits rise but retailer warns of pain from rising costs

      Hennes & Mauritz reported a 20 per cent jump in net profit but investors took fright as the world’s second-largest...

    16. August 28, 2014

      Retailers hurt as Williams-Sonoma disappoints

      Retailers weighed on the broader US equity market on Thursday as guidance from three influential merchants fell short...

    17. July 29, 2014

      Klépierre / Corio: European retail property

      “The fact that inflation is low is not, by itself, bad; with low inflation, you can buy more stuff,” Mario Draghi told...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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....

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. September 23, 2013

      Companies diary: September 23 – September 29

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

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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