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  1. September 17, 2014

    Inditex buoyed as first-half sales beat expectations

    Inditex on Wednesday posted a better than expected rise in sales over the first half year, after the Spanish fashion...

  2. 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 of...

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  1. August 27, 2014

    Zara sparks outcry over T-shirt’s similarity to Holocaust clothing

    Spanish retailer Zara has withdrawn a child’s “sheriff” shirt hours after launching it following a public outcry that the...

  2. June 18, 2014

    Fashion: A better business model

    From street to store A few weeks from now, young women all over the world will decide that what they really want to wear...

  3. June 11, 2014

    Inditex: Fashion FX

    What happens when a market darling in retailing, priced for its perfect future, disappoints? The stock gets crushed. Just...

  4. June 11, 2014

    Inditex results beat market expectations

    Inditex, the world’s largest fashion retailer by sales, on Wednesday beat market expectations with a 4 per cent rise in...

  5. 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...

  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 19, 2014

    Inditex to step up expansion with online offerings and outlets

    Inditex said its retail stores worldwide had seen buoyant sales growth in the start of the financial year, and vowed to...

  9. January 26, 2014

    M&S takes Spanish steps to boost overseas business

    Marks and Spencer has tapped Spanish retailer Inditex for a fresh series of hires as it seeks to boost its international...

  10. December 20, 2013

    Christmas shopping: Santa’s helpers

    There is panic on the high street. Just four shopping days left until Christmas and prices are being cut left, right and...

  11. December 11, 2013

    Zara bags profit growth for Inditex

    Inditex, which owns the Zara clothes chain, increased profits over the first nine months of the year, fuelled by store...

  12. October 7, 2013

    Santander bets on resurgent Spain

    Santander has made its first significant investment in Spain since the start of the financial crisis by buying into the...

  13. 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...

  14. September 18, 2013

    Inditex expansion pushes Asia sales above group’s home market

    Shares in Inditex rose to an all-time high as second-quarter earnings from the largest clothes retailer in the world by...

  15. September 16, 2013

    Cartesian Capital plans legal action against BDO over Pescanova

    Cartesian Capital is preparing legal action against BDO over its auditing of Spain’s Pescanova, as the fallout continues...

  16. September 15, 2013

    Companies diary: September 16 – September 22

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

  17. September 12, 2013

    Pescanova shareholders seize control from former chairman

    A group of shareholders in Pescanova seized control of the scandal-hit Spanish frozen fish company from its former chairman...

  18. September 10, 2013

    Pescanova investors set for showdown

    Two groups of investors are heading for a showdown for control of Pescanova, the scandal-hit Spanish frozen fish producer...

  19. September 5, 2013

    SuperGroup: distinctive and risky

    The UK’s SuperGroup, owner of the hot urban fashion brand Superdry, knows all about going from zero to hero. The company,...

  20. September 4, 2013

    Debts of €3.6bn revealed in Pescanova collapse

    The collapse of Pescanova, a Galicia-based fishing company, has become the largest non-construction sector bankruptcy in...

  21. August 16, 2013

    Zara co-founder built seamless retail empire

    Rosalia Mera, a former Spanish seamstress who co-founded the Zara clothes empire and eventually became the country’s richest...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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....

  25. July 3, 2013

    Retail: A difficult brief

    Not long after Marc Bolland became chief executive of Marks and Spencer in May 2010, he likened the high-street retailer to...

  26. July 3, 2013

    Spanish regulator puts heat on Deloitte over role in Bankia

    Deloitte is potentially at risk of losing its audit licence in Spain, after the country’s accounting watchdog launched an...

  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 12, 2013

    Bad weather damps rapid growth at Inditex

    Sales growth at Inditex, the world’s largest clothes retailer by sales, slowed in its first quarter, held back by demanding...

  30. June 9, 2013

    The Week Ahead: June 10 – June 16

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

  31. May 21, 2013

    El Corte Inglés pursues €5bn net debt restructuring

    El Corte Inglés, the world’s third-largest department store chain by sales, is seeking to restructure €5bn of net debt with...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. May 15, 2013

    Rift opens over textile worker safety in Bangladesh

    Last month’s collapse of a building in Bangladesh which left more than 1,200 people dead has sent retailers, government and...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 14, 2013

    New York headlines

    * IEA forecasts US to account for a third of new oil supplies * Poland: growth slumps to just 0.4% * European retailers to...

  37. beyondbrics

    May 14, 2013

    London headlines

    * Bulgaria struggles to form coalition * Petrobras in $11bn mega bond offering [updated] * China group to leave Nasdaq with...

  38. May 13, 2013

    European retailers to sign Bangladesh safety pact

    European retailers led by Hennes & Mauritz, Inditex and Tesco have vowed to sign a deal to improve factory safety in...

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