Shoppers Save Time, Money With Customisation

Shoppers in a traditional brick-and-mortar store | Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, United States — Technology may finally be solving the thorny problem of buying clothing online - that you cannot try things on. Through scanners and data mining, consumers are now able to get a custom fit, saving them time and money because they do not have to order multiple items and return what doesn't fit.

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Marks & Spencer Clothes Sales Drop Again as Gains Elude Bolland

Marks & Spencer's ladies campaign | Source: Marks & Spencer

LONDON, United Kingdom — Marks & Spencer Group Plc, the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer, reported a 12th straight quarterly drop in non-food sales as Chief Executive Officer Marc Bolland struggles to turn around the company’s fortunes.

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What’s In a Scent? Perfume Makers Adapt to EU Rules

Chanel advertisement | Source: Reuters

PARIS, France — Seaweed may not be the first ingredient that springs to mind for perfume. But algae are among obscure ingredients to which perfume makers are turning to preserve the scent of their fragrances in the face of new EU anti-allergy restrictions.

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Ousted American Apparel CEO Hands Over Stake to Hedge Fund

Outside an American Apparel store | Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, United States — Ousted American Apparel Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dov Charney has handed over his entire stake and voting rights in the struggling retailer to Standard General LP, enabling the fund to negotiate directly with the independent directors over the company's future, two sources close to the matter said on Wednesday.

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Value Retail Says Luxury Brands Need to Upgrade Outlet Shops

Bicester Village luxury outlet | Source: Value Retail

PARIS, France — Luxury-goods companies are wrong to treat discount outlets as “dumping grounds” for surplus stock and risk alienating shoppers by doing so, according to Value Retail Plc, which operates designer malls across western Europe.

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American Apparel Control War Escalates as Charney Adds to Stake

Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney | Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, United States — Two weeks after an unceremonious ouster from American Apparel Inc., Dov Charney has a fighting chance of wresting back control of the clothing retailer he founded 16 years ago -- even as his opponents show no signs of backing down.

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