Cotton On Seeks Chinese Partner to Challenge Zara, H&M Dominance

Cotton On in Adelaide, Australia | Source: Cotton On

SINGAPORE, Singapore — Cotton On Group, a clothing chain with 1,300 stores globally, said it will invest in China to step up its overseas expansion and challenge the dominance of Fast Retailing Co.’s Uniqlo and Hennes & Mauritz AB.

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Retailers’ Christmas Cheer Tempered by Fragility of Recovery

Regent Street, London | Source: Shutterstock

PARIS, France — Retailers in Europe are predicting their best Christmas since the financial crisis, though optimism is laced with caution in the face of rising e-commerce and early discounting in a fragile economic recovery.

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H&M Could Do More to Catch a Lift from Designer Collaborations

Isabel Marant for H&M launch | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Designer collaborations are helping Hennes & Mauritz rise above a reputation for cheap chic, but the world's second-biggest clothing retailer could do more to entrench that upmarket lift and defend its shrinking margins.

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H&M Sales Top Estimates on Favorable Weather, Isabel Marant Line

Doutzen Kroes, Christy Turlington, and Liu Wen star in H&M's Holiday 2013 campaign | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Hennes & Mauritz AB reported November sales that beat analysts’ estimates after favorable weather, calendar effects and a line designed by Isabel Marant boosted revenue at Europe’s second-biggest clothing retailer.

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H&M Grabs More Control of Asia Factories Amid Bangladesh Unrest

Isabel Marant for H&M launch | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Three decades after it started doing business with suppliers in Bangladesh, Hennes & Mauritz AB is seeking greater control of production in a nation where it is among the largest purchasers of clothing.

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Has Zara Reached Saturation Point? Far From It, Investors Bet

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

MADRID, Spain — The world's largest fashion retailer, Inditex, shows no sign of stalling and investors are betting that its Zara "fast fashion" model has plenty of room to expand in emerging markets by appealing to the growing ranks of brand-conscious middle classes.

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Bangladesh Waits for Factory Checks Six Months After 1,127 Die

Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source: Flickr

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Six months ago, when 1,127 Bangladeshi workers were killed in the collapse of a high-rise warren of garment factories, international outcry led to pledges by western retailers and the government to set up a large-scale inspection regime and a new wage system.

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