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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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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The Funny Math of Clothing Sizes

ModCloth Screen Shot | Source: ModCloth

NEW YORK, United States — When it comes to women's clothing sizes, there's some funny math going on. The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women's plus-size clothing, generally defined as size 14 and up, still makes up only about 9 percent of the $190 billion spent annually on clothes.

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