Nike Just Doesn’t Do It With Chinese in Lost Sales Year

Nike Women “Make Yourself” campaign | Source: Nike

PORTLAND, United States — Not long ago, Nike Inc. could simply open stores in China and wait for newly minted middle-class shoppers to show up. No longer. Though it has been in China for 30 years, the world’s largest sporting-goods maker is losing customers to Adidas AG’s more fashionable street wear and Hennes & Mauritz AB’s H&M cheap, hip clothing.

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Retailers Plan Bangladesh Factory Inspections Under Safety Pact

Inside a Bangladeshi garment factory | Source: Reuters

ZURICH, Switzerland — A group of mainly European retailers has finalized a plan to conduct coordinated inspections of factories in Bangladesh in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,129 people in April.

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Chinese Malls Waive Rents as Vacancies of 30 Percent Loom

TaiKoo Hui Mall, Guangzhou, China | Source: Shutterstock

BEIJING, China —Chinese landlords are forgoing rent and paying to outfit stores for mass-market fashion brands including Zara and H&M, a bid to blunt the impact of a boom in shopping-mall construction that threatens to push up vacancies.

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H&M Second-Quarter Profit Misses Estimates on Strength of Krona

Beyonce for H&M | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Hennes & Mauritz AB, Europe’s second-largest clothing retailer, reported second-quarter profit that fell more than analysts expected, hurt by the strength of the Swedish krona and tough conditions in the fashion industry.

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On Fleeting Hong Kong Trips, Chinese Make Frugal Fashionable

Source: Reuters

HONG KONG, China — Armed with empty suitcases and same-day return tickets, an army of mainland Chinese is descending on suburban outlet shopping malls and international fashion chains in Hong Kong, turning cheap into the new chic as luxury falls out of favour.

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A New Growth Brand for Japan’s Onward Holdings: Charles & Keith

Source: Charles & Keith

In Japan, the arrival of powerful fashion retailers from Asia has been a theme this Spring. Korean retailer E-Land began opening stores in March, but last month saw the unveiling of the first stores for Charles & Keith, the Singapore retailer which does for shoes and accessories what H&M and Zara do for apparel. Japanese market intelligence provider JapanConsuming investigates.

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