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Global apparel markets: business update, 2nd quarter 2015

  • November 2015
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  • Textiles Intelligence
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  • 24 pages

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the global apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate social responsibility (CSR); events; financial results; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; market forecasts; new facilities; new stores; and online retailing. Companies, other organisations, individuals, brands and events featured in this report include Abercrombie & Fitch, Aéropostale, Asos, Authentic Brands Group, Balmain, Benetton Group, Brait, China Textile Information Center (CTIC), Coats Group, Cone Denim, Delta Air Lines, Esprit, Exclusive Brands International (EBI), Gap, Gildan Activewear, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division, GSD, H&M (Hennes & Mauritz), Hudson's Bay Company, Huntsman Textile Effects, Inditex, JD.com, Jones New York, K-Swiss Global Brands (KSGB), Kate Spade & Company, Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer (M&S), New Look, One-Distribution, Perry Ellis International, Pürsan Pigment, Queen South Textile Mills, SuperGroup, Texprocess, TJX Companies, Trendy International Group, Tretorn, Uniqlo, Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), Zac Posen and Zalando.

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Global apparel markets: business update, 2nd quarter 2015
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SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
Authentic Brands Group has acquired Jones New York and Tretorn
Brait has acquired a 90% interest in New Look
Coats Group has acquired the sewing data company GSD
K-Swiss Global Brands (KSGB) has acquired One-Distribution
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Benetton Group will no longer sell products which incorporate angora fibres
Cone Denim has become a member company of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and a Cone
Denim facility in China has received Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for some of its
products
EVENTS
Texprocess was held during May 4-7, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany
FINANCIAL RESULTS
Abercrombie and Fitch: net sales down by 14% in the first quarter of 2015/16
Asos: total group revenues up by 21% in the four-month period ending June 30, 2015
Gap: total net sales down by 3.1% in the first quarter of 2015/16
Gildan Activewear: net sales up by 15.9% in the first quarter of 2015
HandM: net sales up in the second quarter and the first half of 2014/15
Second quarter 2014/15
First half 2014/15
Outlook
Inditex: net sales up by 17% in the first quarter of 2015/16
New stores and investments
JC Penney: total sales up by 2% in the first quarter of 2015/16
Levi Strauss and Co: net revenues down during the first quarter and second quarter of 2014/15
First quarter 2014/15
Second quarter 2014/15
Marks and Spencer (MandS): sales up in 2014/15 and in the first quarter of 2015/16
2014/15
First quarter 2015/16
Perry Ellis International: total sales up by 4% in the first quarter of 2015/16
TJX Companies: net sales up by 6% in the first quarter of 2015/16
JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND
DISTRIBUTION
Aeropostale has entered into new licensing agreements in India and Indonesia as part of its
plans for growth
Esprit has entered into a licensing agreement with Groupe Zannier
Google ATAP and Levi Strauss and Co are collaborating in the development of interactive
garments
HandM has developed a new apparel and accessories collection in collaboration with Balmain
Huntsman Textile Effects and Pürsan Pigment have formed a joint venture called Huntsman
Pürsan Chemicals
Huntsman Textile Effects has entered into a partnership with Queen South Textile Mills in
order to improve environmental sustainability
Kate Spade and Company and Exclusive Brands International (EBI) have entered into a
distribution agreement
Perry Ellis International has entered into two new licensing agreements
SuperGroup will enter into a joint venture with Trendy International Group in order to expand
the Superdry brand in China
Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) has entered into a joint venture with China Textile
Information Center (CTIC)
Zac Posen has entered into a partnership with Delta Air Lines to design uniforms for Delta
Staff
MARKET FORECASTS
Consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear in the Americas is forecast to grow by 2.7%
per annum between 2014 and 2019
NEW FACILITIES
Zalando has opened a Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin, Ireland
NEW STORES
Hudson's Bay Company will open new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores in Canada
ONLINE RETAILING
Uniqlo will sell its products in China through the online retailer JD.com


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