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Global apparel markets: business update, February 2016

  • February 2016
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  • Textiles Intelligence
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  • 30 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); financial results; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; market forecasts; new facilities; new stores; and patent disputes. Companies, other organisations, individuals and brands featured in this report include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Accenture Japan, Aéropostale, Alberta ULC, Asos, Authentic Brands Group, Bayer CropScience, Bruce Oldfield, Burberry, Cone Denim, Covestro, Debenhams, Delta Galil USA, DuPont, Esprit, Fast Retailing, Freemark Apparel Brands (FAB), Fung Retailing, G-III Apparel Group, Gap, Gildan Activewear, Global Brands Group, Grafton Fraser, H&M (Hennes & Mauritz), H&M Conscious Foundation, Hudson's Bay, Inditex, JC Penney, Jets Swimwear, John Lewis, Jones New York, Kunshan Xiefu New Material, Levi Strauss & Co, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Perry Ellis International, Stretchline Holdings, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), The PAS Group, TJX Companies, Tommy Hilfiger, Toray, Uniqlo, Virgin Hotels, VF Corporation, Xcel Brands, and Zalando.

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Global apparel markets: business update, February 2016
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SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
Grafton Fraser has acquired Jones New York retail stores in Canada
The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have entered into an agreement to combine their
businesses in a merger of equals
The PAS Group has acquired Jets Swimwear
TJX Companies has acquired Trade Secret
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Levi Strauss and Co has extended its clothing recycling initiative to include all of its stores in
the USA
VF Corporation has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge
FINANCIAL RESULTS
Abercrombie and Fitch: total net sales were down by 4% in the third quarter of 2015/16
Asos: total group revenues were up by 18% in 2014/15
Gap: total net sales were down by 2.9% in the third quarter of 2015/16
Gildan Activewear: net sales were up by 1.3% in the third quarter of 2015
HandM: net sales were up in the third quarter and the first nine months of 2014/15
Third quarter 2014/15
First nine months 2014/15
Outlook
Inditex: total net sales were up by 16% in the first nine months of 2015/16
New stores and investments
JC Penney: total sales were up by 4.8% in the third quarter of 2015/16
Levi Strauss and Co: net revenues were down by 1% in the third quarter of 2014/15
Marks and Spencer (MandS): sales were up by 1.0% in the first half of 2015/16
Perry Ellis International: total net sales were down by 3% in the third quarter of 2015/16
TJX Companies: total net sales were up by 5% in the third quarter of 2015/16
INVESTMENTS
Burberry will invest £50 mn in the development of a new manufacturing facility in Leeds, UK
HandM Conscious Foundation has given a grant of Euro1 mn in support of the establishment of
the Global Change Award
JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND
DISTRIBUTION
Aeropostale has entered into new licensing agreements in Egypt and Thailand as part of its
plans for growth
Authentic Brands Group has formed a partnership with Delta Galil USA
Cone Denim has formed a partnership with Bayer CropScience relating to the latter's e3
sustainable cotton programme
Debenhams has entered into new licensing agreements in Australia and Vietnam as part of its
plans for growth
Esprit has entered into a distribution partnership with Freemark Apparel Brands in Canada
Fast Retailing and Accenture Japan have established a joint venture company called Wearex
Gap and Virgin Hotels have entered into a partnership agreement
Global Brands Group has entered into new licensing agreements
John Lewis and Bruce Oldfield have collaborated in the development of a women's wear
collection called Bruce by Bruce Oldfield
Kunshan Xiefu New Material has joined covestro's INSQIN Partner Manufacturer Program
Macy's and Fung Retailing have established a joint venture company called Macy's China
Limited
Perry Ellis International has entered into three new licensing agreements
Tommy Hilfiger has entered into a licensing agreement with G-III Apparel Group
Uniqlo and Toray have announced new developments as part of their strategic partnership
Xcel Brands has entered into a strategic partnership with Hudson's Bay and Lord and Taylor
MARKET FORECASTS
Consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear in Africa and the Middle East is forecast to
grow by 7.6% per annum between 2015 and 2019
Consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear in Europe is forecast to grow by 5.1% per
annum between 2015 and 2019
NEW FACILITIES
Zalando has opened a new technology hub and a new fulfilment centre and will open a new
logistics centre
Technology hub, Helsinki
Fulfilment centre, Stradella
NEW STORES
Abercrombie and Fitch has opened its first Abercrombie and Fitch brand store in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE)
Macy's has opened a chain of discount stores called Macy's Backstage
PATENT DISPUTES
Stretchline Holdings has won a patent dispute against HandM (Hennes and Mauritz)


List of tables
Table 1: Africa and the Middle East: consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear,
selected markets, 2010-19
Table 2: Europe: consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear, selected markets, 2010-19

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