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Contents issue week 50-2015

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ISSN 1994-2419

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Issue Week 50-2015            

Summary of news published in Week 49-2015

jpa4Sibil220THE NEWS reported here last week appears to provide conflicting indications of developments in Europe. While the revival of clothing consumption in France could well prove to be only a blip, the rise of consumer confidence in Spain confirms the improvement noted there over the past months. What is more significant are reports of new projects to boost US sales by European brands. These suggest that a growing number of European manufacturers are reacting to near-stagnation in their home markets by launching new export drives to the US. Whether or not these endeavours generate more sales, they show at least that European management teams are taking positive action to counter difficult trading conditions in their home markets rather than waiting passively for conditions to improve. Such positive reactions are evidence of determination to overcome adverse conditions and, though not all will be successful, they bode well for the future evolution of the intimate apparel sector in Europe.

 

Jean-Pierre Adeline

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BACKGROUND – developments to bear in mind

FRANCE: clothing sales strengthened in October

SPAIN: consumer confidence nears historic high

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SUPPLIERS – information from the upstream sector

 

WILLY HERMANN: honoured by Interfilière

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THE APPAREL SCENE – news of brands and labels

QUIKSILVER: expansion in Brazil maintained

PAS GROUP: Jets swimwear business acquired

LOVABLE ITALY: retail expansion continues

GOSSARD: US sales campaign intensified

McALSON: new website to boost US sales

AURA LINGERIE: diversifies into branded business

AUBADE: capsule planned with Paris couturier

AMANTE: first Indian retail store to be opened

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DISTRIBUTION – evolution of chains and channels

 

CORTEFIEL: strong growth reported in Russia

MARKS & SPENCER: tops UK loyalty index

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PEOPLE – corporate personalities

 

THOMAS OBENDRAUF: joins Lenzing as CFO

JOELLE PELLEGRIN: named President of VF Brands

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EXHIBITIONS– what to see and where to trade

 

PREMIERE VISION: to partner with Ifm on research

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FINISHING TOUCH – the smile for this week

 

BURNING ISSUE: smartphone sets man’s pants on fire

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