Primark remained the star brand in owner ABF's portfolio in the Christmas trading period, despite some tough times in Europe early in the season. It was helped by UK strength and a European recovery after a weak October.
On 21 and 22 January the bi-annual fashion trade show Modefabriek will take place at Amsterdam Rai. The event will bring together 600 brands and host talks, fashions shows and other events for fashion professionals.
Uniqlo has just announced that it will this year open in giant rival H&M’s backyard with a debut in Sweden. It will actually be its first entry in the Nordics region and will start with a store in key market Stockholm.
German e-tailer Zalando is to push ahead with its strategy of investing to gain market share in 2018 and reported preliminary Q4 sales growth in line with expectations, despite a tough clothing market in early autumn.
John Lewis continued to struggle with slowing sales in the latest week. On Tuesday the department stores and e-tail firm said that sales for the seven days to January 13 fell 3.8% year-on-year to £85.7 million.
Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba and Amazon.com.
On a freezing Monday morning in Milan, the fashion flock descended to the south of the city to witness the fall 2018 collection of Giorgio Armani and, quite simply, was treated to a masterclass in modern tailoring.
On 11 January, Dutch department store chain de Bijenkorf announced that it is closing its Woerden-based distribution center. De Bijenkorf plans to merge and outsource all distribution activities to a new partner in 2019.