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Primark saw a 14 per cent increase in sales in the 16 weeks to 4 January

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Cotton costs will our hit margins, warns Primark

Primark expects the soaring price of cotton to "erode" some of the uplift in profit margins the discount fashion retailer delivered in its last financial year.

Retail giants shamed by UK sweatshops

Clothing on sale in the high street is being made in Britain in dirty, dangerous and “appalling” conditions, according to secret television footage which will intensify pressure on a fashion industry hit by a series of sweatshop scandals.

The Week Ahead: Time for boss of M&S to reveal his strategy

With recent reports that Marks and Spencer is looking to make a dramatic return to Europe, which it exited in 2001, all eyes are on the chief executive Marc Bolland, who has been in the top job for just over six months, to find out what he will reveal in his strategy presentation when the company posts its half-year results on Tuesday.

Primark and M&S plan store expansion drive

Primark, the discount fashion chain, is to turn the screws on its clothing rival Marks & Spencer in the crucial festive trading period by opening six new UK stores before Christmas.

Primark lands top spot in clothing

The discount fashion chain Primark reclaimed the crown of the UK's biggest clothing retailer over the summer, putting Marks & Spencer and Asda in the shade.

James Moore: Primark is the best summer seller

Love it or loathe it, you can't avoid it – at least not anymore. As we report today, Primark became Britain's biggest clothes retailer by sales volumes over the summer. That is a position that has traditionally been occupied by Marks and Spencer (although Asda briefly nosed into the lead last summer) and Primark's ascent is a shot right across Marc Bolland's bows. There will be no time for him to get too comfy at his no doubt splendidly appointed desk at the M&S Lubyanka.

Carbon footprint labels: the latest aid for ethical shopping

Shoppers familiar with seeing fair trade, organic or rainforest labels during their weekly shop will have to get used to another logo: the carbon footprint.

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Retailers under the cosh as cotton hits 15-year high

Clothing retailers, hit last week by a raft of disappointing economic data, were left reeling again yesterday when cotton prices exceeded the $1-a-pound barrier for the first time in 15 years.

Mumsnet challenges M&S over 'Hooters' deal

High street favourite's pact with US restaurant chain – famous for its scanitly clad waitresses – has infuriated mothers on the web

Next warns of first rise in clothes prices for 15 years

Next chief executive Simon Wolfson has warned that prices on the high street will rise next year, with the tough economic conditions ushering in a "new consumer environment".

Debenhams upbeat on sales despite price fears

Debenhams downplayed retail sector concerns that the spike in cotton prices will translate into inflation in clothing prices and a dip in sales yesterday. Flooding in Pakistan and China has sent global cotton prices soaring to a 15-year high in recent weeks, as retailers already face higher transport costs, wage inflation in China and rising VAT in the UK.

Soaring cotton prices put pressure on inflation

Soaring cotton prices threaten to put further pressure on inflation amid a chorus of warnings over the likely impact on price tags.

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