Stocks rebounded Thursday, breaking a two-day losing streak as financial stocks recovered and helped push the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.7 percent to 11,615.93. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 was up a milder 0.6 percent to 1,292.93 and the S&P Retail Index handily outperformed the overall market with a 2.1 percent rise to 393.25. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. posted a robust 16.8 percent rise in second-quarter profits, but investors, expecting the firm to do well, yawned and pushed the discounter’s shares up just 0.4 percent to $58.10. On the beauty side of the fashion equation, The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. boosted fourth-quarter earnings
by 35.7 percent, and investors responded in kind, trading shares of the company up 14 percent to $51.25. With fourth-quarter earnings that met expectations and a forecast for growth in its new fiscal year, Elizabeth Arden Inc.’s shares rose 10.3 percent to $18.80 after it offered a more upbeat view of 2009 to go with its fourth-quarter loss. And Liz Claiborne Inc., which on Wednesday posted a $23.2 million second-quarter loss and sustained an immediate stock drop-off, climbed back up on Thursday with an 11.7 percent rise to $14.72.
* Editor’s note: European stocks are quoted in the currency of their principal exchanges. Shares on the London Stock Exchange are quoted in pence, Richemont and The Swatch Group are quoted in Swiss francs and Hennes & Mauritz is quoted in Swedish kronor. All other European stocks are in euros.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion