U.S. retail stocks were outpacing the market in midafternoon trading on Wall Street, where it was generally business as usual even as the effects of winter storm Nemo began to be felt in New York.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group was up 0.7 percent, or 4.77 points, to 703.90, as the market approached the final hour of trading. The sector was comfortably outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was up 0.3 percent, or 44.27 points, to 13,988.32.
Both retail stocks and the market overall are near their all-time highs, in part because the economy is projected to steadily improve even though it was unexpectedly weak in the fourth quarter when a cut in military spending weighed on GDP.
The gainers in the fashion industry included Guess Inc., up 3.8 percent to $28; Quiksilver Inc., 2.4 percent to $6.78; Columbia Sportswear Co., 2 percent to $50.53, and Iconix Brand Group, Inc. 1.4 percent to $24.03.
In Europe, stocks rallied, led by the Italian and French markets.
The FTSE MIB in Milan and the CAC 40 in Paris were both up 1.4 percent, to 16,630.50 and to 3,649.50, respectively. The DAX in Frankfurt advanced 0.8 percent to 7,652.14 and the FTSE 100 in London rose 0.6 percent to 6,263.93.
The euro traded at $1.35 against the dollar, while the pound traded at $1.57 and the Swiss franc traded at $1.10.
Retail and luxury stocks were mostly on the upswing, with the day’s biggest gainers including Safilo Group, up 9.4 percent to 8.60 euros; Hugo Boss, ahead 2.2 percent to 88.51 euros after reporting record sales and earnings in 2012; Brunello Cucinelli, up 3 percent to 15.20 euros, and Burberry Group, ahead 2.1 percent to 13.65 pounds.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)