Retail stocks fell on Wall Street today as investors picked through the minutes of last month’s Federal Reserve meeting and found some participants contemplating a tighter monetary policy — which could slow economic growth.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group fell 1.3 percent, or 9.47 points, to 699.43, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.8 percent, or 108.13, to 13,927.54. Contributing to the retail index’s decline were Abercrombie & Fitch Co., down 2.4 percent to $50.84; Nordstrom Inc., 2.3 percent to $55.15; Macy's Inc., 2.3 percent to $39.51, and Tiffany & Co., 1.9 percent to $64.40.
Shares of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. also fell, dropping 5.2percent to $61.50, after the company said late Tuesday that early investors planned to sell another 25 million Kors shares on the open market. The news came just after the stock hit an all-time high of $64.84.
Minutes from the last Fed meeting on monetary policy showed, “a number of participants stated that an ongoing evaluation of the efficacy, costs, and risks of asset purchases might well lead the committee to taper or end its [debt] purchases before it judged that a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market had occurred.”
Others at the meeting argued the Fed should continue to buy back debt.
The central bank, led by chairman Ben S. Bernanke, has been buying debt to keep interest rates low in hopes of growing the economy fast enough to bring down unemployment, currently at 7.9 percent.
In Europe, stock markets were mostly down. The FTSE MIB in Milan retreated 0.8 percent to 16,527.50 as the CAC 40 in Paris was down 0.7 percent to 3,709.88 and the DAX in Frankfurt fell 0.3 percent to 7,728.90.
The FTSE 100 in London edged up 0.3 percent to 6,395.37.
Retail and luxury stocks were also mixed, with the day’s biggest gainers including Hugo Boss, up 2.4 percent to 89.47 euros; Luxottica Group, 1.5 percent to 34.89 euros, and Yoox, 2.3 percent to 14.47 euros.
Among the stocks that lost the most ground were Metro AG, down 1.3 percent to 24.00 euros; Inditex, 1.8 percent to 100.65 euros, and Asos.com, 1.6 percent to 27.85 pounds. The euro traded at $1.34 while the pound went for $1.55 and the Swiss franc traded at $1.08.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast