U.S. retail shares eked out small gains Thursday as the major indices logged declines.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group closed at 894.63, up 0.1 percent, ahead of the S&P 500’s 0.4 percent drop to 1,756.54. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down slightly more, off 0.5 percent to 15,545.75. Still, the S&P finished ahead 4.5 percent during October versus the Dow’s monthly advance of 2.8 percent.
Among issues tracked by WWD, Avon Products Inc. suffered the greatest sell-off by far, with shares contracting 21.9 percent to $17.50 after the firm reported a net loss and lower revenues for the third quarter. Complicating matters, it disclosed that it could wind up paying significantly more than the $12 million it offered in June to resolve its potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That offer was rejected by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, Avon said.
Shares of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. fell 0.6 percent to $70.96. The company reported first-quarter profits rose modestly but exceeded analysts’ expectations.
On the other end of the stock spectrum, shares of Hanesbrands Inc. were up 6.9 percent, to $68.12 following the company’s report late Wednesday of better-than-expected third-quarter profits and increases in its guidance for the current fiscal year and 2014.
Earlier in the day, Europe's markets closed mostly up. The European Union statistics office in Luxembourg said in a preliminary estimate that the region’s inflation slowed to the lowest level in almost four years in October. The annual rate fell to 0.7 percent, the least since November 2009, from 1.1 percent in September.
The DAX in Frankfurt was up 0.3 percent to 9,033.92, Paris' CAC 40 increased 0.6 percent to 4,299.90 and the FTSE MIB in Milan rose 0.1 percent to 19,351.52. The FTSE 100 in London dipped 0.7 percent to 6,731.43.
The euro traded at $1.37 against the dollar and the pound was worth $1.60.
“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