By  on March 9, 2009

Tommy Hilfiger has merged Tommy Hilfiger Canada and Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. under the umbrella of Tommy Hilfiger North America.

Tommy Hilfiger Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tommy Hilfiger Group that was established in 1989, is comprised of 50 retail locations and a wholesale business. Under Tommy Hilfiger North America, Montreal will remain the Canadian corporate office with regional offices in Toronto and Vancouver.

Howard Starr, chief executive officer of TH Canada, will depart once the assimilation is complete in June. Starr joined the firm in 1994 and under his leadership the company grew substantially in Canada. A few redundant staff positions were also eliminated. Gary Sheinbaum, group president of North American retail, will oversee the retail business in Canada as well as the U.S., and Colleen Kelly, group president of North American wholesale, will oversee U.S. and Canadian wholesale activities.

Sheinbaum and Kelly will continue to report to Fred Gehring, ceo of Tommy Hilfiger Group.

For the six-month period ended Sept. 30, Hilfiger’s U.S. sales increased 16.7 percent to $356 million from $305 million. At the wholesale level, Hilfiger said its partnership with Macy’s saw “significant growth” compared with last year. Last fall, Macy’s became the exclusive department store retailer of Tommy Hilfiger women’s and men’s sportswear in the U.S.

In the U.S., retail store sales grew 15.8 percent, while comparable sales were up6 percent. In Canada, overall sales were 1.9 percent lower than last year due to the strategic downsizing of the wholesale business, the company said.

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