- SLIM UPS SAKS STAKE: Billionaire Carlos Slim Helú said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that his stake in Saks Inc. was 9.4 percent, which compares with a 7.9 percent holding reported earlier this month. Last month, Jennison Associates LLC, an affiliate of Prudential Financial Inc., said in an SEC filing that it amassed a 10.9 percent stake in Saks, up from a 7.9 percent stake in the company. Marsico Capital Management reported to the SEC last Friday that, by the end of January, it had upped its stake in the retailer to 16.4 percent. The fund held 10.4 percent of Saks a year earlier.
- RETAIL FALLS: The S&P Retail Index dropped 2.8 percent to 395.26 Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the economy will continue to be sluggish. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 1.4 percent to 12,376.98, while the broader S&P 500 sank 1.3 percent to 1,348.86. Liz Claiborne Inc. and Jones Apparel Group Inc. made the New York Stock Exchange's list of biggest decliners, falling 18.4 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively. Liz Claiborne closed at $18.31, while Jones ended the day at $15.45. Other notable decliners included Ann Taylor Stores, which closed down 5.4 percent to $24.44; Charming Shoppes Inc., sliding 8.1 percent to $4.32, and Citi Trends Inc., which plummeted 12 percent to $15.03.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.