Retail shares logged their first gain of the week Wednesday, advancing 0.7 percent after the Federal Reserve said the pace of the recession was slowing.
The S&P Retail Index increased 2.11 points to 311.34, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.3 percent, or 23.05 points, to close at 8,299.86. Gainers included Stein Mart Inc., up 12.7 percent to $7.82; Chico’s FAS Inc., 5.2 percent to $9.96; Macy’s Inc., 4.6 percent to $11.39, and Nordstrom Inc., 4.4 percent to $19.08.
“Household spending has shown further signs of stabilizing but remains constrained by ongoing job losses, lower housing wealth and tight credit,” said the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee, led by chairman Ben Bernanke.
The bank kept its target range for the benchmark federal funds interest rate at 0 percent to 0.25 percent. The committee also signaled that it was not as concerned about deflation as it had been by not alluding to it in its statement. In April, the committee said it saw “some risk that inflation could persist for a time below rates that best foster economic growth and price stability.”
The picture is somewhat rosier abroad.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development boosted its growth outlook for China and India for 2009 and 2010, but continues to expect U.S. and other rich nations to post declines this year and rebound weakly in 2010.
“A recovery already appears to be in motion in most non-OECD countries,” said Jørgen Elmeskov, acting chief OECD economist. “This is particularly so in China, against the background of substantial monetary and especially fiscal stimuli.”
The OECD said China’s economy would grow 7.7 percent this year and 9.3 percent in 2010, substantially faster than the respective 6.3 percent and 8.5 percent forecasts made in March.
But the Paris-based OECD expects U.S. economic activity to fall 2.8 percent this year, a smaller decline than the 4 percent it forecast in March, and grow only 0.9 percent in 2010.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)