The WWD Global Stock Tracker managed its second consecutive weekly gain Friday despite a loss for the day that reflected ongoing uncertainties ranging from international hot spots like Ukraine and Iraq to the tenor of consumer sentiment.
The tracker ended the week at 98.06, 0.4 percent below its finish on Thursday but 0.6 percent above its end point on Aug. 8. The monitor of 100 publicly held fashion, luxury, retail and beauty stocks around the world was inaugurated, and set at its baseline level of 100, on July 8.
WWD’s stock sample underperformed major international indices for the week, including the S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group, which rose 1.5 percent to 894.87 versus the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 0.7 percent increase to 16,662.91. Overseas, London’s FTSE 100 was up 1.9 percent to 6,567.36 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index turned in a 2.6 percent increase for the week to close at 24,331.41.
Much of the focus for the week was on the start of the second-quarter earnings reports of major U.S. retailers. Dillard’s Inc. registered the largest decline of all 100 issues on the tracker Friday, dropping 8.2 percent to $106.11 after reporting lower earnings and sales that fell below earnings expectations. The second largest drop was from Nordstrom Inc., off 5.2 percent to $65.11 on the company’s Thursday evening report that included slower-than-anticipated sales growth.
Even J.C. Penney Co. Inc., which reported a far smaller-than-anticipated loss late Thursday, felt the sting of investor doubt about consumer spending as shares were off 2.5 percent to $9.50.
This week, the process of retailers’ quarterly reports continues with Target Corp. and L Brands Inc. due to release results on Wednesday and a long list of retailers — highlighted by firms including Gap Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. and the first of the major teen retailers to provide a performance update, Aéropostale Inc. — due to share their numbers on Thursday.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye