WWD Research Roundup WWD Research Roundup Study: Retailers Lack Fraud Management Tools for Omnichannel Instead of fighting fraud by channel, retailers should use holistic cross-channel teams. Beauty Tools Take Center Stage in Asia Category rose 29 percent in Asia in 2014, study says. NRF: Inventory Shrink Cost Retailers $44 Billion in 2014 Percentage of sales, at 1.38 percent, lowest in survey’s 24-year history. Affluent Millennials: Growing in Capital Power Affluent Millennials are some of the most powerful, influential consumers, study finds. Study: Louis Vuitton Still Most Valuable Luxury Brand In an analysis of luxury market by Millward Brown and WPP, the total value of high-end brands lost $7 billion as spending declined in key markets. Survey: Global Equity Bubble is Forming Amid a robust dollar, a weak euro, cheap crude oil and shifts in consumer spending, stock valuations are swelling and forming a bubble. Online Men’s Wear Sales Seen Continuing Surge E-commerce is looking more and more like the tool men needed to improve upon their fashion game. Saturday Could Reclaim Yule Supremacy Black Friday might be knocked off its perch as the top sales day of the year. Study Cites U.S. Re-shoring Drive The overall re-shoring of U.S. manufacturing may have taken a step back in 2014, but the apparel industry bucked the trend. Pambianco Study: Armani, Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana Best Suited for IPOs Investors thirsty for a piece of Italian fashion could have many enticing options if only Italy’s entrepreneurs were a bit less averse to the stock market. Gucci, Coach Tie for Top Spot in L2 Digital Study Burberry has been dethroned as the most digital brand in L2 Inc.’s Digital IQ Index for fashion. L2 Study: Are Luxury Brands Avoiding Amazon? The group is releasing a new study today that takes a close look at the luxury fashion vertical on the e-commerce giant. NRF: Thanksgiving Shoppers Will Be Picky Consumers are going to force retailers to work even harder to pull them into the stores during the holiday weekend. Americas at Forefront of Growing Retail Property Market According to Cushman & Wakefield’s report, New York’s Fifth Avenue is the world’s most expensive retail location. Europe's Luxury Sector Enters Subdued Era Bernstein Research predicts mid single-digit growth through 2018. WWD CEO Summit: Sarah Quinlan, MasterCard Investments in e-commerce are allowing department stores to blunt the effects of a sharp move away from shopping in the channel. ICSC: Weekly Sales Trend Slows Overall sales gain of 2.1% lowest in nearly five months. Luxury Seen Growing 2% in 2014 The luxury goods sector continues to grow, although at a more moderate pace, according to the most recent study by Bain & Co. and Fondazione Altagamma. For Once, a Positive Outlook on Fragrance The NPD Group reported in its annual holiday survey that 17 percent of consumers plan to buy fragrance during the holidays. German Economic Slowdown Spares Retailers The country’s fashion sector is so far maintaining its ground — even if it isn’t growing that fast.