MOSCOW NOW: Continuing its march into new markets, Louis Vuitton Friday officially inaugurated its first location in Moscow. The 4,300-square-foot, two-level location is located near the famous Bolshoi theater and brings the number of stores Vuitton operates in 51 countries across the globe to 302. It also marks a first step into yet another potentially explosive luxury goods market. Earlier this month, Vuitton inaugurated its first store in New Delhi, India. — Robert Murphy

MOVING ON UP: Galeries Lafayette in Berlin, operating in the red since bowing in 1996, is hoping designer labels will help reverse its fortunes. The department store acknowledges it goofed by initially focusing on private labels not well known outside of its home market of France. Now the women’s department boasts such brands as Hugo Boss Woman, Paul & Joe and Kenzo Jungle. Accessories shops from Burberry, Celine, Givenchy and Loewe bowed last week on the main floor. Men’s and women’s Armani and Versace shops are slated to open in the fall. The store’s repositioning efforts are slated to be complete next year.

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