• CUSTOMS QUESTION: Inditex, the Spanish retailer that operates the Zara chain, has denied allegations of contraband by Mexican customs officials. Authorities in Mexico have begun to investigate whether Inditex, in the period from 2001 to 2002, brought in goods that had been produced in Asia but marked as having been made in Europe to avoid higher import taxes.

  • PERRY CLARIFIES: Perry Ellis International Inc.said Friday that it misstated its expected sales for 2004 when it reported financial results last week. The $480 million in revenues it had projected did not include expected royalty incomes of about $23 million. Diluted earnings per share are still expected to be $2.50.

  • NEW POST FOR MARZORATI: It appears to be a done deal. According to sources inside the Times, Gerald Marzorati, editorial director of the Times Magazine will succeed Adam Moss and become its editor. An announcement is expected to come sometime this week. Marzorati has worked with the Times Magazine since 1994, which he joined as articles editor. Prior to his tenure at the Times, Marzorati was an editor at The New Yorker and had also held a position as deputy editor of Harper’s Magazine. The move will be Moss’ first significant appointment since being promoted in August to assistant managing editor, features.

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