FLYING LOW:Even though SARS is being contained in Asia, its impact on travel there was worse in May than April, according to a research report released Tuesday by HSBC luxury analyst Antoine Belge. The number of Japanese traveling overseas fell 55 percent in May, compared with 42 percent in April. Belge wrote that he expects a recovery as of June, “but visibility is low on its extent. The perceived safety of travel will continue to be a key driver for the luxury goods sector in coming months,” he continued, adding, “it will take time before Japanese visitors feel confident to return to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.” He stated, however, that he’s more optimistic about their traveling to the U.S., Guam and Saipan.GOOD GUESS:Guess Inc. posted a 16.2 percent increase in comparable-store sales during the month of June as overall retail sales for the four weeks ended June 28 rose 24.3 percent to $29.2 million. Comps were up 16.3 percent at full-priced stores and 15.8 percent at outlet stores. While pleased with the improvement, Carlos Alberini, president and chief operating officer, commented in a statement that officials at the firm “remain cautious about our overall business, especially wholesale, given the continued difficult retail environment and ongoing pressures on margins.” Most retailers will report their June comps on July 10. Total retail sales for the second quarter ended June 28 rose 19.8 percent to $95.7 million as comps ascended 11.7 percent.MOVIN’ UP:Evan Davis has been named president of urban brand Enyce. Davis, 39, along with Tony Shelman and Lando Felix, founded Enyce in 1996, with financial support from Fila. In this new post, Davis, who had been executive vice president, will oversee product design and development, sales, marketing and all other operations for Enyce and Lady Enyce. Enyce is a subsidiary of Sports Brands International, the newly formed holding company that purchased Fila, Ciesse Piumini and Enyce last month.

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