INTER PARFUMS UP: Inter Parfums SA, posted third-quarter sales up 6.3 percent to 60 million euros, or $76.6 million at average exchange. For the nine-month period ending Sept. 30, the firm said sales rose 9.2 percent to reach 161.2 million euros, or $205.7 million. Led by good performances by the Burberry London master brand launched earlier this year, Burberry's beauty business generated sales of 110 million euros, or $135.2 million, in the nine-month period, an increase of 8 percent year-on-year. Sales at Lanvin grew 23 percent to approach 25 million euros, or $30.7 million. By region, the firm said sales in North America grew by 15 percent, while Western Europe and Asia registered double-digit growth.

NEW EXEC IN DALLAS: The Dallas Market Center has appointed Cindy Mahan as vice president of apparel leasing for FashionCenterDallas, a new position, effective immediately. Mahan will manage leasing efforts for all clothing and accessories at FCD in an effort to bring a cohesive strategy to permanent showrooms and temporary venues. Mahan formerly was divisional merchandise manager of bridge apparel and special sizes at Nordstrom and managed the Nordstrom store at Galleria Dallas. Mahan reports to Robbin Wells, executive vice president of leasing.

JOHNSON'S NEW LONDON PAD: Betsey Johnson has swapped London's Chelsea for Covent Garden. The New York designer has opened a 1,000-square-foot store on Floral Street, after closing her existing Draycott Avenue unit, which opened in 1998. "The Covent Garden store is more centrally located and will attract much more foot traffic," a spokeswoman for the designer said. The new store, on a cobblestone street near Paul Smith, Paul & Joe, agnès b. and Nicole Farhi, will carry Johnson's complete range of clothing, accessories, lingerie and fragrance. "I've always loved London," said Johnson. "I love the street style and the rock 'n' roll history that influences the way these girls dress." The spokeswoman said first-year sales at the store were expected to be about $1 million. The London store is Johnson's only unit outside North America and is expected to be followed by units in Japan in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in 2007. Johnson's line is currently sold in U.K. stores such as Whistles and Question Air.

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